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My Time at Portia Offers an Indie Option for Fans of Stardew Valley and Animal Crossing

My Time at Portia finds itself in a very opportune position: releasing far enough after Stardew Valley but still a year before Animal Crossing gives the game an opportunity to fill the void in which many simulation fans are currently stuck. But with so many options on the table, as well as the genre’s ability to create games that can be played seemingly forever, does Portia do enough to stand out? Or do the shortcomings of being an indie...

A Plague Tale: Innocence Offers a Grim Journey through France

France in the Middle Ages is often portrayed as a lovely place with knights and tournaments, feasts and well-manicured rose gardens. Don’t expect to see any of that here. A Plague Tale: Innocence is about Amicia de Rune, a 15-year-old girl, daughter to a nobleman, who lives a quiet life in an estate with her family. One day the Inquisition comes knocking, seeking Hugo, her five-year-old brother. Things go sideways, and Amicia and Hugo are forced to flee for...

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Is FromSoftware’s Most Challenging, and Linear, Game to Date

As far back as 2009, FromSoftware has been doing one thing very well: making games that push you to the very limits of your abilities as a gamer. From Demon’s Souls through the Dark Souls trilogy and Bloodborne, the developer created a brand-new genre and fine-tuned it to perfection, much to the chagrin of other companies that have tried to copy the formula with less than stellar results. In its latest release, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, FromSoftware takes that...

Crackdown 3 Is Fine, but That’s Just Not Enough

Just I did during the long wait for Kingdom Hearts III, I had all but given up on Crackdown 3 ever entering my disc tray. After years of rocky development, multiple delays, and outright radio silence from Microsoft, I thought I’d never get the sequel to one of my favorite Xbox 360 games of all time. But Crackdown 3 is finally here and feels almost identical to the original game that inspired the troubled series—for better or worse. This...

Apex Legends Gets Battle Royales Out of a Rut

Let’s get one thing straight: battle royales are a dime a dozen these days. You could throw a metaphorical dart out and chances are good you’ll hit at least one. It’s tough to be a battle royale game; for every one that’s made it big, there are two or three that didn’t. Last year alone was littered with the graves of more than a few. Enter Apex Legends, the new free-to-play battle royale first-person shooter from Respawn Entertainment set in...

With Resident Evil 2, Capcom Once Again Proves Its Mastery of Video-Game Remakes

Seventeen years ago, Capcom released the remake to the original Resident Evil on the Nintendo GameCube. At the time, it set the standard for how to perfectly execute a remake of a beloved video game: update the graphics, add new features, tweak the formula, and fix the problems that plagued the original. Fast-forward to 2019, and Capcom finally gives us a remake of the sequel, the aptly named Resident Evil 2. Applying the same method, Capcom has once again...

Megaquarium Makes a Splash on Tycoon Games

The late 1990s and early 2000s were a great time for business simulators (so-called tycoon games)—in my elementary school days one of my favorites was Zoo Tycoon, particularly the Marine Mania expansion pack. Unfortunately, whoever owns the rights seems unable or unwilling to re-release it on a digital platform, and while we’ve gotten our fair share of games attempting to recreate the magic of RollerCoaster Tycoon, clones of its animal counterpart are far and few between. Megaquarium, created by...

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Gives Fans Everything They Could Ask for and More

The original Super Smash Bros. was released back in 1999 on the Nintendo 64, and it taught us what happens when beloved Nintendo characters stop being polite and start getting real. The game featured 12 total characters from nine different Nintendo franchises, including Mario, Luigi, Pikachu, Link, and Samus. By contrast, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate features 74 different fighters in the base game, drawing from numerous franchises—not all of which are made by Nintendo. Smash Bros. Ultimate had lofty...

Return of the Obra Dinn Is Mystery at Its Finest

A ship of the East India Company washes up in a harbor, the crew missing or dead. It’s the Obra Dinn, which set sail four years prior and was never heard from again. You’ve been hired as an insurance investigator to determine what happened to the ship and its crew. Return of the Obra Dinn is the latest game by Lucas Pope, creator of 2013’s fantastic dystopian immigration checkpoint game Papers, Please. You’ve been given a tall order, so...

Pokémon: Let’s Go! Delivers a Wonderful Update That Effectively Combines Old and New

As an avid Pokémon fan from the very beginning, I was cautiously optimistic when Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! were announced in May 2018. On the one hand, the franchise was finally coming to the Switch, even though it wasn’t a mainline release or even the rumored eighth generation, was wonderful news even if it was yet another remaster of a game released back in 1998. On the other hand, how would the Pokémon Go–style catching...
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