Steven McGehee

8.3

Great

Raiden V: Director’s Cut

Raiden V Director’s Cut does not represent a huge leap from the original Raiden V released on Xbox One last year, but for fans of the series and the genre, especially those that do no have an Xbox One, it’s an intriguing release. The vertical shoot’em up (SHMUP) genre certainly is not as popular as it once was, but legendary franchises of the genre, like Raiden, can still make so...[Read More]

9

Amazing

The Evil Within 2

Three years ago, The Evil Within took players on a twisted and scary survival horror journey. I enjoyed the game and its DLC, but loathed the combat because the protagonist, Detective Sebastian Castellanos of the Krimson City PD to be exact, had poor stamina and clunky controls. The low ammo and tight health supplies come with the survival horror genre, but Tango Gameworks left some room for impro...[Read More]

9.2

Amazing

Ruiner

If you haven’t played the Crusader games from Origin and EA from the mid ’90s, I highly recommend them. They are two of my all time favorite games, and when I saw Ruiner — the debut game from Warsaw-based devs Reikon — I knew I had to play it. The cyberpunk atmosphere, the hyper-violence, that top-down/isometric look…my gosh how cool would it be if Reikon got the go a...[Read More]

6.5

Fair

Hidden Dragon Legend

Hidden Dragon Legend (HDL) is an ambitious effort that falls short in several key ways, but, manages to be just good enough to trudge through. That it’s a game based on Chinese mythology and lore actually made by Chinese at MegaFun Games and published by Oasis Games is a cool tidbit. But ultimately this game reminded me of games like Knight’s Contract, The Cursed Crusade, Raven Squad, ...[Read More]

8.7

Great

Marvel Vs Capcom: Infinite

Capcom’s popular MvC, or Marvel Vs Capcom, franchise has made a return with MvC: Infinite, featuring thirty characters at launch (fifteen from each universe). Matches are 2v2, supporting local and online play, a (short) story mode (a first for the series), and the use of Infinity Stones that were first introduced in Clash of Super Heroes. A Missions mode for each character and the ability to...[Read More]

9

Amazing

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Thimbleweed Park (Switch)

Several months ago I had the pleasure of reviewing Thimbleweed Park, the Kickstarted point and click adventure from Terrible Toybox, the core of which are two former Lucasarts developers (Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick). Thimbleweed Park is a masterfully done throwback to the golden era of point and click adventures, complete with nice artwork, great puzzles, a story and characters you’re sure...[Read More]

9.2

Amazing

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Metroid: Samus Returns

Metroid II: Return of Samus was first released in 1991, a time when I was doing very little console gaming (PC instead). My first foray into the world of Metroid was actually Metroid Prime and even that was only five or so years ago. I remember getting lost in the Chozo Ruins and becoming tired of back-tracking and having to fight endless waves of respawned enemies. While I still have my savegame,...[Read More]

9

Amazing

Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition Review

Kickstarted several years ago with the support of tens of thousands, and after a very successful launch and two major expansions later, Pillars of Eternity (PoE) finds its way to the PS4 and Xbox One this week packing the complete original game and both White March expansions. It’s a massive, hardcore CRPG offering that is a mixture of both amazing and intimidating. You know you’re pla...[Read More]

8.5

Great

Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma Review

Spike Chunsoft’s fantastic trilogy of the Nonary Games aka Zero Escape have made their way to the PS4. Earlier this year, in March to be exact, Aksys published The Nonary Games for the PS4 that included the cult hit Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (999) originally released on the Nintendo DS, and its sequel, Virtue’s Last Reward (VLR), which saw a release on the Vita and the 3DS. ...[Read More]

8.5

Great

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Second Season

TV shows based off of the DC Universe continue to do well for themselves. Recently, the second season of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow hit the home release on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital, with all seventeen episodes and a handful of bonus features. I actually had never seen this show before and have not yet finished season two, but I have enjoyed what I have seen so far. Unfortunately, without the ...[Read More]

9.2

Amazing

Sonic Mania Review

I haven’t played most of the Sonic games in the last ten years, but I feel confident in saying Sonic Mania might be the best since the Sonic Rush days. That is of course assuming your a big fan of the old school 2D Sonics, which I happen to be. Sonic Mania gathers up Zones and Acts from these old Sonic games (1-3, CD, and Knuckles), and remixes them in significant ways, as well as adding new...[Read More]

8

Great

Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth – Part 1: From The Ashes

I had never heard of Ken Follett or his massive 1989 novel, “Pillars of the Earth” before playing the first episode of a new Daedalic Entertainment adventure game that shares the name. Daedalic has made a name for themselves over recent years with some high quality point and click adventures, and their prowess in that genre, and especially in the presentation arena, is evident here. Th...[Read More]