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Final Fantasy XVI Review: A Dominant Force

Final Fantasy XVI Review: A Dominant Force

game review21 June 2023

The next main series entry is the most mature Final Fantasy game so far and lets it explore a whole new range of topics. Add to that a fast and fun combat system, and you get a game that’s hard to put down.

Final Fantasy XVI Review: A Dominant Force
Baldur's Gate 3 Review: BG3 Is Great, But I Hoped for Greater Miracles

Baldur's Gate 3 Review: BG3 Is Great, But I Hoped for Greater Miracles

game review29 August 2023

Baldur's Gate 3 partially fulfilled my dreams, and partially didn't. It's a great adventure in my beloved genre, but ultimately it doesn't deliver on all of its promises. It's a phenomenon that I've entered with my mind, but not entirely with my soul.

Baldur's Gate 3 Review: BG3 Is Great, But I Hoped for Greater Miracles
Starfield Review: A Stellar Masterpiece

Starfield Review: A Stellar Masterpiece

game review31 August 2023

Starfield is a massive game with plenty to offer and hundreds of hours of possibilities. Its features, writing, and tried-and-true gameplay take it far beyond our solar system.

Starfield Review: A Stellar Masterpiece
RIDE 5 Review - Less Gran Turismo, More MotoGP Vibes

RIDE 5 Review - Less Gran Turismo, More MotoGP Vibes

game review21 August 2023

We used to call the RIDE series “Gran Turismo for motorcycle lovers.” However, it seems Milestone has now a different vision, and brings RIDE 5 closer to MotoGP. It plays great but something important was lost in the process.

RIDE 5 Review - Less Gran Turismo, More MotoGP Vibes
Resident Evil 4 Remake Review: Survival Horror Perfected

Resident Evil 4 Remake Review: Survival Horror Perfected

game review19 March 2023

Back in 2008, Capcom gave us a game that redefined the survival horror genre. Who knew it could continue to refine itself nearly two decades later.

Resident Evil 4 Remake Review: Survival Horror Perfected
Cities: Skylines 2 Review - A Revolution, 2.0, or 1.5?

Cities: Skylines 2 Review - A Revolution, 2.0, or 1.5?

game review19 October 2023

Cities Skylines is finally back with its sequel after a whole eight years. Part two brings sweeping, quality-of-life improvements, but has the formula stayed relevant after almost a decade?

Cities: Skylines 2 Review - A Revolution, 2.0, or 1.5?
Spider-Man 2 Review: A Marvel to Behold

Spider-Man 2 Review: A Marvel to Behold

game review16 October 2023

Are two Spider-Men better than one? In a word, yes, but the real hero of this video game is a story that’s nothing short of amazing.

Spider-Man 2 Review: A Marvel to Behold
System Shock Review: Shockingly Good

System Shock Review: Shockingly Good

game review09 June 2023

System Shock is a reboot of the critically acclaimed 1994 video game of the same title. Nearly thirty years have passed since the original release, which means there is a long legacy to live up to. Read our review.

System Shock Review: Shockingly Good
Red Dead Redemption Switch Review - The Classic is Back, Now on Hand-held

Red Dead Redemption Switch Review - The Classic is Back, Now on Hand-held

game review11 October 2023

Red Dead Redemption unexpectedly arrived on the Nintendo Switch. The title proves that games can run smoothly on the console and also look good. The only problem is the price.

Red Dead Redemption Switch Review - The Classic is Back, Now on Hand-held
Dead Island 2 Review: Zombied Out

Dead Island 2 Review: Zombied Out

game review18 April 2023

Dead Island 2 is a return to a tried-and-true formula: murdering zombies with baseball bats. What else does Dead Island 2 bring to the table? You'll find out in our review.

Dead Island 2 Review: Zombied Out
Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon Review. Mechas Die Twice

Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon Review. Mechas Die Twice

game review23 August 2023

The TV set melted and the PS4 is a pile of smoking ash after the encounter with Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon. This game in every respect reminds me of face-melting red-hot metal.

Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon Review. Mechas Die Twice
Assassin’s Creed Mirage Review - Unfortunate Series Low Point

Assassin’s Creed Mirage Review - Unfortunate Series Low Point

game review04 October 2023

Pretty much all fans of the Assassin's Creed were hyped for Mirage, an installment heralded as full-blown return to the roots. Sadly, Ubisoft didn't manage to break the bad spell, although the game is technically polished, there's not much more to it.

Assassin’s Creed Mirage Review - Unfortunate Series Low Point
Darkest Dungeon II Review: It Only Gets Darker

Darkest Dungeon II Review: It Only Gets Darker

game review08 May 2023

Darkest Dungeon II continues the original’s legacy, thrusting the player into incredibly dark, brutal, and complex strategic turn-based combat.

Darkest Dungeon II Review: It Only Gets Darker
Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe Review: Bigger and Friendlier

Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe Review: Bigger and Friendlier

game review27 February 2023

A remastered version of the 2011 Wii title, Kirby’s Return to Dream Land offers some updated graphics and a few new features, but are these enough to justify returning to the game?

Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe Review: Bigger and Friendlier
The Invincible Review - An Unexpected Gem Straight From Outer Space

The Invincible Review - An Unexpected Gem Straight From Outer Space

game review02 November 2023

The Invincible is a short, immersive, narrative-driven game boasting a stunning art style and based on Stanislaw Lem's classic. The long awaited gaming experience inspired by Lem is no doubt an unexpected, late hit of 2023.

The Invincible Review - An Unexpected Gem Straight From Outer Space
Hogwarts Legacy Review: Bewitchingly Enchanting

Hogwarts Legacy Review: Bewitchingly Enchanting

game review08 February 2023

Harry Potter and his friends may not star in Hogwarts Legacy, but the magic of the series shines through in a game that is as enchanting as it is immersive.

