Sea of Thieves: A Pirate's Life review — The greatest video game crossover of all time

Source: Windows Central When Rare first unveiled Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life, its recently released collaboration with Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean, I almost couldn’t believe how grand and majestic the trailer felt. While on paper, this marriage of ...

Doki Doki Literature Club Plus review: The cult horror game is now complete

Source: Serenity Forge Doki Doki Literature Club was once a hidden gem on Steam when it first launched in 2017. The seemingly innocuous and free-to-play visual novel about a student who joins a literature club filled with dateable prospects became ...

Razer Barracuda X review: Multi-device gamers rejoice at this go-anywhere $99 headset

Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central There are plenty of headphone options these days, but they usually fall into best PC gaming headsets, or best Xbox gaming headsets, with few spanning all your devices. The new $99 Barracuda X does ...

Backbone One review: The best iPhone controller for Xbox Cloud Gaming

Source: Matt Brown | Windows Central The rise of cloud gaming has driven a new era of mobile gaming accessories for smartphones, many imitating dedicated handheld consoles, albeit some more viable than others. The Backbone One is among the latest ...

Last Stop for PC review: These three stories take some big swings

Source: Windows Central If you had the power to change your life drastically, but put other people in harm’s way, would you do it? That’s the ultimate question that Last Stop, the newest game from indie studio Variable State and ...

The Forgotten City Xbox review: An enthralling mystery-adventure with some minor flaws

Source: Dear Villagers Few games have had such a pronounced effect on the video games industry as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and few individual mods for a game have garnered as much renown as The Forgotten City. After the ...

Microsoft Flight Simulator Xbox review: The true graphical showcase for Xbox Series X & Series S

Source: Microsoft Microsoft Flight Simulator has made the move to Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, marking its console debut almost one year after the title first hit Windows PCs. This global sandbox leverages satellite imagery and real-world mapping ...

Samurai Warriors 5 review: Reimagining Feudal Japan

Source: Windows Central I have to confess: I’ve never played any of the previous entries of Samurai Warriors, nor the Dynasty Warriors franchise it spun off from. As luck would have it, though, Samurai Warriors 5 is a complete overhaul ...

Chernobylite PC review: Eerie survival horror in a 3D-scanned Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Source: The Farm 51 Ever since HBO’s 2019 Chernobyl miniseries took audiences around the world by storm with its harrowing depiction of the infamous 1986 nuclear disaster, video games about the region have become more popular than ever. Many fans ...

The Ascent Xbox review: Cybernetic murder machine

Source: Windows Central | Neon Giant When I previewed The Ascent a little while ago, I found myself incredibly excited. Could this be the cyberpunk-styled Diablo I’ve long-yearned for? Like Icarus, The Ascent soars to greatness early on but doesn’t ...

Death's Door Xbox review: This charming adventure is among the best games of 2021

Source: Windows Central | Acid Nerve Death’s Door is an exciting indie title from Devolver Digital and Acid Nerve, the team behind the popular top-down action-adventure Titan Souls. Acid Nerve has taken their expertise and poured it into Death’s Door, ...

Assassin's Creed Valhalla: The Siege of Paris expansion review — Laying waste to France

Source: Windows Central Following Wrath of the Druids, The Siege of Paris is the latest expansion to release for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Where the previous DLC delved into the more mystical elements of Assassin’s Creed, The Siege of Paris tries ...

AndaSeat Mask 2 gaming desk review: RGB and enough space for me

Source: Robert Carnevale / Windows Central When you think of AndaSeat, you likely think of seats, such as the T-Compact gaming chair. After all, it’s in the name. However, the company also produces other products, such as gaming desks, including ...

Madden NFL 22 review: A fresh change of pace

Source: EA Sports The common criticism around the Madden NFL franchise (and a lot of other sports game franchises for that matter) is how the game feels stale despite multiple annual releases. For years now, some of the complaints surrounding ...

Twelve Minutes review: A game that feels like an eternity

Source: Annapurna Interactive You’re minding your own business when a cop busts into your apartment and arrests both you and your wife. While you’re trying to figure out what’s going on, the cop starts interrogating your wife, asking her questions ...

Tales of Arise review: A fun, fantastically frenetic action RPG

Source: Windows Central Six months ago, I probably would have told you I had little interest in Tales of Arise. While I used to be an enormous fan of traditional JRPGs and arguably played them more than any other genre, ...

Life is Strange: True Colors review — Welcome to Haven Springs

Source: Windows Central The Life is Strange series has always excelled at character development, creating some of the most lovable and memorable characters in games over the past decade, cementing its place among the best Xbox games in the eyes ...

Aliens: Fireteam Elite review — A tremendous treat for fans of the franchise

Source: 20th Century Studios Aliens: Fireteam Elite is a third-person, co-op, class-based, cover shooter with looter elements. Now, I know this might seem like nothing more than a bunch of buzzwords crammed together. However, after playing this compelling title set ...

Psychonauts 2 review: A truly triumphant return for Double Fine Productions

Source: Windows Central / Double Fine Productions In April 2005, then-new game developer Double Fine Productions unleashed their first brainchild onto the world — Psychonauts. This platformer told the story of Razputin Aquato, a young runaway acrobat who dreams of ...

Lost in Random review: It all comes down to a roll of the dice

Source: EA Originals In the world of Random, there are six worlds, each representative of the side of a die. There’s Onecroft at the bottom of the world and Sixtopia at the top, where the evil and towering queen lives. ...

Kitaria Fables Xbox review: A charming world that moves far too slowly

Source: Windows Central | PQube Two genres of video games continue to grow in popularity over time: action-RPGs like Diablo 4 and Minecraft Dungeons, and “life” simulation adventures like Stardew Valley. With Kitaria Fables, developer Twin Hearts and publisher PQube ...

