Reviews

If Stardew Valley is the Harvest Moon of indie games, Moonlighter would be sort of like the Rune Factory. Instead of farming though, the title blends the everyday life of being a merchant with action-heavy dungeon crawling in the style of games like The Binding of Isaac, The Legend of Zelda, and more. Digital Sun has done a great job blending the game’s two
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Guns of Icarus Alliance is the definitive Guns of Icarus experience and contains every piece of content that has been added to the game since it released back in 2012. Alliance also includes some new additions, like PVE cooperative missions as well as six different factions players can join. Unfortunately, Guns of Icarus Alliance is hampered due to its low player count
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Coming from developer Spearhead Games, Omensight blends action and mystery in the style of a dark, fantasy fairy tale, though not in the ways that players might initially expect. While the visuals call to mind an epic hero’s journey and the cast of colorful talking animals suggests lighthearted storytelling, in reality Omensight is way closer to a
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When it comes to Nintendo franchises, The Legend of Zelda has been one of those series that has usually stuck to tradition for the better part of three decades. While Mario has gone go-karting and partying and Pokemon has done everything from wildlife photography to private detective work, Zelda has mainly stuck to epic journeys and big
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For those who aren’t familiar, Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey is something of a black sheep regarding themes and characters to the other SMT games; the protagonists are battle-hardened adults—researchers and soldiers—who have a specific goal and a clear path towards it. The setting is more sci-fi and technology-centric rather than mythological as your compatriots try to uncover
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Whether you love it or hate it, developer Fullbright’s Gone Home was nothing short of an anomaly among the core gamer contingency. Simultaneously praised as the best game of last generation and derided as a walking simulator that can be beaten in under a minute, the genre-bending first-person experience title instantly gave the star developer
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Since 1963, the Planet of the Apes franchise has become one of the most beloved media franchises within the science fiction genre. With the reboot movies doing exceptionally well, it was only a matter of time until Planet of the Apes made a virtual reality video game based on that continuity. So when I heard the initial announcement
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While I am not typically the biggest fan of the RTS genre, Nintendo’s more puzzle-focused take on the strategy — Pikmin — has always stuck with me. Micromanaging cute little alien creatures, each with unique abilities, clicked with me more than “pure” RTS games, and I still consider it one of Nintendo’s most underrated series. Unfortunately, we
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Next to Nintendo, Rare is responsible for my love of video games. Banjo Kazooie, Battletoads, and Killer Instinct are some of my favorites in their respective genres. Every game I have played from the British developer has this charm that you can’t help but smile at with gameplay that is both creative and fun. These
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The World Conqueror series has made the transition from mobile to… mobile — well, handheld. The Switch iteration doesn’t do much different, and in no way pushes the RTS genre in any way. But if you’re looking for a bite-sized strategy game on the handheld-hybrid, look no further, World Conqueror X might just scratch a strategic itch. If you’re
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The colonization of outside worlds has been explored in video games for decades. Red Faction, Doom, Mass Effect, and more have all brought human life to the red planet. However, there haven’t been many that put you in direct control of the colonization process. Sure, it has been explored to a certain degree but the
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The opening hours of The Long Reach are incredibly intriguing, and the story remains interesting throughout. Things can sometimes get a little confusing and dialog can sometimes make the tone of the game feel a bit uneven. But I am happy to say that if you’re looking for a bite-sized thriller to jump into that won’t take
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Kingdom Come: Deliverance from Warhorse Studios caught my eye shortly after its initial crowdfunding campaign. Its amazing hook of being a very realistic RPG about a character who isn’t a genre stereotype “chosen one.” Instead, you are venturing through a historically-accurate Bohemia during medieval times, making the game stand out from all other RPGs on
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Different cultures and their mythologies have survived for generations through storytelling, both orally and visually. Unfortunately, a side-effect of globalization is the loss of tradition and the intriguing stories of smaller peoples like Mexico’s Tarahumara, which has a very distinct and creative mythology surrounding it that not many people know about. That’s why developer Lienzo took
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Developer Long Hat House’s Dandara is just a conceptually pleasing game. Rethinking the standard Metroid-type game from the ground up, Dandara approaches a near-saturated genre with new takes that genuinely flip gameplay on its head. Dandara is without a doubt a merger of old and new ideas. On one point of the spectrum, the game offers the standard (and still equally
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Last year, I reviewed Pokémon Silver when it was re-released on 3DS. While I did feel that the game has dated in some areas, I also believed that the Generation II games were when the Pokémon series cemented itself as a mechanically solid series that was here to stay. That being said, Pokémon Crystal was surprisingly absent from the initial
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