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Life Is Strange 2 Episode 3, "Wastelands" Review

We’ve reached the climax of Life Is Strange 2 and the rollercoaster ride down is liable to be a rocky one. This is definitely one of the better episodes in the game because there’s real danger here. Sean and Daniel have been doing pretty OK for themselves but this is the first time things felt truly unpredictable.

Life Is Strange 2 Episode 3, "Wastelands" Review

Life Is Strange 2 Episode 2, "Rules" Review

Life Is Strange 2 is a road movie where the journey is more important than the destination, which is still kind of up in the air. There are a lot of miles between the Diaz boys and Mexico, leaving open ample opportunities for things to go hideously sideways. It’s early yet so I can’t discern where the story will take these two boys. A solid entry despite its off-key finale.

Life Is Strange 2 Episode 2, "Rules" Review

Operencia: The Stolen Sun Review

Operencia: The Stolen Sun is a turn-based fantasy RPG that exists in what is becoming an ever-emptier niche: budget games that hide their limitations and make up for their modest production values with reasonable, attainable ambitions and high-quality follow through.

Operencia: The Stolen Sun Review

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

DiRT Rally 2.0 Review

DiRT-series drifted more to the arcade-style rally racing game by game, but a few years ago, DirRT Rally made a corrective steering maneuver. Gone was frolicking presentation and other easy-going nonsense and focus was firmly shifted back to rally and rallycross. For the inevitable sequel, DiRT Rally 2.0, magic formula hasn’t been “add more” but rather “refine further”.

DiRT Rally 2.0 Review

Crackdown 3 Review

Crackdown 3 lets you play as an action superhero star, leaping tall buildings in a single bound as you systematically take down a mega corporation and yet, I’ve found that sentence far more exciting than the actual game.

Crackdown 3 Review

Resident Evil 2 Review

Remastering old games is relatively easy. Just spice up the graphics and perhaps smooth out controls a bit and that’s it. Remaking is another story, though, especially if it concerns such a classic video game as Resident Evil 2, something that’s loved and cherished by a whole generation of gamers who first experienced it over 20 years ago on PlayStation 1.

Resident Evil 2 Review

Genesis Alpha One Review

Genesis Alpha One by German indie developer Radiation Blue and published by Team17 covers the star trek to a place where our DNA can prosper once again. Mostly on-board an extensible starship, the game is a mix of resource management and 1st person shooter that almost downplays its most exciting aspects.

Genesis Alpha One Review

Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics Review

Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics feels, looks and sounds like something that’s been developed with a really tight budget. The game has certain old-fashioned charm to it, and the close quarters turn-based action evokes amusing vibes of gentleman’s rules.

Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics Review

Ashen Review

Although Ashen is one of the better Souls-like games, its strengths emerge the more it deviates from the template. With a distinctive art style and approach to co-op, base-building and character interaction, Ashen suffers in those areas in which its Souls model outshines it: fluid and varied combat being the most obvious area. Taken apart from its inspiration, though, Ashen is still an entertaining and elegant experience.

Ashen Review

Fallout 76 Review

 Fallout 76 is a confusing experience, a discord of half-baked ideas and false premises but also some genuinely smart gameplay mechanics that allow solo players and groups alike adventure in equal terms.

Fallout 76 Review

The Missing: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories Review

Enveloped in a nightmarish world and a gruesome gameplay gimmick, The Missing manages to tell a surprisingly human story about a young person’s search for identity.

The Missing: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories Review

Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Review

Still, as rich in content as Black Ops 4 might be, it does exclude a segment of shooter fans that have no interest in multiplayer or competitive gaming, or don’t have a community of gaming friends to play with. Solo players can have a lot of fun with Black Ops 4, though ranking up in multiplayer can be a bit of a frustrating slog through hours of humiliation.

Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Review

Planet Alpha Review

Planet Alpha was a polarizing game for me. It’s probably one of the most gorgeous games to come out this year and there wasn’t one location on the planet that didn’t elicit some sort of awed verbal response. The platforming gameplay, however, leaves much, much more to be desired.

Planet Alpha Review

Forza Horizon 4 Review

Playground Games continues to set the standard in the genre and Forza Horizon 4 is no different. This is open world driving at its absolute finest. The spectacular visuals and stellar roster of cars are great, but the shared world and new weather system is really what makes this one of the best open world racing games this decade.

Forza Horizon 4 Review