PS4

Judgment Review

Judgment is an absolute roller coaster of an experience that I can wholeheartedly recommend. It’s an intense investigative adventure full of drama, action, and heart. If this is the direction where the Yakuza series is headed to, I have high hopes for the future.

Judgment Review

Beat Cop Review

Beat Cop appeals to me on multiple levels. There really aren’t enough games where you play as a cop, let alone one that has to spend most of their time writing tickets. Okay, that may not sound particularly fun, but in a world where bombastic is the norm, sometimes it’s nice to cozy up with mundanity.

Beat Cop Review

Vane Review

Like all games that stress art and atmosphere above all else, appraising Vane is difficult. Some will fall in love with it from the first scene, simply because they appreciate its visual style and engaging music. For me, it’s the game equivalent of tuning in to the fireplace channel on Christmas day. It’s oddly pleasant in its own way, but there’s little substance to it.

Vane Review

Sunless Sea: Zubmariner Edition Review

When it comes down to it, Sunless Sea: Zubmariner Edition is an ambitious game that failed to ultimately capture me. Early on it discouraged me from continuous play, and while I eventually got into a rhythm, the barriers of entry still gated off levels of enjoyment.

Sunless Sea: Zubmariner Edition Review

Warriors Orochi 4 Review

There is fun to be had with Warriors Orochi 4, I certainly found myself hooked in once I got going, yet I don’t recommend this game for the uninitiated. It failed to leave a strong lasting impression, and I lacked the emotional connection to the story concepts.

Warriors Orochi 4 Review

Deracine Review

From Software’s games are built on non-traditional narratives that primarily involve sleuthing context and backstory from item descriptions, environmental design and hanging onto every word spoken by NPCs. Those who seek out clues will be rewarded with context, though none of that is necessary to enjoy the games. That’s why I was intrigued by Deracine, a first-person adventure game created exclusively for the PlayStation VR.

Deracine Review

Detective Gallo Review

When it comes to point and click adventure games, their success or failure often comes down to a single aspect - story. The frame of the genre has been solidified for quite a while, and the great games, like the Monkey Island franchise, tell an intriguing tale worth exploring. Detective Gallo is as pure a point and click adventure game as I’ve ever played, going so far as to having a literal pointer on the screen despite being on console.

Detective Gallo Review

Phantom Doctrine Review

If you are a fan of deep, complex strategy games, then the turn-based spy simulator Phantom Doctrine is one that you will want to love. Unfortunately, the game makes it extremely difficult for you to do so.  It's a shining example of how a game with a bunch of great ideas can undermine itself repeatedly with terrible implementation.

Phantom Doctrine Review

Castaway Paradise Review

Castaway Village’s successes and unique twists aren’t enough to make it a title that’s going to stick around for a long time.

Castaway Paradise Review

Raiden V Director's Cut Review

Raiden V felt like a game that ticks all the right boxes for a “Solid Shoot’em Up”. It is not trying to be the most innovative game of the genre. If you’re looking for a casual and good vertical shooter to spend your time with, Raiden V is a good choice.

Raiden V Director's Cut Review

Eventide 2: The Sorcerer's Mirror Review

Artifex Mundi is here to deliver even more logic puzzles and hidden object scenes, but is this title a worthy entry in the series or is the magic fading?

Eventide 2: The Sorcerer's Mirror Review

Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon Review

Sometimes all you want to do at the end of a long day is to sit down and murder a couple hundred (thousand?) demons. Nights of Azure 2 gives you the chance to do just that while fighting alongside allies and a couple pets as well, but is this an enjoyable demon-slaying adventure or just a fight to be avoided?

Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon Review

The Coma: Recut Review

In the end, The Coma: Recut delivers a solid (albeit short) 2D horror experience. However, the game as a whole suffers a bit from being a "one-hit wonder" in the gameplay. After being chased 7-8 times in a row, the 9th time just doesn't scare you anymore.

The Coma: Recut Review

Rock of Ages 2: Bigger and Boulder Review

Rock of Ages 2 is a fun and madcap adventure, giving you the ability to desecrate art and history, but the game has a habit of taking a little too long with each match. The humor and character carry it a long way and the battles can come to very tense nail-biting finishes, but a better balance on the damage and more interesting map designs would do a lot to help give it more legs.

Rock of Ages 2: Bigger and Boulder Review

Masquerada: Songs and Shadows Review

it doesn't have the deepest combat system out there, and its isometric graphics aren't what anyone would call top-notch (although both those things are solid for an indie title). But what it does have is a lot of HEART. The story is intriguing and well told and the audio is just fantastic. If you're looking for a song to get lost in, Maquerada may be just what you're looking for.

Masquerada: Songs and Shadows Review

Nex Machina: Death Machine Review

In a gaming landscape where every game has bountiful side quests and unending DLC, it’s nice to play a game that knows what it is and sticks to that formula from beginning to end. While Nex Machina won’t be for everyone, it’s a game that absolutely excels at being what it set out to be: a challenging, beautiful arcade shooter that will constantly ask if you want to continue.

Nex Machina: Death Machine Review