exploration

Layers of Fear 2 Review

Layers of Fear 2 is impressive to look at and listen to but like so many games in its genre, it feels sterile. Dream logic environments and an actor’s unraveling personality are interesting hooks but the game does little to make us care much about the star of the show to begin with.

Layers of Fear 2 Review

Hob: Definitive Edition

It’s hard to categorize HOB: Definitive Edition. The game reminds me of Zelda, but lacks the scale of story and quests, and epic bosses. It also reminds me of Hyper Light Drifter, but lacks the explosive combat. Really, HOB is its own sort of animal. It seeks to emulate, but not copy other great games.

Hob: Definitive Edition

Eastshade Review

RPGs so rarely explore gameplay approaches that don’t feature two-handed greatswords, grinding for better armor, and violence-filled encounters. There’s nothing wrong with any of that, of course, but happily there are games like Eastshade that provide satisfying and intriguing hours of exploration and story where the conclusion is not a battlefield littered with the dead.

Eastshade Review

Hob Review

Quite often games are built on mysteries and the unknown, and the player making discoveries that inform the world and illuminate a story. Skillfully done, this process can be emotionally satisfying, mechanically rewarding and intellectually engaging. Hob - a new game from the developers of the Torchlight series - is also built on mysteries.

Hob Review

Song of the Deep

What isn’t there to love about Song of the Deep? Insomniac Games brings out the best of the retro golden age and blends it perfectly into a new and modern package for everyone to enjoy.

Song of the Deep