Reviews

Age of Empires 4 reviewed by Leana Hafer on PC. Age of Empires 4 plays it safe a bit too often, but really excels when it wanders outside of its very traditional comfort zone. The expansive campaigns and offbeat factions like the Mongols and the Rus are major highlights, even when it loses some of
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Lone Echo 2 reviewed by Jordan Oloman on PC and Oculus Quest 2 via Air Link. Lone Echo 2’s wickedly fun movement tech and decadent graphics help to deliver an enjoyable space drama spectacle in VR. But beyond its looks and zero-G antics, Lone Echo 2 has very little to offer thanks to a focus
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The Riftbreaker reviewed by Travis Northup on PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X. Also available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The Riftbreaker is a fantastic blend of real-time strategy and bullet hell combat that provides an intense challenge and an addictive RPG loop. Its story and characters are aggressively forgettable and its numerous
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Resident Evil 4 VR reviewed on Oculus Quest 2 by Taylor Lyles. Armature has put a lot of love into making Resident Evil 4 VR a fresh action-horror experience. From the reworked and extremely flexible controls to making puzzles less of a chore and more fun to interact with, the thoughtful changes here make it
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Back 4 Blood reviewed by Kyle Campbell on PC, also available on PlayStation and Xbox. Developer Turtle Rock Studios doesn’t nail all the twists it attempts on the classic Left 4 Dead-style co-op zombie FPS, but a creative card-base progression system, fantastic campaign, and lighthearted tone make it a fun spin on that familiar genre.
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Reviewed by Luke Reilly on Nintendo Switch. “It may look like a 20-year-old energy drink commercial crossed with the best-looking Dreamcast game never made, but Cruis’n Blast is an endearingly earnest arcade racing time capsule filled with goofy, crowd-pleasing vehicles and a small assortment of zany tracks. However, it’s also an extremely lean package that
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Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is a very respectable platform fighter that serves as a fun, though far less polished and less fully featured alternative to other platform fighters, such as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It’s definitely more than just Nickelodeon Smash Bros., but you’ll need to be willing to overlook some pretty substantial flaws to find
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Nintendo Switch OLED model review by Taylor Lyles. The Nintendo Switch OLED model does enough right to make this mid-generation refresh worth the $50-$150 premium over the older models, assuming you don’t already have a Switch. At the same time, that $50 premium does not make sense for Switch owners who only (or even primarily)
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Far Cry 6 reviewed by Jon Ryan on Xbox Series X. Also available on Xbox One, PlayStation, PC, and Stadia. Far Cry 6 is some of the most fun I’ve had with this series in nearly a decade. Its cast delivers strong performances across an enjoyable story, even if it’s also a fairly predictable one
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Reviewed by Tristan Ogilvie on PlayStation 5. Also available on PlayStation 4, Xbox, and PC. “Playing Alan Wake Remastered is a bit like taking an old horror hardcover off the bookshelf and wrapping it in a glossy dust jacket; it looks brand new on the surface, but the experience of actually thumbing through it remains
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Astria Ascending reviewed by Cameron Hawkins on PC, also available on Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch. This side-scrolling, turn-based JRPG from a team of Final Fantasy veterans attracts you with its art, keeps you interested with its combat, but may lose you entirely due to its bland story full of annoying difficulty spikes. #IGN #Gaming
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Diablo 2: Resurrected reviewed on PC by Jon Bolding. Also available on Xbox, PlayStation, and Switch. Diablo 2: Resurrected updates the graphics of a great, classic action RPG for a new generation. It masterfully preserves the mood of a singular game, and at the same time it preserves the gameplay as it has been for
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Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous reviewed by Rowan Kaiser on PC. Coming to Xbox and PlayStation in March 2022. Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous has to live up to the expectations of being a Pathfinder adaptation, a sequel to the fascinating if messy Kingmaker, and the next big ambitious isometric RPG. Perhaps shockingly, it succeeds
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Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania reviewed on PlayStation 5 by Sarah LeBouef. Narrated by Ryan McCaffrey. Also available on Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and PC. With over 300 stages compiled and upgraded from previous games in the series, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania has plenty to do, but not enough of it is half as fun
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Outer Wilds: Echoes of the Eye reviewed by Tom Marks on PC, also available on PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch. Echoes of the Eye is a wonderful return to the clockwork solar system of Outer Wilds, even if its occasional horror game sections aren’t quite as interesting as what came before. #IGN #Gaming #OuterWilds
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FIFA 22 reviewed by Jordan Oloman on PlayStation 5. Also available on Xbox, PC, Switch, and Stadia. FIFA 22 heralds the next generation of virtual football, and while it doesn’t reinvent the ball, the attacking and defending gameplay gains moment-to-moment fluidity. Goalkeeping blunders and visual inconsistencies aside, this year’s FIFA is still one of the
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Reviewed by Luke Reilly on Xbox Series X. Also available on Xbox One, PlayStation, PC, and Nintendo Switch. “Fun, fast, and damn near photorealistic at times, Hot Wheels Unleashed is a surprising and brilliant arcade racer. Carefully detailed, highly customisable, and buoyantly uncynical, this toy racer defies all expectations with remarkable attention to detail, excellent
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World War Z: Aftermath reviewed by Travis Northup on PC and Xbox Series X. Also available on Xbox One and PlayStation. Aftermath evolves World War Z in some major ways that brought a smile to my face. Kamchatka is a stellar new episode and the improved melee options and first-person mode are great quality-of-life improvements,
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Reviewed by Tristan Ogilvie on PlayStation 5. “A long list of quality of life improvements certainly makes the PS5 Director’s Cut the most feature-rich and accessible version of Death Stranding. If you’re yet to experience its gorgeous vistas and general sci-fi weirdness and you’re not turned off at the thought of a 40-hour fetch quest,
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With its elegantly simple combat and beautiful world, Kena: Bridge of Spirits harkens back to the days of the N64/GameCube-era Zeldas, Okami, and Star Fox Adventures, while also adding modern sensibilities and a distinct personal touch. Kena: Bridge of Spirits reviewed by Mitchell Saltzman on PlayStation 5. Also available on PlayStation 4 and PC.
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Reviewed by Tristan Ogilvie on Xbox Series X. Also available on PlayStation. “Despite its intriguing whodunnit premise, Lost Judgment’s main story fails to sustain its suspense all the way to the finish and its detective methods remain only slightly less superficial than those of the previous game. However, its meaty undercover side stories set in
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Reviewed by Luke Reilly on Xbox One. Also available on PC and Nintendo Switch. “Skatebird is a cute and original arcade skating game supported by great music, but the skating itself is crude by modern standards, the objectives are generally uninspired, and the camera is a regular hassle. It has a lot of charm, but
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Aragami 2 reviewed by Kyle Campbell on PC. Also available on PlayStation and Xbox. For everything Aragami 2 gets right about being a sneaky ninja assassin, several tragic missteps rear their ugly heads to thwart any fun before long. Levels are lovely to sneak about in initially, especially with good company, but returning to the
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I Am Fish reviewed by Travis Northup on Xbox Series X. Also available on Xbox One and PC. I Am Fish is wacky, hilarious, and sometimes agonizing, but still well worth the time for those with a stomach for it. Its intentionally maddening controls and platforming are gimmicks that sometimes overstay their welcome, especially when
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