All reviews by Jonathan Barnes

Use Your Words Review

Use Your Words is a shallow party game that pales in comparison to others in the genre. Its lack of variety makes the experience repetitive and boring after only a few games.

Posted 5 years ago

Chime Sharp Review

Chime Sharp may look like a modern game, but it FEELS like an older game in the best ways possible.

Posted 5 years ago

Dishonored 2 Review

The Dishonored series presents a delicious and diabolical opportunity for those who struggle with their inner nature. So the question becomes, "What kind of player are you?"

Posted 6 years ago

Slain: Back from Hell Review

I sympathize with Bathoryn, the protagonist of Slain: Back from Hell. Many nights I'm also crudely awakened from a peaceful slumber to dispatch foul demons and free the land of their stench.

Posted 6 years ago

Destiny: Rise of Iron Review

Last week, Bungie finally gave players another content drop with "Rise of Iron". While the content does scratch the itch for "more Destiny", does it reach the high bar that Bungie set with "The Taken King"?

Posted 6 years ago

Dear Esther: Landmark Edition Review

Do games need to be fun? Pardon the rhetoric, but this question ties into one of the central questions that games, gamers, game designers, and critics have struggled with for decades: Are games art?

Posted 6 years ago

Lovely Planet Review

Back in my day, games were hard and finishing them was considered a major achievement throughout the playground. We used to take pictures (and get them developed!) of the kill screen and flash them t

Posted 6 years ago

Game of Thrones Review

EDITOR'S NOTE - We'll be doing something a little different with episodic content of this sort from here on out. Rather than establishing individual scores for each subsequent episode, we'll be havi

Posted 7 years ago

Rise of the Tomb Raider Review

When it comes to adventures in archaeology, one can't do much better than Indiana Jones. In his three (don't you dare fact check that number) adventures, Indy went on quests to find the Ark of the Co

Posted 7 years ago

Destiny - The Taken King Review

Breaking up is hard to do. It's even harder when you're letting go of a good partner, someone who's stuck with you through thick and thin. I'm not going to lie, I shed a small tear when I put my full

Posted 7 years ago

Dishonored Definitive Edition Review

"Why don't you just kill that guy?" My seven year old niece is watching me play Dishonored Definitive Edition and I'm choking out my fifteenth guy in about ten minutes. "Because killing isn't nice an

Posted 7 years ago

Commander Cherry's Puzzled Journey Review

"I just want to finish this world so we can watch our movie." My wife is waiting patiently for me to finish the fourth world in Commander Cherry's Puzzled Journey. I've been tasked with maneuvering C

Posted 7 years ago

Game of Thrones - Episode 5 Review

EDITOR'S NOTE - We'll be doing something a little different with episodic content of this sort from here on out. Rather than establishing individual scores for each subsequent episode, we'll be havi

Posted 7 years ago

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Review

Fans of Game of Thrones will no doubt recall a scene from the first season/book where a certain character is compelled to eat an entire, raw horse heart in one sitting. The act of eating this massive

Posted 7 years ago

Game of Thrones - Episode 4 Review

EDITOR'S NOTE - We'll be doing something a little different with episodic content of this sort from here on out. Rather than establishing individual scores for each subsequent episode, we'll be havi

Posted 7 years ago

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Review

We will be cruel to the Germans, and through our cruelty they will know who we are. And they will find the evidence of our cruelty in the disemboweled, dismembered, and disfigured bodies of their br

Posted 7 years ago

WE ARE DOOMED Review

I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. ~Revelation 3:15-16 As

Posted 7 years ago

Game of Thrones - Episode 3 Review

EDITOR'S NOTE - We'll be doing something a little different with episodic content of this sort from here on out. Rather than establishing individual scores for each subsequent episode, we'll be havi

Posted 7 years ago

Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 Review

"Is that the game where you just flail your arms around?" I just told my lovely, non-gaming wife about my latest review assignment of Fruit Ninja Kinect 2. As a game series clearly designed with casu

Posted 7 years ago

Game of Thrones - Episode 2 Review

EDITOR'S NOTE - We'll be doing something a little different with episodic content of this sort from here on out. Rather than establishing individual scores for each subsequent episode, we'll be havi

