Gaming Reviews

Star Wars: Battlefront II Review

When Electronic Arts revived the Star Wars: Battlefront name two years ago, it laid the groundwork for what could have been a successful new take on the series. A new trilogy of films was about to hit theaters and enthusiasm for the brand was at its highest in recent memory. Battlefront’s revival delivered in terms of presentation and fleeting multiplayer fun, but the lack of a substantial p...[Read More]

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle Review

At first blush, the premise of Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle sounds like a twisted kitbash that would spring out of some bad, late-night message board conversation, only to be written off as “too weird.” “It’ll never happen,” they’d say, as they pivot back to pitching their “Mega Man but with Wrestlers Instead of Robot Masters” idea to anyone who w...[Read More]

Call of Duty: WWII Review

Despite the change in era, this still feels like a Call of Duty game. It’s been a decade, almost to the day, since Call of Duty rewrote the book on multiplayer first-person shooters with the release of Modern Warfare. The game’s fast action and propulsive sense of progression with interesting new gear and unlocks changed it all, and in the years that followed, developers continued to r...[Read More]

Super Mario Odyssey Review

At this year’s E3, Nintendo surprised many with a Super Mario Odyssey trailer that seemed insane even by Mario standards. He inhabited frogs by throwing a ghost hat at them. He strolled through a city alongside human figures with realistic proportions. Pauline from Donkey Kong is suddenly back, and is now a mayor and the lead singer of a swing band. Everything looked set to be Mario’s ...[Read More]

Middle-earth: Shadow of War Review

The best part of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor gets even better in the sequel, Shadow of War. The first game’s dynamic “Nemesis” AI system had you fighting against an endless succession of named enemies who taunted you, remembered your exploits, and grew stronger on the backs of their victories over you. What would have been a competent but forgettable game in the open-world mol...[Read More]

South Park: The Fractured But Whole Review

After over 15 years of bad South Park games, fans of the show were understandably skeptical when The Stick of Truth was released. We had heard about Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s involvement throughout the development process, but we’d been burned too many times to get optimistic. To the surprise of many, it turned out to be a great, lighthearted RPG that served as one of the best uses ...[Read More]

Cuphead Review

Cuphead’s original reveal in an E3 2014 Xbox sizzle reel of indie games was only seconds long, but that was enough to sell me on its potential. Take one look at the game in motion, and you’ll see why. Cuphead combines brutal, precision platforming action with an exceptionally well realized artistic style to create one of the most enjoyable video game experiences I’ve ever had. Cu...[Read More]

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite Review

Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is the first fighting game that captivated me. The combination of the colors, the over-the-top hyper combos, the fact that I could have Sentinel and Servbot on a team together had me making a beeline to the cabinet first thing when I walked through my local arcade’s doors. I remember my friend getting legitimately angry that I figured out how to do Iron Man’s Proton...[Read More]

Kingsway Review

When you first boot up Kingsway, you immediately “get it.” From the startup sounds, to the launch menu in the task bar, to the grey-bordered windows, it’s immediately apparent that the game is a love letter to a time long-forgotten. More specifically, a time about 22 years ago. Kingsway is an RPG presented as a faux-Windows ‘95-style operating system. Your character’s...[Read More]

Destiny 2 Review

The list of large and small ways Destiny 2 is a streamlined, better designed, and more rewarding game than its predecessor is probably a hundred lines long. To cut to the chase, this is a game that finally makes good–sometimes a little too good–on Bungie‘s big idea of blending its genre-leading console first-person shooting with a Diablo-style loot dispenser, and it’s been ...[Read More]

Agents of Mayhem Review

By ratcheting up the over-the-top elements with each entry in the Saints Row franchise, Volition wrote themselves into a bit of a corner. What started as a GTA clone with a goofy sense of humor turned into a ludicrous affair with characters that could fly across the map and access superpowers. Once characters were shooting fireballs from their hands and flying around Hell with demon wings, there w...[Read More]

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Review

Chloe and Nadine turn out to be a darn good adventuring pair. It would be so much easier to be cynical about a fifth Uncharted game arriving barely a year after the fourth Uncharted game if Naughty Dog didn’t keep doing such a good job of making these things. You’d be forgiven if you worried last year’s Uncharted 4–itself coming off a successful PlayStation 3 trilogy that f...[Read More]

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