Often times with first-person narrative adventure games, it's up to the player to piece together a story being told through notes and audio tapes. There's a line you don't want to cross when leaving it up to players, though.
Posted 7 days ago by Mark Delaney, 15 comments
On the surface, Celeste is just another pixel-art indie game with a steep difficulty curve, but give it a chance and you'll find an engrossing challenge, a beautiful little story and a rewarding journey to the summit.
Posted 12 days ago by Sam Quirke, 29 comments
Side-scrolling beat 'em ups were a staple of arcades and early consoles, but we don't see them nearly as often anymore. Wulverblade brings the genre back into the spotlight with strategic combat and beautiful artwork.
Posted 13 days ago by Mark Delaney, 11 comments
After originally releasing for PC, 2064: Read Only Memories has made the jump to consoles. Inspired by adventure games of the 1980s, this point and click title takes you on quite the journey.
Posted 14 days ago by Megan Walton, 11 comments
An idea for a niche genre that has potential, but is let down by multiplayer that's made unpredictable by the lack of player support and unreliable network code.
Posted 20 days ago by Andrew Ogley, 11 comments
Anyone who loves American football but wishes for an alternative for hyper-realistic Madden sims probably thinks back fondly to the NFL Blitz days. Luckily for those people, such days have returned. Well, sort of.
Posted 21 days ago by Mark Delaney, 27 comments
It’s from a long-running series you’ve never heard of and serves as China’s take on Final Fantasy. Combining classic elements with a new spin and lots of issues, the result is both good and bad depending on your approach.
Posted 24 days ago by Kevin Tavore, 18 comments
Dragon Ball FighterZ is one of many games in the Dragon Ball franchise. However it is the first to bring 3v3 brawling into the mix. For a first attempt at this formula, the developer has done a great job.
Posted 25 days ago by Marc Hollinshead, 22 comments
Say what you will about walking sims, but what they sacrifice in the way of really involved gameplay, they typically make up for with storytelling. Ethan Carter somehow bucks that trend for the worse, but it's still decent.
Posted 28 days ago by Mark Delaney, 20 comments
This puzzle platformer tells the story of a young girl in a world of machines who has the help of a large but valuable droid. It results in a suitably challenging title. However, it isn't without its flaws.
Posted 1 month ago by Marc Hollinshead, 4 comments
Lost Grimoires 2 is a sequel that carries only minimal ties to the game that preceded it, meaning that it is perfectly playable on its own or as part of the trilogy.
Posted 1 month ago by Rebecca Smith, 14 comments
Night in the Woods is best described as the anti-coming of age story. It excels at character building and ultimately reminds us that real life isn't nearly as epiphanic as fiction tells us it is, especially not in Possum Springs.
Posted 1 month ago by Mark Delaney, 19 comments
Okami was pinned as a Zelda-killer when it first arrived. Thanks to its wonderful art style, clever design and presentation, it might just have reached that height. A decade later, it's dated but still relevant.
Posted 1 month ago by Kevin Tavore, 37 comments
There can't be many people left who haven't experienced at least one of The Walking Dead seasons, but whether you have or haven't, Telltale has found the perfect way for you to play them all over again.
Posted 1 month ago by Megan Walton, 43 comments
Hello Neighbor is a game where players are meant to reveal the skeletons in the closet of your seemingly sinister neighbor. Sadly, the biggest secret of all is that this game is quite broken in nearly every way.
Posted 1 month ago by Mark Delaney, 22 comments
We all know the famous capture the flag style multiplayer modes. Well, Oh My Godheads builds on these modes by mixing in a God or two, making for some pretty chaotic fun.
Posted 2 months ago by Megan Walton, 7 comments
Gears for Breakfast's debut title largely smashes any misconceptions by delivering a charming and fun platformer that's only let down by some minor technical issues.
Posted 2 months ago by Rebecca Smith, 12 comments
How do you react in an emergency? Cower in fear? Step up and lead the situation? With 911 Operator, you can put those skills to the test, but don't expect to be qualified as a professional dispatcher afterwards.
Posted 2 months ago by Marc Hollinshead, 4 comments
Assassin's Creed Origins provides a much-needed change in direction for the Assassin’s Creed franchise. It isn’t perfect, but it points to a long and healthy continuation of the series.
Posted 2 months ago by Dave Horobin, 23 comments
SOMA released to other platforms two years ago. Only now does the Xbox crowd get to catch up, but in this case late is definitely better than never. It tells a superb sci-fi story that should be missed by no genre fan.
Posted 2 months ago by Mark Delaney, 17 comments
As a reboot of the original series but with a brand new story to tell, Black Mirror is a point and click title that takes you to a creepy house in Scotland.
Posted 3 months ago by Megan Walton, 13 comments
A significant amount of us have loved The Sims over the years. For many it was a formative experience, a gateway into the hobby we all love. Sadly, The Sims 4 on console is a sore reminder that nostalgia can only take you so far.
Posted 3 months ago by Sam Quirke, 41 comments
The latest installment in the long-running franchise mixes a Hollywood-style tale of revenge, open-world arcade racing, and elements from other titles in the genre, leaving the player with a strange sense of déjà vu.
Posted 3 months ago by Andrew Ogley, 29 comments
In 1999, Outcast offered a living, open world in an era for which where it was practically unheard. It's the game that inspired the game that inspired the game that inspired your favorite open world. Now it's back.
Posted 3 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 34 comments
L.A. Noire's engaging and memorable mystery is what leads to its downfall as a desirable revisit for returning fans: the appeal is snuffed out for those who already know how every case in this detective story ends.
