Smashing cars into other cars and watching them explode as I race by is one of the simple pleasures in life that is exclusively enjoyed (legally) through videogames. The combination of speed and destruction gives a rush that’s hard to beat, and thankfully even in the alpha-testing phase, Motor Strike: Racing Rampage delivers.
When I downed the first boss of Ember Lilies on my second attempt, I felt really good… at least, I did until she transformed into a walking Eldritch abomination with unnaturally long limbs and hair that looked like it came from The Ring. After she killed me, I expected a moment signaling that it was an unwinnable battle, but nope. I woke up on a bench outside of the boss room and it was time to try again.
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.
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.
When the COVID-19 panic began erupting back in March, a near-universal source of comfort within the gaming community was the perfectly-timed launch of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. This may well wind up being the worst year any of us have lived through, and more than ever we’re seeing the value in transporting ourselves to cute, colorful worlds in which everything is totally fine and remains that way.
The original Rogue Legacy was a masterpiece of super-tight movement, great combat and incredibly balanced enemy design. Every moment was a pleasure to play, and for me that was quite a few moments since I played the game from beginning to end five times.
In Watch Dogs: Legion, London is a rich city known for multiculturalism and technological prowess. Then, after a series of bombings, private military corporation Albion steps in to help keep the city safe — whether they like it or not.
Living as we are in the golden age of simulation games, there is seemingly no end to the blue-collar jobs that players can dabble in from the safety of their own couches. Whether they long to sample life as a medieval shopkeeper, a city bus driver, or even a mushroom prospector, there’s something out there to help them live their dreams.