Phoenix Point Review – Improves Upon the X-COM Formula

Phoenix Point Snapshot Games When I giddily sat down for my first game of Phoenix Point, I immediately noticed the game’s tutorial. Each step of the tutorial missions is well thought out and teach you progressively more complex game mechanics that I soaked up like a dry sponge. It gave me a great first impression…

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CryoFall (Early Access) Review – More, Please

AtomicTorch Studio Daedalic Entertainment Survival games seem to be a dime a dozen these days and frankly, most of them are merely slightly different takes of already established titles. For instance, having played the likes of Miscreated, DayZ, Scum, Survive the Nights, etc., even though each of these games features slighting different variations of what…

Age of Wonders: Planetfall – Revelations Review – A Masterful DLC Worth Playing

Age of Wonders: Planetfall – Revelations Triumph Studios / Paradox Interactive Having played all of the Age of Wonders games, I was really cautiously optimistic about how the latest game—called Age of Wonders: Planetfall—would fare. Luckily, it was a critical success. Its new science fiction setting was something that I felt probably had to happen…

Crying Suns Review – A Great Science Fiction Roguelike Romp

  Crying Suns Alt Shift / Humble Bundle Certain titles throughout the PC gaming industry have been powerhouses in that they totally jump-started their own niche in the market or reinvigorate older ones. For instance, visionary games such as in the Dark Souls series created their own “Soulslike” subgenre. Meanwhile, Red Hook Studios’ Darkest Dungeon…

Surviving Mars: Green Planet Review – Get Ready for the Green!

Surviving Mars: Green Planet Review Haemimont Games/Paradox Interactive Surviving Mars debuted back in March of 2018 and I quickly jumped into it since I’m partial to colony management games, especially science fiction ones. Having suffered through the thoroughly mediocre space colony sim, Aven Colony, I hungered for something more complex and challenging. Although Surviving Mars…

Stellaris: Ancient Relics Story Pack Review – The Race for Shiny Space Baubles Begins!

Stellaris: Ancient Relics Story Pack Paradox Interactive Within the science fiction genre and across all form of media (literature, comics, video games, films, etc.) there has been one trope that usually remains constant—humans discovering the remnants of ancient, incredibly powerful alien races. You’ve probably seen this in movies like the Alien series, or as far…

Warhammer 40,000: Gladius – Tyranids DLC Review – The Hunger is Real

Warhammer 40,000: Gladius – Tyranids DLC Proxy Studios/Slitherine Ever since the venerable Games Workshop eased up the stranglehold on its Warhammer 40,000k universe, there have been a veritable plethora of video game developers who have attempted to create their own digitized takes on it. So far, there have been many serious mishandlings the franchise, such…

Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus Review – One Game Worthy of the Venerated Franchise

Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus Bulwark Studios/Kasedo Games In recent years, Games Workshop has eased up its stranglehold on its franchises. This has been sometimes good, but usually not very good at all. Various third party entities within the video gaming sphere have flocked to the Warhammer bandwagon like starving seagulls falling upon beached whale carcasses. Amid…

X4: Foundations Review – A Solid Foundation to Build Upon

X4: Foundations Egosoft As a writer of science fiction, I’ve naturally been drawn to video games within that storied genre. Games such as Freelancer and the age-old Elite series have always been my go-to recommendations when folks ask me which games I admire the most. There is just something so compelling about jumping into a…

Stellaris: Megacorp DLC Review – A Masterful, Economy-focused Addition

Stellaris: Megacorp DLC Paradox Interactive When Stellaris was originally released back in May of 2016, I knew right away that it was going to be something special. I always say “going to be” because anyone familiar with Paradox’s post-release policies knows that there are going to be tons of updates and DLC following each game’s…