Gut Check: Maneater

Maneater is a genuinely fun game with an extremely unique concept that ultimately gets bogged down in repetition and monotony far sooner than you'd expect. One would think that a game about being a shark that's hell-bent on consuming and destroying any and everything in its path would be more exciting to play, and while the moment to moment gameplay achieves that desired level of excitement, the objectives and grinding required of you become very tedious, very quickly...

Gut Check: Wildfire

There will never be a time that I don't find complete and utter joy in a game that allows me to mercilessly mess with my enemies by scaring the living hell out of them. Wildfire is a game that allows me to do just that, while layering in some awesome elemental powers and great stealth mechanics, while bizarrely asking me to be a pacifist and not burn dudes alive...

Cyberpunk 2077 and its Already Massive Fandom

Since its announcement and various gameplay reveals, I've noticed this low yet consistent stream of cosplay, projects and fan art surrounding the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077.  It's not that it bothers me or anything like that, I just find it really strange that there's this fandom that exists already around a game that won't be released for some time...

Skatebored

Maybe it's just me, but I feel like it's been way too long since we've have a good skateboarding game, with 2010's Skate 3 being the last game worth playing.  Since then, there's only been one notable release in the form of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5, a game that even if it wasn't absolutely dreadful, was no longer the kind of skateboarding game I'm looking for...

Gut Check: Streets of Rage 4

Streets of Rage 4 nails everything you would hope for out of a sequel to one of the greatest brawler franchises in history.  It retains all of the chaotic action of it's predecessors, while paying tribute and modernizing the unique aesthetics the series was known for.  That dedication to honoring the roots of the franchise is a double-edged sword however, highlighting both the good and bad the genre has to offer...

Hoop Dreams

Like a good chair, video games can provide a sense of comfort and security despite their subject matter.  Maybe you play League of Legends every night, or World of Warcraft religiously, or something else entirely, but odds are that there's a game you keep coming back to when there's nothing else to play.  For me, I sink dozens and dozens of hours into the NBA 2K series of games because I'm a massive fan of the sport along with the games themselves.  That's not a qualitative statement however, because I think there's tons of room for improvement in the series, from bug fixes to features, and even new modes entirely...

Gut Check: Cloudpunk

Cloudpunk is a blend of two of my favorite kinds of elements in games:  Cyberpunk aesthetics and a mundane profession, in this case a delivery driver.  Sprinkle in an engaging yet slowly unfolding story with interesting and sometimes genuinely funny characters and you've got yourself the recipe for a game that is one-hundred percent up my alley...