Reviews

Arma Reforger Early Access reviewed by Luke Winkie on PC. Also available on Xbox. Narration by Mark Medina. Arma Reforger is a promising evolution of the Arma formula, and it and the eventual Arma 4 have a chance to be special. On a massive island map, powered by the gorgeous Enfusion Engine, you’ll have the
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V Rising Early Access review in progress by Leana Hafer, on PC. While its time-consuming crafting aspects can take the bite out of the vampire fantasy, V Rising really does rise to the occasion with its excellent boss design and respectable ARPG combat. A great vampire game is defined not so much by the power
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King Arthur: Knight’s Tale reviewed by Jon Bolding on PC. King Arthur: Knight’s Tale takes the classic ideas of the legend and remixes them into a familiar form. It’s ambitious and lengthy with detailed tactical mechanics that emphasize smart positioning and facing in order for your small squad of heavily armored knights to overcome many
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Evil Dead: The Game Reviewed on Xbox Series X by Travis Northup. Also available on Xbox One, PlayStation, and PC. Evil Dead: The Game is an awesome asymmetric multiplayer game that, like its source material, is far better than it has any right to be given its frustrating lack of polish and being somewhat light
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Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong reviewed by Gabriel Moss on PC. Also available on Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch. Narration by Ryan McCaffrey. Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong constantly threatens to be a competent detective RPG, and it might’ve succeeded if not for the fact that it tirelessly gets in its own way. Its premise
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Achilles Legends Untold Early Access reviewed on PC by Jarrett Green. Narration by Kerry Palmer. There’s no reason that, in a good amount of time, Achilles: Legends Untold couldn’t turn into an action-adventure game of mythological proportions. The fundamentals are all in place, including a decent idea for a story. But all you get when
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Warhammer 40K: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters Reviewed on PC by Leana Hafer. Most of the time I spent with Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate: Daemonhunters, I was having a literal blast plotting how to turn the tide of a seemingly impossible battle with my trusty squad of veteran, psychic space paladins by chaining together just the
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If you’ve got a like minded friend who loves puzzles and escape rooms as much as you do, We Were Here Forever is a very special game with a 12 hour co-op campaign full of some of the most clever puzzles around. We Were Here Forever review by Mitchell Saltzman. Reviewed on PC. #IGN #Gaming
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Salt and Sacrifice is an ambitious sequel that attempts to integrate Monster Hunter mechanics into an already crowded Metroidvania/Soulslike mix, but the strength of its core combat, customization, and refreshing co-op still make it worth checking out. Salt and Sacrifice review by Mitchell Saltzman on PC. Also available on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. #IGN
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Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising reviewed on PC by Henry Stockdale. Narrated by Daemon Hatfield. Also available on Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch. Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising does exactly what any good companion game should do. Not only does this RPG set the stage nicely for the upcoming Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, it’s an enjoyable adventure that stands
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Crusader Kings III: Royal Court DLC reviewed on PC by Leana Hafer. Whether I’m creating new melting pot cultures, decorating my throne room, or throwing lavish parties to make sure everyone remembers how important I am, Royal Court goes beyond tacking on some new mechanics to the already excellent Crusader Kings 3. It weaves iron
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Far Cry 6 Joseph: Collapse DLC reviewed by Travis Northup on PC. Also available on Xbox, PlayStation, and Stadia. Far Cry 6 Joseph: Collapse takes a lot of the things I love about Far Cry and wraps them around a weak roguelite formula, a less interesting open-world, and crucially, one of the weaker villains from
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King of Fighters 15 is not the most ambitious or revolutionary fighting game to come out in recent years, but what few changes have been made to distinguish it from its predecessor are done well. Its biggest triumph is its great rollback netcode that makes the classic franchise a heavy hitter when it comes to
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Vampire Survivors reviewed by Dan Stapleton on PC. With its dead-simple graphics and extremely basic map and enemy design, Vampire Survivors seems like it has no business being as addictive as it is. And yet, I felt compelled to put over a dozen hours into experimenting with its many weapon and ability upgrade combinations, starting
