I think that Pokkén Tournament is a solid game that languished in relative obscurity due to the failing status of the Wii U by the time it was released. Pokkén Tournament DX doesn’t really change anything from the original design, so based on that alone […]

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NBA 2K18 Review

When it boils down to it, the question shouldn’t be whether NBA 2K18 is good – because it is. The question is rather whether NBA 2K18 is GREAT? And it’s not, pure and simple. This year, I just felt like 2K undid so much of […]

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Project Cars 2 Review

It’s still not quite a perfect racing game, but Project Cars 2 is an improvement over its predecessor in almost every regard. More cars, more tracks and a much-needed improvement to the UI make the game a vastly better experience than the original. There are […]

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Absolver Review

Personally, I’m happy with Absolver for what it is: a game of limited scope that does do one thing very well. If it leads to deeper combat systems in big-budget games down the line then, well, so be it.

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As a dedicated Metroid fan, it makes me so happy to praise this game for what it is. Samus Returns is a faithful reimagining that isn’t afraid to step out of its comfort zone for the sake of innovation, and it succeeds all the more […]

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When I first saw the leaks for Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, my mind was immediately filled with images of Shadow the Hedgehog holding a gun. It seemed like an idea that just wasn’t going to work. Now that it’s here, however, I’m pleasantly surprised […]

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SteamWorld Dig 2 Review

Without a doubt, SteamWorld Dig 2 is a fantastic example of how to make a sequel. It takes fundamental gameplay elements that were already fun and finds new ways to refine them without losing sight of what was great in the first place. Between an […]

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At the end of the day, XCOM is not a game that’s meant to allow the player to feel powerful. It’s a struggle, you’re always supposed to feel like you’re on the back foot even when things are going well, and at best you merely […]

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Knack II Review

Knack II is a great example of a sequel making things right. A lot of the characters dampen the story as they did the first game, but Knack’s personality and the cartoony villains are enough to keep things entertaining. The strengths of the first game […]

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Even with significant failings in the character performances and writing, it would be impossible for me not to recommend Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana. It’s been a while since I had such consistent fun while playing an action RPG as I eliminated hordes of enemies […]

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