Digital Chumps' Scores

  • Games
For 2,474 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 73% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 21% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 79
Highest review score: 100 God of War
Lowest review score: 20 Ion Driver
Score distribution:
2482 game reviews
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Serial Cleaners is an enjoyable experiment. Knowledge of the first game is completely unnecessary, except to appreciate developer Draw Distance’s ability to evolve gameplay and storytelling. Smeared against the backdrop of a dark underworld, the 90s aesthetic bolsters the narrative and style. Rather than a stealth game that shoves against the player, Serial Cleaners creates an almost zen-like experience among the chaos.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Deathloop’s debut on the Xbox Series X is equally as good as it was on the PlayStation 5. You get the same great story and the same perfect gameplay experience. Choose one and enjoy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Ground Divers! is an interesting specimen, albeit one that looks much better than it ends up playing. On one hand, being a spectator and plotting out mining paths may be an adult’s dream of a nuanced Dig Dug. On the other hand, the grindiness of replaying levels and creating gacha-esque weapons with random perks can detract from a strategic experience. The world of Ground Divers! is a charming (but desolate) one, sure, but I want so much more from this game. Should you take the plunge and try your hand at Ground Divers!, I recommend playing in short bursts to avoid burning out on the grind.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    No Place for Bravery is endearing if not exhausting. This broken world harbors countless deadly foes that players will have to rip and tear through. At times it may feel needlessly dour but through the muck and the mire is a beautifully visualized title that pulls no punches at its hardest junctures. But inviting difficulty sliders ensure that no hurdle is too sharp and that every challenge can be conquered, driving Thorn and the player ever-closer to salvation.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Soulstice from Reply Game Studios brings a strong story, a good amount of action, and paints a perfectly drab world to tie it all together. The backend gameplay design helps to add more value to the experience while motivating the player to keep exploring and pushing forward. The only caveat to the experience is the locked camera that will frustrate and hinder the gameplay at times. Overall, it’s a fun game, but it could use a fully controllable camera to make it even better.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Regardless of which mode you play, you can expect to an intricately deep and rich simulation experience of NBA basketball for the given era that you’re playing in. Visual Concepts have the passion, the funding, the skills, and the time, year to year, to push their product to new levels of detail and depth. The differences in the raw gameplay aren’t massive this year, but they didn’t need to be. However, the Jordan Challenge and the Eras modes make this an especially standout release in this long-running series. Frankly, I don’t find any fault with VC and 2K are doing other than the push for microtransactions, it just feels slimey; call me old school, I guess. Still, if you’re looking for your NBA videogame fix, you can’t go wrong with NBA 2K23. Lace’em up.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Long Live the Queen from Ratalaika Games is a simple and unpredictable simulator that offers up a minor amount of branching narrative moments and an attribute juggling extravaganza. It keeps it simple, somewhat fun, and at the same time mildly infuriating. While it acts as a choose-your-own-adventure novel, it does offer up the same amount of replay value one of those novels contains.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Circus Electrique is a gorgeous game that juggles a lot of gameplay design ideas. It truly is a turn-based RPG with tactic-led elements, and circus management to boot. Sometimes it can be overwhelming, and sometimes it just doesn’t work because of the decisions that were made for it. Most of the time, it is a great game that takes a lot to get into and ultimately pays off with good gameplay.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Wayward Strand is a delightfully grounded game, despite its foreign setting. In this small, cozy space there is genuine hope, sadness, anger, and love. These are real people and Casey is a young girl learning how to grasp the world in new ways. Players have the ability to be an active part of this experience and let the world envelop them, or buck responsibility for personal gain. Like Casey, like Tomi, or Mr. Avery, or Dr. Shen, or Esther, or like Joe, I wish I had more time to see and do everything all at once. Alas, in life you do not get a repeat performance. At least here there are bountiful opportunities to make friends, to be compassionate, to listen, to sit, to breathe, and to exist. Each day and each run a chance to do something more valuable than the last.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    Regardless of the mode you play in, expect better-than-the-original-2003 graphics, but still rather underwhelming graphics quality overall. This is not a beautiful game, and I thought a lot of the general appearance was a little muddy and lacking crispness. Now, some of the larger, static structures and things look great, but on the whole the graphics were a disappointment, personally. You just have to remember this is a straight-forward and probably low-ish budget “remaster”, and not a full reprisal of a great game.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Broken Pieces ultimately leaves an impression on the player. The setting and tone are undeniably intriguing and will spark the curiosity of willing players. Presenting a massively fascinating web of narratives, developer Elseware Games aimed high but definitely got a little lost in the weeds on delivering a satisfying conclusion. But the exploration and puzzle-heavy gameplay may begin to wear on players seeking more action than backtracking. Broken Pieces has its moments but never manages to capitalize on its initial promise.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In sum, there’s a lot of good to Steelrising, I had a great time doing a thorough playthrough, but a few significant drawbacks temper the overall experience and keep it from getting into that upper tier of greatness.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Although some of the unique elements like the Ooblet collecting and the dance battles may be surface level approaches compared to other games in this genre, I see a great amount of promise in Ooblets’ ability to provide a relaxing yet satisfying experience for players who have enjoyed farming, raising cute creatures, and occasionally deckbuilding. Your life may have been a giant toot before now, but Ooblets will definitely charm you to Elswair and back. Give Ooblets a chance — it’s absolutely worth it!
