Reviews

Our early thoughts on Outriders based on its free demo ahead of launch. Outriders gameplay with all the Outriders classes here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttqISMkIM3U Our full Outriders review will come later when the Outriders release date hits in April. We played with all the classes seen in the Outriders game including the Outriders trickster, pyromancer, devastator and
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Maquette reviewed by Tom Marks on PC, also available on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Publisher Annapurna Interactive’s latest is a clever and gorgeous puzzle game, even if it doesn’t push the boundaries of its recursive concept very far past its initial sense of wonder. #IGN #Gaming #Maquette
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Bravely Default 2 reviewed by Seth Macy on Nintendo Switch. The sequel to Square Enix’s Bravely Default on 3DS (not to be confused with the follow-up Bravely Second) is a JRPG full of old-school sensibilities and tons of improvements on the formula alike. #IGN #Gaming #BravelyDefault
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Reviewed by Tristan Ogilvie on Nintendo Switch. “Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection is an old-school action platformer that’s not too cruel to compromise, allowing you to fine tune its challenge level relative to your individual skill and tolerance for pain. Its seven-level story mode may be slightly short, but it packs in plenty of variety and
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Valheim’s early access launch reviewed by Leana Hafer on PC. Valheim is already a paragon of the survival crafting genre, with excellent art and music highlighting a world that generates endless exciting stories from only a few, simple ingredients. #IGN #Gaming #Valheim
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Reviewed by Cam Shea on Nintendo Switch. “Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury packs a tonne of engaging gameplay, but neither component comes together as elegantly as it might have done. This is a solid option if you’re craving more Super Mario for your Switch, but it’s not the moustachioed must-play I was hoping
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Reviewed by Tristan Ogilvie on Xbox One. Also available on PlayStation 4, PC, and Nintendo Switch. “Little Nightmares 2 is every bit as black, bleak, and eerily beautiful as the original. It’s also just as brief, and although the reintroduction of the Six character as an AI-controlled co-op partner ultimately serves the story well, she’s
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Persona 5 Strikers reviewed by Tom Marks on PlayStation 5, also available on PlayStation 4, PC, and Nintendo Switch. This action spin-off from Dynasty Warriors developer Omega Force replaces Persona 5’s turn-based battles with a simple but consistently engaging real-time combat system, and its summer vacation story (while slimmed down) is a sequel nearly worthy
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Blue Fire provides and impeccable 3D platformer experience with the just right balance of abilities to master and challenges to test you, even when its pacing falters from its Zelda-like dungeons to rely on backtracking. Blue Fire reviewed by Brendan Graeber on PC. Also available on Nintendo Switch. #IGN #Gaming
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Reviewed by Tristan Ogilvie on Xbox Series X. Also available on Xbox Series S and PC. “The Medium uses a unique reality-shifting ability to bring a new dimension to some tried-and-tested genre puzzle-solving mechanics. It presents an intriguing mystery to unravel and adds a tangible sense of urgency to your investigations by placing a truly
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Olija is an exceptionally striking 2D retro themed platformer with great combat and a unique visual style, but it’s let down by an all too short adventure and little reason to return to its creepy, yet fantastical world. Olija, reviewed by Mitchell Saltzman on PC. Also available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4,
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Cyber Shadow is a 2D action platformer that starts out as a blast from the past reminiscent of Ninja Gaiden, but as it adds more complexity and depth, it becomes something much greater. Cyber Shadow reviewed by Mitchell Saltzman on Nintendo Switch. Also available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and
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Factorio reviewed by Leana Hafer on PC. Factorio is great PC game that slipped through our review net by being in early access from 2016 (before we reviewed early access games) until 2020. Now, since we had a little time on our hands over the holidays, we sent our reviewer back in to rectify that
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Reviewed by Luke Reilly on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. Also available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Stadia, and Nintendo Switch. “Rich, rewarding, and highly replayable, Hitman 3 is a superb instalment of IO’s idiosyncratic but much-loved stealth series. The fundamentals haven’t changed since 2016 but its collection of outstanding maps makes for
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Gears 5’s Hivebusters DLC expansion reviewed by Brian Barnett on Xbox Series X, also available on Xbox One and PC. Apart from a few inconsistencies with the main character’s relationships, Hivebusters does everything a great Gears game should and then some. #ign #gaming #gears5
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Cyberpunk 2077 reviewed by Tom Marks on the PC version, now with new gameplay footage. Due to CD Projekt Red’s pre-release restrictions, our original Cyberpunk 2077 review was unable to use any of our own captured gameplay footage. This review, while identical in content, uses custom footage that more closely represents the experience we had
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World of Warcraft: Shadowlands reviewed by Leana Hafer on PC. Shadowlands offers some great new characters and stories, alongside the most compelling max level experience WoW has had in many years. With a single act of destruction, Sylvanas Windrunner has ripped open the way to the afterlife. Azeroth’s staunchest defenders have been dragged into all-consuming
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Cyberpunk 2077 reviewed by Tom Marks on PC, also available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Google Stadia. Developer CD Projekt Red’s first game after The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an RPG that throws you into the beautiful open-world map of Night City and offers a staggering amount of flexibility in how you choose
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Reviewed by Tristan Ogilvie on PlayStation 4. Also available on Xbox and PC. “Yakuza: Like a Dragon’s colourful turn-based combat, engaging lead characters, and detail-rich setting make for a refreshingly different and mostly thrilling instalment in the long-running Japanese crime series. However, pathfinding annoyances and a number of escalating difficulty spikes in its closing chapters
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Ryan McCaffrey reviews the Xbox Series S, Microsoft’s intriguing entry-level, all-digital next-gen console that offers a basic next-gen package but suffers mightily in the storage department. IGN’s Xbox Series S review covers our first impressions, reactions, the new Xbox Series S user interface, Xbox Series S gameplay performance, and so much more. For more next-gen
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Reviewed by Cam Shea on Xbox Series X. Also available on Xbox, PlayStation 4/5, PC, Nintendo Switch and Google Stadia. “Immortals Fenyx Rising gives us a gorgeous world to explore, filled with mythological beasts, deities, and powers to wield. Its combat is satisfying, with plenty of choice in upgrades, while its central characters, comedy, and
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