4 weeks ago

Review: Still Wakes the Deep

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of The Chinese Room? Not the thought experiment, of course, but the development studio. If you’ve been around for a while, you might think of Dear Esther, the Half-Life 2 mod eventually remade into a full release, or its spiritual successor Everybody’s Gone to
1 month ago

Preview: Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn

Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn is a game that immediately intrigues. If not for the gunpowder-and-magic stylings of its world, then certainly for the blend of two somewhat disparate gameplay genres. Ostensibly Flintlock reads as a Soulslike, but then you begin to take note of the protagonist’s high mobility, the number of tools at her
2 months ago

Preview: Anger Foot

Allow me to tell you (briefly, I promise) about a little game called Dark Messiah of Might and Magic. Released by soon-to-be Dishonored developer Arkane Studios in 2006 and powered by Valve’s Source Engine, it’s a first-person action adventure game with light RPG mechanics spun off of the greater Might and Magic series of RPGs.
2 months ago

Review: Dread Delusion

When it comes to writing reviews, a concept that consistently crops up is the notion of a game being greater than the sum of its parts. For me, this particular abstraction does a lot of heavy lifting to establish that while a given title may have some lackluster execution in certain areas, the experience of
3 months ago

Review: Children of the Sun

Every once in a blue moon, an upcoming game release will immediately grab my attention. Be it a snappy title, a striking visual style, or an intriguing gameplay mechanic, any combination of them are more than enough to drive me to take a closer look at a game. On even rarer occasions, a new release
4 months ago

Review: South Park: Snow Day!

Ah, South Park. Throughout the span of the late nineties and early aughts, it was a show that was hard to avoid, what with quotes and catchphrases from the show abounding on the campuses of middle- and high-schools. It was a series that was never very far from sight in its heyday, and this is
4 months ago

Review: Astro Duel II

Games specifically designed around the local cooperative and competitive experience can be few and far between nowadays. Once upon a time you could waltz into a Blockbuster and find any number of games exclusively created for going head to head with your friends and family, but as time has marched on, they’ve fallen somewhat out
5 months ago

Review: Foamstars

Following its initial announcement in 2023, I was positively jonesing to get my hands on Foamstars. Here was a game that was not only tackling its own interpretation of an established big player in the competitive multiplayer scene, but also doing so with flashy character designs and an aesthetic all its own. Fast-forward nine months
5 months ago

Preview: Final Fantasy VII Rebirth

When it comes to upcoming games in February, one would be hard pressed to find a title with more eyes on it than Final Fantasy VII Rebirth. Coming hot off the heels of July’s Final Fantasy XVI, the second installment of the Final Fantasy VII remake trilogy has been leaving onlookers with no shortage of
7 months ago

Review: HunterX: code name T

As the gamut of Metroidvania games continues to expand at an exponential rate, so too does the need for them to somehow delineate themselves from their contemporaries. Be it through unique game mechanics, a slick visual style, or quality of content, a certain je ne sais quoi is required to really engage the player in
8 months ago

Review: The Last Faith

Nothing beats getting stuck into a great metroidvania. The non-linear exploration, the progression of new abilities, challenging boss fights—when prepared properly, all of these elements confect one of gaming’s most satisfying, addicting experiences. The appreciation I have for this genre is on my mind with every metroidvania I play, but it’s especially true for those
9 months ago

Review: Jusant

A couple months have gone by since I had the opportunity to preview Jusant, the latest release from developer Don’t Nod. The demo wasn’t a complete homerun, particularly when it came to the more straightforward elements of its storytelling, but I left the experience heavily enticed by the game’s beat-by-beat climbing gameplay and unique atmosphere.
9 months ago

Review: Hello Kitty and Friends Happiness Parade

Sanrio is a company that, in many respects, requires no introduction. You would be hard pressed to find someone who didn’t at least have vague knowledge of the existence of Hello Kitty, the company’s most popular marketing mascot. This goes double if said person was around throughout the 1990s, when the character had a particular
9 months ago

Review: The Jackbox Party Pack 10

It’s hard to deny the equalizing factor of the Jackbox Party Pack series. Regardless of the personalities of those present or overall friend dynamic, the games typically always feature some neat gimmicks that allow for just enough input to foster player creativity and generate a plethora of inside jokes. And infusing alcohol in the mix?
10 months ago

Preview: While We Wait Here

The trailer for While We Wait Here is one that immediately intrigues. Taking a gritty, low resolution aesthetic, marrying it to a dialogue-heavy adventure, and then placing said adventure in a run-down diner filled with inhabitants waiting for the impending apocalypse? It’s a high concept logline that feels like a guaranteed recipe for something unique.
10 months ago

Review: Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty

CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 has walked quite the rocky path. Following a launch burdened by myriad technical issues and negative player reception, the game has nevertheless soldiered on and steadily improved. I was lucky enough to miss out on a lot of egregious technical issues in my initial playthrough, and thus enjoyed my time
11 months ago

Preview: Jusant

Jusant was a game that immediately and intensely caught my eye upon its announcement at the Xbox Games Showcase this year. The title’s visual style was undeniably a huge part of that initial eye catch, but its premise was what intrigued me most: traversing a towering monolith of stone and unearthing the stories of the
12 months ago

Review: Remnant II

In 2019, Remnant: From The Ashes showed up on the scene with an interesting fusion of third-person cooperative shooting gameplay and the challenging, more exploratory emphasis of Soulslike games. While a novel blend in its own right, the first game’s rougher edges prevented it from really sinking its claws in me as much as I’d
1 year ago

Preview: El Paso, Elsewhere

When the Wachowskis unleashed The Matrix onto unsuspecting moviegoers in 1999, there was little inkling of just how much its gun-toting, martial arts-flinging, slow motion-laden antics would persist in popular culture for decades after. Setting aside the flood of parodies and inspired works in film itself, video games were (naturally) quick to take inspiration from
1 year ago

Review: The Tartarus Key

It takes astonishingly little to endear me to an art style inspired by those found in titles released for the original PlayStation. Games for the console sported a very singular look, and to this day can provide a unique atmosphere in the gaming space that belies their age. Quite a few modern games have been