April 15, 2021

Reviews

Hello Neighbor 2: The First Preview

Given the rousing commercial success of Hello Neighbor, it’s no surprise that the highly anticipated sequel Hello Neighbor 2 is striving to make the wacky yet mysterious playground of Raven Brooks more expansive and in-depth than ever before. From what…

Pac-Man 99 Review

I’m a big fan of novel twists on old formulas, particularly new spins on classic games. Pac-Man CE DX, Pac-Man 256, and now Pac-Man 99 are all great examples of repackaging a legendary game with new ideas while retaining the…

Oddworld: Soulstorm Review

Oddworld: Soulstorm has been a long time coming. A direct sequel to Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, Soulstorm is a loosely drawn reimagining of the second Oddworld game, Abe’s Exoddus. Soulstorm looks shiny and PS5-new, with beautifully detailed characters and vast…

Oddworld: Soulstorm Review

If you’ve never played an Oddworld game and seen how it all comes together, then you’ll probably be horrified to learn that practically all of Oddworld: Soulstorm is one giant escort quest. Not only that, but the followers you’re escorting…

Magic Legends Open Beta Review

Writing off Magic: Legends as “just another Diablo-style action RPG” is an easy knee-jerk reaction to its isometric hack-and-slash gameplay, but it’s not an accurate one. Despite Cryptic Studios’ action RPG-meets-deckbuilding hybrid including plenty of surface-level similarities to Blizzard’s genre-defining…

Review: Rain on Your Parade

Millions of California residents like myself are bracing for what could be a very dry year for our state. Water conservation may have to make a comeback in 2021 as our snowpack is below the yearly average, and I honestly…

Star Wars: Republic Commando Remastered Review

First released in 2005, Star Wars: Republic Commando acted as many a young Star Wars fan’s initial introduction to the concept that the clone troopers of the prequel trilogy are human beings–creating unique identities for the seemingly identical soldiers. Republic…

Outriders: The Kotaku Review

Outriders isn’t what I was expecting. In the lead-up to launch, it looked like one more Destiny-like looter shooter to toss on the pile. But while it does have looting, shooting and even online co-op, Outriders isn’t just another live…

Review: Spacebase Startopia

Spacebase Startopia is a bit of a weird thing. On the surface, it is definitely some sort of remake/reimagining/remaster of 2001’s Startopia. It’s even right there in the name. Looking over the marketing however, you’ll find a suspicious lack of…

Age of Empires: Fan Preview

The Age of Empires: Fan Preview event is here! Join us at https://www.ageofempires.com/ to: ✅ Get an all-new look at Age IV ✅ Check out the latest Age II: DE and Age III: DE updates ✅ Customize your own medallion…

Review: Fantasian (Part 1)

The launch of Fantasian really snuck up on us. After getting announced back in 2019, it flew under the radar until right around New Year’s when developer Mistwalker confirmed the JRPG would release this year. Then, out of the blue, it…

Doom 3: VR Edition Review

The recent Doom games may have hypercharged the series, but the tighter corridors and comparably slower burn of 2004’s Doom 3 seem like they’d be the more natural fit for a straight-to-VR port – at least in theory. In reality,…