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Outriders

Outriders review: Thrilling action makes up for a flat sci-fi story

Outriders review: Thrilling action makes up for a flat sci-fi story

Outriders brings the noise with excellent third-person shooting and satisfying space magic, but its sci-fi world underwhelms.
Balan Wonderworld

Balan Wonderworld review: I think to myself, what a blunder-full world

Balan Wonderworld review: I think to myself, what a blunder-full world

Balan Wonderworld is a colorful platformer that struggles to deliver fun platforming.
It Takes Two

It Takes Two review: Teamwork makes the dream work

It Takes Two review: Teamwork makes the dream work

It Takes Two is a delightful video game romantic comedy that's one part Nintendo, one part Pixar.
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Monster Hunter Rise review: A grand hunt that’s far from over

Monster Hunter Rise review: A grand hunt that’s far from over

By weaving web-slinging into the action RPG, Monster Hunter Rise has the power to unite a divided fanbase.
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Bravely Default 2 review: Innovative combat can’t fully heal a generic RPG story

Bravely Default 2 review: Innovative combat can’t fully heal a generic RPG story

In trying to recapture what popularized the genre, Bravely Default 2 misunderstands why it fell out of favor.
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury review: A joyful celebration

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury review: A joyful celebration

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury is a nearly perfect package for Nintendo Switch owners.
Phantom Thieves

Persona 5 Strikers review: Missing the spark

Persona 5 Strikers review: Missing the spark

Persona 5 Strikers is as flashy as its predecessor, but lacks the interesting gameplay mechanics that made the original worth spending time with.
Destruction AllStars

Destruction AllStars review: Sony’s new PS Plus freebie stalls out

Destruction AllStars review: Sony’s new PS Plus freebie stalls out

Destruction AllStars is a new PS Plus freebie that overcomplicates a fun multiplayer idea.
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The Medium review: A horror game stuck between two worlds

The Medium review: A horror game stuck between two worlds

The Medium tries to be both a modern psychological horror and retro throwback without quite nailing either.
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Hitman 3 review: A satisfying conclusion to the trilogy

Hitman 3 review: A satisfying conclusion to the trilogy

Hitman 3 takes Agent 47 to the series' best locations, playing into the games' strengths while offering new incentives to retry missions over and over again.
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game - Complete Edition

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game — Complete Edition review: Double nostalgia

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game — Complete Edition review: Double nostalgia

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game - Complete Edition is a double dose of retro nostalgia, though its age shows.
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Cyberpunk 2077 post-patch review: A car crash of a game you can’t turn away from

Cyberpunk 2077 post-patch review: A car crash of a game you can’t turn away from

There are great elements to Cyberpunk 2077, but the good is covered in a litany of issues, some that can be fixed and some that are baked into the game itself.
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World of Warcraft: Shadowlands review: Even in death, WoW can’t find itself

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands review: Even in death, WoW can’t find itself

Even calling on a story element that saw World of Warcraft through the height of its popularity can't save it from a muddied focus and lack of innovation.
Immortals Fenyx Rising

Immortals Fenyx Rising review: 2020’s sleeper hit

Immortals Fenyx Rising review: 2020’s sleeper hit

It may not hit the organic exploration of Breath of the Wild, but Immortals makes up for its shortcomings with great design, a witty script, and solid combat.
Empire of Sin

Empire of Sin review: Crime pays in clever prohibition-era strategy game

Empire of Sin review: Crime pays in clever prohibition-era strategy game

Empire of Sin is a clever prohibition-era strategy game that perfectly blends its historical setting with its genre-melding gameplay.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity review: The new gold standard for spinoffs

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity review: The new gold standard for spinoffs

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity sets the bar for spinoffs with excellent storytelling and varied hack-and-slash combat.
Xbox Series S

Xbox Series S review: Impressive but not worth it in the long run

Xbox Series S review: Impressive but not worth it in the long run

The Series S is initially an impressive piece of hardware for its price, but its limitations quickly become apparent. I can hardly recommend buying it.
Destiny 2 Beyond Light

Destiny 2: Beyond Light review: Icy expansions brings cool changes

Destiny 2: Beyond Light review: Icy expansions brings cool changes

Destiny 2: Beyond Light's weak story might not win over many new fans, but its new character abilities give the game a much needed refresh.
Godfall player in combat.

