Category Archives: Reviews

Review: Dead Rising 4

Throw a log on the fire, grab a plate of gingerbread people, and pour a tall glass of eggnog, because you’re going to need supplemental material to enjoy the Christmas-themed Dead Rising 4. Despite a few new features and the return of signature elements, Capcom Vancouver’s latest is a mediocre attempt to breathe life into a series that has lost the interest of average gamers and die-hard fans. Dead Rising 4 fails to deliver a satisfying zombie-slaying experience and is not the kind of present you want to see under the tree. Read more

Review: Gears of War 4

The Gears of War franchise could have easily died after Gears of War: Judgment. The unnecessary fourth installment received a poorer-than-usual commercial response and Epic Games soon moved onto other projects. Yet just when the series appeared to be bleeding out, The Coalition (and Microsoft) breathed new life into it with Gears of War 4. The new game features tongue-in-cheek humour, ridiculous battle sequences, and solid co-op play, making Gears of War 4 a high-octane bro-fest that is accessible for both new and veteran players. Read more

Review: Forza Horizon 3

Sometimes, the best route in life is the road less travelled. That philosophy is true in Forza Horizon 3, a game that marries a variety of terrains and environments with high-performance sports cars to deliver unbelievable fun. The game doesn’t bring much innovation to the racing genre, but that doesn’t make the experience any less of a thrill. Read more

Review: Alone With You

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In Alone With You, you play as a faceless space explorer attempting to make sense of a dying colony on an unstable planet. Since you only have enough resources for one month, you must obtain artifacts left behind by the deceased scientists, using the information and speaking to their holograms in order to survive. The interstellar narrative works on many levels, and is both accessible and substantial enough to appeal to anyone. Read more

Review: Song of the Deep

Insomniac Games’ Song of the Deep tells the story of a young girl in search of her father who went missing on a fishing trip. Though the game attempts to mirror the scope of the ambitious journey, it can’t decide if it wants to be adventurous or introspective and ends up somewhere in the middle. The main arc is a fragment of what it should be, while underutilized gameplay elements and a slow pace bog down the experience. Read more

Review: Koi

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Chinese indie developer Dotoyou is a small fish in a big pond, but that doesn’t mean they can’t make a big splash. Their first console release, Koi, is a stylistic puzzle game that boasts beautiful visuals, an intriguing musical score, and a delicate balance of calming and meaningful gameplay. Combined with a short playtime, this is one title that is packed tightly to instantly swim into your heart. Read more

Review: Far Cry Primal

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Ubisoft’s Far Cry series has progressed in the oddest way possible – by setting the latest instalment in the Mesolithic era in 10,000 years BCE.

Many of the complaints about the last game centred around it being too similar to its predecessor, and although Far Cry Primal doesn’t remedy all of those issues, it does feel more like its own entity. There are not a lot of mechanical changes, but the aura of the prehistoric title is why it deserves two neanderthal thumbs up. Read more

Review: The Witness

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It seemed like The Witness was the only game on people’s radars leading up to its release. This, of course, was refreshingly exciting, considering that indie titles don’t typically get this strong of a reaction. I took a gander at the trailers when they were first posted – and found the game to look absolutely stunning – but wasn’t hooked in. Since playing, I’ve developed an appreciation for The Witness that wasn’t previously present. Read more

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