The Artful Escape review: Tale of cosmic self actualization

Source: Windows Central “Follow your dreams” is such a boring platitude, but in the case of The Artful Escape, developed by Australian first-time studio Beethoven & Dinosaur and published by Annapurna Interactive, it’s very real and sorely needed. Few games ...

Deathloop review: This suave immersive sim is one of Arkane's finest

Source: Windows Central Whether with award-winning games like Dishonored 2 or criminally-underrated cult classics like 2017’s Prey, Arkane Studios has brought a ton to the immersive sim genre over the last decade. In 2021, the developer is back with a ...

Review: Sorrowful 'FUGA: Melodies of Steel' is a hidden gem of a tactical JRPG on Xbox and PC

Source: Cyberconnect2 / Windows Central I’ve recently found some renewed love for JRPGs, and I came upon this interesting title from Cyberconnect2, a rare supporter of Xbox from Japan. This is a game that I’d expect to see on PC ...

The Big Con review: A vibrant and touching blast from the past

Source: Skybound Games The early ’90s were a magical period when video stores ruled the world, the average person didn’t have a cellphone, and you could pretty easily get away with hiding a whole lot from your parents. The Big ...

SkateBIRD Xbox review: A feathery skateboarding game held back by flawed movement

Source: Glass Bottom Games SkateBIRD is all about Birb, a player-customized winged animal with a singular (and unusual) passion: skateboarding. SkateBIRD asks the question “What if Tony the Hawk instead?” and scratches an itch for skateboarding game fans that have ...

Aragami 2 review: Repetition smothers an otherwise rewarding adventure

Source: Windows Central / Lince Works Ever since I saw the enigmatic, cyborg ninja Grey Fox from Hideo Kojima’s 1998 PlayStation classic, Metal Gear Solid, I’ve held an admiration towards ninjas in video games. Titles such as Metal Gear Rising, ...

Sable for Xbox review: An endearing and buggy tale of self discovery

Source: Windows Central Sable isn’t your traditional open-world game. There’s no combat and there isn’t technically a main quest, though there is a way to get the credits rolling. Instead, Sable is all about understanding. Sable herself seeks to understand ...

Xbox Game Pass 2021 review: Is it worth buying into?

Source: Matt Brown | Windows Central Xbox Game Pass marches on. Over the course of the past year, Xbox Game Pass has added a range of EA titles to the service. It has also added mountains of third-party games, ranging ...

LucidSound LS15X Xbox/PC review: The best budget wireless gaming headset

Source: Windows Central LucidSound proves itself time and time again to be among the more consistent headset manufacturers on the market. Their LS35X has enjoyed favorable placements on our best Xbox Series X, S headsets roundup for many months, and ...

A new Grounded patch update is now available with fixes for growing grass and buoyant furniture

Source: Obsidian Entertainment What you need to know Grounded is an open-world co-op survival game from Obsidian Entertainment and Xbox Game Studios, currently in early access. On Tuesday, Obsidian began releasing the 0.11.6 patch update to Grounded players with a ...

Best RAM for Intel Core i5-12600K in 2021

Best RAM for Intel Core i5-12600K Windows Central 2021 Intel’s new 12th Gen “Alder Lake” processor lineup includes the outstanding Core i5-12600K. It’s a mid-range option that should appeal to just about anyone, including gamers who want stellar performance without ...

Best PCs for Oculus Quest 2 and Oculus Link 2021

Best PCs for Oculus Quest 2 and Oculus Link Windows Central 2021 The best PCs for Oculus Quest 2 — which has been rebranded now as the Meta Quest 2 — and Oculus Link include the performance hardware needed to ...

Video breaks down how Halo Infinite campaign runs across Xbox consoles, PC

Source: Windows Central What you need to know Halo Infinite campaign reviews went live earlier today, and with the game being available on five platforms, find out which one is the best to play on. The analysis should be obvious ...

Forza Horizon 5 releases hotfix update to resolve saving issue on Xbox Series X|S

Source: Xbox Game Studios What you need to know Forza Horizon 5 is an ambitious, critically acclaimed open-world racing game from Playground Games and Xbox Game Studios. A recent patch update for the title fixed plenty of bugs, but also ...

Wasteland 3 has officially crossed over 2 million players

Source: Prime Matter What you need to know Wasteland 3 is an expansive RPG title with a branching narrative and dozens of hours of action-packed content. InXile Entertainment took to Twitter on Tuesday to reveal that Wasteland 3 has crossed ...

Halo Infinite multiplayer is fun, but where's the content?

Source: Xbox Game Studios The free-to-play Halo Infinite multiplayer experience is here, and its core gameplay mechanics are superb. Many have even declared that Halo Infinite’s movement, gunplay, and sandbox are some of the best in the series, and since ...

On Xbox, you'll soon be able to set images from Microsoft Edge as your home screen background

Source: Windows Central What you need to know The Xbox Insider Program is for testing upcoming Xbox builds and features. Lead Engineer Eden Marie just shared this nifty update, which lets users set an Xbox dashboard background using a Microsoft ...

Best Surface Pro (4 to 7 Plus) accessories in 2021

Best Surface Pro Accessories Windows Central 2021 Made to be a perfect mix of the power of a laptop and the freedom of a tablet, the Surface Pro is an impressive 2-in-1 machine and one of the best Windows laptops ...

Control Review

Control is the latest game from the makers of Max Payne, Alan Wake, and Quantum Break. It’s a twisted, haunting odyssey through an old post-WWII office building under siege by parasitic beings from another dimension. Control has all the standard ...

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