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SONG OF HORROR Preview

While it may have been only a brief preview, Song of Horror shows genuine promise for what could be a very successful horror game.

Greedfall Review

Stellar storytelling and an immersive world design makes Greedfall fun to play, but disappointing character customization, poor graphics, and bad animation prevent the title from truly shining.

Unlucky Seven Early Access Review

Being in Early Access could save the game if things go well, but extensive work is needed to take the nugget of a good story and pull it into a game people can enjoy.

Age of Wonders: Planetfall Review

Despite issues with AI and a level of complexity that will likely frustrate new players, Age of Wonders: Planetfall is a well-rounded experience with stunning visuals and extensive replay value. 

Chook & Sosig: Walk the Plank Review

Chook and Sosig: Walk the Plank is a charming point-and-click adventure title that offers fun for all ages. Despite a few errors in execution, the humor, premise, and choice of endings offers something for everyone to enjoy.

Layers of Fear 2 Review

A superbly polished visual feast as well as a jumpscare-laden walking simulator that takes a few steps back as a sequel, rather than forward.

Pathologic 2 Review

An interesting narrative and eerie ambience are present, but frustratingly tedious survival features, poor combat, and performance issues plague the title.

Tropico 6 Review

Tropico 6 involves a huge time investment and a steep learning curve, but it is a solid entry in the management/sim genre.

Beholder 2 Review

Beholder 2’s strengths include great storytelling, impactful choices, and high replayability, while its weaknesses are unavoidable, repetitive mini-games and lack of fast travel.

INSOMNIA: The Ark Review

Too buggy to currently be considered playable, INSOMNIA: The Ark could eventually be an enjoyable experience in a cool, dieselpunk-futuristic world.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey Review

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey takes us on yet another action-and-adventure-filled ride through history. Choose from one of two unique perspectives, prepare for your decisions to have life-changing impact, and take in the beauty of Ancient Greece.

Life is Strange 2 - Episode 1 Review

Life is Strange 2: Episode 1 offers a similar experience to the previous Life is Strange title with a handful of game elements removed. Fans of the previous game will likely enjoy the quirky dialogue and aesthetic on display here, but not as much as the original.

Lamplight City Review

Lamplight City is a steampunk detective adventure with great voice acting and unique worldbuilding—but the gameplay is full of unrealized potential.

Cultist Simulator Review

Cultist Simulator is the kind of game where “Just one more turn,” easily becomes “Four hours later…” It’s addicting even when it’s difficult and frustrating, and extremely satisfying when things finally start going right for you.  

Vampyr Review

Vampyr takes the humorously ironic situation of a hematologist-turned-vampire and spins it into a compelling and poetic tragedy with a focus on both combat and decision-making.

Solo Review

Solve puzzles and be asked some of life's grandest relationship questions in Solo, a colorful and contemplative indie title.

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

Enjoy isometric computer roleplaying at its finest in The Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, the latest title to deliver RPG players a wholly immersive and satisfying experience away from the tabletop.

The Council Episode 1 Review

The Council fails at what it should do best: narrative. Poor voice acting, coupled with mere adequacy on every other level, places this title firmly in the wouldn’t-recommend category.

Life is Strange: Before the Storm Review

Life is Strange: Before the Storm plays like a cutscene with a point-and-click element that is a joy; no button combinations or consulting a grainy minimap: Daedalus himself designed the levels. The title deals with weighty issues wrapped in stunning visuals and peppered with a comprehensive soundtrack by real artists. This addition to the franchise is a must-play.

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier - Episode 5 Review

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – Episode 5 is a gripping, emotional ending to this chapter in the series, but it's also one that doesn't quite hit the mark as well as the prior seasons of this successful franchise have. When it comes to the grand finale, players simply deserved a bigger, more satisfying resolution to Javier's story and the outcome facing him and his loved ones. And, while I did enjoy Clem's ending – again, I'll keep it vague – Clem's presence alone isn't enough to carry this piece of The Walking Dead: A New Frontier to the heights that prior episodes in this saga could reach.

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