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Trek to Yomi reviewed by Travis Northup on PC, also available on Xbox and PlayStation. Trek to Yomi is a brief but captivating journey that’s like playing through a monochromatic Japanese movie, and that excellent presentation is enough to carry it even though it falls short in most other respects, including combat that is one-note
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Total War: Warhammer 3 single-player reviewed by Leana Hafer on PC. Stay tuned for our multiplayer review later in the week. Total War: Warhammer 3’s single-player mode presents us with a tense, challenging, multilayered campaign driven along by a compelling story and a memorable cast of rivals. The Chaos Realms cleverly draw these larger-than-life figures
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Horizon Forbidden West reviewed on PlayStation 5 by Simon Cardy. A triumphant combination of enthralling combat, top-tier creature and character design, and a captivating open world, Horizon Forbidden West is an absolute blast and fantastic showcase for the power of the PS5. #IGN #Gaming #HorizonForbiddenWest
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CrossfireX single-player campaign reviewed by Travis Northup on Xbox Series X. Also available on Xbox One. CrossfireX’s pair of campaigns are untidy, generic slogs with all the excitement and flavor of a communion wafer. Alarmingly little of Remedy’s signature weirdness and creativity is displayed, leaving me to wonder why this usually distinctively strange studio was
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Nintendo Switch Sports was reviewed on Nintendo Switch by Colin Stevens. Nintendo Switch Sports, like Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort before it, is best played as a party game, broken out for any gathering that needs a quick injection of goofy, active fun. While its sparse mixture of old and new sports varies in
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Yes, at least eFootball 2022 does now have a fully-fledged mode to take it past the point of being a demo, but it’s still lacking so much more than you’d expect from a 1.0 version of a game. eFootball is currently out as a free-to-play game on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC,
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Rogue Legacy 2 feels like a reimagined version of the 2013 original with the benefit of more time, money, and hindsight of how the roguelite genre has evolved over the years. Rogue Legacy 2 review by Mitchell Saltzman, played on PC. Also available on Xbox platforms. #IGN #Gaming
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Cities: VR reviewed on Meta Quest 2 by Henry Stockdale. Cities: VR does a fine job adapting the management of Cities: Skylines for virtual reality, but the deep compromises made in both graphics and mechanics mean that Fast Travel’s adaptation has room for improvement. That said, what we’ve got is a competent city-builder, one that’s
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The Stanley Parable Ultra Deluxe reviewed by Tom Marks on PC. Also available on PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch. The Stanley Parable’s base game truly holds up almost a decade later, both in its hilarious narrated writing and the clever satire that houses it. Ultra Deluxe may seem like little more than a decent lighting
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Galactic Civilizations 4 reviewed on PC by Kris Cornelisse. After completing a few campaigns I’m left struggling to find reasons to come back to Galactic Civilizations IV. What few new ideas it brings to the space 4X genre prove to be poorly implemented and ultimately uninteresting, with promising features like Sectors and Galactic Challenges missing
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Dune: Spice Wars Early Access reviewed by Leana Hafer on PC. Overall, I’m very impressed so far with Dune: Spice Wars. There are some balancing issues with the victory conditions and espionage mechanics, as well as the kind of minor bugs you’d expect from early access, but it’s a layered, clever, generally well-balanced RTS with
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CrossfireX multiplayer reviewed by Travis Northup on Xbox Series X. Also available on Xbox One. CrossfireX’s multiplayer isn’t just a disappointing console version of a popular PC shooter: it’s also nightmare fuel due to its disastrously inaccurate shooting mechanics and a masterclass in what not to do in the design of most of its multiplayer
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Lost Ark reviewed by Gabriel Moss on PC. Lost Ark takes a genuinely impressive stab at the isometric action RPG genre, and its integration into a perpetually online world is complementary rather than invasive. It’s expansive and deep, capable of scratching the itch for a new Diablo-like action RPG that is filled with other players
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Monark reviewed by Cameron Hawkins on PlayStation 5. Monark has a lot of interesting ideas that could have come together into a great tactical JRPG, but what’s here feels more like a prototype. Its Madness mechanic adds interesting choices to its fights, but is mostly irrelevant and annoying outside of combat. And while its well-voiced
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The Bad Guys hits U.S. theaters on April 22, 2022. Review by Ryan Leston. The Bad Guys is a slick, hilarious heist movie with buckets of laughs and a lot of heart. It’s Ocean’s Eleven meets Little Red Riding Hood with Sam Rockwell’s Wolf going on a charm offensive to stay out of jail… and
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