Reviews

New World reviewed on PC by Gabriel Moss. Narration by Michael Swaim. New World asks for the same quantity of time investment as any other traditional-style MMO, which means it desperately needs far, far more story content and gameplay variety to fill the gaps in its massive and visually gorgeous yet otherwise unremarkable world. The
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Call of Duty: Vanguard – Zombies reviewed by Luke Winkie on PC. Also available on Xbox and PlayStation. Narration by Max Scoville. Call of Duty: Vanguard transforms Zombies into a run-based, roguelike-inspired co-op shooter. There are materials to harvest, a hubworld to develop, and the existential fright that all your progress might be obliterated by
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Call of Duty: Vanguard – Multiplayer reviewed by Seth G Macy on PC. Also available on Xbox and PlayStation. In my week with Call of Duty: Vanguard’s multiplayer I’ve reliably had a good time, especially now that I can play with my traditional friend group. The small team-based Champion Hill is the best mode for
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Inscryption reviewed by Tom Marks on PC. This horror-themed card game might look like a Slay the Spire-style roguelike at first glance, but as with the developer Daniel Mullins Games’ Pony Island, there’s a lot more than to it than meets the eye. #IGN #Games
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Call of Duty: Vanguard Single-Player reviewed by Simon Cardy on PlayStation 5. Also available on PlayStation 4, Xbox, and PC. Note that this review specifically covers the single-player campaign component; check out our reviews of multiplayer and Zombies as well. Call of Duty: Vanguard’s highly polished campaign provides a healthy amount of fun, even if
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Shin Megami Tensei V reviewed by Leana Hafer on Nintendo Switch. Shin Megami Tensei V’s excellent JRPG combat and deeply rewarding customization shine bright, even when it sometimes feels like it lacks the heart of the Persona games that started as a spin-off of the series. #IGN #Gaming
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Reviewed by Luke Reilly on Xbox Series X. Also available on Xbox One and PC. “Forza Horizon 5 is a deep and nuanced car nirvana for revheads and auto geeks to endlessly collect, tinker, and experiment. It’s also an extremely accessible buffet of racing spectacle open to everyone, from day one, Deluxe Edition diehards to
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Riders Republic reviewed by Travis Northup on Xbox Series X. Also available on PlayStation, PC, Xbox One, and Stadia. Riders Republic is an ambitious, captivating open-world sports game that had me laughing, sweating, and cheering more the longer I played. It borrows quite a bit from other open-world racing games like it and still has
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Darkest Dungeon 2 Early Access Reviewed by Rowan Kaiser on PC. In the first days of its early access launch, Darkest Dungeon 2’s new mechanics, 3D art, and other ideas already separate it from its predecessor enough that it has a strong reason for existing, and the road trip campaign structure keeps it tight and
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Disclosure: Humble Bundle, the publisher of Unpacking, is owned by Ziff Davis, the parent company of IGN. Humble Bundle and IGN operate completely independently, and no special consideration is given to Humble Bundle announcements or promotions for coverage. Unpacking reviewed by Sarah LeBoeuf on Xbox Series X. Also available on Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo
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Disciples: Liberation reviewed on PC by Jon Bolding. Also available on Xbox and PlayStation. Narration by Michael Swaim. Disciples: Liberation struggles against itself. A rich world and high-stakes story are coupled with fun and varied tactical combat, but this is a game that feels destined for cult status, especially among those who didn’t know they
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Mario Party Superstars is more than just a collection of excellent boards and minigames from the series’ past: It’s a complete return to form for the Mario Party series. Find out why in our full Mario Party Superstars Review. Reviewed by Mitchell Saltzman on Nintendo Switch #IGN #Gaming #Nintendo
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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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