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Sniper Elite 5 PC Review

I’ve always been a fan of the Sniper Elite franchise since the release of the original game in 2005. I played its second and third parts years ago, and its fourth part about two weeks prior to the release of SE5 (so that I could make an apt comparison between the two). And in a nutshell, and to no one’s surprise, it’s more Sniper Elite, but with a few tweaks and changes. Continue reading Sniper Elite 5 PC Review

Weird West PC Review

Since I’m a big fan of immersive sim games, I’ve been looking forward to Weird West since its initial announcement. After all, this is the first game by WolfEye, a studio formed by the co-founder of Arkane (who worked on Dishonored and Prey, both of which I absolutely loved). So, here are my thoughts after completing the game in around 40 hours. Continue reading Weird West PC Review

God of War PC Review: First-Rate Fatherhood

God of War is a masterpiece that achieves near perfect synergy between narratively meaningful story segments, creatively brutal combat encounters, and immersive world exploration. It is a must-play, an essential game worthy of overwhelming praise. Before I gush some more, let me get personal with you. Continue reading God of War PC Review: First-Rate Fatherhood

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Review: A Charming Delight

Coming off the Marvel’s Avengers disaster, I expected Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy to be another big letdown. Instead, I was delighted by Guardian’s endearing cast, excellent storytelling, and ample charm. Quite simply, it’s a breezy good time that everyone is better off having experienced. Continue reading Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Review: A Charming Delight

Kena Bridge of Spirits PC Review

Kena: Bridge of Spirits is the first venture into video games by animation studio turned developer, Ember Lab. In the weeks prior to launch, there were some concerns. We didn’t get many gameplay trailers, and there was a review embargo until launch day. I saw these as worrying signs. However, after playing Kena, I’m happy to report that it’s been a great experience, even with some minor technical issues. Continue reading Kena Bridge of Spirits PC Review

Far Cry 6 Review: A Very Familiar Power-Fantasy

Far Cry 6 is power-fantasy first-person shooting at its finest. A gorgeous, huge tropical island is given to you, with carefully crafted locations, missions, and secrets to find and dominate. Urging you forward are the typical Far Cry cast of earnest and zany characters, providing motivation for your mad quest of vengeance upon a flamboyant villain. In short, not much has changed since Far Cry 3 reinvented the series in 2012. Nine years later the formula is old but enjoyable for those who want to play the hero in an accessible (and easy) game world. Continue reading Far Cry 6 Review: A Very Familiar Power-Fantasy

Aliens Fireteam Elite PC Review

The Alien movies are some of my favorite movies of all time (especially Alien and Aliens). Unfortunately, the games based on that franchise have been a mixed bag. Some were good and some were awful. With the announcement of Aliens Fireteam Elite though, I was a bit hopeful. On paper, a horde mode shooter combined with the Alien franchise seems like the perfect match. So, after around 60 hours, here are my thoughts. Continue reading Aliens Fireteam Elite PC Review

Scarlet Nexus – A Retroactive PC Review

Don’t let Scarlet Nexus deceive you. While Bandai Namco’s June 2021 release may present itself as another run-of-the-mill JRPG, this game is quite eager to bend the rules of this genre. In fact, it tries so hard to pass as a third-person action game that I wondered if the developers were making a subtle anti-JRPG statement. Continue reading Scarlet Nexus – A Retroactive PC Review

Legend of Mana Review: A Gem Best Left Buried

Originally an action-adventure RPG released in 1999 for the PlayStation, this virtually identical re-release of Legend of Mana is an imaginative banquet of charm, creativity, and quirkiness. It’s also not worth playing, as much as it pains me to say. While the colorful worlds, endearing cast, and gorgeous soundtrack are big draws, the painfully clunky combat, maze-like environments, and obtuse quest designs make Legend of Mana an overall drag of an experience. Continue reading Legend of Mana Review: A Gem Best Left Buried