Costume Quest 2 Review

Costume Quest 2 is a great example of a sequel that improves on its predecessor in virtually every way. That’s not to say that it’s entirely flaw-free, but the problems from the first game have been largely minimized in such a way that it’s a much more fulfilling experience than the already-worthwhile original. That said, much of the game will be instantly familiar to those who have played the first game: a large part of gameplay still consists of going house to house trick-or-treating for candy to progress, the combat is still jRPG-inspired, and the overall game still has a distinct sense of humor that you won’t find anywhere else. Read more →

The Wolf Among Us Review

If you play through it only once, The Wolf Among Us manages to be a fun, gritty little murder mystery involving fairytale characters who have somehow found their way into New York. If you play through it more than once, though, the whole game starts to come apart at the seams, showing you just how little your actions impact the events that play out over the course of the game. Linear and mostly-linear games aren’t a bad thing, mind you, but when a game has nothing else to offer but QTE sequences and a beginning screen that openly lies about the game’s reactivity, that’s a pretty serious problem that all but ruins the fun of your first playthrough. Read more →

Valiant Hearts: The Great War Review

Games using Ubisoft’s UbiArt Framework are almost immediately recognizable because they resemble a moving 2D painting or drawing. Child of Light, for example, had a watercolor kind of aesthetic that was really pleasing. Valiant Hearts, on the other hand, has more of a “hand-drawn” look to it, and this ultimately proves to be its downfall. This is a game where the aesthetic and the message are so completely at odds that the game doesn’t seem to have any idea of what it wants to accomplish, so all you’re left with are a few adventure game sequences that spiral into unenjoyable minigames. It’s a shame, too, because this is one of the few games willing to venture into the nitty-gritty of World War 1. Read more →

Murdered: Soul Suspect Review

Murdered: Soul Suspect is a game that seems to have been made for those who enjoy the stories in their games above all else. Needless to say, I enjoyed it very much, but I can also see how others could walk away with a completely different impression. It is a game littered with various flaws, after all, and while I felt that all of these flaws were minimized and outweighed by the strength of its story and atmosphere, those who primarily look for a deep gameplay experience and replay value are bound to wind up disappointed. Read more →

Child of Light Review

Child of Light is a niche kind of RPG that does exactly what it sets out to do: create a whimsical fantasy. Becoming lost in the lightheartedness—and occasional bittersweet moments—of that fantasy is really the main draw of a game such as this, and it succeeds for the most part thanks to its hand-drawn aesthetic, memorable music, and solid pacing. This is a game that has very few flaws, and while a fairytale in the form of a game certainly won’t appeal to everyone, most who try it will end up ensnared by its abundant charms. Read more →

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