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Dead Rising 4 Review

Since its debut a decade ago, Dead Rising has continuously evolved with each new game. It’s changed settings and protagonists, added crafting and vehicles, abandoned escort missions and limited saves. In spite of all these changes, however, the core gameplay always remained intact: grab whatever’s handy to kill and maim droves of zombies in a huge variety […]

Steep Review

Mountains are far from uncommon in open-world exploration games, but even in the most impressive ones, they’re normally little more than pretty white fences encircling a greener playfield. Steep reverses this concept with some success. Here, it’s the valleys and green spots of the world that trigger the invisible walls and the mighty Alps that […]

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Review

We didn’t know it at the time, but Resident Evil 4 was the beginning of the end. Though in many ways the series’ best game, it also signaled the start of Resident Evil’s transformation from survival-horror into something far scarier: forgettable, derivative action. By contrast, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard has been heralded as a return to form–a classic, uncompromising […]

All The Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Games

[Updated July 25 with three more games] The Xbox One’s backwards compatibility feature, introduced in November 2015, lets you play Xbox 360 games on the new console. But what games are available? We’ve now rounded them all up–and we’ll continue to update this post as new games are made available. Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Lineup (As of July 26, 2017): […]

Sniper Elite 4 Review

There’s always been something voyeuristic about sniping in video games. With a powerful rifle in hand, you’re perched in some bombed-out tower overlooking a Nazi-occupied town, your crosshairs fixated squarely on the head of an enemy soldier as he strides along his designated patrol route. He has no idea that with one pull of the […]

Three New Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Games Now Available

It’s continued to be a slow stretch for new additions to the Xbox One’s backwards compatibility library. That drought has ended for at least one day, as three more Xbox 360 games are now playable on Xbox One, including one that you may soon receive for free. Red Faction: Armageddon headlines the list of new backwards compatible games. It’s […]

Final Fantasy 15’s Multiplayer Expansion Closed Beta Begins Soon

Square Enix will soon be holding a closed beta for Final Fantasy XV’s forthcoming multiplayer expansion. Players who’ve purchased the game’s $25 season pass and have either a PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold subscription will be able to sample the Comrades DLC next week from August 3-8. The Comrades expansion is a cooperative multiplayer mode […]

Halo Wars 2 Review

Halo Wars 2 lies somewhere in between an RTS game for Halo fans and a Halo game for RTS fans. It adapts Halo’s FPS roots well, taking the series’ classic missions and reformatting them in ways that make sense for a strategy game without sacrificing accessibility. But ultimately, this is a very light RTS experience […]

Ride 2 Review

When it comes to ambition, it’s impossible to fault Ride 2. It seeks to combine the thrill of riding a motorbike–that sense of exhilarating exposure that comes from hurtling across tarmac without the insulation inherent to sitting in a car–with the form and depth of the likes of Gran Turismo or Forza Motorsport. It’s an admirable […]

Torment: Tides of Numenera Review

Dungeons & Dragons has a long, storied history in gaming. The classic pen and paper game has had several successful digital counterparts,and its approach to role playing has influenced and been repackaged as everything from Final Fantasy to Skyrim. If you’re only familiar with modern role-playing games, you could be forgiven for assuming that they’re […]