Returnal is a genre-bending sci-fi horror game that somehow works
The key to the challenging ‘Groundhog Day’-like PlayStation 5 game Returnal is figuring out what the situation requires.
MLB The Show 21 spectacular but flawed
Gameplay is lots of fun on MLB The Show 21, but statistical analysis is one area that hasn't advanced much.
A dryly comedic rooster in a trench coat is only half the fun of Chicken Police
There is a perfect little joke at the start of the closing credits for Chicken Police - Paint it RED. It would be rash of me to give away the punchline -- it’s a slight thing -- but it so thoroughly fits the spirit of what came before that it made me chuckle.
Biomutant: A cool world that needs better combat
If you can believe it, biodiversity and mutation are at the core of the narrative and mechanics of Biomutant. That’s not always a strength. The game’s weird, Frankenstein design cobbles together so many elements owed to its contemporaries that the game often feels like less than the sum of its parts.
Sail on the winds of adventure with ‘Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire’
“Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire” expands on the more traditional setting of the first game, infusing tropical scenery with traditional fantasy trappings to create an unforgettable experience.
'Hearthstone' has new competitor in 'Magic: The Gathering Arena'
“Magic: The Gathering Arena,” is an online-only version of the venerated collectible card game that is attempting to bring together the glamour of "Hearthstone" and the deep, intricate play of Magic. It succeeds, for the most part.
Taking a quick, bloody walk down memory lane with ‘Amid Evil’
Everything in the still-in-early-access “Amid Evil” heralds its creators’ love for the early-’90s FPS. The low-poly graphics, the visual aesthetic ripped from a death metal cover, the sound design that includes bloodcurdling screams and maniacal laughter. Every aspect of “Amid Evil” is a love letter to a bygone era — an homage to a more uncivilized time, if you will.
Fight the horde for fun and loot in 'Warhammer: Vermintide II'
Online gaming has never been more popular than it is in 2018, with heavy hitters like “Fortnite” and “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” drawing millions of players daily. But the subgenre represented by “Left 4 Dead” hasn’t really seen the success of those frag fests. Thank Sigmar for developer Fatshark and its “Warhammer: Vermintide” series
Learning to love the brutality, excitement of 'Kingdom Come: Deliverance'
“Kingdom Come” is unlike any other RPG made. While plenty of RPGs have paid lip service to realism, almost all of them eventually have veered in magic, prophecies about the Chosen One or some other such nonsense. “Deliverance” offers no such tomfoolery and replaces it with chores, learning how to read and getting your ass kicked. Constantly.
‘Dragon Quest Builders’ a delightful addition to Switch library
If you missed out on Dragon Quest Builders the first time around, what differentiates it from Minecraft and its clones is the focus on story progression and the mash-up of traditional roleplaying game elements with build-what-you-want mechanics. Oh, and it's fun, to boot.