Bob Mackey

Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate Review

Capcom sends off the previous era of their hit series with simply the most Monster Hunter stuff ever in one package.

Monster Hunter: World Review: A Sublime Safari

Get ready: the next generation of Monster Hunter has finally begun.

Chase: Cold Case Investigations ~ Distant Memories ~ 3DS Review: Short Story

The successor to defunct developer Cing's emotional adventure games can't help but feel like a pretender to the throne.

PlayStation VR Review: Whoa-oh, We're Halfway There

Sony's take on virtual reality has resulted in an incredibly effective device, yet design concessions made for a mass-market price hold it back from achieving its true potential.

Batman: Arkham VR PlayStation 4 Review: A Real Stand-Up Hero

Rocksteady does a convincing job of throwing you into The Dark Knight's world, even if the limits of early VR dampen the experience.

PlayStation VR Worlds PlayStation 4 Review: Proof of Concept

Sony's collection of VR tech demos would have made for a great pack-in, but doesn't quite hold up as a full retail release.

Yo-kai Watch 2 3DS Review: Deja Boo

Level-5's charming Pokemon-like still shows promise, but refuses to budge from its more irritating design decisions.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney ? Spirit of Justice 3DS Review: Big Trouble in Fake China

After nearly a decade of trying to find itself, Ace Attorney makes a great return to form with this newest sequel.

Hitman Episode 4 PlayStation 4 Review: A Slightly Sour Note

After a hat trick of great episodes, IO Interactive's globetrotting assassin series falters just a bit with this fourth installment.

Monster Hunter Generations 3DS Review: All the Hits

Capcom assembles the best Monster Hunter content, new and old, for the most refined and accessible take on the formula to date.

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness PlayStation 4 Review: A Familiar Frontier [Update: Final Thoughts and Score!]

tri-Ace brings some important innovations with this fifth installment of their RPG series, but still rolls with an entirely safe approach.

Rhythm Heaven Megamix 3DS Review: Back to the Refrain

Nintendo's latest installment of their rhythm game franchise hits all the notes it should, but returning players may crave more new tunes.

Zero Time Dilemma Vita Review-in-Progress: Unstuck in Time

The final chapter of the Zero Escape trilogy arrives after four long years—but can Spike-Chunsoft craft a satisfying conclusion to this innovative series?

Mirror's Edge Catalyst Xbox One Review: Runner's Highs and Lows [Updated with Final Thoughts and Score!]

EA Dice's first-person parkour series returns after nearly a decade of absence. But was it worth the wait?

Hitman Episode 3 PlayStation 4 Review: Murder in Marrakesh

IO Interactive's episodic stealth series returns with another fantastic dose of content.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan PlayStation 4 Review: Extra Cheese

Platinum Games' newest work-for-hire project has its bright moments, but ultimately amounts to the video game equivalent of Little Caesars.

Kathy Rain PC Review: Eye of the Storm

Clifftop Games' throwback to point-and-click adventures expertly captures the genre in all its pixelated glory—even some of the rougher spots.

Neverending Nightmares PS4 Review: Haunted and Hunted

Infinitap Games' deeply personal horror story makes for one of the best expressions of the genre.

Hitman Episode 2 PlayStation 4 Review: Murder, Italian Style

IO Interactive's episodic take on creative assassinations continues with a prettier locale, and some new surprises.

P.O.L.L.E.N PC Review: Close Encounters

Mindfield Games' creepy, claustrophobic sci-fi mystery brings the first-person adventure to some great places.

Dark Souls III PC Review: Ashes to Ashes [Updated with Final Thoughts and Score!]

From Software keeps up their amazing streak with the most refined take on their formula to date.

Day of the Tentacle Remastered PC Review: Time After Time

Double Fine finally dusts off one of history's greatest adventure games of all time for a special edition that’s not to be missed.

Hitman Episode One PlayStation 4 Review: The Art of Murder

IO Interactive tweaks Agent 47's world of creative assassinations for the best interpretation of the series yet.

Firewatch PlayStation 4 Review: Into the Woods

Campo Santo's debut provides some great, low-key character drama—even if the end may leave you feeling a little empty.

Oxenfree Xbox One Review: Heart to Heart

Night School Studio's debut puts an emphasis on dialogue for a truly memorable supernatural adventure.

The Witness PlayStation 4 Review: Cast Away

A clever collection of puzzles can't overcome an insufferably smug and sterile experience.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam 3DS Review: Recycled but Reliable

The addition of Paper Mario's flat cast gives this fifth entry enough new twists to overcome its duller moments.

