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First Impressions: Gears 5 Looks Fantastic but Feels Off

Gears 5 is a good entry into the Gears of War series, but the game is lacking in a few key areas. Sound design and no feeling of weight behind the characters when it comes to melee combat stops Gears 5 from being great.

Posted 2 months ago by Sean Carey 63

Fallout 76 Really Needs to Get In Xbox Game Pass

Lots of people have been surprised by the various missing games from Xbox's E3 conference – a new Fable, some news on The Initiative's project or a sliver of something from Age of Empires IV. My biggest shock? No Fallout 76.

Posted 5 months ago by Sam Quirke 80

Final Fantasy and the Makings of a Timeless Game

These games are heralded by many as timeless classics and that's tall praise, but my playtime has shown it might not be unearned. I've dug in for the first time and have discovered buried treasures I never should have missed.

Posted 6 months ago by Kevin Tavore

RAGE 2 Paradoxically Rises and Falls At Once

Our full review session with RAGE 2 is still ongoing, but we wanted to share some early impressions while you wait for the complete verdict. The early hours have been a bit of a paradox, really. A Tale of Two Apocalyptic Cities.

Posted 6 months ago by Mark Delaney

Kerbal Space Program: A Journey Through Space and Time

Despite its goofy exterior Kerbal Space Program is the detailed space simulator we all need, in order to fully respect the mind-boggling mental gymnastics that a space program must endure.

Posted 7 months ago by Sam Quirke

State of Decay 2's Nightmare Zone is a Dream Come True

State of Decay 2's latest free update is out now. It offers two new difficulties and a host of related achievements. One new mode is called Nightmare, but if you're a big fan like I am, it may ironically be a dream come true.

Posted 8 months ago by Mark Delaney

Battlefield V Firestorm is the Stealthiest Battle Royale Yet

Battlefield V is the latest in a seemingly never-ending line of games trying their hand at battle royale. What it does differently should excite fans of sneaking around in virtual worlds as Firestorm is the stealthiest yet.

Posted 8 months ago by Mark Delaney

Sekiro and the Joy of Playing Games in Their Native Languages

While our review for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is on the way, I wanted to first call early adopters' attention to a vital detail you may otherwise miss. Sekiro wants to be played in Japanese, and I want you to keep it that way.

Posted 8 months ago by Mark Delaney

Has Google Stadia Stolen The Next Xbox's Thunder?

Like a commenter on a message board, Google saw gaming starting to shift toward cloud gaming and swooped in to exclaim, "first!" What do Stadia's impressive features mean for Xbox's future cloud-based gaming?

Posted 8 months ago by Mark Delaney

Looking For Love: Video Game Romances Done Right

For one reason or another, romance is rarely at the forefront of games. This Valentine's Day, we're taking a look at just a few of the titles that have put even a little more focus on love.

Posted 9 months ago by Andy Mills

I Was Skeptical of Apex Legends, But Then It Won Me Over

Apex Legends had a surprise reveal and release all in one earlier this week. It's the latest battle royale and comes with a ton of pedigree behind it. Respawn has created an awesome game, but it's missing one important element.

Posted 9 months ago by Mark Delaney

Realm Royale Enters The Crowded Battle Royale Fray with Promise

Realm Royale is the latest -- but certainly not the last -- battle royale game on consoles. Screenshots would signal a simple Fortnite ripoff, but play a bit and you'll find what it does differently makes it worthwhile.

Posted 9 months ago by Mark Delaney

Sea of Thieves' Surge on Twitch is Great for Everyone

Almost out of nowhere, Sea of Thieves has become a sensation on Twitch and other streaming platforms. While some fans are worried this will change the game for the worse, I see it only as a great thing for everyone.

Posted 10 months ago by Mark Delaney

Resident Evil 2 Proves Demos are Still Important

There may not be many of these demos kicking about anymore, but as the recent 1-Shot demo for Resident Evil 2 has proven, many players still consider them a valued part of their decision making.

Posted 10 months ago by Rebecca Smith

Maybe JRPGs Aren't Dying After All

Two years ago, I wrote an incendiary article that turned out to be very wrong. Today, I'm here to make that right and shed some light on just how JRPGs are finding success they haven't had in quite a while.

Posted 1 year ago by Kevin Tavore

If Not GTA VI, What Will Rockstar’s Next Game Be?

Rockstar Games makes fewer games these days than they used to. Assuming GTA VI is next in a few years, what comes after that? We examine where the famed and tight-lipped developer-publisher might go next.

Posted 1 year ago by Mark Delaney

A Farewell to Telltale

As Telltale Games begins the difficult process of closing down, we say farewell to the studio that gave us so many memorable stories and characters. It's an all too common storyline in the industry.

Posted 1 year ago by Mark Delaney

Madden NFL 19's Story Mode is a Unique Disaster

When EA announced their annual football sim would finally be getting a story mode with last year's game, fans got excited. Two years into the experiment, however, the results are in. EA should ditch the mode.

Posted 1 year ago by Mark Delaney

Tabula Rasa: The Thrill of Emergent Storytelling in Games

A lot of comparisons have been made between Sea of Thieves and No Man's Sky. In my opinion, their similar takes on emergent storytelling are not to be lambasted, but rather cherished as something few games are doing.

Posted 1 year ago by Mark Delaney

Waves of Change: Battling Social Anxiety in Sea of Thieves

Rare's pirate adventure isn't for everyone and it's pretty clear why. But for me, there's nothing else quite like it, and nothing quite as rewarding thanks to its ability to aid me in defeating lifelong social anxiety.

Posted 1 year ago by Mark Delaney

Fool's Gold: Sea of Thieves' Achievement List Is a Huge Problem

Sea of Thieves has been out for a few weeks now and while many have picked a side between staying at sea or docking for good, one thing we should all be able to agree on is that its achievement list is hugely problematic.

Posted 1 year ago by Mark Delaney

Mending What Has Broken: Unravel and the Urgency of Our Lives

2016 brought us our first game under the EA Originals banner. Coldwood Interactive, who was until that point known mostly for skiing games, created Unravel, and with it left a timeless message for all of us to consider.

Posted 1 year ago by Mark Delaney

Left Behind: The Abandonment of Mass Effect: Andromeda

I had a great time in Andromeda, and a lot of others probably did, too. However, others thought differently. One year on, the game has simply been left behind as a whimper in the vast canyon that is the games industry.

Posted 1 year ago by Marc Hollinshead

The Mountains We Make: Celeste and Mental Health

I recently reviewed indie darling Celeste, which on the surface is an extremely competent and charming platformer. Underneath that, it's a fascinating parable about mental health - both in story and gameplay.

Posted 1 year ago by Sam Quirke