Game Reviews


‘Watch Dogs 2’ Review: A Competent but Cringeworthy Open-World Adventure

Watch Dogs 2 is the Internet as designed by committee. Its hackers are caricatures built from selfies and buzzwords, trying to poke fun at subversive Internet culture without understanding it. It’s a sanitized and commercialized version of real and relevant issues, and it hamstrings its own potential in a Quixotic quest to be hip.


‘Headlander’ Review: Trippy, Goofy Fun That Puts Style over Substance

Double Fine’s Headlander is a trippy 70’s romp through “Metroidvania” gameplay and a worthwhile purchase for those who don’t mind its simplified take on the subgenre. Both Metroid and Castlevania introduced us to the idea of “open world” platforming,


‘Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’ Review: A Brilliant, Mature RPG That Pulls No Punches

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, the latest entry from the team at Eidos Montreal, lives up to the Deus Ex legacy, which is in and of itself high praise. It’s a capable and compelling role-playing game that refines the gameplay of Human Revolution and confronts harsh issues without treating its players like children.


‘HITMAN’ Review: Time to Cancel This Contract

HITMAN is a strange experiment in incremental content and aggressive monetization. It was billed as a “World of Assassination,” but its world is smaller than any the franchise has ever seen. While I’ve managed to enjoy every prior entry in the series, this one eluded my best efforts.


‘Tom Clancy’s The Division’ Review: We’re Here to Rescue You

Tom Clancy’s The Division from Ubisoft and Massive Entertainment is a triumph of online world building, cooperative gameplay, and streamlined MMO design. It’s not just a threat to competitor Destiny, it’s a stark indictment of massively multiplayer games at large.

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‘XCOM 2’ Review: Good Luck, Commander

XCOM 2, the sequel to 2012’s XCOM: Enemy Unknown, can proudly stand beside both the old and new in the X-COM series — no small feat — but it also surpasses them with its brilliance.