Aviary Attorney PC Review: Fowl Play

Sketchy Logic's bird lawyer game doesn't quite hit the heights of Ace Attorney, but its heart's in the right place.

Bloodborne: The Old Hunters PS4 Review: Sins of the Past [Update: Final Thoughts and Score!]

From Software proves once again that DLC doesn't have to be an afterthought.

Yo-Kai Watch 3DS Review: Borrowed Time

Level-5's monster-collecting RPG might not be wholly original, but it's perfect for lapsed Pokemon fans looking for a fresh take on a reliable formula.

The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes Review: Three's a Crowd [Update: Final Thoughts and Score!]

After ten years, Nintendo finally gives us another multiplayer Zelda. But was it worth the wait?

Yoshi's Woolly World Wii U Review: Pull the String

Good-Feel's take on Nintendo's dinosaur pal might be cut from a familiar cloth, but its abundance of charm makes up for a lack of new ideas.

The Talos Principle PlayStation 4 Review: Brain Food

Croteam's first-person-puzzle game finally escapes the PC, giving PS4 owners a chance to play the heir apparent to Portal.

The Beginner's Guide PC Review: A Walking Tour of Writer's Block

The Stanley Parable creator Davey Wreden brings us another first-person meta-narrative; one that may be a little too on the nose for its own good.

Undertale PC Review: The Art of Surprise

Toby Fox's subversion of Japanese RPGs is equal parts inventive, touching, and brilliant.

Persona 4: Dancing All Night Vita Review: The Devil's Music

Atlus mixes their beloved RPG brand with the world of rhythm games, resulting in a slightly flawed production that's just weird enough to work.

Blues and Bullets Episode 1 Xbox One Review: Telltale Noir

A Crowd of Monsters' episodic adventure sticks a bit too close to a familiar style, but presents enough new ideas to make it worth investigating.

The Magic Circle PC Review: Development Hell in a Handbasket

Question Games' engrossing experiment traps players inside an unfinished game for a fly-on-the-wall view of a pet project gone horribly wrong.

Her Story PC Review: Just the Facts, Ma'am

Developer Sam Barlow dredges up forgotten tech for one daring and captivating take on murder mysteries.

Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition Xbox One Review: In the Details

Capcom might not have chosen the most deserving candidate for a next-gen makeover, but—if you can handle its last-gen baggage—Dante's late-aughts adventure provides reliable DMC action.

Sunset PC Review: Decline and Fall

Tale of Tales' environmental storytelling game definitely offers an experience you've never had before—even if it takes a bit too long to make its point.

Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains 3DS Review: The Harder They Fall

Spike Chunsoft's all-too-literal adaptation fails to make anything worthwhile out of the source material's irresistibly great premise.

Westerado: Double Barreled PC Review: Red Dead Low-Resolution

Don't let the throwback visuals fool you—Ostrich Banditos' Old West take on Zelda packs ten gallons of ambitious fun into a varmint-sized package.

Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin Xbox One Review: Return of the King

From Software raises the standard for next-gen re-releases with a thoughtful remix of their critically acclaimed 2014 RPG.

Box Boy 3DS Review: It's Hip to be Square

HAL Laboratory puts an unexpectedly fresh spin on block-based puzzles in this quirky 3DS eShop release.

Bloodborne Review: Into the Nightmare

Does FromSoftware's latest measure up to the high standard set by Dark Souls? Bob shares his final thoughts on this vast and challenging adventure.

Resident Evil Revelations 2 Xbox One Review: When Paint-by-Numbers Isn't so Bad

It might not be all that ambitious, but this RE spin-off sequel definitely hits the spot.

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number PC Review: Redial

Dennaton's remix of their 2013 indie smash may not feel like a true sequel, but it still offers an interesting take on the original.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Wii U Review: Roller Games

Succinct, beautiful, and relentlessly inventive, this stylus-driven gem proves no one knows pure fun better than Nintendo.

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate 3DS Review: Jurassic Lark

If you've been afraid to approach Capcom's complex action-RPG series, this could be the perfect installment to bring you into the fold.

Grim Fandango Remastered PS4 Review: A Bone to Pick

Tim Schafer's 1998 tribute to film noir spins a gripping tale, but its unfriendly puzzles will have many calling it quits before the final curtain.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy 3DS Review: Trials of the Century

Capcom's collection of Phoenix Wright's first three games lacks ambition, but still provides a great chance to experience these modern-day crime classics.

The Old City: Leviathan PC Review: In the Belly of the Beast

Developer Postmod Softworks might not offer any easy answers, but that's one of their game's greatest strengths.

