sci-fi

Attack of the Earthlings Review

Built on a fun and underused premise — playing an alien race defending its planet from encroaching humans — and taking a great many plays from games like XCOM, Attack of the Earthlings has made its way to consoles after a release last year on PC.

Attack of the Earthlings Review

Into the Breach Review

To anyone who suggests that video games need to be lavish productions with infinitely complex systems, bleeding edge graphics, and cinematic stories, I suggest taking a look at Subset Games' Into the Breach. This follow-up to the wildly successful FTL is, like chess, a seemingly simple little strategy game that hides a fantastic amount of thoughtful gameplay that is as addictive and challenging as it is spare.

Into the Breach Review

Shiftlings: Enhanced Edition Review

Shiftlings takes place in cartoon space (Ratchet & Clank style) and centers around a game show hosted by a purple sleaze who can’t stop shilling for Black Hola Cola. However good it might taste, this fizzy beverage seems to have given the protagonists – two alien janitors working constant shifts – a serious case of gas. By trading this gas between their tethered suits, they shift which one is large and heavy, or small and light. Pretty clever, eh?

Shiftlings: Enhanced Edition Review

ECHO Review

ECHO is intelligent sci-fi without any artificial provocation or emotion manipulation. It’s cool and enigmatic to the end, and much like Kubrick’s movies I referred to earlier, it takes a certain state of mind to appreciate its fearful symmetry.

ECHO Review

Code 7 Review

Before adventure games got graphics, everything that was presented in them was written. They were also played by typing in words to communicate with the game world. How would this kind of text adventure work in these days, with games pushing the boundaries of photorealistic graphics for ever more authentic immersion? Pretty damn well, as cyber thriller Code 7 proves.

Code 7 Review

ARK: Survival Evolved Review

With its sci-fi inflected single player campaign, ARK at least offers a solo player the chance to get the gist of the game without the threat of anti-social humans ruining whatever progress has been made. For the past two years, ARK has been helping to shape the genre and now that it's "finished," it feels like the genre is due for the next stage of evolution.

ARK: Survival Evolved Review

Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock Review

Some up-close texture issues, occasional framerate hiccups, and a lackluster cadre of voice actors aside, Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock is one of the best -- and certainly, most respectful -- of the Galactica -inspired games. Although no game has really captured the deep philosophical underpinnings and complex human drama that made the series so engaging Deadlock nails the exciting and tactical battles that were such a memorable aspect of the show.

Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock Review

Destiny 2 Review

2014's Destiny was a polarizing product, confused about its own identity and therefore confusing to consumers. Was it a failed MMORPG or a multiplayer shooter with a bolted-on campaign? Was it a Diablo-esque loot collection game? Was it a new genre? Even after the excellent Taken King expansion/reboot, Destiny remained both a disappointment to many and a favorite to many more. 

Destiny 2 Review

>observer_ Review

>observer_ is one of the most immersive games I have had a privilege to play in recent memory. It grabs you by the collar and pulls deep into its twisted cyber mystery.

>observer_ Review

Korix Review

That’s probably for the best though. I can’t fathom going against a human player--I’d be ripped to shreds! Korix is a great entry level RTS that uses the technology of the PlayStation VR in a spectacularly immersive fashio

Korix Review

Unearthing Mars Review

Unearthing Mars begins as a serious expedition to Mars only to transform into a laughably bad science fiction space opera about angry aliens and partying pig dog beasts. It won’t leave you with anything to remember it by, except for how laughably bad it is. The experience of Unearthing Mars is a lot like being EPCOT Center’s Spaceship Earth while riding high on bad weed.

Unearthing Mars Review