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Silent Hope Review - Hoping for More

Silent Hope has a strong opening, with a straightforward premise and approachable controls. It effectively points you at a target and says, “Go!” all while lulling you in with its charming chibi…

September 27, 2023 | 11:00 EDT

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Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty Review — High-Stakes Espionage

I felt a bit of trepidation prior to writing our Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty review. Partly, it’s due to how the base game was mired in a lot of controversy during its initial launch three years…

September 20, 2023 | 11:00 EDT

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Gunbrella Review – Super Noir-tendo

Gunbrella is an action-platformer inspired by titles from the SNES era. The latest project by Doinksoft blends fast-paced action, gritty detective fiction, as well as a pointed modern message.…

September 13, 2023 | 12:00 EDT

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Lies Of P Review - Do Puppets Have Souls?

I'd like to begin this Lies of P review by asking the following question: what other classic works of literature would make good Soulslikes? Could you imagine Pride and Prejudice's Elizabeth Bennet…

September 13, 2023 | 11:00 EDT

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I Doesn't Exist Review - Existential Dread

It's hard to describe I Doesn't Exist. It's a text adventure, but so much more. It's a dissection of mental health, but I'm sure it can also be interpreted in many different ways too. It's certainly…

September 12, 2023 | 08:00 EDT

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Fae Farm Review - A Little Bit of Magic

You usually know what you're getting when you play a Farming RPG. Fae Farm subverts many of those expectations with surprising innovations and fewer management annoyances -- but as this Fae Farm …

September 11, 2023 | 10:17 EDT

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Starfield Review - An Interstellar Adventure

Starfield feels like a game that people have been waiting a long time for. Waiting, in the sense that it’s been ages since Bethesda has put forth an original IP outside of the world of Elder Scrolls…

August 31, 2023 | 12:00 EDT

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Trine 5: A Clockwork Conspiracy Review - Machine Tooled

It's a little difficult to write a Trine 5 review without essentially rehashing reviews of the previous games. In other words, Trine 5: A Clockwork Conspiracy is very much not looking to rock its…

August 29, 2023 | 11:00 EDT

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Sea Of Stars Review - A Voyage to the Past

2023's been a very good year for games. From Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, to Baldur's Gate 3, to the recent Armored Core VI. Amongst these giant AAA is the indie I've been anticipating for…

August 29, 2023 | 07:41 EDT

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Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon Review - Claw Grip Forever

I will go ahead and start this one with a hot take: I do not like the Souls series. Something about it just absolutely does not click with me in any way. However, I am a huge fan of Armored Core,…

August 23, 2023 | 11:00 EDT

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Baldur's Gate 3 Review - A Critical Success

To say Baldur’s Gate 3 is massive would be more than an understatement. It’s far more than that and not just because of how many different things you can do, but all the ways you can go about doing…

August 23, 2023 | 10:00 EDT

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Immortals of Aveum Review – Battlemage Simulator

Immortals of Aveum is an ambitious experience. Befitting an EA Originals project, it is brimming with creative ideas and novelty. While some of that ambition is realized, it doesn't fully hide some…

August 22, 2023 | 12:00 EDT

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Book of Hours Review - A Fascinating Journey of Many Words

Step closer, lover of words, and hear what I have to say. For those of you who push through the veil between mortality and the visual, you may have yet heard of the Book of Hours, a new foray into…

August 18, 2023 | 10:47 EDT

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Amid Evil: The Black Labyrinth Review - A Legend Returns

I've played dozens of boomer shooters in my day, but if you were to ask me what my favorite game in the genre is, I wouldn't hesitate: It's Amid Evil, of course. Needless to say, I was very excited…

August 18, 2023 | 08:02 EDT

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Blasphemous 2 Review - Second Verse

The original Blasphemous was a gorgeous, richly detailed Metroidvania full of labyrinthine pathways to explore and grotesque religious imagery to make even the most determined atheist feel like…

August 17, 2023 | 08:46 EDT

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Gord Review - Gord Alone Knows!

