Posts by Nick McCaskey:
Crisis Core FFVII Reunion PC Review: Zany Zack Fun
Posted on: 11 Jan 2023
In the first ten minutes of this remastered Crisis Core, I somersaulted onto a train, dodged bullets, slashed a behemoth to pieces, and clashed swords with the infamous Sephiroth. This game knows how to have absurd and quirky fun from start to finish. What a joyous contrast to so many ‘mature’ games of this age, … Continue reading Crisis Core FFVII Reunion PC Review: Zany Zack Fun
Tactics Ogre: Reborn Review: Timeless but Tedious
Posted on: 24 Nov 2022
Have you ever adored a game but knew you couldn’t recommend it to most people? That is Tactics Ogre: Reborn. I’m brokenhearted because the game is near perfection from a narrative perspective. The story is timeless, the dialogue is sharp, and the voice work is excellent. However, the weighty tale is dragged to the depths … Continue reading Tactics Ogre: Reborn Review: Timeless but Tedious
God of War PC Review: First-Rate Fatherhood
Posted on: 25 Jan 2022
God of War is a masterpiece that achieves near perfect synergy between narratively meaningful story segments, creatively brutal combat encounters, and immersive world exploration. It is a must-play, an essential game worthy of overwhelming praise. Before I gush some more, let me get personal with you.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Review: A Charming Delight
Posted on: 24 Dec 2021
Coming off the Marvel’s Avengers disaster, I expected Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy to be another big letdown. Instead, I was delighted by Guardian’s endearing cast, excellent storytelling, and ample charm. Quite simply, it’s a breezy good time that everyone is better off having experienced.
Far Cry 6 Review: A Very Familiar Power-Fantasy
Posted on: 11 Oct 2021
Far Cry 6 is power-fantasy first-person shooting at its finest. A gorgeous, huge tropical island is given to you, with carefully crafted locations, missions, and secrets to find and dominate. Urging you forward are the typical Far Cry cast of earnest and zany characters, providing motivation for your mad quest of vengeance upon a flamboyant … Continue reading Far Cry 6 Review: A Very Familiar Power-Fantasy
Legend of Mana Review: A Gem Best Left Buried
Posted on: 01 Aug 2021
Originally an action-adventure RPG released in 1999 for the PlayStation, this virtually identical re-release of Legend of Mana is an imaginative banquet of charm, creativity, and quirkiness. It’s also not worth playing, as much as it pains me to say. While the colorful worlds, endearing cast, and gorgeous soundtrack are big draws, the painfully clunky … Continue reading Legend of Mana Review: A Gem Best Left Buried
Days Gone PC Review: Tormented, Yet Triumphant
Posted on: 08 Jun 2021
Days Gone is a narrative strong, open world zombie game first released exclusively on PS4 in 2019. Now on PC, the game behind this rock-solid, ultra-smooth port is basically a quality amalgamation of Grand Theft Auto, The Last of Us, Far Cry, and Red Dead Redemption. As such, many players may find the game too … Continue reading Days Gone PC Review: Tormented, Yet Triumphant
Resident Evil Village PC Review: Theme Park Terror
Posted on: 20 May 2021
Resident Evil Village is engaging and fun, but it can’t escape the obvious comparisons to past games in the series. Still, new players will find much to love in this accessible and carefully scripted ‘theme park’ adventure. For longtime fans, Village may feel a bit too familiar, like a curious knock-off of prior games.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Review: Stellar SP, Same-Old MP, Scrawny Zombies
Posted on: 20 Nov 2020
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is an extremely solid Call of Duty. You get a superbly stylish spy-style single-player campaign with dialogue choices, optional missions, and multiple endings. Its multiplayer mode is sprawling-but-typical, with a few excellent new ideas. Moreover, this year’s Zombies Mode is arguably the most accessible Zombies Mode to date … Continue reading Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Review: Stellar SP, Same-Old MP, Scrawny Zombies
Resident Evil 3 PC Review: Slash that Price!
Posted on: 10 Apr 2020
Resident Evil 3 (2020) is a glorified campaign expansion based heavily on Resident Evil 2 (2019). Most of the locations, items, weapons, and enemies reuse RE2 assets. Likewise, the engine, gameplay, and much more are borrowed from RE2.