Reviews

Check out our Overwatch 2 review! Overwatch 2 breathes new life into what was once the sharpest multiplayer shooter around, before it had its edges severely dulled by Blizzard’s attention shifting away. The switch to smaller 5v5 matches ushers in a new brawler age for Overwatch where individual duels take precedence over tactical teamplay, and
Valkyrie Elysium reviewed on PlayStation 5 by John Carson. Also available on PlayStation 4 and PC. While Valkyrie Elysium is certainly not the next coming of the beloved PlayStation JRPG Valkyrie Profile, there are parts that shine. Sure, it’s not a visual powerhouse, and it suffers from some occasionally aggravating camera issues, and the tale
FIFA 23 reviewed on PlayStation 5 by Jordan Oloman. Also available on Xbox Series X and PC (note that the old-generation console versions have different features). FIFA 23 is a bombastic swan song for the series (under its current name, at least) with a welcome focus on theatrical flair. FUT Moments, action replays and viral-friendly
Grounded reviewed by Travis Northup on Xbox Series X/S. Also available on PC. “Grounded is a zany, challenging, and memorable adventure that benefits from Obsidian’s instantly recognizable style, humor, and RPG bonafides, making it one of the best survival games in years. There aren’t many games that I’ve been anxious to dive back into after
The DioField Chronicle reviewed on PC by Leana Hafer. Also available on PlayStation, Switch, and Xbox. As an able, fast-paced tactical JRPG that spins a respectable, if generic swords and sorcery yarn, The DioField Chronicle is mainly let down by frustrating controls and stiffly-animated characters performing what is often a stiffly-written script. Shorter, action-packed missions
Reviewed by Luke Reilly on PlayStation 5. Also available on PlayStation 4, Xbox, and PC. “Session may be reminiscent of the similarly hardcore 2020 skateboarding simulation, Skater XL, but it picks up where its rival stalled by arriving with a far, far more substantial map selection, plus a simple campaign that stitches it all together.
The Ayaneo Air is easily the most portable handheld PC available today. It loses some processing power, but the tradeoff is worth the sacrifice. See how it compares to the larger Steam Deck and Ayaneo Next in our review. #IGN #Gaming
Terra Invicta reviewed in Early Access by Jon Bolding on PC. There are brilliant ideas in the ambitious Terra Invicta, and a lot of fun to find for strategy game enthusiasts, but you need to be willing to drill down into sometimes-opaque and confusing mechanics to do it. The politics of its Earth layer are
Shovel Knight Dig reviewed on PC, also available on Nintendo Switch and mobile, with PlayStation and Xbox versions coming later. Shovel Knight Dig is a wonderful melding of the mechanics and feel of Shovel Knight and the ever evolving roguelite genre. It stumbles a bit on its roguelite progression mechanics, and its a bit on
Soulstice reviewed by Jarrett Green on PC, also available on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5. If you just can’t get enough of action-slashers in the vein of Devil May Cry, Soulstice is a competent action game, but it’s brought down by a bland setting and tedious level design.
Reviewed on PC by Ryan McCaffrey. Also available on Nintendo Switch. “After decades of believing that we’d never see Gilbert get to make his Monkey Island 3, I was in no way disappointed with Return’s conclusion. In fact, it moved me, and made clear that Gilbert cares as much about these characters as we fans
F1 Manager 2022 reviewed by James Swinbanks on PC. Also available on Xbox and PlayStation. Even after my worst race results, where everything fell apart at the seams despite having what I felt was a concrete strategy and top-line drivers, I never walked away from a session in F1 Manager 2022 without a dumb smile
Isonzo reviewed on PC by Luke Winkie. Also available on Xbox and PlayStation. Isonzo is an eminently approachable World War One game. The firearms and technology might be ancient by modern standards, but anyone who’s played a modern first-person shooter can easily start storming the Dolomites and picking off headshots as soon as they boot
NBA 2K23 reviewed by Ben Vollmer on Xbox Series X. Also available on PlayStation 5. (Note that the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC versions are based on the older version of NBA 2K and have significantly different features.) I am heavily conflicted about NBA 2K23. On one hand, the new retro game modes
Splatoon 3’s Multiplayer reviewed by Brendan Graeber on Nintendo Switch. Building from the solid foundations of its predecessors, the deluge of impressive quality of life changes and exciting improvements Splatoon 3 brings make it hard to imagine the ink-based shooter series as it was before this. More than just a simple upgrade, its array of
Reviewed by Tristan Ogilvie on PC. Also available on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. “Metal: Hellsinger is an enjoyably rhythmic riff on the metal-propelled mayhem of modern Doom, but its short length and modest variety in weapons and boss fights means it feels more like an energetic but unfinished collection of garage demos than
Steelrising is a competent action RPG with an unforgettable setting, but it’s dragged down by its humdrum soulslike formula that doesn’t do anything to make its combat or exploration stand out. Despite having some memorable weapons and enemies, combat often feels imprecise or sloppy, and boss fights are largely forgettable. That said, even if the