Dark Fantasy is a term that gets bandied around a lot these days, primarily by pieces of media that could only be described as dark if you were being charitable while comparing them to Hello Kitty.…

August 15, 2023 | 09:16 EDT

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Turbo Overkill Review - Become Chainsaw Man

Apogee Entertainment is synonymous with some of the industry's oldest and most coveted first-person shooters. It's not an understatement, then, to say that Turbo Overkill has a lot to live up to. But…

August 10, 2023 | 10:12 EDT

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Atlas Fallen Review - Sand Isn't Always Bad

I didn't expect to enjoy Atlas Fallen as much as I did. Featuring a VERY enjoyable set of traversal mechanics and a vibe (and mechanics) akin to many games in the Xbox 360 generation, Atlas Fallen…

August 9, 2023 | 02:11 EDT

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30XX Review - Great Xpectations

One of my earliest gaming memories was with Mega Man X4. It had so much style and frantic action that tickled my brain just right, and I had to find out what the rest of this series was like. Outside…

August 8, 2023 | 11:25 EDT

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Venba Review - Seconds, Please

There’s one thing for certain that I can say after playing Venba, and it’s that there isn’t a game out there quite like it. Venba is a narrative cooking game that follows the titular character, Venba…

July 31, 2023 | 09:04 EDT

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Exoprimal Review - Extinction Averted

Like all live service games, Exoprimal is going to live and die by its player population. If it catches on, it might not go the way of the dinosaurs. Although it's frontloaded by the same repetitive…

July 21, 2023 | 10:27 EDT

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Remnant 2 Review - Rising From The Ashes

2019’s Remnant: From the Ashes was an odd blend of fun gunplay, somewhat limited procedural generation, and uneven difficulty. Despite its flaws, it was still an enjoyable time both solo and with a…

July 20, 2023 | 10:11 EDT

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My Friendly Neighborhood Review - C is for Creepy

My Friendly Neighborhood can easily be summarized as Resident Evil with puppets. On paper, it is another horror game following a trend. A trend of subverting or corrupting staples of analog TV, as…

July 17, 2023 | 02:44 EDT

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Oxenfree II: Lost Signals Review - Tune In To This Station

With the advent of TV and the Internet, most people don’t use the radio anymore. Sure, you might listen to it while commuting, and some people still use walkie-talkies, but the widespread use of…

July 12, 2023 | 03:04 EDT

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SOULVARS Review - Biblical Demon Antivirus

It’s easy to consider pretension as nothing but a net negative, especially when you’re uncertain of what you’re dealing with. Not knowing exactly where the path will take you is certainly a fear-…

July 1, 2023 | 10:56 EDT

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Sludge Life 2 Review - Hashtag Murky

If you spent a few hours with 2021's Sludge Life and thought "hey, I could go for seconds", then your time has come. Sludge Life 2 is here, and "seconds" is a good way to describe both the title of…

June 27, 2023 | 12:00 EDT

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Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective Review - Perplexing Poltergeist Puzzles

The early 2010s was a weird time for Capcom, releasing what is arguably some of the company's worst-performing titles. In 2010, we saw the release of Lost Planet 2 and Dark Void, two games that…

June 27, 2023 | 11:00 EDT

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Microsoft Flight Simulator - Stockholm Arlanda Airport (Orbx) Review - Nordic Beauty

Orbx has released another major Scandinavian airport add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator, and it's Stockholm Arlanda (ESSA) serving the capital of Sweden.  Considering that it's one of the most…

June 22, 2023 | 10:00 EDT

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Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life Review

A lot has changed with farming sims since Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life originally released nearly 20 years ago. What was once a relatively niche genre has now seen many new releases each year, with…

June 22, 2023 | 09:30 EDT

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Tiny Thor Review

Before Thor was a hulking monster calling thunder down from the skies to smite his foes, what do you think he got up to? Thanks to Tiny Thor, a new puzzle-platformer from the folks at Asylum Square,…

June 13, 2023 | 11:00 EDT

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Mask of the Rose Review

What if, instead of Prince Albert dying, Queen Victoria traded his life to vicious aliens who would subsume the city of London beneath the Earth and change the lives of Londoners forever? That’s the…

June 8, 2023 | 07:28 EDT

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Harmony: The Fall of Reverie Review

