Dragon’s Crown Pro – Review

May 9, 2018

It understands the genre and delivers satisfying, bombastic combat in short bursts, but also finds ways to deliver a full-length adventure that meets modern expectations.

Shadow of the Colossus – Review

March 9, 2018

Shadow of the Colossus is an all-time classic, and this excellent remaster provides a vital opportunity to play it again or discover it for the first time.

Celeste – Review

February 23, 2018

The star of Celeste is definitely the palm-sweating finger acrobatics required by the devious level designs.

Cuphead – Review

October 3, 2017

The detail and charm in Cuphead means it was made with a lot of love, but that would just be window dressing if it wasn’t a solid action game.

Yakuza Kiwami – Review

August 29, 2017

Yakuza Kiwami (“Extreme”) lets gamers experience the wacky fun of the original Yakuza in a remake with modern graphics and gameplay polish.

Superhot – Review

August 1, 2017

Rather than run headfirst into a firefight, you’ll think multiple steps ahead and carefully consider where your enemies will intersect with your bullet.

Nex Machina – Review

June 29, 2017

Nex Machina infuses the classic Robotron twin stick formula with breakneck speed, adds in the wild voxel-based visual style of Resogun and sharpens it to a razor edge.

The Surge – Review

May 26, 2017

Developer Deck13 — creators of 2014’s Lords of the Fallen — bring the Souls sensibility to a grim, mechanized future.

Snake Pass – Review

April 5, 2017

Charming, accomplished and fun, a quietly ambitious puzzle platformer that nods to a bygone era but exhibits gamemaking acumen that is distinctly modern day.

Nier: Automata – Review

March 30, 2017

The fascinating semi-open world structure has been fleshed out and augmented with the combat know-how of developer Platinum Games: It looks and plays great.

Watch Dogs 2 – Review

November 20, 2016

The sprawling, sun-soaked and varied terrain of Grand Theft Auto V’s Los Angeles and Watch Dogs 2’s San Francisco Bay Area truly feel like gigantic playgrounds.

RIVE – Review

October 5, 2016

RIVE is a frantic, fast-paced shoot-em-up/platformer that draws from a ton of great source material from the history of white-knuckle action games.

Hitman – Review

May 6, 2016

The 2016 incarnation of the Hitman franchise is one of the first big names to try out the episodic model for its new game, and it’s a great fit.

Enter the Gungeon – Review

April 8, 2016

Enter the Gungeon jumps into the fray with its own offbeat genre soup, and it’s particularly tasty: A bullet hell roguelike.

Street Fighter – V – Review

March 25, 2016

On its release day, Street Fighter V was missing a ton of features, from a promised Story Mode to any meaningful training challenges to even Arcade mode.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege – Review

December 11, 2015

The latest Rainbow Six installment serves as a nice bit of counter programming during this holiday season, turning down the spectacle and exploring tense, high-stakes combat.

Just Cause 3 – Review

December 11, 2015

Just Cause 3 is an incredible action movie amusement park filled with the tools to create any over-the-top Bond/Bourne/John McClane fantasy in your head.

Rodea the Sky Soldier – Review

November 6, 2015

Rodea the Sky Soldier is more than a little rough around the edges, and it’s gonna take all the imagination you’ve got to see the silver lining here.

Transformers – Devastation – Review

October 16, 2015

A Platinum Games joint is like a Quentin Tarantino movie or a Ryan Murphy TV show – if you call yourself a fan of the art form, you have to check it out.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 – Review

October 2, 2015

Except for an HD reworking a couple years back, the Tony Hawk series has been missing as of late, after previously appearing with incredible regularity for more than a decade.

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter – Review

July 31, 2015

Eerie PC hit The Vanishing of Ethan Carter won accolades for its gorgeous visuals and offbeat narrative. Making its debut on consoles, it’s easy to see what the buzz was about.

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