Atom RPG Review – A Brilliant Love Letter to the Classics

Atom RPGAtomTeam Like all classic role-playing games, post-apocalyptic CRPGs seem to be more of a rare occurrence than in their heyday during the 1980s and 90s. As both first-person shooters and massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) became more popular, the classic style of top-down, turn-based (or pause-able real-time) titles seem to lose favor with…

Narcos: Rise of the Cartels Review – Good Concept, Bad Execution

Narcos: Rise of the Cartels Kuju There have been many, many TV shows that have been adapted for the silver screen. Take the original Star Trek TV show (the one from the 60s), which although was pretty hokey, had some really interesting characters and storylines that had an undeniable charm. TV shows that have been…

Space Hulk: Tactics Review – A Faithful Adaptation of the Classic Board Game

Space Hulk: Tactics Cyanide Studio/Focus Home Interactive Space Hulk is a board game that was created by Games Workshop back in 1989, and its latest iteration is in its 4th version as of 2014. I never got into the Warhammer 40,000 universe as a kid because I wasn’t really that much into board games at…

RimWorld (Unstable 1.0) Review – Even Better, if That Were Possible

RimWorld Ludeon Studios After patiently awaiting the long-anticipated release of RimWorld’s final 1.0 version, I recently broke down and jumped back into it. I played the classic experience of controlling three survivors (you can also choose a single person with lots of resources or five with limited resources). As I always play the game in…

Inquisitor: Martyr Review – Shades of Diablo 2 yet With its Own Identity

Inquisitor: Martyr NeoCore Games I really can’t quite believe that there was a time that I wasn’t a fan of Warhammer games, whether of the Warhammer Fantasy Battle type of Warhammer 40K. I certainly wasn’t a big fan of how much the miniatures cost when I was a kid, or the pencil and paper role-playing…

Ancestors: Legacy Review – Fast Action Mixed With Decent Depth

Ancestors: Legacy Destructive Creations The original Company of Heroes was one of my all-time favorite real-time strategy games. The ability to micro-manage smaller groups of units, and engage in tactical battles across sprawling maps was a perfect combination. Unfortunately, its sequel more or less sucked. Ever since those hallowed days of yore, when we strategy…

Distrust Review – Fun-Theme Wrapped Around a Somewhat Disappointing Flaw

Distrust Cheerdealers As an indie horror film director myself, I’ve been weaned on a lifelong diet of horror films, all the way from the 50s on up to around the early 90s, when the vast majority of them started becoming crappy. Even though there was the original version of The Thing back in the 50s,…

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…

The Escapists 2 Review – I Want Outta Here!

The Escapists 2 Moldy Toof I’ve often wondered why there haven’t been any games that dealt with breaking out of prisons. So much of our American culture is inundated by prison culture, whether it be great prison-breaking films such as Escape from Alcatraz, or The Shawshank Redemption, numerous books about the genre, or tons and…

Foxhole Review – A Beautiful Blending of Genres & Outstanding Sandbox Experience

Foxhole Clapfoot Lately, my friends have had to endure hearing me lament about the apparent death of the real-time strategy genre. I believe that the genre as a whole peaked around the time of Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings (1999), and although we did have some decent RTS titles after that, it…