In the days of ancient Rome, slaves were pitted against Gladiators and creatures from exotic lands to engage in mortal combat for the entertainment of thousands at the Coliseum. Today, as with many things, we have robots do the job for us. Clone Drone in the Danger Zone is basically the cooler videogame version of those real-life Roman games, and it’s a grand time.
Moving Up In The Standings
HIGH Improved game flow. Crazy-deep franchise mode.
LOW Blocking is still weird.
WTF why is my LB spasming like that after a hit?
The Chill Of Victory. The Agony Of Cold Feet.
HIGH The upgraded Be a Pro is a huge improvement.
LOW Player models are showing their age.
WTF The announcing in NHL Threes should be abandoned immediately.
Enlisted is a bold attempt at tackling a bloated genre. The World War II shooter has more entries than I can count, but even bolder than trying to crack this style is that it’s also entering the similarly-crowded online-only field.
A New Red Scare
HIGH It’s still that same satisfying Call of Duty gameplay…
LOW …in a severely half-baked, racist and politically screwed-up package.
WTF Someone thought a dangerously right-wing game was needed in 2020?
Everyone’s got a game that they’ve played for a long time. Maybe forever. StarCraft II is one of mine. I play other things too, but recently I’ve found myself spending a lot of time in this familiar place. Each time I fire it up, I ask myself the same question: “Why this game? What keeps me coming back?”
In Search Of Next-Gen Writers
HIGH The on-court mechanics are more player-controlled than ever
LOW Microtransactions are necessary to succeed, even on Rookie.
WTF The finale of “Dawson’s Creek” had more emotional depth
Right Robots, Wrong Mission
HIGH The concept is gold and the art style is fantastic.
LOW Finishing the game missing crewmembers and robots.
WTF Who thought all this grinding was a good idea?
Can’t Help Falling In Love
HIGH An interesting shake-up in the battle royale genre.
LOW That stupid, stupid slide that caused me to curse my poor friend out over party chat.
WTF I had way more falling puns for the tagline.
I Wanna Rock(et) And Roll All Night
HIGH A creative combo of styles rolled into an online shooter.
LOW The playerbase numbers, apparently.
WTF An impromptu game mode in Halo inspired this.