Abandon Ship

For someone who gets severe sea sickness whenever he steps on a boat, I do sure love tall ships. Something about the graceful ballet of wooden behemoths brimming with cannons trying to drive each other to the briny depths always gets my motor running… or sails unfurled, in this case. Abandon Ship does a lot…

Encased

Did you like Fallout 2? It was my introduction to both CRPGs and non-fantasy RPGs and I still go back and play it every once in a while. Encased is a game that owes a lot to Fallout 2 and the isometric, turn-based games of the time. While still in early access, this game is…

Noita

I have died about a hundred times over the last week. I have been blown up, shot, drowned, burned, frozen, and taken more than one acid bath. I have been crushed by falling debris, electrocuted, and had my own wand backfire and spread my guts across the wall like a Pollock painting. Noita is a…

Sin Slayers

There are few combinations of words that whet my appetite more than grimdark roguelike RPG. Sin Slayers, developed by Goonswarm, claims to be such a game so I decided to take it for a run and see if the title is as advertised. The game reminds me a lot of Darkest Dungeon, but has enough…

Vermintide 2 – Winds of Magic

I have a deep and pure love of blunt weapons. Some people are sword people. Some people love guns. Nothing gets me going quite like smashing something in the face with a warhammer, mace, or flail… virtually, of course. Rats make good targets, as do chaos infused humans, but cracking the skulls of walking goats is…

Streets of Rogue

Killing someone by throwing an oven at them is an experience unique to Streets of Rogue; the resulting house fire, the brawl with the fire department after they arrive, and the shootout with the cops that follows is why I love this game. It would be easy to look at Streets of Rogue, developed by…

Disgaea 5 Complete

Disgaea 5, originally released on PS4 in 2015 and then ported to the Nintendo Switch in 2017, has recently made its way onto Steam in the form of Disgaea 5 Complete. Developed by Nippon Ichi Software and published by NIS America, the Disgaea series hasn’t been seen on PC since Disgaea 2. As a newcomer…

Phantom Doctrine

Phantom Doctrine is a stealth-heavy turn based tactical game from CreativeForge Games and published by Good Shepherd Entertainment. It oozes the style and atmosphere of 80’s espionage and delivers a tight, tactical gameplay loop that feels just as good as a bigger budget game like X-Com 2. The graphics are great, the music and sound…

The Friends of Ringo Isikawa

The Friends of Ringo Ishikawa, developed and published by Yeo, is an interesting mix of story telling, RPG, and classic beat-em-up mechanics. It has well drawn pixel graphics that bring to mind Streets of Rage and Double Dragon, a chilled out soundtrack, and depth you would not expect from a game of its type. The…