Reviews

EA Sports UFC 4 doesn’t rock the boat all that much, but its reworked clinch system and new grapple assist feature are welcome changes, along with a tighter career mode that does a better job of teaching the basics of MMA. Reviewed by Mitchell Saltzman on PlayStation 4 Pro. Also available on Xbox One #ign
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Reviewed by Luke Reilly on PC. Also available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. “With the petrolhead pedigree of Slightly Mad Studios, I expected far, far better of Fast & Furious Crossroads. There are certainly glimpses of a game that respects the film franchise as much as fans do, with a well-curated vehicle roster, some
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A Total War Saga: Troy reviewed by T.J. Hafer on PC. It may not be up to the grandeur of Three Kingdoms or Warhammer 2, but A Total War Saga: Troy is a significant step up from the previous Saga game, Thrones of Britannia. Troy is simply dripping with style and offers exciting, diverse campaign
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Reviewed by Luke Reilly on Xbox One X. Also available on PlayStation 4 and PC. “Skater XL is being poised as a platform but on console it still feels a bit too much like a prototype. Regular glimpses of promise appear when I operate within its limits and focus on managing its complex controls and
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Carrion reviewed by Mitchell Saltzman on Xbox One and PC. Also available on Nintendo Switch. Carrion nails the power fantasy of being a horror movie monster, but makes exploration a chore that pads the adventure. #ign
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Destroy All Humans! reviewed by Dan Stapleton on PC. Also available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. “Blasting through the bright and cheery 1950s world of Destroy All Humans! is a simple but satisfying kind of fun, and there’s a lot to be said for that. Just like the original, this remaster’s comedy is a
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Hyper Scape reviewed by Stella Chung on PC. Also available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Hyper Scape is a fast-paced, futuristic Battle Royale that brings a lot of new ideas but struggles to properly execute them. #ign
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Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris reviewed by David Jagneaux on PC. Also available on Xbox One and PlayStation 5. “Alicization Lycoris feels like an amalgamation of ideas for Sword Art Online games of different genres without much thought given to how they can combine together, and the seams are showing. It definitely had potential, but
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Orcs Must Die! 3 reviewed by Dan Stapleton on Google Stadia. “Orcs Must Die! 3 is a respectable, if long-overdue followup to the excellent Orcs Must Die! 2, but it feels more like an expansion to the 2012 game than a true revival or sequel. It’s certainly worthwhile for the 18 new and challenging maps
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Ghost of Tsushima reviewed by Mitchell Saltzman on PlayStation 4 Pro. Ghost of Tsushima is an absolutely gorgeous open world action/adventure with incredible combat and clever solutions to longstanding issues in the genre, despite dropping the ball on the stealth side of its stealth/action split. #ign
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Reviewed by Tristan Ogilvie on Nintendo Switch. “Deadly Premonition 2 isn’t good, nor is it so bad that it’s good (like it’s predecessor). It’s something much, much worse: it’s mediocre. And that’s too bad. I’m certainly grateful for the chance to spend some more time with the eccentric and ever enthusiastic Francis York Morgan, because
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Reviewed by Luke Reilly on Xbox One X. Also available on PlayStation 4, PC, and Google Stadia. “F1 2020 is simultaneously the deepest yet most accessible Codemasters Formula One experience to date. The heavy reliance on recycled vignettes and the same old faces we’ve been seeing for virtually an entire generation admittedly means F1 2020
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Trackmania (2020) reviewed by Alex Santa Maria on PC. Trackmania modernizes the series’ signature speedy time trials, but its off-putting subscription model may limit the creative energy that fuels its best moments. #ign #gaming
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Torchlight 3 Early Access reviewed by T.J. Hafer on PC. “There’s nothing desperately wrong with Torchlight 3, which just came out in Early Access form a week ago. It’s a flashy, bombastic, nicely-paced action-RPG with tons of enemies to slash, blast, and explode for the tasty loot inside. The problem is that it doesn’t really
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Phantom: Covert Ops reviewed by Dan Stapleton on PC with Oculus Rift S. Also available on Oculus Quest. “Let me say up front that I’m in no way saying that no special forces commando has ever stealthily infiltrated an enemy stronghold exclusively via kayak without ever setting foot on land. I mean, if such a
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Assetto Corsa Competizione reviewed by Luke Reilly on Xbox One X. Also available on PlayStation 4. “When going toe-to-toe with some evenly matched AI as the sun sets through the trees, Assetto Corsa Competizione’s console version settles into a pretty satisfying groove. There’s a very positive emphasis on consistency and racecraft here, and the deep
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Waking reviewed by Terence Wiggins on PC. Also available on Xbox One. “Everyone has their shortlist of favorite food and drinks. You might like pizza, steak, red velvet cake, and chamomile tea. But you would never want to dump all of that onto one plate, mash it all together, and then expect it to taste
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Little Orpheus reviewed by Leif Johnson on iPhone 11 Pro via Apple Arcade. “There’s not much to Little Orpheus’s gameplay apart from moving left to right, jumping, and interacting with a few objects, but that’s compensated by stellar voice acting and gorgeous settings to journey through. You’ll find some light puzzles and platforming challenges here,
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Reviewed by Tristan Ogilvie on Xbox One X. Also available on PlayStation 4 and PC. “Desperados 3 is an uncompromising tactical stealth game that tests your patience and rewards your willingness to experiment. Playing with a charming team of toy soldier-sized assassins in a series of deadly and detailed dioramas is tough and requires a
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