There are few greater thrills than discovering a new, powerful combo in Slay the Spire.
The game comes across like a love letter to everything that Super Mario Odyssey left behind.
At its best, the game leaves you by your lonesome to get to know the “deep blue” sky as intimately as possible.
The effectiveness of the game’s humor doesn’t always tie back to the concept of Bowser as a frustrated, impotent vessel.
It takes more than a little bit of genius to allow a game as accessible as this to still keep the door open for in-depth competitive play.
This list recognizes games many of us love, but it devotes as much space to ones a few of us are passionate about.
At least the game’s big-picture effects play to the developer’s strengths, particularly those of its new, proprietary Apex engine.
Mutant Year Zero feels most of all like a promising start for something potentially greater.
There’s little to love about Darksiders III, even for longtime fans.
It’s easy to imagine the result of a project that had exclusively set out to radically reimagine the first entry in the Spryo series.
As a single-player experience, Battlefield V is a series of short vignettes that can’t hope to live up to the weight of its heavy-handed narration.
Overkill’s The Walking Dead certainly stokes the player’s despair, but not the sort that its developers intended.
Tetris Effect is staggeringly immersive but falls short of justifying its audiovisual ambition as anything more than a novelty.
Hitman 2 is a dense assassination sim bursting with possibility, tension, and wicked comedy.
It improbably couples the lighthearted but surprisingly complex mechanics of Gwent: The Witcher Card Game with the dark, moral storytelling of Wild Hunt.
This compilation of Diablo III and its expansions underscores how far the gothic hack n’ slash series has fallen.
The game’s survival-horror elements don’t come close to capturing the existential unease of Lovecraft’s original story.
The series’s continuing appeal can be reduced entirely to the free-form environment.
Behold the disturbing footage for yourself...if you dare.
After a while, the experience of playing the game can feel akin to being dropped into a TV show’s previously-on segment.