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Vambrace: Cold Soul Review

A relentless roguelite with a solid foundation. Beautiful but grindy, it lacks a complex story, deep characters, and emotional impact.

Risk of Rain 2 Early Access Review

If you’re into roguelikes, bullet-hell, or third-person shooter games, this is a can’t-miss title. Risk of Rain 2 has just as much style as it does mechanical polish.

Pathologic 2 Review

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

God’s Trigger Review

This one has its heart in the right place, but falls short in execution.

Xenon Racer Review

Ideal for casual players or arcade racing fans not looking for too much of a challenge, Xenon Racer has pretty environments, futuristic cars, and varied tracks.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Review

FromSoftware comes through once more to show they aren’t just a one-trick pony: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is an all-around great, engaging stealth-action game.

Swords and Soldiers 2 Shawarmageddon Review

An auto-moving strategy game, Swords and Soldiers 2: Shawarmageddon is a comic adventure with surprising strategic depth.

HellSign Early Access Review

As far as Early Access goes, HellSign has a lot to offer. Clocking in at around twelve hours of content, it has an interesting core gameplay loop that is satisfying to replay.

SINNER: Sacrifice for Redemption Review

Good graphics can’t redeem some of the poorer design choices in SINNER: Sacrifice for Redemption. A very, very rough take on the Soulsborne formula, SINNER is really only for diehard fans that are truly desperate for something new to cut their teeth on.

SYNTHETIK: Legion Rising Review

A tightly designed, fast-paced, top-down roguelite, Synthetik will no doubt entertain for hours. With the release of the new Legion Rising free update, there’s even more to enjoy.

Dead Cells Review

Dead Cells is a daring roguevania platformer that takes several gambles with its innovative gameplay and ultimately double-jumps away with the jackpot.

Dream Alone Review

Frustrating gameplay paired with needlessly dark and messy levels (that strain the eyes more than the psyche) holds this 2D “horror” platformer back from accomplishing what it sets out to do. It’s difficult to find much Dream Alone attempts that can’t be found better executed elsewhere.

DARK SOULS: REMASTERED Review

Dark Souls: Remastered is a mediocre remaster for a fantastic title that ultimately may or may not be worth it for PC gamers.

Just Shapes and Beats Review

Just Shapes & Beats is an exciting and challenging marriage of sound, color, and chaos. For some, the experience may be overwhelming. For others, it will be their new, casual couch go-to. Either way it’s worth your time.

I Hate Running Backwards Review

I Hate Running Backwards doesn’t pretend to be more than it is: a fantastic, engaging arcade shooter. Its replay value is massive, and it can be enjoyed by gamers of all ages.

The Office Quest Review

The Office Quest is a laugh-out-loud point-and-click satire of office work culture that overstays its welcome in some aspects and stays too little in others.

Lost in the Dungeon Review

The title offers a difficult and tedious challenge for those looking for one. Unfortunately, it isn’t founded on enough complexity to hold your interest for the long term. Lost In The Dungeon has shown its hand, and unfortunately, it doesn’t contain many strategy, polish, or uniqueness cards.

DAKAR 18 Announced

Bigmoon Entertainment and Deep Silver announced global distribution and co-publishing agreement for DAKAR 18, the cross-country rally racing game celebrating Dakar Rally, heading for PC later this year.

Next Up Hero Early Access Review

Although Next Up Hero is only entering early-access, it looks to have a promising future ahead of it. The gameplay may feel awkward with a keyboard and mouse, but using a third-party controller or the addition of cursor based aim/shooting would remedy that quickly. As it sits, the game does not feel as impossibly difficult as the developers want it to feel, but it has tons of potential to become an extremely challenging game. The aesthetics of the game are on point, and the RPG feel was done perfectly with enough twists to make it feel unique. With a strong development team, and plenty of community feedback, Next Up Hero has the potential to become a top indie game for 2018 upon its final release.

TARTARUS Review

TARTARUS is a unique concept in that it makes computer puzzles come alive with realistic representations, where most titles try to make abstract mini games out of “hacking.” The plot and overall horror atmosphere don’t come together, however. Overall, this is a solid attempt at making light programming puzzles interesting, but more work needs to be done in this area before we see a title that is truly free of tedium.

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