open world

Effie Review

If Effie’s combat and camera were a little more tightly refined and its open world a little more full of interesting content, the game would be a real winner. As it stands, Effie is fun and charming, and its flaws and frustrations don’t entirely ruin the experience.

Effie Review

Saints Row The Third (Switch) Review

All in all, I’m happy with the experience of having the option to play Saints Row The Third - The Full Package on a modern console again, and even to have the option to go handheld. It’s worth bearing in mind that the game is in no obvious way improved upon compared to the standard version, but is also no worse for wear.

Saints Row The Third (Switch) Review

Conan Exiles Review

With dozens of open world survival/crafting games crowding the market, any new entry needs a strong hook and distinct identity. With its link to one of fantasy fiction's most iconic characters, you'd think that Conan Exiles would have it made. The title suggests a Frank Frazetta painting come to life in all its hyper-masculine, brutal glory.

Conan Exiles Review

Sea of Thieves Review

The first thing you’ll notice is the absolutely beautiful world. Rendered in Rare's tradition of stylized forms and exaggerations, the breathtaking scenery bathed in a beautiful lighting and colors of dynamic weather and time of day. Oh, and the sea… it’s simply astonishing. The calm and clear sea is a pure paradise sight straight from a postcard, while the storming ocean is a frightening beast, crashing wildly around and beating mercilessly your ship.

Sea of Thieves Review

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life Review

Yakuza 6 offers one of the finest, most realized crime stories of the medium. It also marks the conclusion of Kiryu Kazuma’s story, granting him an ending befitting such a well-rounded character. And the best part is that you don’t have to be a Yakuza expert to appreciate how it all ends.

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life 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

Middle Earth: Shadow of War Review

With its expansive and well-crafted campaign and nearly endlessly deep well of optional and after-story content, Monolith's Middle Earth: Shadow of War is a generous and entertaining package that impresses at almost every turn.

Middle Earth: Shadow of War Review

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Review

It has been a long time since exploring, fighting, and adventuring has so consistently brought a smile to my face.  Breath of the Wild is such a wonderful experience that once you play it, you will likely never look at open world games the same again. 

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 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

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider is truly a phenomenal game from top to bottom and it has some of the best visuals around. But graphics alone do not make a game great and Rise does not rely on them. Even on the Xbox 360, Rise is great but on the PC it’s better than ever. Rise of the Tomb Raider is the rare sequel that builds not only on its immediate predecessor but improves on all the games in its franchise. Like the 23rd James Bond film Skyfall, Rise of the Tomb Raider succeeds at bringing these two versions of a franchise together in an incredibly satisfying way. Whether this is your 1st Tomb Raider or your 11th, you owe it to yourself to play it. It really is the best Tomb Raider yet.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Just Cause 3

Just Cause 3 is fun, no doubt about it. As an open world game, it balances nicely the need for structure and freedom. You can treat it like a playground or you can focus on mainlining the story, the triteness of which is redeemed by its engaging characters. It asks the player to do a handful of things over and over, but at least offers a truly wide berth in accommodating solutions. Like an action movie marathon, the busy energy of it can become wearying, but in most ways, Just Cause 3 is, quite literally, a blast.

Just Cause 3

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V is everything you'd expect in a Rockstar product and once again, they have managed to significantly outdo themselves.

Grand Theft Auto V