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124 game reviews
    • 81 Metascore
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    With F1 22, Eletronic Arts gives more backbone to its sports games’ catalogue. The arrival of the new Formula 1 cars with their technical complexities and a different way of driving them is very well reproduced with the controller. Graphically speaking, the previous game was already gorgeous, and now it is simply exquisite. Nevertheless, why add the possibility of driving supercars, which will be completely set aside once you have played with them for an hour? F1 fans will focus on the My Team career mode, and particularly on the multiplayer. We were expecting a bit more from the pit stop –a mandatory part of all racing games. As regards the more than realistic new features, the AI is THE strongest point. F1 22 is without a doubt a roaring success!
    • 82 Metascore
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    The Quarry is to video games what most slashers of the ’90s are to movies: a guilty pleasure in dire need of a breath of fresh air. Despite it all, playing the latest title from Supermassive Games is bonkers if you get its numerous references and dismiss an uneven rhythm and some pointless gameplay phases. Fortunately, its story, its characters and above all its charming aesthetic are enough to keep you around for a while.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Roll7 reignites the spark with this first DLC. The introduction of tractor beams really enriches the gameplay and changes the rhythm and the verticality of the ride. The new biome and the new items to unlock are still very much in line with the zany spirit of the original art direction. The additional levels and challenges promise many hours of gameplay while waiting for the next expansion scheduled for Fall. Nonetheless, it is a pity that these additions are not present in the "Gnarvana League" mode.
    • 88 Metascore
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    TMNT: Shredder's Revenge is a nostalgic experience for fans of the series. The developers have managed to modernise the gameplay while retaining the essence of the 90s’ beat 'em ups. It is a cool game to play with up to 6 players simultaneously whether online or on your couch with mates. All that is left to do is order the pizzas and enjoy the ride.
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    The Tour de France franchise reeks of defeat. The technique is two generations old, the graphical assets are worthy of a trivial mobile game, and the studio shamelessly recycles the same single face for all the in-game riders year after year. Despite its staunchest advocates, the series is evolving too slowly not to disappoint them further down the road. And yet, this failure still manages to stay on course and share the passion surrounding the beautiful sport of road cycling. Once in the game, we are sucked in, immersed, and ravel in the tactical and strategic races at the core of the whole legend behind road bicycle racing. The gameplay and content are consistent and effective. The whole experience is very coherent and offers an interesting simulation. Despite all its flaws, Tour de France 22 will keep us on our toes, at least until the end of July, and this was not a foregone conclusion.
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    Deadcraft was at first quite enticing with its half-human/half-zombie hero concept. In the end, the title’s few good ideas are devilishly marred by missions devoid of any interest. After only ten hours or so, the game becomes wearying and takes precedence over the pleasure of progression. If making deliveries here and there is your thing, all your dreams will come true. On the other hand, if you are looking for a survival action RPG with advanced gameplay and a compelling storyline, chances are you will be gutted. Considering how good the hybrid hero principle looked on paper, this is truly frustrating. With a better script and less boring quests, this could have resulted in something a little more decent. We cannot advise you enough to check out the available demo to make up your own mind.
    • 63 Metascore
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    Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong proposed an adventure riddled with small flaws that prevents you from fully enjoying its scenario despite the latter being interesting once you manage to get into it: this truly leaves a rather bitter taste. It is in its last part that the game gives us all its assets and finally rewards you for having held on until then – if you managed to do so…
    • 71 Metascore
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    Initially scheduled exclusively for PC, the release of Silt on console is a great opportunity to discover Spiral Circus’ beautiful first accomplishment. This game, which can be described as a puzzle/adventure game, plunges us into the oceanic abyss inspired by the dark art of Mr. Mead. Despite a very short lifespan and some rare display bugs, Silt offers a different experience from what we are used to. With its efficient gameplay mechanics and original art direction, the title manages to stand out. Silt is a treasure lost at the bottom of the sea worthy of being discovered.
