Total War: Warhammer 2 – The Queen and the Crone Review – The Wait is Finally Over

Total War: Warhammer 2 Review – The Queen and the Crone Creative Assembly/SEGA Fans of the Total War: Warhammer series, particularly part duex, have had to endure a long wait—the last big content drop (and it was BIG) was the excellent Tomb Kings DLC which featured the cantankerous cadavers in all of their faded glory.…

Conan Exiles (Early Access) Review – A Survival Diamond Finally Emerges From the Ashes

Conan Exiles Funcom There seems to be three primary sandbox survival (crafting, building, clan-based PvP) games on the market right now. Those three would be Rust, Ark: Survival Evolved, and Funcom’s Conan Exiles. I’ve spent many hours with each of these titles, but as I’ve grown busier in my personal and professional lives I’ve had…

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Review – Pure Hack & Slash Goodness Pumped Up to the Next Level

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Fatshark My friends and I often wondered why there hadn’t been many good games (there were some really bad ones) based on the Warhammer Fantasy Battle IP. Then, about 4 or 5 years ago, Games Workshop, who owns the IP, suddenly began licensing it out to particular video game developers of their…

Conan Exiles (Early Access) Review – Funcom’s Fantasy Diamond in the Rough

Conan Exiles Funcom I’ve been an unabashed fan of Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian ever since I was a wee lad. The fictional, quasi-prehistoric setting of the Hyborian Age has been attributed as the first sword and sorcery universe in our history. Indeed, many of the more contemporary fantasy authors acknowledge Howard’s works (including…

Total War: Warhammer – Mortal Empires Review – A Great Strategy Undertaking Pays Off

Total War: Warhammer – Mortal Empires Creative Assembly/SEGA I’ll say this right off the bat—being a fantasy geek who has played all manner of pen and paper RPGs in the past, I’ve always lusted after a computer game that could emulate the titanic battles showcased in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings saga. Unfortunately, although…

Middle-earth: Shadow of War Review – The Continuation of an Epic Fantasy Saga

Middle-earth: Shadow of War Monolith/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment 2014’s Shadow of Mordor was quite an impressive game. In fact, it was so good that although there were some rather repetitive aspects to it, the overall package was nothing short of a modern action RPG masterpiece. It introduced the brilliant combination of Assassin’s Creed-style parkouring and…

Total War Warhammer II Review – Perhaps the Greatest Total War Experience Yet

  Total War Warhammer II Creative Assembly/SEGA Ever since I played pen and paper role-playing games, mainly Dungeons & Dragons, I’d always known about the Warhammer Fantasy Battle miniatures game. I couldn’t afford them at the time, and so thought to myself: “Hmmmm…I hope that they make that board game into a video game someday…

Divinity: Original Sin 2 Review – A Masterful Love Letter to the Classic RPGs of Yore

Divinity: Original Sin 2 Larian Studios There haven’t been many epic fantasy RPG video games that I’ve seen come out lately. When I mean epic, I mean multiplayer experiences that evoke the magical feeling of pen and paper games, such as Dungeons & Dragons or the ill-fated Warhammer RPG. Nothing has really come close to…

Conan Exiles: The Frozen North Review – Fun & Frosty Times Are Here

Conan Exiles: The Frozen North Funcom I urged my veteran warrior on through the arid desert for several scorching days. As it was similar to what traversing the Death Valley must be like in the dead of summer, I had my character wearing only the lightest of garments. He carried only his most prized weapons…