Category: Game Reviews

The latest game reviews from the staff of CGMagazine.

Portal Knights (Switch) Review: Blocky, Tepid Survival

A lot of people haven’t opened up their hearts to survival games. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that a many of the games in that genre seem geared towards kids, but that hasn’t stopped me from playing plenty of cartoony titles enjoyed by people of all ages, from Skylanders and LEGO games to Minecraft. Portal Knights had that same allure, but after getting into it on the Switch, I found myself going back to other games that did it better. Portal Knights (Switch) – gameplay image via Keen games and 505 Games Portals ... Read more

Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack (Switch) Review – Two new classics

When I first saw the artwork for Azure Striker Gunvolt, I knew Inti Creates had something special on their hands. This veteran development house from Japan has been around for over two decades and is perhaps best known for the Mega Man Zero and ZX series—a feather in the cap of a once great franchise that had some ups and downs near the end. Through the years they worked with Capcom until they didn’t, and the series was unceremoniously killed off after Mega Man 10. From there they worked on various other licensed properties before really hitting it big with ... Read more

Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 (Switch) Review: The Block Justice League

They say Lego games are all the same—and they’re right. TT Games’ juggernaut of a pop culture-hopping franchise found a formula at some point in the PS2 era and essentially haven’t changed it since. That makes the release of every Lego game slightly less exciting than the one before. However, Lego Marvel Super Heroes just might have been the peak of the genre back in 2013. So when the sequel rolled around, I couldn’t help but approach it with curiosity and hope. What I got back was indeed plenty of the Lego and Marvel fun that I craved as well ... Read more

Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV (PSVR) Review: Not-So-Deep Fishing Sim

Final Fantasy, the name alone is synonymous with so many images. Turn-based combat, beautiful visuals, epic monsters, but fishing doesn’t generally come to mind. Thanks to virtual reality, Final Fantasy has now tackled fishing with Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy. Monster of the Deep is a graphically stunning fishing simulator mixed with a small amount of Final Fantasy XV. I figured I would spend time relaxing, casting out my line and reeling in some fish. A tranquil experience, or so I thought. Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV (PSVR) – gameplay image via Square Enix Players embody Hunters, ... Read more

Hyakki Castle (PC) Review: A Tense Dive into Japanese Folklore

Hyakki Castle is a mythological monster fan’s dream. For those who are sick of thumping orcs, goblins, and knights in their dungeon crawlers, Hyakki Castle offers a ton of monster variety, pitting players against incredible, unsettling creatures from Japanese folklore. It’s a joy just to see what new beasts lurk on each floor, even if they might spontaneously stomp the life out of you and force you to redo a half-hour of play time. Hyakki Castle (PC) – gameplay image via Asakusa Studios and Happinet Hyakki Castle puts players in control of a party of self-made characters, all of whom ... Read more

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Review In Progress: This is the Aegis’s Power

The burden of expectation weighs heavily upon Xenoblade Chronicles 2. It’s hard to believe that the first game in the series nearly didn’t make its way to North American shores. Since then, it has built an enduring legacy that cements it as one of the greatest RPGs of its generation, if not one of the best video games in the last decade. Xenoblade Chronicles X, for all the richness of its open world, diverged sufficiently from its predecessor that it alienated much of its fanbase. Enter Xenoblade Chronicles 2, a spiritual successor to the original Xenoblade with a renewed focus ... Read more

Rocket League (Switch) Review: Sometimes You Can Pick a Favourite Child

The first and most important thing to know about Rocket League on the Switch is that it is ugly, and I am going to write UGLY in all capital letters to ensure that you know I am being serious about this. I know this will be considered sarcasm by some, but I am being completely literal when I say that Rocket League on the Nintendo Switch has the visual resolution of a poorly optimized smartphone game, and that’s upsetting to me. Most of what upsets me revolves around the fact that I am competitive when I play Rocket League and ... Read more

Gear.Club Unlimited (Switch) Review: Arcade Racing Comes to the Switch

Although not the first racing game to hit the Nintendo Switch, Gear.Club Unlimited is the most traditional racer for the platform and a successful outing for Microïds and Eden Games Mobile. It’s ostensibly a port of an existing mobile game, but does feel rebuilt for the Nintendo Switch. It’s enjoyably breezy when you begin playing, but it comes with a surprising amount of depth. It’s a tad more arcade-like than your typical racing simulation game, but it strikes a good balance that works in the game’s favour. The progression system for the campaign mode is addictive, as you earn more ... Read more

Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire (PC) Review – A Reminder of Nightfall

I was a big fan of the Original Guild Wars and all of its expansion packs but I never got around to playing the second game when it released. I followed news about the game but with the new Path of Fire expansion for the game coming out, I figured that now would be a good time to jump on the Guild Wars 2 wagon. Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire adds in a lot of long-awaited features while also introducing numerous new things that make for a great experience. Guild Wars 2: Path of Ruin tells a new story, ... Read more

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Review: A Vacation in Your Pocket

Through the years I have really tried to understand the appeal of Animal Crossing. Whenever a new title comes out, I give it a go, mingling with another batch of weird animal friends, coming to terms with another predatory loan scheme, and accruing the most mismatched, hideous living room set I have ever seen. Eventually, my work of teaching animal neighbours naughty words and writing cryptic messages on the public bulletin board wears thin, and I put the game down only to return to an abandoned ghost town months later. Naturally, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp has been on my radar ... Read more

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR Review: Fresh Ideas, Bad Controls

I swear Skyrim has seen more releases on more platforms than any other game. Despite the game essentially being the same between the various special editions and ports, every time it drops on a new platform people rush to snap it up and see what remains familiar and what’s new. This latest edition, on the other hand, is certainly the most unique we’ve seen so far. This is the first time players will be able to strap on a headset and dive into Skyrim face first. Virtual Reality hasn’t really seen the success or depth that many predicted at the ... Read more

VVVVVV (Switch) Review: Save Your Crew

All the way back in 2010, VVVVVV was responsible for a pretty magical evening. Released in January, an odd month that most bigger games stay away from, Terry Cavanagh nonchalantly dropped his 20th major release—at 51, this guy keeps himself busy—and it wormed its way into my heart as one of my favourite platformers to date. Not much has changed in its move to the Switch, but it’s still worth playing all the same. VVVVVV (Switch) – gameplay image via NIcalis and Nintendo For those who haven’t partaken in the madness that is VVVVVV yet, the premise and the actual ... Read more