    • 77 Metascore
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    Sniper Elite 5 may not revolutionise the series, but it is still a fun game to play. The campaign offers well-designed environments, allowing us to choose between many options and paths to progress discreetly – or not – towards the objective. The sniper rifle gameplay remains as solid as ever, and the series’ iconic X-ray killcams are as exhilarating as ever. Unfortunately, the title’s technical design is weak due to stiff animations and textures that are far from pleasing to the eye. The Invasion mode is a nice touch adding a thrilling tension to our sessions and promising some great cat-and-mouse games.
    • 70 Metascore
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    Endzone - A World Apart is a very good adaptation for the home video game consoles. The key mapping and the different options are cleverly designed for the controller. As for the game itself, it offers a good mix between city-building and management of our emerging society. The gameplay loop manages to renew itself and brilliantly succeeds in immersing us in this universe and keeping us there for several hours. The post-apocalyptic atmosphere is as real as it gets, and the different game mechanics result in a straightforward and enjoyable title for whoever likes to spend hours managing a city and a fictional society.
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    Innovating in the cruel world of brick-breaking games without going off-topic is hard. That is probably why the developers of Radon Break went for the addition of timorous novelties to the foundations laid by Breakout and Arkanoid. However, there are some good initiatives such as being able to play horizontally and the levels’ random progression. Without revolutionising the genre, Radon Break remains an enjoyable brick-breaking game that will certainly delight scorekeepers. Its low price allows it to easily find its place in our game library in order to have a breather in between two AAA games.
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    Soundfall is quite a good surprise. It mixes a demanding, but also efficient gameplay with an eclectic and high-quality soundtrack. Country, electro, rock, funk: there is a little something for everyone. The game’s difficulty will vary depending on the musical genre, but it encourages you to try again even if you fail. Embellished with nice scenery, enemies and animations, Soundfall offers us a nice copy. The approximative aiming is kind of a drag and even though we can play in multiplayer with up to 4 players (even in local), we would have liked something else than a shared screen for all participants.
    • 90 Metascore
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    Similarly to its predecessor, Rogue Legacy 2 promptly joins the closed circle of roguelite classics such as The Binding of Isaac (2011), Dead Cells (2017), Hades (2018) or the more recent Returnal (2021). Although we already know the mechanics it proposes, it is hard to criticise the title’s foundations as its gameplay seems to be bountiful and mastered. Thanks to quick succession of games and numerous surprises, one quickly ends up piling up dozens of hours, which is truly and undoubtedly the mark of the greats and tokens of a delightful gaming experience.
    • 56 Metascore
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    Dolmen undoubtedly has some very good ideas, but unfortunately, it is not enough. Technically speaking, the game suffers from shortcomings impeding the gameplay, and therefore our wish to keep on with it. It is a pity because the combinations between melee and ranged attacks, as well as the character progression and equipment bonuses all show that Massive Work Studio has tried to distance itself from other souls-like games. For the time being, we hope that the Brazilian studio will opt for a big update to make the character’s defensive actions more fluid, which will at least make the game more enjoyable to begin with.
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    It is a shame that Outbreak: Contagious Memories has so many flaws. A considerable trim in the number of puzzles, and a better-suited difficulty setting, could undoubtedly have resulted in a more than decent game. Here, frustration reigns supreme, to the point where one wonders where is the coherence gone? All these blemishes are even less forgivable as this is the 6th Outbreak 3D game that repeatedly uses the same graphical resources without ever trying to correct all the problems in terms of gameplay and the rest. The developer settles for making new games with different content. All in all, unless you want to have a party paying tribute to bad games, this joke should absolutely be avoided: especially for €30.
