I usually try to find a common theme between all the games in a review spotlight, but I don’t think four games can get much more different.

We have a bloody, action-filled trip through ancient Rome; a massively multiplier role-playing game filled with fantasy tropes; a first-person interactive story; and whatever the hell you’d call Peggle 2.

Still, you’ll undoubtedly enjoy these reviews from our community writers over at GamesBeat Unfiltered. And if you want to write some critiques of your own, head over to our “About” page. It tells you how to make your own account and get you submitting your own stories to GamesBeat Unfiltered. We edit your best work and put them on the front page. You may also see them in spotlights like this.

Now, let’s get to the reviews.

Ryse: Son of Rome review – Glory to Rome
By Derek Nichols

“For all of its flaws, I found Ryse: Son of Rome to be a better experience than I was expecting. The campaign is short enough where the repetitive combat really doesn’t overstay its welcome.”

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn — My experience
By Mark Willette

“After getting to the higher levels, the game started giving me a lot of grief, and I began to grow frustrated and eventually bored. While I don’t regret the time I spent experiencing game, I won’t be a long-term subscriber.”

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Above: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn seeks to obliterate its predecessor’s bad reputation.

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Gone Home shows that we all have a story to share
By Mark Purcell

“Just like we discover in the game, we all have something to say. At least, that’s what I took away from my experience.”

Peggle 2 review
By Michael Burridge

“It may not always live up to the first game’s technical excellence, but the base gameplay improvements provided by the new characters makes it worth wading through until a major update hits.”