Dear Readers, we may have found the 2023 Game of the Year in Lies of P. I’ll admit, when I first saw the game pop up on Steam, my first reaction was, “What a fricking stupid name.” Once I got over my initial revulsion (and admittedly waited for it to go on a small sale), I dove into the discourse surrounding this game to see if it was something truly worth playing. As far as I knew, it had a gameplay loop reminiscent of the much-accredited Dark Souls franchise, where punishment is your only friend as its core alluring trait.
Holy sh*t, people, do I have some filth to say about this game! Shadow of the Tomb Raider is right in the sweet spot of games for me not only to play but to review because while I did end up enjoying the experience overall due to my rolodex of neurological quirks, it had so many problems that I can relentlessly dunk on it with abject glee. It’s essentially the baby bear’s bed Goldilocks trespassed into, so forgive my exuberance and elation; it’s been a long month.
Hold onto your toilet seats, ladies, germs, and nonbinary friends; we’ve got a card battler coming your way! But is that really all it is? More than just a card game, Inscryption is divided into three distinct acts that will leave you wondering what on earth is happening. It’s an ambitious undertaking, but you, the reader, must be careful before proceeding through this article because there will undoubtedly be things that you may wish to experience for yourself rather than read about. I’ll give you fair warning now and before each section so you can skip ahead if you’d prefer.
Micron recently added two new solid-state drives to its lineup, the Crucial X9 Pro and X10 Pro. These drives are small, sturdy, and very fast; they are available in 1, 2, and 4TB capacities. We have the X9 Pro 2TB and X10 Pro 2 TB models for this review.
We’re back with another Marvel game, howdy, howdy, howdy. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales was on sale recently, and I enjoyed the original immensely, so I felt it would be good to give this game a whirl. Instead of playing as Peter Parker, however, you are playing as the newcomer Miles Morales, the hero of Harlem. While the game borrows a fair amount from the previous Spider-Man game, it does bring enough new to make the experience interesting. I beat the main story in about 8 hours; here are my thoughts.
Well, everyone, we’ve made it. Here we have the final step in the Metro trilogy that, presumedly, you have been waiting for. Following the events of Metro 2033: Last Light, we rejoin our silent friend Artyom as he ventures out from the musky subway tunnels of post-apocalyptic Moscow. It’s certainly an ambitious switch-up of the format that was very linear in the last two games in this series, and they have learned from what worked well in the past. That being said, they didn’t get the balance quite right, and that puts it a tier below Metro: Last Light.
Upon looking at this article, your first instinct might be, “why on earth is Flint playing a children’s game?” I’d then ask you to stop drooling on the floor and open your mind a bit because, while the art is simplistic and this game requires a fair amount of reading, those who like witty banter and silly humor are in for a real treat. Shadows Over Loathing is an excellent and specific type of game whose intricacies cannot be seen by simply looking at screenshots. I played the game for about 10 to 11 hours, and here are my thoughts.
Now this is news I didn’t expect in my inbox. In the leadup to the much-anticipated video game Street Fighter 6, Capcom and Chipotle have announced that coinciding with the game launch on June 2nd, for a limited time, Chipotle will be the first restaurant brand to give Street Fighter 6 players the opportunity to earn Fighter Coins through digital entrée purchases made on the Chipotle app and Chipotle.com and through the Chipotle Rewards Exchange.
A few months ago, I reviewed Marvel’s Midnight Suns and found it to be a reasonably decent time. It had fun combat and tasteful art, but the problem was that it spent an insane amount of time making you jump through hoops like some show poodle rather than kicking the tar out of baddies. Now, all four DLC additional content packs have been added to the game for Marvel’s Midnight Suns Season Pass purchasers, so how has this impacted the experience? Let’s find out.
If this weren’t a Star Wars game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order would be total ass; that’s my hot take. Now that you know my mood as I write this, be ready for some snark. The marketing for Fallen Order says the combat and world take inspiration from Metroid and Dark Souls, but all that means to me is that they’ve gone out of their way to make things really annoying. Besides one amazing moment at the end of the game that I will spoil (sorry), nothing was really exemplary besides the fact you get to use a lightsaber.
