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Reviews of both new release and older video games and computer games.

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...

Red Dead Redemption 2 Shows What Video-Game Storytelling Can Do

Regret is powerful. And while it affects everyone differently, it’s how we deal with our regrets that defines who we are today and who we will be tomorrow. In a medium known for virtual killing and dying without consequence, regret is a theme almost never explored in video games. It happens to also be what makes Red Dead Redemption 2 such a powerful and memorable experience. In storytelling and world-building, Rockstar Games truly pushes video games into uncharted territory. This...

The Room Is a Must-Play Series for Any Fan of Puzzle Games

As a general rule, I don’t like paying for mobile games. So many end up loaded with microtransactions or start feeling like a second job with the amount of grinding required. But recently, on a whim, I purchased a game called The Room (sorry, no connection to Tommy Wiseau) and was so impressed by it I ended up buying the rest of the series: The Room Two, The Room Three, and the slightly more imaginatively titled The Room: Old Sins....

Escape from Tarkov Is Stress Inducing in the Best Way Possible

I really didn’t like Escape from Tarkov when I first started. I’d load into a map and be dead in less than five minutes. Rinse and repeat. To put it bluntly, I was miserable. Then, I had my first big score. I had some middling loot—just some ammo and other junk, but I was alive. Nearing the extraction point in a sprawling building complex, I spotted another player skulking around outside. He turned the corner and—bang bang—it was over...

For Better or Worse, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Is More of What We’ve Seen Before

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is a very strange game to try to pin down. Among of all the Assassin’s Creed games—and there are 12 of them in total—it is the only one to not feature any actual assassins. In fact, it is basically a reskin of 2017’s Assassin’s Creed Origins with a few extra bells and whistles added on. Origins was a prequel to the entire franchise and gave an origin story to the Assassin Order. Odyssey, which takes place 400...

Soulcalibur VI Welcomes Players Back to the Stage of History

I spent the second half of October diving into Soulcalibur VI, and as a fan of the popular fighting-game series, so far I feel this installment stacks up to the standard set by its predecessors. It’s also a convenient entry point for players new to Soulcalibur, as instead of advancing the already elaborate story forward like previous games have done, Soulcalibur VI goes back in time in order to revisit the events that form the backdrop of those games. It opens...

The New Spider-Man Game Is a Great New York City Simulator that Also Lets You Beat Up Bad Guys

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be Spider-Man? To swing through the iconic New York City skyline? To acrobatically dodge bullets as you take down a group of would be bank robbers? To be evicted from your apartment because you can’t keep a job thanks to your crime fighting? Well, good news! Marvel’s Spider-Man lets you live out all of those webhead fantasies and then some. But the real question is, is it worth your...

Graveyard Keeper Is a Macabre but Needlessly Complex Simulator

A bell rings at the main road, signaling another corpse has been dropped off. For some, it’s the ultimate fate of their earthly remains, but for you, it’s your livelihood. In Graveyard Keeper, the latest release from indie game developer Lazy Bear Games based out of St. Petersburg, Russia, it falls upon you as a graveyard keeper to tend to the dead. On your property is a church and the final resting place of the area’s dead, and as bodies get...

Observer Is a Visual Delight but Falls Short on Gameplay

Cyberpunk has been undergoing a renaissance for some time now across every medium, including some recent high-profile releases like Blade Runner 2049 and Detroit: Become Human. Bloober Team’s latest release, Observer, is yet one more title riding the cyberpunk wave. Observer (stylized as >observer_ in marketing material) is set in 2084 in the Fifth Polish Republic, a corporation-state formed by Chiron Incorporated following a “digital plague” called the nanophage and a resulting global war. The remaining population of humans, now...

Despite Its Flaws, Detroit: Become Human Delivers a Memorable Gaming Experience

Detroit: Become Human is the latest game from developer and Quantic Dream studio head David Cage, whose previous games include Fahrenheit, Heavy Rain, and Beyond: Two Souls. Its story centers around three androids—Kara, a recently repaired house android tasked with taking care of a young girl; Markus, the personal android of an aging artist; and Connor, an android investigator sent by CyberLife—and the roles they play in the growing concerns about what constitutes being human and whether or not...
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