Mike Mahardy


35 games reviewed
76.1 average score
80 median score
57.6% of games recommended
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May 5, 2016

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End blends its gameplay, characters, and world into a magnificent whole, making it the best game in the series, and a new watermark for storytelling.

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Nov 9, 2015

Rise of the Tomb Raider's first shot pans over the vast, foreboding landscape we'll soon come to know. In many ways, it functions as a promise on the part of Crystal Dynamics: there are big things ahead of us. And at the end of Lara's journey, after we've seen her through this adventure, and experienced everything the world has to offer, it's clear that promise was kept.

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9 / 10 - The Witness
Jan 25, 2016

In both structure and detail, The Witness is an original, difficult, and ultimately rewarding puzzle game.

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Rising Tide brings other content to Beyond Earth as well, from new factions to new planet types. But these additions pale in comparison to the systemic changes Firaxis has made. There are bothersome issues with the new diplomacy approach, and some of these mechanics are too obfuscated to call excellent. But Rising Tide encourages new ways of thinking, and lends character to a very impersonal subject. That old Civilization mantra still echoes, just like it used to: One more turn.

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9 / 10 - Overwatch
May 25, 2016

Overwatch meshes vastly different ideas and schools of thought into one frantic, exhilarating, layered shooter.

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9 / 10 - XCOM 2
Feb 1, 2016

Firaxis turn-based strategy sequel brings major improvements to the multilayered XCOM formula.

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CD Projekt Red's first paid expansion is well worth the return to the Northern Kingdoms.

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9 / 10 - Titanfall 2
Oct 24, 2016

Titanfall 2 is more measured and intelligent than its predecessor, but just as fluid and kinetic.

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Nov 1, 2018

Diablo 3 remains a clever, rewarding, and oftentimes brilliant action-RPG that has made a near seamless transition to Nintendo Switch, six years after its original release.

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Sep 21, 2015

Bungie's newest expansion not only offers a compelling experience in itself, but transforms Destiny altogether.

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