Far Cry 4 PS4 Review: The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Side Quests

Ubi's exotic open-world adventure returns with another take on the last installment's antics, but once again, the series opts for quantity over quality.

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter PC Review: One Hell of a Myst-ery

If you've been waiting for the successor to Gone Home, The Astronauts' beautiful, atmospheric open-world adventure is simply unmissable.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel PC Review: Thousand-Yard Stare

If your senses haven't been dulled to Borderlands, this stopgap sequel offers even more of what you love… but not much else.

D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die Xbox One Review: Murder by Letters

Deadly Premonition's SWERY returns with another off-kilter detective story—and finally, a budget that lets his unique personality shine.

Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Ivory King PC Review: Icy Hot

Even if you've already handed over 200 hours of your life, FromSoftware's triumphant conclusion to their DLC trilogy will leave you wanting more.

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Vita Review: Last Resort

Don't let the anime aesthetic fool you—Spike Chunsoft's ambitious sequel contains some of the best writing you'll ever see in a video game.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call 3DS Review: Nostalgia Delivery Device

Some of the best RPG music of all time comes to the rescue of a thoroughly average rhythm game.

Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Old Iron King PC Review: Towers of Terrors

This second round of DLC doesn't feel quite as surprising as the first installment, but FromSoftware hasn't worn out their welcome just yet.

Tales of Xillia 2 Review: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

With its focus on the relentless regurgitation of content, Bandai Namco's latest RPG proves it's easy being green.

AR-K Episode 1 PC Review: Orbital Decay

Developer Gato Salvaje delivers an attempt to recapture classic adventure game magic, and succeeds... at making you remember why these things have such a lousy reputation.

Abyss Odyssey PC Review: Training Wheels

ACE Team's art nouveau-inspired dungeon-crawler makes for a perfect introduction to roguelikes, but veterans of the genre definitely won't find the challenge they're looking for.

Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Sunken King PC Review: Monkey's Paw

You asked for a Dark Souls 2 experience that tests your skills as much as the past two games. Well, it's here—and it's going to murder you.

XBlaze Code: Embryo PS Vita Review: A Compelling Argument for Illiteracy

Arc System Works combines shopworn anime tropes and thoroughly hateful design in one repellant package.

Valiant Hearts: The Great War PC Review: All Quiet on the Western Front

Ubisoft Montpellier delivers an unexpected and informative interpretation of World War I, one that unfortunately falls victim to the reputation of its publisher.

Murdered: Soul Suspect PC Review: Ghost Schtick

Airtight Games' take on spiritual sleuthing boasts a great atmosphere, but its central mystery will tax your brain less than The Hardy Boys.

Pushmo World Wii U Review: Puzzles for the Spatially-Challenged

You don't have to be a master of geometry to get the most out of Intelligent Systems' latest block-pushing puzzler — but it may end up turning you into one.

Stick it to the Man PlayStation 4 Review: Good Fun, if Less Defiant Than Advertised.

Zoink! delivers a loving and off-kilter (if slightly unambitious) tribute to classic adventure games of yore.

Dark Souls II Xbox 360 Review Addendum: Multiplayer

A central server makes good on the promises of the original Dark Souls.

Dark Souls II Xbox 360 Review: The Joy of Suffering

After five years of refinement, From Software brings us the purest Souls experience to date.

Tales of Symphonia Chronicles PS3 Review

Namco brings us the best of Tales and the worst of Tales in one economy-size package.

Donkey Kong Country Wii U Review: Still Going Strong

The team behind Donkey Kong Country Returns, er, returns for a solid iteration on their 2010 reboot.

3D Shinobi III Review: Re-Return of the Ninja Master

M2 brings their retro reverence to one of the most impressive games on the Genesis.

3D Ecco the Dolphin Review 3DS: Chicken of the Sea

M2 does its best to make this '90s relic a little more dolphin-safe.

3D Sonic the Hedgehog Review: Giving a Sega Classic the Reverence it Deserves

M2 teaches this old 'hog some new tricks with another stunning port.

Welcome to the Fantasy Zone: 3D Space Harrier Review

Get ready! For M2's first-class treatment of Yu Suzuki's arcade classic.

XCOM: Enemy Within PC Review: Same Game, More Pain

Bob Mackey checks out the new expansion to the perfect digital board game.

Rune Factory 4 Review

The latest chapter of Neverland's Harvest Moon spin-off just might give Animal Crossing devotees a brand-new addiction.

Rain Review

Sony's C.A.M.P. team once again proves the power of unconventional ideas.

Killzone: Mercenary (Single-Player) Review

This latest chapter in the Killzone Saga does exactly what's expected of it... and not much else.