Godfall review: Repetitive gameplay hurts next-gen spectacle

Godfall review: Repetitive gameplay hurts next-gen spectacle

Godfall offers up a lot of next-gen promise with its dazzling visuals, but its held back by repetitive game design.
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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla review: One of the franchise’s best

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla review: One of the franchise’s best

Assassin's Creed Valhalla is a great Assassin's Creed game, but what makes it good is also what makes it decidedly un-Assassin's Creed, for better of worse.
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Watch Dogs: Legion review: The reasons to skip it are legion

Watch Dogs: Legion review: The reasons to skip it are legion

Despite Ubisoft's best open world to date, the main hook of recruiting anyone in the open world falls flat, and the PC version is particularly buggy.
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Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit review: Fun for some ages

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit review: Fun for some ages

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit includes a well-made toy kart that is fun to drive, but the surprising amount of content clashes with a bunch of smaller issues.
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Super Mario 3D All-Stars review: Classic games that still shine

Super Mario 3D All-Stars review: Classic games that still shine

64, Sunshine, and Galaxy are considered classics, but the attempt to preserve them as they were comes at the expense of their potential with modern mechanics.
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Iron Harvest review: Real-time strategy with feeling

Iron Harvest review: Real-time strategy with feeling

Developers clearly poured a lot of love into the design and the story of Iron Harvest, but not for the gameplay polish or content selection.
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Wasteland 3 Review: A strong entry in the storied franchise

Wasteland 3 Review: A strong entry in the storied franchise

The latest tactical RPG from inXile Entertainment provides a nearly unprecedented level of choice and an immense graphical leap over its predecessor.
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Fall Guys Review: A battle royale for a new age

Fall Guys Review: A battle royale for a new age

Despite some glaring technical issues, Fall Guys is able to overcome its quirks by providing a new experience that makes it one of the best games of the year.
Iron Man attacks in Marvel's Avengers

Marvel’s Avengers beta review: Not yet Earth’s mightiest game

Marvel’s Avengers beta review: Not yet Earth’s mightiest game

Marvel's Avenger's beta is filled with content that feels like an evolution and not a revolution. But make no mistake: The game's focus is live-service.
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The Sims 4 Nifty Knitting Stuff Pack review: A crafty DLC

The Sims 4 Nifty Knitting Stuff Pack review: A crafty DLC

The Sims 4's latest Stuff Pack, Nifty Knitting, shows the franchise has finally hit its DLC stride. It delivers meaningful extras at an affordable price.

Paper Mario: The Origami King review: All heart

Paper Mario: The Origami King review: All heart

Paper Mario: The Origami King, the latest entry in the storied franchise on Nintendo Switch, is a beautiful game but it's plagued by a tedious battle system.
Ghost of Tsushima

Ghost of Tsushima review: Finding peace in a violent world

Ghost of Tsushima review: Finding peace in a violent world

Sucker Punch's Ghost of Tsushima offers a powerhouse combination of killer combat and introspective storytelling. It has one of the best sword combat systems.
Changing suits in Iron Man VR.

Iron Man VR Review: Bringing the summer blockbuster home

Iron Man VR Review: Bringing the summer blockbuster home

Iron Man VR isn't a new superhero gold standard due to technical limitations, but its creative motion controls offer satisfying moments of heroism.
Pokémon Sword and Shields The Isle of Armor DLC

Pokémon Sword and Shield’s The Isle of Armor DLC review: Summer vacation

Pokémon Sword and Shield’s The Isle of Armor DLC review: Summer vacation

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Isle of Armor DLC brings some much-needed extras and old friends to the base game, though it doesn't buff its long-term potential.
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The Last of Us Part II review: A dark masterpiece

The Last of Us Part II review: A dark masterpiece

The Last of Us Part II is a triumph, and an excellent way to end the PlayStation 4's successful run.
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The Outer Worlds for Switch review: Port fares poorly

The Outer Worlds for Switch review: Port fares poorly

The Outer Worlds is a great RPG, but the game's Nintendo Switch port is the absolute worst way to play it. You're better off playing it on a different platform.
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