New IPs like Harmony: The Fall of Reverie don't have the easiest time in the modern gaming landscape. They need to not only live up to the expectations of those who have experienced their developer's…

June 8, 2023 | 01:00 EDT

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Amnesia: The Bunker Review

Being scared by something is about as subjective as finding something funny. That makes producing a game that is actually scary. Even more demanding is making something scary that’s still actually…

June 8, 2023 | 10:00 EDT

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Warhammer Underworlds Starter Set (2023) Review

The world of Warhammer can be a difficult one to get into. So many places to begin, so many ages that the setting spans, and more than a handful of formats to play. If you're not quite wanting to…

June 3, 2023 | 05:05 EDT

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System Shock Review

System Shock is a name that's hard to avoid if you've been gaming for any length of time, even if a lot of people haven't actually traveled to Citadel Station themselves. Maybe you saw the striking…

June 2, 2023 | 09:13 EDT

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Slayers X: Terminal Aftermath: Vengance of the Slayer Review

Hypnospace Outlaw was a game I appreciated even more as time went on, with its mystifying puzzles and alluring 90s internet art style. And among the many things I remember from playing Hypnospace…

June 1, 2023 | 10:00 EDT

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Diablo IV Review

It's been over a decade since Diablo III was released to the masses. It was met with significant anticipation, but it soon became an extremely divisive title among the fanbase. Over time, Diablo III…

May 30, 2023 | 12:00 EDT

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Street Fighter 6 Review

Street Fighter 2 is one of my earliest memories with fighting games. Even though it didn’t quite click with me back in the day, those timeless characters made an impression that was impossible to…

May 30, 2023 | 03:05 EDT

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Elden Ring: The Road to the Erdtree, Vol. 1 Review

I know what you might be thinking: "There's a new Elden Ring DLC out? What is Road to the Erdtree?" No, we've still got an undetermined amount of time before we can play some new Elden Ring content,…

May 27, 2023 | 11:00 EDT

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The Lord of the Rings: Gollum Review

New ideas and art for The Lord of the Rings franchise can be tricky. While there’s plenty of source material to work with, new entertainment surrounding Middle-earth is always divisive. That was the…

May 25, 2023 | 04:00 EDT

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Sunshine Shuffle Review

Texas Hold ‘em: A card game recognized by many, understood by less, and played optimally by a few. It’s a tricky thing to understand, what with the mentality of “poker face” extending far past a…

May 24, 2023 | 09:00 EDT

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Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun Review

With so much lore behind Warhammer 40,0000 to unpack and various video games, books, tabletop sets, and more expanding upon its setting, it's an intimidating series to get into, no doubt about it. So…

May 23, 2023 | 11:00 EDT

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Planet Of Lana Review

There are two kinds of people in this world. Okay, there are more than two, but humor me. There are those who order something new every time they go to a restaurant, constantly seeking new thrills…

May 22, 2023 | 08:00 EDT

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Hunt the Night Review

Hunt the Night's dark fantasy world makes an excellent first impression. Immediately you find your way into a corrupted fortress to take on its many horrors and reclaim a place for humanity. It aims…

May 4, 2023 | 11:30 EDT

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Ravenlok Review

It's great to see games becoming more realistic, tackling larger problems, and dealing with long complicated storylines, but every now and then you need something lighter to cleanse the pallet. After…

May 3, 2023 | 11:00 EDT

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Age of Wonders 4 Review

Nine years have passed since the release of Age of Wonders III, and in the meanwhile, a lot has happened. Developer Triumph Studios has been acquired by the strategy giants at Paradox Interactive and…

April 27, 2023 | 09:45 EDT

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Cassette Beasts Review

Every now and then, a game comes out that tests the boundaries of gaming genres. Rarely does one create something fun, unique, and creative on a scale that rivals games with much more money available…

April 26, 2023 | 11:05 EDT

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Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Review

Sometimes it feels ironic that the current landscape of Star Wars is swimming in prequels. Certainly, this is something I wouldn’t have foreseen some years ago, after the prequel trilogy had come and…

April 26, 2023 | 11:00 EDT