Posted 3 months ago by Kelly Packard, 32 comments
After being part of the industry for over a decade, LEGO games have started to evolve into surprisingly ambitious projects. LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 is now here and it clearly wants to keep that theme going.
Posted 3 months ago by Marc Hollinshead, 16 comments
Star Wars Battlefront II was the center of the gaming world for a week or two and for all the wrong reasons, but admitting its flaws and cutting through them will net you an otherwise fantastic game that may still be salvaged.
Posted 3 months ago by Mark Delaney, 64 comments
The sights and sounds of World War II have been highly sought after among Call of Duty fans over the past few years. People seemed to have grown bored of the future. At long last, the franchise returns to its roots.
Posted 3 months ago by Mark Delaney, 42 comments
It's clear the development team is passionate about Numantia and its setting. Unfortunately, a game needs more than high hopes and grandiose dreams to succeed, and the lack of polish shows through.
Posted 3 months ago by Kelly Packard, 6 comments
A common sight of this console generation has been HD remasters of older titles. It's extremely unusual for one of those remakes to come from the cartridge era of games and this is what makes this anthology so unexpected.
Posted 3 months ago by Rebecca Smith, 29 comments
Little Lucky is on a platforming adventure and some would say Xbox is in need of a family-friendly hero to rival certain plumbers and bandicoots. This simple tale helps to fill the niche but stumbles over a few foxholes.
Posted 3 months ago by Sam Quirke, 48 comments
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is the latest in the series that takes place in an alternate history where the Nazis won the war, but does it still have a place in a world where the FPS is so commonplace?
Posted 3 months ago by Lexley Ford, 20 comments
Have you ever wished you could have a birds eye view of the world? Well, AER - Memories of Old allows you to have just that as you take control of Auk and her transforming ability in this beautiful game.
Posted 3 months ago by Megan Walton, 14 comments
This standalone adventure takes the player on a journey into the depths of the ocean, although the similar gameplay will mean that players of previous Artifex Mundi titles will know exactly what they're getting into.
Posted 3 months ago by Rebecca Smith, 6 comments
FIFA 18 offers the best game of football that the series has seen in some time and provides the best overall package for fans of the sport.
Posted 4 months ago by Dave Horobin, 10 comments
Of all the video game genres, shooters age with the worst of them. But sometimes, under a peeling, scratchy layer of rust, there are glimpses of what made Rogue Trooper so beloved by fans.
Posted 4 months ago by Kelly Packard, 12 comments
The Evil Within 2 puts us back in the shoes of Sebastian Castellanos three years after the events of The Evil Within. Traumatized by the events that unfolded at Beacon Mental Hospital, Sebastian has to face his fears once more.
Posted 4 months ago by Lexley Ford, 16 comments
NASCAR Heat 2 captures the essence of the sport but that's to its detriment too. Racing amongst the pack is great fun, but you have to be a fan to see past the presentation and enjoy continually racing around circles.
Posted 4 months ago by Andrew Ogley, 7 comments
If you're a game developer, and your plan is to make gamers bang their head against the same missions over and over again, they better be damn good. Learn from Deadbeat Heroes.
Posted 4 months ago by Kelly Packard, 10 comments
After The Stick of Truth, people were eager to jump back into South Park when The Fractured but Whole was announced. Now that it's finally here, is it worthy of its predecessor, or does it simply stink?
Posted 4 months ago by Marc Hollinshead, 38 comments
The sequel to what many consider 2014's Game of the Year improves upon its predecessor in every way, bringing improvements and new ideas together to create an excellent Assassin's Creed-style adventure.
Posted 4 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 130 comments
Today we embark on a space adventure that seeks to capture the feeling of a true final frontier in the randomly-generated stars. But can Morphite shine bright enough to capture our attention?
Posted 4 months ago by Sam Quirke, 1 comment
Raiders of the Broken Planet is an indie game but you wouldn't know it by looking at it. It boasts AAA visuals and some impressive settings, but it gets dragged down in a number of ways that keep it from becoming great.
Posted 4 months ago by Mark Delaney, 6 comments
Tetris was a big part of a lot of people's childhoods and Tricky Towers has taken aspects of Tetris to create a new game. Making towers from Tetris blocks may sound simple, but it isn't.
Posted 4 months ago by Megan Walton, 7 comments
Movie tie-in games are a dying breed. However, with another LEGO Movie hitting the big screen, it would almost be criminal for TT Games not to cash in. Is the latest LEGO game worthy of the name?
Posted 4 months ago by Marc Hollinshead, 20 comments
Publisher Devolver Digital has a knack for spotting raw potential. Peruse their publishing pedigree and you'll see no shortage of gritty smash hits oozing with personality. Reikon Games' Ruiner is one more to add to the list.
Posted 4 months ago by Kelly Packard, 9 comments
Battle Chasers: Nightwar is a comic series brought to life and mixed with modernized JRPG gameplay to create an RPG experience that stands among the best available on the Xbox One.
Posted 4 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 31 comments
Destiny may have taken a few years to find its feet, but now it has a stable foundation to work with, does Destiny 2 have what it takes to outshine its predecessor?
Posted 4 months ago by Lexley Ford, 72 comments
Another magnificent entry in the Forza franchise with great cars, great visuals and great racing. It may no longer be the most innovative racing title but it still sets the benchmark in production quality and playability.
Posted 4 months ago by Andrew Ogley, 48 comments
StudioMDHR's debut title garnered significant pre-release hype for itself thanks in large part to its stunning visual design. Thankfully, with tough design and excellent co-op, Cuphead is much more than just a pretty face.
Posted 5 months ago by Mark Delaney, 120 comments
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