Hogwarts Legacy Review: Bewitchingly Enchanting
Diablo 4 Review: Blizzard Remembered How to Make a Great Game!

Diablo 4 Review: Blizzard Remembered How to Make a Great Game!

game review30 May 2023

We've been waiting for years, but it's finally here - the new Diablo 4 with a great campaign and addictive combat. Read our review, because it was really worth the wait!

Diablo 4 Review: Blizzard Remembered How to Make a Great Game!
Pharaoh New Era Review: Pyramids Built on Nostalgia in Great Return of Timeless Classic

Pharaoh New Era Review: Pyramids Built on Nostalgia in Great Return of Timeless Classic

game review15 February 2023

Pharaoh returns to take the rightful spot on the throne of city builders. The game has some shortcomings, but it is still a great remake. A New Era treats the source material with respect, at the same time making it more accessible.

Pharaoh New Era Review: Pyramids Built on Nostalgia in Great Return of Timeless Classic
Jagged Alliance 3 Review - A Solid Return of a Legend!

Jagged Alliance 3 Review - A Solid Return of a Legend!

game review13 July 2023

Fans of the Jagged Alliance series had to wait 24 years for the next installment of their favorite game. But does the 3 have a chance to meet all the expectations, or will it turn out to be the final nail in the coffin.

Jagged Alliance 3 Review - A Solid Return of a Legend!
Fire Emblem Engage Review: Winning Bonds

Fire Emblem Engage Review: Winning Bonds

game review25 January 2023

Improving on its classic features, this new entry in the Fire Emblem series - Engage - is sure to please fans and newcomers alike with its robust offerings and focus on combat.

Fire Emblem Engage Review: Winning Bonds
The Talos Principle 2 Review: A Mind-Bending Beauty

The Talos Principle 2 Review: A Mind-Bending Beauty

game review02 November 2023

If you only play one puzzle game this year, The Talos Principle 2—with its engrossing themes of philosophy, existence, and society—has to be it.

The Talos Principle 2 Review: A Mind-Bending Beauty
Alan Wake 2 Review: The Sheer Power of Storytelling

Alan Wake 2 Review: The Sheer Power of Storytelling

game review26 October 2023

Alan Wake 2 stands out as a sequel that builds on the strong foundation laid by the original some thirteen years ago and takes the series in an exciting, new direction.

Alan Wake 2 Review: The Sheer Power of Storytelling
Wo Long Fallen Dynasty Review: A Spirited Soulslike

Wo Long Fallen Dynasty Review: A Spirited Soulslike

game review03 March 2023

Much like Nioh, Wo Long is beautiful and intricate and offers a punishing combat system to satisfy your masochistic desires if you have a thing for Souslike games.

Wo Long Fallen Dynasty Review: A Spirited Soulslike
Cyberpunk 2077 Disappointed, but Phantom Liberty Delights. A Touching Farewell by Spy Thriller

Cyberpunk 2077 Disappointed, but Phantom Liberty Delights. A Touching Farewell by Spy Thriller

game review20 September 2023

I'm not a big fan of Cyberpunk 2077, but Phantom Liberty totally stole my heart. It has a great plot, great emotions, and is really memorable. That said, it's just average in terms of gameplay.

Cyberpunk 2077 Disappointed, but Phantom Liberty Delights. A Touching Farewell by Spy Thriller
Immortals of Aveum Review: When Magic Fizzles

Immortals of Aveum Review: When Magic Fizzles

game review22 August 2023

A new IP, Immortals of Aveum, doesn’t make the best first impression, yet has the potential to be much more – if it focuses on what it does well.

Immortals of Aveum Review: When Magic Fizzles
EA WRC Review - DiRT Rally Has New Name and Unexpected Issues

EA WRC Review - DiRT Rally Has New Name and Unexpected Issues

game review03 November 2023

Raised on foundations of excellent DiRT Rally series, WRC seemed certain contender to the title of the racing game of the year, after disappointing launch of Forza Motorsport. Sadly, what Codemasters released is another troubled title in need of patching.

EA WRC Review - DiRT Rally Has New Name and Unexpected Issues
LEGO 2K Drive Review: Some Missing Pieces

LEGO 2K Drive Review: Some Missing Pieces

game review24 May 2023

Mixing LEGO bricks with an open-world cart racing experience, LEGO 2K Drive is lighthearted fun that could build way more with its working parts.

LEGO 2K Drive Review: Some Missing Pieces
Super Mario Bros. Wonder Review: Old-School Charm, Newfound Magic

Super Mario Bros. Wonder Review: Old-School Charm, Newfound Magic

game review25 October 2023

Visually striking and a zany, trippy ride, Super Mario. Bros. Wonder is an impressive 2D platformer that feels so familiar and brand-new at the same time.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder Review: Old-School Charm, Newfound Magic
Scars Above Review: Stars in Their Eyes

Scars Above Review: Stars in Their Eyes

game review28 February 2023

Inspired by many games you’ve probably played, Scars Above does its best to tell a unique story and stand out on top. Does it succeed or get lost in space?

Scars Above Review: Stars in Their Eyes
Like a Dragon Ishin Review: High-Ranking Samurai

Like a Dragon Ishin Review: High-Ranking Samurai

game review22 February 2023

Mixing the classic feel of Yakuza and Like a Dragon games with some Japanese history, Ishin offers you a new way to enjoy the series and even teach you a thing or two about the way of the samurai.

Like a Dragon Ishin Review: High-Ranking Samurai