The Surge 2 Review – The Best of the Souls-Likes

The Surge 2 Deck13 / Focus Home Interactive It’s hard to underestimate the influence that FromSoftware’s Souls franchise has had on the video game industry. There have been so many copy and paste clones coming out that they have even spawned their own subgenre: Souls-like games. While there have been numerous attempts by other developers…

SpellForce 3: Soul Harvest Review – Does This Experimental Hybrid Have What it Takes to Shine?

SpellForce 3: Soul Harvest Grimlore Games/THQ Nordic                      2017’s hybrid role-playing/real-time strategy experiment titled SpellForce 3 was met with pretty favorable reviews. People cited the game’s deep character customization system, outstanding art, and compelling storyline as major factors in its success. They also praised the fact that developers Grimlore Games didn’t infuse their little gem with…

Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition Review – A Whole Lotta Final Fantasy Goodness

Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition Square Enix The fifteenth installment of the long-running fantasy/science fiction crossover series, Final Fantasy, has been out since November of 2016. However, Final Fantasy XV was previously only available on consoles, which made many PC gamers who are ardent Final Fantasy fans almost come to tears. So was it worth…

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition PC Review – A Worthwhile Improvement of a RPG Gaming Masterpiece

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition Bethesda Software In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past five or so years, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was an attempt by the mischievous folks at Bethesda Software, to steal copious amounts of time from many a gamer out there. Simply put, Skyrim is…

The Technomancer Review – Interesting Setting & Technical Pitfalls

The Technomancer Spiders Studio It’s strange—it seems as though lately, I’ve been running into a lot of games that feature really interesting backstories, but fail to pull the trigger when it comes to translating their narratives over into the digital realm. Just a couple of weeks ago, for instance, I reviewed Deep Silver’s Homefront: Revolution,…

Dark Souls III Review – More Dreary Magnificence

Dark Souls III Bandai Namco The Dark Souls series has a singularly Japanese identity, which is lost on many foreign gamers. Although it features knights, ghouls, and demons, which all look very European, aesthetically, the combat, pacing, and unforgiving environs found in the Souls games are uniquely Japanese. Specifically, from the days of feudal Japan,…

Pillars of Eternity: The White March – Part 2 Review – A Singularly Strong Second Act

Pillars of Eternity: The White March – Part 2 Paradox Interactive Back in March of last year (2015), Paradox Interactive swept the PC gaming world by storm with its crowd funded modern classic hit, Pillars of Eternity. Supporters of indie titles such as myself saw it as not only an incredible return to the old…

The Culling (Alpha) Review – A Blood-soaked Free-for-all

The Culling Xaviant Games Now that the zombie frenzy is finally beginning to abate a little, a new craze is emerging: competitive survival games. Since visual media (film/TV) and the gaming industry are essentially joined at the hip these days (at least the triple A gaming publishers and commercial film studios are) whatever is hot…