Author: Henry Yu

The Call of Duty franchise annually releases new titles with very little fresh content, and that’s again evident in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III, a reboot of the 2011 original. I’m not a diehard fan, but I’ve dabbled in Warzone with friends and enjoyed previous single-player experiences. The campaign in this full-priced release lacks effort, even for a casual player like me, but the extraction zombies mode is quite addicting. The single-player narrative picks up after the events of Modern Warfare II and Warzone 2, following the crew’s attempt to take down Vladimir Makarov after his prison escape. Task…

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The original Lords of the Fallen was developed by the German studio Deck13 back in 2014 and received fairly mixed reviews. Surprisingly, it was one of the first Souls-like games to be created, as Dark Souls 3 and Bloodborne hadn’t even been developed at the time. Since then, a follow-up to the game has gone through a troubled development cycle, with the original developers no longer involved and another studio being dropped after a year of development. Publisher CI Games decided to take matters into their own hands by opening an internal studio named Hexworks to work on a reboot…

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You would think that sequels improve and iterate upon their predecessors instead of taking a huge step backward. Unfortunately, the highly anticipated heist simulator Payday 3 does the latter, with what I would probably assume is the worst game launch of the year with plenty of cut features, an overall lack of content, and a game that most people can’t even play due to unstable servers and an online-only requirement.  If you’ve played any other Payday title, then you’ll feel right at home with the gameplay loop here. Pick a heist, scout your surroundings, either go in stealthily or…

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By now, the concept of Souls-likes should be no news in the gaming community after developer FromSoftware pioneered this entire sub-genre of games. However, one title from the team left fans hungry for more, hoping for a sequel or a next-gen 60fps patch. That game is none other than Bloodborne, which was released eight years ago, back in 2015. Although FromSoft has left us in the dark regarding Bloodborne, Korean indie developer Neowiz is about to take the world by storm with the next best thing: Lies of P.  Set in the fictional city of Krat, Lies of P…

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Space horror has been a big theme in gaming lately, and we are about to add another one to the list with the launch of Fort Solis, the debut project from indie developers Fallen Leaf and Black Drakkar Games. The game was initially revealed last year at Summer Game Fest 2022 and has kept its fans in suspense ever since, but the game is just about to be released shortly. Set on the far side of the red planet Mars, Fort Solis has you play as lead engineer Jack Leary, who receives a distress call from a nearby base and…

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It’s hard for iterative sports games to stand out nowadays, especially given their lazy naming scheme of just appending the year to the back of the series. Don’t be fooled by the generic title of Codemasters’ F1 23 because it’s probably the most comprehensive and realistic Formula 1 racing experience there is. Not only have the developers included the follow-up to the critically acclaimed Braking Point story mode, which was actually absent in F1 22, but it also improves on many of the physics and handling of the vehicles without compromising on actual content. https://youtu.be/NSym7B7J10g F1 23 takes a big leap…

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By now, Soulsborne experiences need no introduction as the genre becomes more and more saturated. Berlin-based indie developer Point Blank Games attempts to enter this market with their newest project Stray Blade, an action-adventure game that has you take on the role of Farren West, an explorer trapped in Acrea the Lost Valley. Along the way, you meet a wolf-like creature named Boji, who serves as your companion with his own passive skills that can be used in combat. Stray Blade initially captivated me with its interesting premise and impressive visuals but sadly failed on all other fronts as I…

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If asked what game you think will never be released, Dead Island 2 would surely be the answer for many people. Having been passed between multiple studios with a rocky development cycle of nearly a decade, Dead Island 2 is a title that many assumed would take a miracle to release. Well, at long last, the follow-up to 2011’s Dead Island is about to be unleashed, thanks to developer Dambuster Studios and publisher Deep Silver.  Don’t be fooled because Dead Island 2 is a game whose name doesn’t match the title one bit. This highly anticipated sequel is set…

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It’s been over a decade since the last main-line Diablo game, but Blizzard is finally ready to unveil the fourth entry in the series in just a few months. Thankfully, we got to dip our toes into the world of Sanctuary a little bit early through the open beta weekends, and boy, is it a blast. Even though this is just a snippet of the full game, I can already tell that I will be spending many hours farming for legendary drops, perfecting my build, and raiding world bosses with my buddies. In a way, Diablo IV feels like an…

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When Atomic Heart was announced all the way back in 2017, it was all about its distinctive retro-future art design. I didn’t know much about the game other than the fact that it looked absolutely badass, and I wanted to get lost in its fascinating world. After nearly six years, developer Mundfish is finally ready to unveil its newest project to the world. Atomic Heart is a hardcore first-person shooter with role-playing elements, set in an alternate version of the Soviet Union in the 1950s. Scientific and technological advancements have allowed for some impressive inventions, including advanced AI-powered robots and…

