The Bard's Tale IV: Barrow's Deep Director's Cut Review
Anyone who did not pick up The Bard’s Tale IV: Barrows Deep when it was released in 2018 missed an amusing and well-crafted RPG, a definite high point in a storied and popular franchise. With some minor interface and gameplay tweaks and the addition of some new quests and significant additional areas to explore, the Director’s Cut makes a good case for itself.
The Last Remnant Remastered Review
In the end (as you can probably tell), The Last Remnant isn't really my cup of tea. I just can't get into the story here and the gameplay isn't exciting enough to hold my interest. I blame the dull characters and the repetitive hands-off approach to the battle system.
House Party Review
Whether you fall into the target demographic for House Party can be determined by answering a couple of simple questions: 1) Are you a horny dude and 2) do you have a high tolerance for poorly made puzzle games with terrible writing, ugly graphics and more game-breaking bugs than a frat boy's kitchen? If the answer is yes, then do we have a game for you!
The Swords of Ditto Review
Did you ever notice that time limits placed on anything fun - a vacation, for instance - might make you savor the experience but they're also kind of a bummer? Likewise, not having enough time to prepare for something important can also be a drag. Although it's not the first game to impose a timer on the action, The Swords of Ditto begins with the premise that its hero has four in-game days to prepare for the big showdown with the boss, a witch named Mormo. It isn't much time.
The Alliance Alive Review
Playing The Alliance Alive is a lot like getting into a time machine and returning to 1997, as it feels a lot like an RPG from that era. For those younger than myself, I'm specifically referring to an era where JRPGs such as Final Fantasy 7, The Legend of Dragoon and Xenogears reigned supreme. If the graphics of The Alliance Alive were downgraded to polygons and shaders, then it would fit right in there. However, it also falls prey to many of the faults the games of the era had as well.
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.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole Review
Taking place sometime after the events of The Stick of Truth, the children of South Park cast off their fantasy costumes and replace them with their superhero alter egos. Eric Cartman, aka The Coon, has aspirations of turning his superhero group, Coon and Friends, into a marketable Marvel Cinematic Universe-style franchise and finds opportunity in a posting for a lost cat.
There’s an interesting idea in Oafmatch but the execution is poor. While the game tries to live and die by its main attraction, an RPG overlay to a match-three game, it doesn’t do so in a meaningful or fun way. Oafmatch is a game that could only be enjoyed by absolute fanatics of the match-three genre who have exhausted every other outlet.