Reviews by Alex Donaldson

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Nintendo Switch Edition Review The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Nintendo Switch Edition Review

This isn't the best version of Skyrim available, but the fact an RPG this large and impressive can now be played on the go is honestly a bit of a revelation.

review by Alex Donaldson on 16 November, 2017

Persona 5 Review Persona 5 Review

Stylish, fun, and utterly relentless in its vision, Persona 5 delivers one of the best Japanese RPG experiences in years.

review by Alex Donaldson and Josh Torres on 29 March, 2017

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Review The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Review

The most special Nintendo game in years, Breath of the Wild is an incredibly polished mixture of myriad ideas we've seen before - but never in a package quite like this.

review by Alex Donaldson on 02 March, 2017

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Review Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Review

This collection gathers together a good game, an exciting demo and a movie that's strictly for hardcore fans. It's a decent package, but certainly isn't for newcomers.

review by Alex Donaldson on 23 January, 2017

Final Fantasy XV Review Final Fantasy XV Review

Bold and brave, Final Fantasy XV brings back some of what made FF special to begin with. It's rough around the edges, but that's okay: where it counts, it's got heart.

review by Alex Donaldson on 28 November, 2016

Pokemon Sun & Moon Review Pokemon Sun & Moon Review

Vibrant, energetic and fun in the best possible way, this is the best Pokemon game in quite a while.

review by Alex Donaldson on 15 November, 2016

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Review Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Review

A slightly weak narrative can't obscure how compelling and exciting Mankind Divided's is to play. Here, the best stories are those you make yourself through emergent gameplay.

review by Alex Donaldson on 25 August, 2016

Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest Review Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest Review

The better of the two retail Fire Emblem Fates releases, Conquest offers satisfying and challenging combat that lives up to Fire Emblem Awakening's heady legacy.

review by Alex Donaldson on 25 May, 2016

Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright Review Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright Review

This strategy RPG sequel is simple and accessible, but will satisfy hardcore RPG fans less than the other Fire Emblem Fates releases.

review by Alex Donaldson on 25 May, 2016

Fallout 4: Wasteland Workshop Review Fallout 4: Wasteland Workshop Review

A solid add-on for players who really love settlement building, but also an underwhelming delivery of some solid ideas. It's no reason to return to Fallout 4, but this is another fine addition to an adventure in progress.

review by Alex Donaldson on 26 April, 2016

Dark Souls III Console Review Dark Souls III Console Review

Dark Souls 3 is a successful mechanical and thematic culmination of this beloved series, and while its console version isn't quite as smooth or pretty, it still generally performs admirably and remains a joy to play.

review by Alex Donaldson on 12 April, 2016

Fallout 4: Automatron DLC Review Fallout 4: Automatron DLC Review

This unremarkable DLC quest is rescued by the new robot-building mechanic. This is no sole reason to head back to the Wasteland, but is a fine addition to a game-in-progress.

review by Alex Donaldson on 10 April, 2016

XCOM: Enemy Unknown Plus Review XCOM: Enemy Unknown Plus Review

The performance of this handheld port can be dubious, but the still amazing quality of the base game makes it a reasonable compromise if you can't play on another platform.

review by Alex Donaldson on 29 March, 2016

Tom Clancy's The Division Review Tom Clancy's The Division Review

An excellent foundation that is hopefully built on, this is a solid RPG-shooter hybrid that lacks in variety but somehow keeps you well invested all the same.

review by Alex Donaldson on 28 March, 2016

XCOM 2 Review XCOM 2 Review

Small technical issues hold XCOM 2 back, but it's still as compelling as ever.

review by Alex Donaldson on 02 March, 2016

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen PC Review Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen PC Review

Smooth performance makes all the difference for this game, exposing its true brilliance.

review by Alex Donaldson on 14 January, 2016

Chronus Arc Review Chronus Arc Review

This download-only tribute to the 16-bit RPG era is a difficult to recommend grindfest.

review by Alex Donaldson on 30 November, 2015

Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey Review Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey Review

Gorgeous art and solid combat aren't enough to push this mobile RPG to greatness, though its potential is enormous.

review by Alex Donaldson on 29 November, 2015

The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes Review The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes Review

This Zelda spin-off is successful when you can get three players together, but feels much more empty solo.

review by Alex Donaldson on 16 November, 2015

Fallout 4 Review Fallout 4 Review

A strong improvement over its predecessors, small issues aren't enough to hold this title back.

review by Alex Donaldson on 08 November, 2015

Final Fantasy Record Keeper Review Final Fantasy Record Keeper Review

FF's latest free-to-play effort steers clear of in-app-purchase hell, but is still just a touch too greedy.

review by Alex Donaldson on 15 April, 2015

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection Review Borderlands: The Handsome Collection Review

Technical hiccups aren't enough to diminish the value of this sizable package.

review by Alex Donaldson on 01 April, 2015

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Review Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Review

You'll still really feel this game, but it's been visually diminished.

review by Alex Donaldson on 31 March, 2015

Dragon Age: Inquisition Review Dragon Age: Inquisition Review

Dragon Age finds an exciting new direction with its largest-scale entry to date.

review by Alex Donaldson on 17 November, 2014

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Review Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Review

A trip to the moon offers some decent new ideas, but also is clearly a stop-gap release.

review by Alex Donaldson on 03 November, 2014

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