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Spyro Reignited Trilogy – Purple Reign

Spyro is heralded as an icon of the past, but he never really left us. Following Insomniac Games’ excellent PlayStation trilogy, his career veered to the Game Boy Advance for numerous titles, to PlayStation 2 where he was voiced by Elijah Wood in a bid to give him new life, and then he became the central focus of Skylanders, the successful toys-to-life phenomenon. He isn’t currently featured in an...[Read More]

Spyro Reignited Trilogy Review – Purple Reign

Spyro is heralded as an icon of the past, but he never really left us. Following Insomniac Games’ excellent PlayStation trilogy, his career veered to the Game Boy Advance for numerous titles, to PlayStation 2 where he was voiced by Elijah Wood in a bid to give him new life, and then he became the central focus of Skylanders, the successful toys-to-life phenomenon. He isn’t currently featured in an...[Read More]

Hitman 2 Review – A Worthy Investment For Expert Executioners

With 2016’s episodic experiment firmly in the rearview mirror, Agent 47 is back with another full itinerary of places to go and people to execute. While Hitman 2’s globetrotting adventure suffers from the same shortcomings as its predecessor, the new locations and clever assassination opportunities remind me why I’ve remained a fan of the series all these years. The Hitman games have always adhere...[Read More]

Tetris Effect Review – A Dazzling Reimagining

Whether on CRT monitors, HDTVs, or the Game Boy’s monochromatic display, Tetris has long been a reliable source of entertainment (and jaw-clenching stress) for puzzle-seeking players. Its elegant simplicity has made it an enduring success, but with Tetris Effect, Monstars Inc. and Resonair shows that it’s possible to wring a few surprises from the classic game while respecting its primordial core....[Read More]

The Quiet Man Review – The Sound Of Failure

Not every game makes it as far as release. Even the biggest and most successful studios cancel projects when they aren’t shaping up. Those games may never see the light of day, but curious gamers can find footage of many abandoned titles online – and The Quiet Man reminds me of those videos. With a mishmash of awful storytelling and mechanics, this narrative-infused brawler plays like a failed pro...[Read More]

Déraciné Review – Stumbling Through A Dark Tale

From Software has made a name for itself with tough-as-nails games like Dark Souls and Bloodborne. For that reason, Déraciné feels a bit like an experimental diversion for the studio. It focuses on narrative moments spaced out between simple puzzles, and asks you to sympathize with orphans, not fight gigantic monsters using your favorite weapon. Sometimes it succeeds and is augmented by the virtua...[Read More]

Gwent: The Witcher Card Game Review – From Diversion To Main Attraction

A lot has changed about Gwent since its early days as a fun, imbalanced minigame in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The goal is still to win two out of three rounds by having the highest total card strength, but years of iteration in beta have changed the game drastically, molding it into something much more interesting and rewarding. Now officially out of its test period, Gwent proves itself a strong c...[Read More]

Call Of Cthulhu Review – A True Test Of Sanity

Within just minutes of starting Call of Cthulhu, a grim picture is painted for both protagonist Edward Pierce and the player controlling him. For Pierce, that picture consists of tentacled demons, distortions in reality, and voices swimming through his dreams. For the player, the horror takes the form of gameplay – all of it basking in an ugly haze, as none of the ideas appear to be fully realized...[Read More]

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales Review – Tough Calls, Big Payoffs

Part of what makes Gwent so fun in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is how it is contextualized within the latter’s fictional world. Plotlines have you building your deck across multiple matches, and occasional dialogue branches let you settle disputes with cards instead of swords. Thronebreaker, a new Gwent-based campaign set in the world of The Witcher, takes this concept to its logical conclusion, tell...[Read More]

Diablo III Eternal Collection Review – Blizzard Puts The Devil In The Details

Diablo III emerged from the shadows more than six years ago, but it has continued to thrive thanks to a steady stream of updates and expansions. The Switch’s portable nature makes it a great home for this action/RPG, whether you’re tackling some of its bite-sized challenges or settling in for an evening of demon-slaying with friends. Best of all, it’s an uncompromising port that delivers all the c...[Read More]

Red Dead Redemption II Review – An Open-World Western For The Ages

The world of Red Dead Redemption II is defined by violence, both in its passive and active forms. Bandits roam the highways, pilfering from the wealthy and poor alike. Predators mercilessly hunt and kill their prey in the unforgiving wilderness. Men of industry don’t blink twice stepping over the bodies of the sick and the dead to realize their economic ambitions. In this primordial stew of fear a...[Read More]

Starlink: Battle For Atlas Review – Introduction To Space Adventure

Expectations are best left at the door when entering into Starlink, Ubisoft’s late-to-the-party toys-to-life space adventure. Targeted to younger space explorers, it still maintains enough complexity to draw in experienced players. And while physical toys are a big selling point, the whole thing is playable without them (see sidebar below). Capitalizing on the joy of discovery and experimentation,...[Read More]

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