Steven McGehee

8.3

Great

Styx: Shards of Darkness

Styx, the sneaky, deadly goblin we first met in Master of Shadows in 2014, is back for more stealth action with Shards of Darkness. Developer Cyanide Studios’ second game in their dark-fantasy IP sees Styx doing his thing against humans, Elves, Dwaves, and Roaches in the Unreal4 engine. New abilities and a co-op mode offer new ways to play, and if you enjoy stealth games, there’s a lot...[Read More]

6

Fair

2Dark

2Dark struck me as a unique game for what premise it’s built around and how it went about presenting that to the player. It’s an odd dichotomy, although, one that wasn’t enough to hook me or overcome the often unsatisfying gameplay. The game was created by Frédérick Raynal, who also created Alone In the Dark. I remember Alone In the Dark and the several sequels that have come of ...[Read More]

8.8

Great

Fast RMX

At $20, Fast RMX represents one of the best values on the Switch at launch thanks to its gripping futuristic racing gameplay and smooth visuals. I didn’t realize this until I read more about it, but it’s actually a re-vamped and updated Fast Racing Neo that was out on the Wii, with RMX including all the DLC and with an upcoming free update to enable Time Trial mode. If you couldn’...[Read More]

8.5

Great

Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Super Shredder

My younger self is pleased to see that the Ninja Turtles are still culturally relevant for today’s youth. They were a big deal in my own youth in the late 80s and 90s, including a fun cartoon show and some great videogames by Konami. Anyway, when given a chance to review a new DVD release from Paramount and Nickelodeon with eleven episodes from the current series, I was intrigued. Tales of t...[Read More]

7

Good

WRC 6

It seems like rally racing in videogames seems to be gaining in popularity. I’m not sure that the sport as a whole is, but there are now at least three competing videogame series, from the long-running Colin McRae series by Codemasters due to have its latest iteration released this June, to the Sebastion Loeb games, and the WRC series. Of course in years past, there were other rally games to...[Read More]

9

Amazing

7.5
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I Am Setsuna

Last July, Tokyo RPG Factory released their debut JRPG on the PS4 and PC with I Am Setsuna. I missed out on it back then, but was pleased to get a second chance to try out the game on the Switch. The game is the same as it was previously, although the Switch version is getting a free DLC update next month called the Temporal Battle Arena that allows players to combat NPCs and other gamers online t...[Read More]

9

Amazing

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment

Control the agile Specter Knight in a prequel to 2014’s popular indie hit Shovel Knight, that was released on about as many platforms as the original Doom. Kidding aside, Shovel Knight was a revered game and for good reason. The series is seeing two releases on Switch at launch, one being the $25 Treasure Trove which is the most complete version of Shovel Knight available as it includes the ...[Read More]

7

Good

Super Bomberman R

Bomberman has been out of action for a half decade or more depending on how you count, but as a franchise, it’s been around for over thirty years — thirty-three in fact, as the box art proudly depicts. Despite that impressive duration and being released on numerous platforms I have owned over years, and hearing good things from a couple of my friends, I never played a Bomberman game un...[Read More]

8.7

Great

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands

Ghost Recon Wildlands offers an interesting juxtaposition of tactical shooter and almost arcade-like sandbox action that’s best played with friends cooperatively. In January, I attended a press event during which I for several hours in solo and co-op, and came away intrigued. That article complements this review nicely, and I would suggest reading it first before this one. Anyway, while havi...[Read More]

9

Amazing

Shardlight (iOS)

A year ago, Wadjet Eye Games’ point and click adventure Shardlight came out on PC. I wrote a preview and a review at the time, with the gist being that Shardlight was a great game. Unfortunately, one storage array failure later, those articles don’t ‘pop’ as well as they used to with assets gone to the abyss, but, the words themselves hold true. Anyway, as we’ve seen ...[Read More]

8.3

Great

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Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey

The Atelier series has been around for a long time, and I have played several of them over the years. With Atelier Firis, Gust takes the series in a more open world direction, and I have to say it’s been the most enjoyable Atelier game that I have played yet. The adventure begins in a small town, Ertonia, that exists inside a cave. Players control Firis, a girl with a unique ability to locat...[Read More]

7.7

Good

Skylanders Imaginators (Switch)

Last October, the latest entry in the annual Skylander series was released — Imaginators. This year, the only console Skylanders we’re likely to see is the re-release of that same game for Nintendo’s new Switch. Skylanders Imaginators on the Switch is nearly identical to the game released in October, and to that end, I’ll rely on Nathan’s review at the time to cover t...[Read More]