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Redeemer: Enhanced Edition Review

On paper, there’s a lot to like in Redeemer: melee combos, counter attacks, various weapons, environmental interaction, stealth kills, fun gore, and co-op. In practice, however, there’s little to get excited about.

Redeemer: Enhanced Edition Review

Rage in Peace Review

Rage in Peace will primarily appeal to a very specific subset of action fans less concerned with strategy or character and more focused on achieving a fast and flawless command of the game’s patterns and obstacles. The game doesn’t aspire beyond that narrow goal, but it does its rage-inducing thing rather well.

Rage in Peace Review

Wild Guns Reloaded Review

Arcade shooters were a gaming staple in the 90s; everywhere you looked and every game you played featured some kind of heavy bullet action with detailed sprites that were unthinkable before the 16-bit era. Wild Guns is a true product of the ever-popular genre that was seemingly synonymous with video games at the time. It was what every kid wanted; a space-western with the goal to shoot all bad guys that crossed your way.

Wild Guns Reloaded Review

Skies of Fury DX Review

Skies of Fury DX for the Nintendo Switch tackles The Great War, not from the ground but from a romanticized and action-oriented view of the air battles between the Royal Air Force and what looks to be the German Luftstreitkräfte as they battle for air superiority over the Front.

Skies of Fury DX Review

Time Carnage VR Review

Have you ever dreamed of building a time machine and go into the far-flung future (or past) to marvel at the wonders of our planet’s existence? Actually, I misspoke. Replace the word “marvel” with “shoot the hell out of” and you’ve got an accurate description of Time Carnage VR, a wave-based shooter for the PlayStation VR.

Time Carnage VR Review

Dynasty Warriors 9 Review

If you've played any of the previous Dynasty Warrior games, you're already familiar with the premise. All of the games are loosely based on the 14th century Romance of the Three Kingdoms novel. They combine engagingly early Chinese history, mythology and epic warfare, with a bit of magic and the supernatural tossed into the mix.

Dynasty Warriors 9 Review

Kingdom Come: Deliverance Review

Wildly ambitious in everything it does, you’ve got to have the patience and willingness to put in the time to learn a myriad of untraditional gameplay systems and buy into the realism it wants to establish. Do so, and I think you’ll find this to be one of the most enriching experiences of the year.  

Kingdom Come: Deliverance Review

Gang Beasts Review

The concept of Gang Beasts is pretty easy to follow. You and three other local players, or seven for online play, are pitted against each other in a contest to see who can be the last one standing. There are no weapons with which to murder each other. Instead, each match challenges players to see who can be the best at punching someone’s lights out and tossing them out of the arena.

Gang Beasts Review

Sine Mora EX Review

I enjoyed the game more after playing it on a larger television screen because the game’s beauty and detail are done justice on a 55” screen as opposed to the smaller OLED on the Vita. Even if shmups are not your thing, passing on Sine Mora EX for that reason means missing out on a great, story driven side scrolling shooter that has style, maturity, and unexpected plot twists.

Sine Mora EX Review

Ancient Amuletor Review

Any goodwill to come out Ancient Amuletor (there is a lot!) is largely ruined by a shocking lack of content. I don't know what the developer’s post-launch plans are but unless they offer the game for nothing over $5, there’s no reason to play this (admittedly) great game until there’s enough content to justify your time.

Ancient Amuletor Review

Gravity Rush 2 Review

Gravity Rush 2 is not a perfect game, but it undoubtedly expands upon its predecessor in nearly every conceivable way. There are some wonky camera moments along with a few narrative stumbles and problematic quest designs, but the flaws are quickly overshadowed by the triumphs, and just like its endearing protagonist, it lands firmly on its feet in the end.  

Gravity Rush 2 Review

Let It Die Review

Coming at the end of a very impressive gaming year, Let It Die can't help but suffer in comparison to a whole bunch of other, more burnished titles. Still, the game's excellent action combat, weirdness, and variety of weapons give it just enough character to stand out and make it worthy of attention. The pay-to-win aspect is a bummer, and there is overall a sense of things being not quite solid, but anyone who's enjoyed other Grasshopper Manufacture games will enjoy this one as well. 

Let It Die Review

Wuppo Review

Unfortunately, it bogs down often, either due to its poor interface or its puzzles that force you to spend way too much time trying to figure out what the developers where thinking when they designed them. In the end though, the positives outweigh the negatives, making Wuppo a game that is worth playing for the opportunity to explore its beautiful and immersive world.

Wuppo Review

Oceanhorn: Monster of the Uncharted Seas

Oceanhorn: Monster of the Uncharted Seas is a fun enough action adventure despite not having an original bone in its body.

Oceanhorn: Monster of the Uncharted Seas

Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity

This is the story of Remilia and her faithful assistant, Sakuya. It’s not exactly fun, but it’s mildly entertaining for at least a little bit of your time. With such a demanding price tag though, there is very little reason to pick up Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity.

Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity

Syndrome

Perhaps this game will find an audience with a crowd that loves how punishing it is and doesn't really care what else Syndrome has to offer. If you don't think that you would be part of that audience, however, then Syndrome is a game that you should probably avoid.

Syndrome

Mother Russia Bleeds

Most people will find something to enjoy in Mother Russia Bleeds, but unless they’re a die hard fan of beat ‘em up games, they probably won’t be booking a trip to Moscow anytime soon.

Mother Russia Bleeds