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Five Nights at Freddy's: Help WantedSwitch
The straightforward short hit game style makes the case for itself and games like it. It’s not completely revolutionary, but it successfully adapts the PC to VR game to the console and makes for a good time.
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive EditionSwitch
I knew Xenoblade Chronicles was a quality title, but I did not expect its remaster to blow me away in the way that it has. It tells a gripping story and features gameplay so addictive that I was actively looking for battles to get a chance to come up with new strategies. The game’s new visuals help to enhance what is already a grand level of worthwhile content for newcomers and old.
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega MixSwitch
With that in mind however, I would be hard pressed to recommend this entry to any hardcore Miku fans for any reason other than the simple benefit of being able to play Miku on the go. As a casual fan of the series, I cannot say I was disappointed by Mega Mix, but I was underwhelmed by how little Mega Mix offers in comparison to its predecessors.
It’s the arrogance of boasting of how “inspired” your game is by 90’s horror games, and how it “recreates the atmosphere” of games like Resident Evil, or Silent Hill without even a cursory understanding of how horror, or even basic good game design, works. It has no identity aside from ideas lifted from other, better games. It has NO atmosphere, it builds NO tension or dread, except for the reality of having to actually play it—it pulls off that feeling of dread in spades; and it has NO horror.
Being a shark and eating up humans is fun in how over the top it is. I just wish the design behind it all wasn’t so repetitive. Instead of opening up the world to gnaw and swim your way through it all, it constrains you with a small set of activities and actions. While there’s an inherent joy to be found here, Maneater plays it too safe time and time again.
Before We LeavePC
Before We Leave is a small indie game that does a lot of big things. The gameplay feels a lot like a city builder, where you’ll assess the needs of your thriving community and put down buildings that bolster your resources or make people happier overall. However, it has the values of a 4X game, always expanding, always exploring and discovering new wonders, always making the best use of the resources at hand, just without the war or diplomatic complications.
Until developers take major UI and gameplay overhauls into consideration for its official release, SpellPunk is a clumsy interpretation of VR magic which only works for a few players. The game’s imagination is limited to a colourful presentation at face-value while its strongest drawing-based mechanic is far from reliable (especially against other real players).
Streets of Rage 4PS4
Streets of Rage 4 for the first time in series history, features 4 player online co-op which incentives numerous playthroughs with friends, especially for those who are dedicated and want to really master the game on its higher difficulties. In terms of unlockables, Streets of Rage 4 contains cool behind-the-scene concept and key art, retro skins and even a few unlockable characters that round out the overall experience.
Predator: Hunting GroundsPS4
Predator: Hunting Grounds is a game that feels like a good idea that failed to materialize. I can only recommend the game for serious fans of the long-running franchise; or those who can wait around for the game to develop post-launch, which shouldn’t be acceptable in a property as large as the Predator.
It’s those little details, coupled with the overarching battle design, that make Gears Tactics’ stumbles more forgivable. The pacing of a fight, and the myriad ways with which you can approach those encounters through skills and abilities, is invigorating. Gears Tactics successfully translates the ferocity of its third-person shooter brethren into a turn-based tactics game while retaining much of the strategy that makes the genre what it is. And for that, I’ll dive into battle with the Locust again and again.
It didn’t take long before I was fully invested in the lives of these characters and by the time I’d finished the game’s story, I was already wanting another adventure with the team. Sega seems to have faith in their reboot, having already launched an anime series that acts as a sequel to the game’s story. I have high hopes that this game will help to restore the Sakura Wars brand while introducing it to a brand-new audience.
Shinsekai Into the DepthsSwitch
Overall, Shinsekai: Into the Depths is a fun experience, but poor traversal in a game about exploration is a big hurdle to get over. The meditative music and beautiful visuals really are pretty outstanding though, and if you want something chill and pretty to look at then you definitely will find it here. Just try not to move around too much.
