Our video game reviews balance consumer issues with thoughtful critique. Whether to buy a game is always advice that gamers want in their reviews, but a good review can also teach the reader something about how games work and what makes a game important beyond how fun it is.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is Nintendo’s greatest labor of love
With more characters and single player options than ever before, Ultimate truly is Super Smash Bros. at its best.
Review: Darksiders III feels brutally ancient
The latest chapter in the Darksiders saga carries the weight of its predecessors.
The past and future of Pokémon come together in Let’s Go!
The first Pokémon RPG to hit Nintendo's latest console might not be everything that fans want, but it still delights.
Review: Battlefield V is a gorgeous game with nothing to say
The latest entry in this first-person shooter franchise returns to World War II to tread old ground.
Hitman 2 keeps the brilliant murdering streak alive, for better or worse
It's more like 'season 2' in all but name, but we aren't complaining.
Review: Cosmic horror comes to life in the official Call of Cthulhu game
The latest RPG based on the universe created by H.P. Lovecraft succeeds by understanding its source material.
Castlevania: Requiem on PS4 is a cheap excuse to revisit 2 classics
If you've never played the older Castlevania games, this collection is for you. If you have, you know what to expect.
Red Dead Redemption 2 brings the Wild West to life with haunting beauty
This Wild West world is Rockstar's finest achievement yet—but at what cost?
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is a streamlined return to the series’ irresistible charm
No single player? No problem for one of the heftiest editions of this massive annual shooter.
Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption is dark and soulless
This indie adventure blurs the line between inspiration and exploitation.
Super Mario Party is plain and simple fun
Mario and his friends return to form for a round of exciting and easy-to-play mini games.
Destiny 2: Forsaken feels like the best Halo game in years
Full of exciting new features for multiplayer and a thrilling campaign, Forsaken is a great excuse to get back into Destiny 2.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is a fitting cap to the Lara Croft trilogy
The ability to play your way, no matter what, make Lara Croft’s latest journey worth taking.
The best Spider-Man story ever lands on PS4
Thanks to an obvious love for the source material and an understanding of what makes the hero great, Insomniac Games has told one of the best Spider-Man stories of all time.
Monster Hunter’s Switch debut is a big disappointment
Since the Wii era, Nintendo consoles have been the destination for dedicated hunters and while World skipped the Switch, Generations Ultimate arrives as a half-hearted consolation prize.
Donut County will fill all the holes in your puzzle-loving heart
Where there's a hole, there's junk to fall into it.
Yakuza Kiwami 2 brings Japan to life in stunning detail but fumbles the plot
The streets of Kamurocho have never been more beautiful, but the story disappoints.
The Walking Dead: The Final Season is Telltale Games’ best entry yet
It's hard not to be invested in the end of Clementine's adventure.
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