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    “Disappointment and disillusionment”: these are the first feelings that come up as you progress through Winter Ember. The game’s eerie universe and the Victorian environment are quite immersive, and the heavy atmosphere works especially well thanks to realistic lighting effects and an OST giving off a palpable tension at every step of the way. Sadly, the mediocre gameplay is a huge letdown! The fights are unbelievably slow, and the infiltration aspect is so erratic that they unfortunately do not make up for such a brilliant scenario. Arthur Artorias had the skills and the potential to join Sam Fisher, Agent 47 or Garett in the hall of fame of our favourite stealth masters! The title is truly paved with good intentions but unfortunately, one tends to quickly forget about them as the player’s experience is impinged by the gameplay’s inaccuracies. The title’s appreciation thus depends on the player and his tolerance towards the aforementioned problems: Winter Ember had a lot of potential, and while it is still relatively decent, we cannot help but feel disgruntled.
    • 65 Metascore
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    Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is a substantial title, both in terms of its content and its inspirations. The developers have skilfully “popularised” the RPG mechanics while associating an efficient and accessible action aspect. A pinch of Metroidvania for the exploration and voilà a recipe worthy of appearing on the menu of a Michelin-starred restaurant. This is mainly due to the experience gained by the developers who contributed to the Suikoden saga. Although it was conceived as a prologue to Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, the title has a long lifespan and it takes around 20–25 hours to complete the main storyline. The side quests and the hunt for achievements obviously add to what the players are offered. It would therefore be a shame to miss out on this great introduction that will also be featured in the Gamepass as soon as it is released on the 10th of May 2022.
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    Within an industry that sometimes struggles to renew itself, especially in the themes it tackles, Road 96 is a daring bet. Even though we freely admit that it is far from perfect, especially as regards its procedural part and its technical aspect, the title nevertheless offers an original experience that goes off the beaten track. This is portrayed by the narrative expressed through the iteration of encounters with the seven key characters. Despite being divisive, this mechanic leads to a rather unique game revolving around intertwined stories that puts the player in the position of a partial spectator of the events occurring before his eyes.
    • 81 Metascore
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    MotoGP 22 doesn’t revolutionise the recipe and simply heats up its old leftovers gameplay-wise. It brings some improvements here and there, but its visuals are getting outdated. However, its playable documentary NINE, which is a nice surprise, avoids the shipwreck. The addition of a local multiplayer option and cross-gen feature that was long awaited by players and no longer divides the community must also be mentioned. It’s high time for the studio to move up a gear and offer something completely new with an updated career mode and a refined presentation.
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    Travelling back in time through the completely delirious universe of Kraken Academy!! is not unpleasant despite its lack of striking resolutions, especially as the humorous dimension fits adequately. The investigation to discover The Perfidious’ identity is gripping, but the way to wrap it up is kind of repetitive. We would have appreciated more variety in the mini-games, as well as a real use of the Kraken-net social network to find clues for an added layer of substance. Without being transcendent, the side quests contribute to the title’s already crazy background, but they’re still too shallow to bring a real added value to the scenario. Kraken Academy!! thus graduates with honours. Teacher’s comment: “Kraken Academy!! is a studious but somewhat dissipated student, be careful not to rest too much on your laurels!"
    • 81 Metascore
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    Succeeding on many levels, Weird West is a very good first game that bodes well for the next titles from the WolfEye studio. We clearly enjoyed the universe and the narration and the different ways of approaching the action phases are quite ingenious. Unfortunately, several small flaws darken the picture, starting with a controller gameplay that doesn’t really match the title’s ambitions. A lack of precision is quickly felt and makes certain actions, such as the infiltration phases, completely impossible. Nevertheless, this dive into the horrific desert remains convincing, and we particularly recommend it to fans of Arkane’s previous productions.
    • 82 Metascore
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    We’ve been looking forward to finally getting our hands on Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga and we’ve been amazed with TT Games’ take on it. For the first time, all nine films are gathered in one Lego game and nothing has been left out. The title retains the solid foundations that have made the licence so strong, but brings a lot of welcome new features to modernise its gameplay. True to the rest of the Lego games, the humour is always present and regularly makes us smile. Whether you’re a newcomer or an avid fan of Lego titles, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is without a doubt the best episode of the license to date. We can only hope that the next games will continue to build on this momentum.