XCOM: Chimera SquadPC
XCOM: Chimera Squad is yet another fantastic addition to the 25-year-old franchise’s quality lineup of titles, delivering a new suite of mechanics that bring a whole new dimension of strategy to its already addictive combat.
Trials of ManaPS4
Trials of Mana still embodies Seiken Densetsu 3’s primary draw of replay value, and seeing how a general plot will progress with different protagonists. I’d say it’s amazing that a game with this much content costs less than full price, but with the maps being almost 1:1 remakes of the source game and the cutscenes being very crude, it makes sense. If the recent Final Fantasy VII Remake has left you wanting some action-RPG comfort food, you can’t go wrong with Trials of Mana.
One Step From EdenSwitch
One Step From Eden clearly wants remind players of the long forgotten Mega Man Battle Network games, but it is absolutely more than some petty imitation. This is a thoughtful and strategic deck-building action game that is looking to make you scream in frustration and come back for more.
Panzer Dragoon: RemakeSwitch
Panzer Dragoon: Remake ultimately comes across as a neat look back at a classic rail shooter that does little to modernize it beyond some ineffectual changes. Disregarding its length, the visual upgrades leave much to be desired, and the control schemes are in need of improvement. It’s fortunate that much of what made the original a cult classic still holds up, as it is the one saving grace that makes Panzer Dragoon: Remake worth checking out.
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi AcademySwitch
I’m getting tired of publishers using the Switch as a reason to double-dip on games, I’m getting tired of ports that aren’t optimized for the system it’s on, and I’m just getting tired of old games taking precedence over new ones. Why couldn’t we have gotten Star Wars: The Force Unleashed instead?
Final Fantasy VII RemakePS4
Final Fantasy VII Remake stumbles over some plot and character elements in jarring ways, can be dull when you’re chasing critters to please shopkeepers, and can seem oddly timid about trusting the audience to understand its story elements. It can also be a touching way of seeing something you once loved in a stunning new light, a means of making wonderful new connections with favorite characters, and a powerful look at some very real issues in the world we share.
Ultimately, in trying to combine shoot-em-ups and brick breakers, Sky Racket misses the point of both genres. Its reliance on enemies’ projectiles is a clever concept, but poorly implemented. And the level design and difficulty are so inconsistent, one can only wonder how much thought was put into the game after the core concepts were conceived.
It’s worth noting that Bleeding Edge is not a full-priced game, retailing at $39.99 CAD and it’s available free to Xbox Game pass Ultimate users. Still, the core gameplay loop is frustrating enough to overpower the many interesting ideas and stylish characters that make up the game. While it’s possible that the stun focused combat gets tweaked in future updates, for now, it’s enough to sour the entire experience.
RESIDENT EVIL 3PS4
Resident Evil 3 is a great game nipping at the heels at its already great predecessor. The changes it makes to the existing formula are few, but if it isn’t broken then there isn’t really much to fix. Players from the original game should be happy to know that they’ll still be surprised by the way everything plays out, and new fans can look forward to a lot of stress, a little ammo, and a lot of fun.
Genre-bending and hauntingly mesmerizing, Half-Life Alyx brings the series as it should have always been experienced while doing the impossible: surpassing Half Life 2.
Saints Row IV: Re-ElectedSwitch
If you want to be a troublemaking, superpowered criminal with little resistance, Saints Row IV: Re-Elected is unparalleled in what it gives you. If you’re looking for a more balanced experience, you may want to move along to other things. Still, in this time of quarantine and restraint, it’s hard to turn down the kind of limitless freedom and power this game has to offer.
Ultimately, Doom Eternal is a violent and visceral tribute to single-player shooters, one that rewards skilled players and punishes those who may think they already know everything there is to know about the first-person shooter genre.
Persona 5 RoyalPS4
Persona 5 Royal takes an already stellar game and reinvigorates it with content that is sure to please both fans of the original and those playing the game for the first time.