Posted 7 years ago

Game of Thrones - Episode 1 Review

EDITOR'S NOTE - We'll be doing something a little different with episodic content of this sort from here on out. Rather than establishing individual scores for each subsequent episode, we'll be havi

Posted 8 years ago

Terraria Review

"I just want to build a damned house." My frustrated grumblings are only heard by my dog, who gives me a quizzical cock of his head as I sit on the floor all too close to my TV, attempting to get a b

Posted 8 years ago

Defense Grid 2 Review

I feel bad for my wife. My loving, non-gaming spouse generally puts up with this hobby and graciously eschews watching her TV shows to allow me the use of the "nice TV" to review games when they come

Posted 8 years ago

Destiny Review

Hype is a cruel mistress. It sells games and raises expectations, but it can also toe the line between fact and fantasy. Destiny is the latest game to board one of the biggest hype trains in gaming h

Posted 8 years ago

Sixty Second Shooter Prime Review

When it was announced that all Xbox One titles would have a full 1,000 Gamerscore, many achievement hunters rejoiced at the possibility of easy, quick infusions to boost their overall total. Gamers o

Posted 8 years ago

The Walking Dead: Season Two-Episode 3 Review

With the story being such a huge focus of The Walking Dead series, every effort has been made to keep this review spoiler-free. That being said, small hints to the story are present. As an apt fores

Posted 8 years ago

Burial at Sea - Episode 2 Review

Throughout three games, the BioShock franchise has been about the darkness lurking just beneath the surface. Whether it was the gleaming, art deco fantasy of Rapture that hid beneath it the follies o

Posted 8 years ago

Titanfall Review

At this point, the reputation of Titanfall precedes it. Rising from the ashes of the Infinity Ward exodus, Respawn Entertainment's maiden title has seen its fair share of accolades from industry insi

Posted 8 years ago

The Walking Dead: Season Two-Episode 2 Review

With the story being such a huge focus of The Walking Dead series, every effort has been made to keep this review spoiler-free. That being said, small hints to the story are present. On the surface

Posted 8 years ago

Fable Anniversary Review

In 2004, Fable was full of promise. Backed by industry icon, Peter Molyneux, the hype surrounding the ambitious Xbox title reigned supreme. Every choice would have a consequence. As the hero of Albio

Posted 8 years ago

The Walking Dead: Season Two-Episode 1 Review

With the story being such a huge focus of The Walking Dead series, every effort has been made to keep this review spoiler-free. That being said, small hints to the story are present. Much like rippi

Posted 9 years ago

The Bridge Review

There are three kinds of puzzle games in this world: ones that make you feel smart, ones that make you feel dumb before ultimately making you feel smart, and ones that make you want to smash your con

Posted 9 years ago

Burial at Sea - Episode 1 Review

When gamers learned that Irrational was planning to take them back to Rapture in "Burial at Sea", the story-based DLC for their critically-acclaimed smash hit, BioShock Infinite, the cries of joy and

Posted 9 years ago

Star Trek Review

The eponymous show behind Digital Extremes’ Star Trek was always about exploring strange new worlds, seeking out new life and new civilizations, and boldly going where no man has gone before. In a wo

Posted 9 years ago

BattleBlock Theater Review

Every once in a while a developer comes along and gives you a game that’s like a box of chocolates. You don’t know what kind of chocolates the box holds, but you can guess that there’s going to be th

Posted 9 years ago

The Cave Review

What do you want most in this world? Is it money, power, respect, love, or something more? If you did manage to get that thing which you desire most, would it satisfy you or would it leave you feelin

Posted 9 years ago

Realms of Ancient War Review

One area where PC gaming seems to always outpace consoles is in the land of the hack-and-slash dungeon crawler. The most iconic example is Blizzard’s Diablo series, which has lured gamers in for over

Posted 10 years ago

Deadlight Review

In some inland post feel the savagery, the utter savagery, had closed round him--all that mysterious life of the wilderness that stirs in the forest, in the jungles, in the hearts of wild men. There

Posted 10 years ago