    • 83 Metascore
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    The console adaptation (PS5 and Xbox Series only) of Crusader Kings III is a stunning success. Even though the gameplay experience is inferior to the maximum settings on a PC, it doesn’t need to be ashamed of the comparison and comes much closer than anyone dared to hope thanks to a clever use of the controller. Those fond of large strategy games or medieval history should definitely give this game a try, especially since it has been available in the Xbox Game Pass since its release. Crusader Kings III is a must-have in its category and offers a wealth of roleplay. Nevertheless, the title remains such a demanding niche game that it will discourage most players, despite the developers’ efforts to make it more accessible. On the other hand, if you fully adhere to the concept, Crusader Kings III is the Holy Grail.
    • 77 Metascore
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    Without any doubts, Tiny Tina's Wonderlands is an excellent game, where everything fits perfectly within the Borderlands universe. The offbeat humor, the fast-paced battles, the artistic quality and the game's length make it a must-have title. It's a bit unfortunate that there isn't more melee combat for a Dungeons and Dragons, but the novelty of using spells makes us forget that. Let's hope that the few login issues to join an online session will be solved soon. One last word if you are not convinced yet: Go for it!
    • 77 Metascore
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    This title is a real coup de cœur. Its inspired art direction, rich narrative and immersive sound design make it a real masterpiece. Despite an adventure that takes less than two hours to complete, its replayability is at least on the spot. Similarly to a captivating story in which you are the main protagonist, one always goes back for seconds. Belle Game and Arte France have created a very attractive and subtle retelling of Mary Shelley's classic.
    • 74 Metascore
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    Much less mature and gory than most of the adaptations featuring the bearded hero, Conan Chop Chop remains nonetheless a very funny and entertaining outlet for many. Thanks to its colourful and cartoonish artistic style, it will suit young and old generations alike. Despite being casual for most of its duration, some of its difficult passages may bewilder those with little patience, especially on the third boss. Its bestiary and environments also lack in variety. Despite a few setbacks, Conan Chop Chop definitely has a constant and inexplicable ingredient that pushes one to go back for seconds. It’s globally a good title to enjoy with friends and without moderation, by Crom!
    • 67 Metascore
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    Piranha Bytes is known for its – technically speaking – old school productions with rich content. Elex 2 further confirms this reputation and remains a title that one loves as much as he hates it. It will take many hours of suffering before you can really enjoy it. Therefore, it’s hard for the average player to get involved in a game that is graphically outdated and whose gameplay transforms the combat phases into real torture. A title to be reserved for fans of the studio or pad masochists.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Tunic is a real treasure. Cleverly enough, it doesn’t take players by the hand and rather lets them discover where to go and what to do by dropping a few clues here and there. The battles are demanding but fair, and the game ingeniously offers several accessibility options to allow as many people as possible to embark on the journey. Despite an enchanting world with a polished level design, the difficulty of some puzzles might push a certain number of players to give up.
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    Cassidy takes us through her nightmares in a beautiful story. Even though the bestiary is rather scarce, the artistic direction and the mechanics quickly make us forget this bump on the road. Indeed, the weapons, powers, and items to defeat our enemies are well varied and it is with great pleasure that we alter our combat gear over the course of the game. Despite being paramount for discovering our young protagonist’s whole story, the redundancy of the levels still is a major setback. All in all, Dreamscaper is a good game that is both fun and aesthetically pleasing.
    • 66 Metascore
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    At first, the solid and engaging gameplay of Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin pushes us to invest ourselves. But very quickly, some unacceptable flaws appear, marred by multiple (marketing?) elements stifling the initial interest. Between a souls-like aspect that is clearly ill fitted to the gameplay, a bad staging, a narration cruelly lacking clarity and protagonists deprived of charisma and appeal, it ultimately becomes very difficult for a fan of the licence to be satisfied. On the other hand, if you focus solely on the gameplay and take this Final Fantasy simply for what it is, i.e. a rather unsound action-RPG, then you can find some satisfaction by playing it with friends.

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