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There’s been a recent resurgence of space-related video games nowadays, as you can see through the remake of Dead Space, The Callisto Protocol, or the upcoming Aliens: Dark Descent. Instead of taking the action-heavy horror approach, developers KeokeN decided to go the more peaceful narrative route with their newest project, Deliver Us Mars. For those unfamiliar, this is the sequel to 2018’s Deliver Us The Moon and is a narrative-driven adventure game that focuses heavily on puzzle-solving and platforming. In many ways, this follow-up is more ambitious and improved upon compared to its predecessor, but in other ways, this game…

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Criterion Games and EA’s newest entry in the Need for Speed franchise is finally here with Unbound. Interestingly, it was released with very little marketing and fanfare besides some promotional content with A$AP Rocky. Unbound is coming three years after Need for Speed Heat, developed by a different studio, Ghost Games. Need for Speed Unbound puts a fresh coat of paint on street racing and high-speed cop chases but is ultimately boggled by a lack of variety, endless grinding, and a repetitive gameplay loop. https://youtu.be/dYJ-EEgXlJA Need for Speed Unbound takes place in a fictional version of Chicago called Lakeshore. Street…

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Flying Wild Hog has been on fire this year, pumping out banger after banger with Shadow Warrior 3, Trek to Yomi, and now Evil West. This title is not to be confused with other games that also came out this year with “West” in their names, such as Hard West 2, Weird West, or Blood West. You see, there’s something enthralling about supernatural renditions of the wild west with badass cowboys and nasty monsters that I just can’t get enough of. And Evil West captures the essence of what makes old-school shooters in that setting awesome with an engaging throwback…

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From the creative minds behind the critically successful Olli Olli World comes the upcoming high-octane third-person shooter on a pair of snazzy skates: Rollerdrome. Roll7’s newest project is set in the not-so-far-away year of 2030, where players enter into a vicious sport of roller derbying with guns. You play as Kara Hassan, a newcomer to the scene, attempting to climb the ranks and unravel the mystery of the masterminds behind this bloody ordeal.  At first glance, the unique cel-shaded lines and shadows of Rollerdrome reminded me of the graphics from Sable, another fantastic indie game that was released not…

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Like many others, Elden Ring has been my most anticipated game since its initial announcement back in E3 2019. Finally, at long last, the newest game from game director Hidetaka Miyazaki is here and with a narrative crafted with the help of Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin. I can’t think of a video game world I’d want to explore more.  At its core, Elden Ring is an open-world action RPG set in the dark fantasy world of The Lands Between. You play as a descendent of the Tarnished, a group of heroes banished from The Lands Between.…

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Today, an official Twitter post by Wired Productions announced some updates regarding the PlayStation release of their upcoming game, Martha is Dead. Martha is Dead is a first-person psychological horror game that takes place in the Italian countryside while the Allied and Axis forces battle it out. A young woman named Martha has drowned in a nearby lake, and her body lies on the shores. Dealing with this loss, Martha’s twin sister must not only endure the grief of having lost a loved one but must also face the horrors of war head-on. Unfortunately, due to potentially discomforting scenes and…

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A good mystery adventure can always find its way to pique my interest, especially one that is coated with a pixelated cyberpunk aesthetic. General Interactive Co.’s upcoming game, Chinatown Detective Agency, fits that description, having you play as former Interpol police Amira Darma operating a private investigative business in a futuristic dystopian Singapore. https://youtu.be/BKCd1YXQNgE As a solo private investigator, you have to cater to your client’s requests to have food on your table at the end of the day. However, quick and easy jobs end up leading you to unravel an entire global conspiracy. Though not much of the narrative…

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From developer Felistella and writer Kei Miyakozuki, the same creators behind the Summon Knight series, comes their newest game, Maglam Lord. This title was originally released in Japan back in March 2021 and has finally made its way to the West thanks to publisher PQube. Maglam Lord interestingly combines multiple genres to provide a distinct experience, featuring elements of action JRPGs, visual novels, and dating sims.  You take on the role of a Demon Lord after a catastrophic event has left you to be the last of your kind, and you wake up in a modern world that is…

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The folks at PlayStation had the opportunity to sit down with FromSoftware’s director, Hidetaka Miyazaki, for an exclusive interview on their upcoming game, Elden Ring. In this interview, Miyazaki-san shared his thoughts on artistic collaboration with George R.R. Martin, accessibility, and even a tidbit on playing 2021’s game of the year, It Takes Two. Facets that players found difficult or frustrating were valuable feedback from the Closed Network Test and helped the team fine-tune and tweak certain features and mechanics. Miyazaki-san wants the players to “feel the importance of the level of freedom” and “enjoy the game in their own…

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Sony announced the latest titles for PlayStation Plus members for February 2022. The games included are EA Sports UFC 4, Planet Coaster: Console Edition, and Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep: A Wonderlands One-shot Adventure. EA Sports UFC 4 on PS4 is a mixed martial arts fighting game that features a career mode and online championship mode. In addition, players get to design and customize their own characters through an in-depth progression system that features authentic gameplay with overhauled takedown and ground mechanics. Planet Coaster: Console Edition on PS5 is a constructive and management simulation game that allows players to…

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