The development team at Passtech Games has released a new action roguelite called Ravenswatch in a relatively preliminary state. They put it on Steam Early Access with six characters, a singular level, and a year-one roadmap available at this time. Some people love it; some people are bitching; so it goes. While I don’t typically trust my hard-earned money to an unfinished product (and I never pre-order things either), I thought it would be good to discuss Passtech’s previous game, Curse of the Dead Gods, as an example of this company’s track record so some of ya’ll can calm down.
At first glance, you may assume that Hollow Knight is nothing special. The main character is cute, jumps around, and doesn’t speak any English, so this might as well be a Pokemon for all you know. However, engaging with a 2-dimensional world reveals an astonishing amount of depth that belies its simple mechanics and controls. Originally funded on Kickstarter, this has got to be one of the most successful crowdfunded video games ever, and it deserves high praise.
It’s time for something a little different, a first-person shooting game set in the subway of Moscow post armageddon. Metro 2033 Redux is the new and improved version of the original Metro 2033 game, which is also based on a novel of the same name by Dmitry Glukhovsky. This series of games is well-renowned as an immersive first-person shooting experience that combines atmospheric dread, a decent storyline, and solid gunplay. I plan to play all games in this series and write about my experience, so stay tuned. I beat this game in 12 hours; here are my thoughts.
It’s been three days since a goth witch with a cute haircut pulled you out of a tomb. You hear the Abbey waking up, complete with the usual sounds of bickering, wisecracks, and your Superhero Twitter feed buzzing. You’re eager to get the next few mission to, you know, save the world, but your laundry list of chores grows long. You’ve got to pet the dog, listen to Iron Man be a dick, train in the yard, and figure out where the fire gem was hidden to unlock cosmetics. Endless tasks; that’s the vibe of Marvel’s Midnight Suns.
A wise man once told me that while getting to your destination is nice, the journey there is the true reward in the end. Spoiler: It’s me, I am that wise man. At the core, Desperados III is a Rube Goldberg machine masquerading as a spaghetti western. It’s the video game equivalent of a packed freeway, with you being a jumped-up motorcyclist who has a perpetual hard-on for “shooting the gap.” You’ve got to be fast, accurate, and adaptable, or this one may not be for you. I beat this game in 40 hours; here are my thoughts.
Control Ultimate Edition is a bit of a strange one; I’ll come right out of the gates with that notion. Numerous people in my life applaud Control, and others have gotten very frustrated with it. As I played it for my review, I could absolutely see both camps’ merits. It’s a detailed narrative/world that didn’t engage with me; it’s intricate yet simultaneously straightforward in terms of progression, and it has a few satisfying gameplay elements that failed to hook me for more than a few hours at a time. I beat this game in 25.1 hours; here are my thoughts.
I’m going to come clean; I bought this game because I thought I’d hate it. Out of the box, Days Gone read as “an open world game with shallow mechanics that tried to be too badass and edgy.” With bikers vs. cultists vs. bandits in a zombie apocalypse as the setting, can you blame me? For the first two hours, the game did nothing to suppress my acid reflux, but the more I engaged with it, the more pleasantly surprised I became.
Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerilla Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment) is a post-apocalyptic merger of “Zelda:Breath of the Wild” and Transformers. You play as Aloy, a former outcast tasked with solving the problems of the community that ostracised her. The twist that differentiates this product from the pile of open-world, map clearing, objective hunting games is that in this one, the large majority of your obstacles will be in the form of giant machines shaped like animals. These machines are big, these machines are aggressive, and these machines want to kick the tar out of you.
Xbox systems come with 512GB to 1TB user memory, and PlayStation systems come with 500GB or 1TB user memory. Even with no games installed on either gaming console, the device’s software and systems will use some of that stated user memory. Considering that the average Xbox and PlayStation games require 40GB of memory for storage, it’s easy to see how memory can suddenly become a very precious commodity once you start loading games to either console. Rather than picking and choosing, or worse, deleting games, the WD_BLACK D30 Game Drive SSD proposes itself as a solution.
EA Games Battlefield 2042 will be released on November 19th, and if you’re a fan of the Battlefield franchise, you’re probably eagerly anticipating playing it. And what better way to get ready to game than to have some Battlefield 2042 themed gear on hand? Here’s a selection of products that will get you — and your favorite gaming device — ready for battle!
Over the past two weeks the world has been in an uproar about NBA 2k20, a basketball video game that comes out yearly with what could be considered minor gameplay changes, but updated rosters. However, minus a few grievances, NBA 2k20 has been my favorite of the franchise in recent years.