Pacific Drive (PC) Review
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by Zubi Khan
1d ago
Pacific Drive caught my interest as the idea of an atmospheric horror driving game seemed like a novel idea worth playing. Unfortunately, in practice, although fun, Pacific Drive isn’t exactly the kind of experience I was hoping for. Taking place in the Pacific Northwest, transformed by an exclusion zone put in place by a dubious organization known as ARDA, the player finds themselves intrinsically bonded with an old jalopy retrofitted with all manners of sci-fi-centric baubles, a one-way radio, and a map. Stuck in the ever-changing miasma of the Olympic Exclusion Zone, players soon make cont ..read more
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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Review
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by Chris de Hoog
2d ago
It’s a tall order to build upon a titan of the medium like Final Fantasy VII. How do you update a title that has been near and dear to so many people’s hearts for over a quarter of a century, appealing to new audiences without alienating the old while not simply covering the original in next-gen paint? I’d almost think it impossible, yet Final Fantasy VII Rebirth seems to have found the best possible course to take in this endeavour. It’s been about 25 years since I first played Final Fantasy VII. I still remember that feeling of awe when you leave Midgar and set foot on the overworld. You’re ..read more
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King Arthur: Knight’s Tale (PS5) Review
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by Jordan Biordi
2d ago
I was actually pretty interested in King Arthur: Knight’s Tale when the review opportunity came across my desk. I had once been fairly involved in Arthurian legend—by which I mean I took a course on it during my first year of university—but it was always a fascinating subject. Part myth, part history there’s a lot you can do with the stories of the once and future King.  I’ve said in the past that reviewing mediocre games is way less fun than anything good or bad. When something is good, you can rave about it, and when something is bad, you can rip it apart. But mediocrity is both boring ..read more
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Slave Zero X (PC) Review
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by Philip Watson
5d ago
Have you ever thought, “Hey, we need this as a side-scroller!” when playing Devil May Cry or any of its sequels? If the answer is even a half-maybe, then Poppy Works and Ziggurat Interactive have the perfect bundle of frenetic combat for you. Introducing Slave Zero X, a prequel to a relatively niche third-person title that launched in 1999 called Slave Zero. Out is the third-person perspective, and in is a similar but sharpened art design ripped straight from the trenches of H.R. Giger’s mind, Elon Musk’s favourite letter, and an entire genre shift that fits the setting. You are Shou, a Guard ..read more
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Skull and Bones (Xbox Series X) Review
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by Philip Watson
5d ago
In 2013, Ubisoft started developing an expansion for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, hoping to extend the life of its best-received game (as of 2024). During development, this DLC expansion transformed into the standalone pirate simulator Skull and Bones. After six major delays, Skull and Bones finally set sail more than ten years after development began. Ubisoft delivers a solid maritime combat simulator with excellent controls but little else to flesh out the experience beyond a year of planned content. Skull and Bones plunges you into the action (both literally and figuratively), placing ..read more
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Bandle Tale: A League of Legends Story Review
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by Eduard Gafton
5d ago
Bandle Tale: A League of Legends Story is a convoluted end to Riot Forge’s endeavours as publisher. League of Legends is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game with undoubtedly one of the most fervent followings. In the esports scene, League is a giant, boasting massive prize pools and hundreds of competitors from all across the world. In 2019, League’s parent company, Riot Games, revealed its plans to expand the property with more games and other media products, such as the Emmy-award-winning Netflix series Arcane. Riot Games, under the publishing arm Riot Forge, has since cooperated ..read more
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Helldivers 2 (PS5) Review
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by Philip Watson
1w ago
The world needs you. Sweet Liberty is under assault, and it’s up to you, a regular citizen, to become super. This is what being a Helldiver is all about, and Helldivers 2 drafts you — an unprepared stormtrooper ordered from the second-hand knockoff market — for glorious battle to stop the invading bot and bug menace. Arrowhead Game Studios uncorks a vial of hilarity, friendship, and brothers-in-arms for a third-person extraction shooter chock-full of political satire. Helldivers 2 is the buddy shooter we didn’t know we wanted. But the talented team of nerds at Arrowhead Game Studios show ..read more
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Mario vs. Donkey Kong (Nintendo Switch) Review
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by Jordan Biordi
1w ago
I’m not quite sure why I never played Mario vs. Donkey Kong when it was initially released in 2004. I really loved the 1994 Donkey Kong on the Game Boy, but for some reason, I just never really gave it a look. Maybe it was the idea that Mario would be versus Donkey Kong—when he had been versus Bowser for so long—that it just didn’t resonate with me, or maybe it was the whole Mini-Mario conceit that seemed a bit too kiddy for me. When it was first announced during the September 2023 Nintendo Direct, I honestly thought Mario vs. Donkey Kong was a strange choice for a remake. But at the very lea ..read more
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Tomb Raider I-III Remastered (PS5) Review
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by Chris de Hoog
1w ago
As we await Lara Croft’s next new outing, Aspyr is taking players on an archaeology field trip with Tomb Raider I-III Remastered, revisiting the trio of PS1 games that made her one of the biggest names in gaming. Around the series’ 25th anniversary back in 2021, the future looked bright for Lara Croft with a trio of new projects: a new Netflix anime featuring the most inspired casting for the character yet, Haley Atwell; a sequel for the good-by-game-movie-standards 2018 film starring Alicia Vikander; and a bold new game that would unify the “classic” and “survivor” iterations of the characte ..read more
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Islands of Insight (PC) Review
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by David Walters
1w ago
Puzzles are my thing. I grew up doing as many Sudoku, crosswords, etc., as I could, and recently, I have been getting more than my fill of everything puzzle-related with The Talos Principle 2 and the brand-new Islands of Insight. First things first, a little information about the developer, Lunarch Studios. The Canadian-headquartered developer is staffed by a team of math Olympiad champions, MIT PhD students, and professional poker players, all with the aim of furthering online gaming through aggressive innovation. I say all of this because I’d never played a game that is so clearly in the wh ..read more
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