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...

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...

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...

Gut Check: Foregone

Stop me if you've heard this before, but Foregone is an early access, side-scrolling, pixelated action game, akin to something like a Metroid or Castlevainia.   In my short time playing it I can safely say that it never reaches the highs or lows of the genre, but just ends up feeling like yet another one of "those" kinds of games, that's totally serviceable...

Gut Check – Goblin Sword

This installment of Gut Check is going to be fairly short because the game we're talking about is fairly slight.  Despite its initial release on iOS devices back in 2014, Goblin Sword, like many games, has found a new home on the Nintendo Switch.  Aside from having one of the more generic titles for a game ever, it's just an uninspired albeit competent experience...

Gut Check – The Coin Game

Describing The Coin Game is going to be fairly tricky to be honest, mostly because even after playing over an hour of it, I don't know what to say.  In the simplest terms, The Coin Game is a virtual arcade experience where you get to play crane games, drive go-karts, play laser tag and more, in one of the strangest worlds I've ever seen...