It’s an addictive, delightfully rowdy experience in spite of the creaky, decrypt gameplay and engine.
The game is fairly dedicated to correcting many of the worst creative decisions made across the lifespan of the Assassin’s Creed series.
Even the PS5’s most grandiose examples of a remake still pay more tribute to the past than they provide a window to the future.
Star Wars Squadrons proves that last year’s excellent Jedi: Fallen Order was no fluke.
Everything truly good in Marvel’s Avengers is compromised by its mercenary feature set.
To say that the game feels like a relic from a different age would be an understatement.
The game has the look of a thoughtful samurai epic, but the façade flakes under scrutiny.
The game displays a thorough, haunted understanding of what cruelty for cruelty’s sake can do to the soul.
Its occasional pizzazz, including Shoji Meguro’s blissful J-pop soundtrack, is undermined by how hard it often is to actually look at the game.
Saints Row: The Third is a game with an identity crisis, both within the context of its story and outside of it.
This is a game where the triumphs come from tiny marvels of efficiency and careful planning rather than kinetic skill.
It’s the best kind of retro throwback, reminding us how hard these kinds of games could hit.
The game flips the script on the very idea of nostalgia being the only guiding creative force behind a remake.
The element of fear that Resident Evil is known for isn’t as fully baked into the mechanics of this remake as it could have.
The game speaks in specific and effective ways to the sheer exhaustion of living in perpetual strife.
The world here is littered with side missions out in the wild, and most of them amount to uninspired fetch quests.
Living in America as a kid with brown skin has never been harder, or more frightening, and the game is a harsh primer in that fact.
Fallen Order is powerful in ways that Star Wars hasn’t been in video game form in over a decade.
The most powerful statement the game winds up making is that work is worthwhile, even at the bitter end.
On the Nintendo system, the game will fare its absolute best with the uninitiated.