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Last of Us Part 1 is the definitive version of one of our medium’s defining works. Nine years ago Naughty Dog crafted a masterpiece. Now, they have updated it for a slightly more modern sensibilities, putting Part 1 in line with The Last of Us Part 2. The wealth of accessibility options remove numerous barriers of entry for players so that an even wider audience can appreciate this story of loss and triumph. The emotional gut punches sting even harder with overhauled visuals, bringing these tragic characters closer than ever to their astounding real-life performances. The Last of Us Part 1 is the timeless game we have all loved for years, now shining in an even brighter light.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Destroy All Humans! 2: Reprobed is a fine remake of a largely unnoteworthy game. Amounting to what is ostensibly more of the same, fans of the original or even 2020’s remake will probably be able to extract some fun for a few hours. Everyone else should probably just check out or replay through the original Destroy All Humans! And its 2020 remake, as it’s by far the better experience.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s an immense value in preserving classic titles in their original forms, mainly for the better. For the case of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection, it is so easy to relive the glory days of arcade gaming be it in playing any of the thirteen titles it offers OR by perusing the sheer amount of extra content in the Turtle’s Lair. And, having online play that works with little issues is the cherry on top. As a fan of TMNT, the Cowabunga Collection is a no-brainer: This is the collection best shared over pizza.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pac-Man World Re-Pac brings a classic back to life and then some. While the locked camera and tricky angles might frustrate some, it is still a fun game that expands the Pac-Man universe and reminds us that this old power pellet eater still has a lot of life left in him.
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    • 70 Critic Score
    River City Saga: Three Kingdoms is an interesting and fun direction to take the characters and series. It has so many pieces that work but is hampered by inaccurate controls that cause frustration. If you can live with those controls, then you’ll find a fun game underneath that had a lot of thought and love put into it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Madden NFL 23 proves that content is indeed king, as the modes included drive the experience and do a good job more than not. There are some glitches in the game, especially in some menus featured in some modes, but for the most part, the gameplay has improved considerably in this year’s title for those not to get in the way of the experience.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Bottomline, Thymesia does not stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the giants of the genre, but it’s a great game in its own right. Though it falters some in areas like presentation, story, and level design, the combat and upgrade systems are a lot of fun, even if the enemy variety gets to feeling a little thin by the end. Personally, I hope we see a lot more from Overboard Studios and Corvus in the future as there is a lot of potential to be realized yet.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Cult of the Lamb is perfect example of an innovative indie that proclaims to be one genre, but assumes multiple identities and delivers. The game’s charming yet disturbing theme lends you freedom to play as you want, and have your actions make sense on the lore-front. Yes, this roguelite is most likely the easiest and most accessible compared to its competitors, but that accessibility comes at a cost of some gameplay, like combat, lacking depth and complexity for genre veterans. Knowing all of this, should you sacrifice your time to the altar of The One Who Waits? To this, we say yes.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rollerdrome is one of the most unique combo-building games in years. Its combination of Tony Hawk-style skating with Max Payne-esque gunplay is a joy to play. Nailing combos while taking down a swath of diverse enemies does feel nice, even if it does get a bit overwhelming at times. Plenty of players will find a ton of challenges in repeat playthroughs of levels to achieve everything, and will assuredly be able to pull off some sweet moments. Unfortunately, I ended up being pretty terrible at the game; but it’s hard to deny that Rollerdrome is something special.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Insomniac’s Spider-Man: Remastered for the PC is the superior version of the game when compared to its previous platforms. It brings the best visuals, and the most compatibility options, allows you to play this with a DualSense and brings all the nifty content that you want to make this a long adventure. The optimization features of this game on the PC are crazy good, as well as allowing you to play the game how you want to play it. The PC elitist out there will be thrilled.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    MultiVersus from Player First Games is a good fighting game. It does a good job of competing against the likes of Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. series. While it may not yet have the longevity of Nintendo’s golden child, MultiVersus’ characters, maps, and welcoming atmosphere are enough to convince any future wannabe fighter to give it a try.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Hindsight is effective with its emotional intentions, powerful in its storytelling, and light in its interactivity options. You may not play this more than once, but the impact of the game’s purpose will resonate for a while.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    I cannot help but appreciate how Arcadegeddon hooked me into this really player-friendly loot shooter. The arcade-y elements are replayable, rewarding, and worth playing with friends. Arcadegeddon hits the spot as an MMO with roguelite elements with an awesome arcade aesthetic. But, I want more. Much more. If Arcadegeddon is to succeed in the MMO/roguelite space in the longer term, some of the advancement mechanics (such as preserving progress of longer runs) and lategame gameplay needs to be refined and expanded. I want additional modes like time trials that can easily and reliably completed in a single sitting. At the same time, I want some additional variety to make a three hour gauntlet exciting to reach. If you’re wanting a co-op loot shooter that’s easily picked up and played, look no further than Arcadegeddon. If you want something deeper, wait around a bit. Hopefully Arcadegeddon can hit that sweet spot, too.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Bright Memory Infinite is an impressive feat for a lone developer, but even at $20 it’s not without some hesitation that I recommend it. I thought the game was fun and worth the less-than-three hours it took to get through, but I don’t see myself ever going back to play through it again. If you’re an avid fan of FPS action games and are willing to overlook some glaring issues (AI, repetitive textures and design, crashes, linear level design), BMI is worth checking out.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Escape Academy is a good game. It emulates the structure of an escape room while allowing the idea to go beyond real-world confines. It might be quick for some players, but it’s nonetheless enjoyable, especially with a group of friends.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    PowerWash Simulator is fun, ridiculous, and engaging but also a game that could run out of steam quickly when played too much.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I’m so glad that Namco Bandai re-released these games during Klonoa’s twenty-fifth anniversary year. They hold up remarkable well over time and have aged beautifully. I sure hope we see more of Klonoa going forward.

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