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Planescape Torment & Icewind Dale: Enhanced EditionsPS4
Planescape: Torment and Icewind Dale are isometric western RPGs with pre-rendered backgrounds. If this style of game is your cup of tea, then these are both classics, especially the creative, dialogue-heavy Planescape: Torment. If you are new to the genre, these might be tough to try by modern standards. But the way the menus have been mapped to controllers make these RPG classics very playable on consoles. Whether or not they’re playable by modern standards is up to your taste.
New Super Lucky's TaleSwitch
Cute and charming are perfect words to describe this game. The sign of a good platforming game is one where players want to explore and collect all the items that are found around each level. I found myself wanting to do this and more. New Super Lucky’s Tale delivers a platformer for the whole family to enjoy by being easy to play, visually appealing and introducing a new and clever mascot to the Nintendo faithful. I sure hope we get to see more of Lucky in the future.
DORAEMON STORY OF SEASONSSwitch
Though there are many things to do in Doraemon Story of Season, I feel like it lacks the challenge of some other farming simulator games, but this is reflected in the ESRB rating of E for Everyone rather than E 10+. The game is perfect for its target demographic but for someone who’s already played Harvest Moon and Stardew Valley to death, I wanted some challenge at the end of a few months in-game.
Some weird technical mishaps aside, Afterparty is a helluva ride. Night School Studio’s depiction of Hell is wonderfully inventive, quirky, and surprisingly enticing. While it’s certainly up for debate whether it dethrones Oxenfree, Afterparty is a quality followup that will bring a smile to your face. The story is solid with great relatable characters but the constantly hilarious script and dialogue make Afterparty worth sticking with until the very end, even after everybody’s gone home.
The story is nakedly political, involving a dispute between a union, the company, and the scabs who want to get back to work. There are multiple factions of racists you’ll have to rhetorically contend with, and various hucksters trying to make a buck. The world is not our own, but the fantasy of it allows the game to dig really deep, and I considered political views I hadn’t had to confront in years.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020Switch
Overall, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is an enjoyable experience that’s jammed-packed with Olympic-sized fun. With so many events and modes to choose from, all presented in Nintendo’s signature welcoming style, there’s something for everyone here. Just don’t expect a deep and engrossing experience; while there are nice extra touches like Story Mode and an added retro element, this is mostly a game meant for casual, bite-sized fun on the go.
Rain of Reflections: Chapter 1PC
Overall, Rain of Reflections is well-made from a graphical and gameplay standpoint, although neither elements excite me on their own. The story concept is interesting enough to give the game a look, and it might be worth buying if the second and third chapters, which do not follow Wilona, serve more satisfying conclusions to the story. Right now, I can’t fully recommend this game as it stands, unless you’re really into hacking mini-games.
Stygian: Reign of the Old OnesPC
I honestly don’t think this game is getting the attention it deserves. The bad things (bugs, balance, optimization) in this game can be patched while the core of this game is phenomenal. If you are a fan of Lovecraft’s work, you are doing yourself a huge disservice by not checking this one out.
There’s a lot of progress to be made in this game, it will just be a real struggle to start to see the benefits. Make no mistake, I enjoy a stiff challenge as much as the next person, but I honestly feel like Dark Devotion goes down the difficulty by obscurity route a little bit too often. A borderline unusable map and generally difficult combat combined with traps that kill you immediately could definitely turn people off, but those who choose to persevere will likely enjoy this game enough to see it through to its obtuse, confusing ending.
Worse Than DeathSwitch
The port over to the Nintendo Switch for Worse Than Death isn’t bad at all. The puzzles are hard but not mind breaking, and the overall atmosphere is rock solid. If there was a way to better fix the controls during those puzzles segments where you have to shuffle things around and more variety in terms of monsters, this would be a better two and half hour experience. This being said, I liked the fact this game takes place during a high school reunion with a protagonist who is logical and doesn’t make dumb mistakes which is usually the case in horror situations.
I will be very interested to look at WWE 2K20 a year from now, after some massive updates, and featuring all modes. It’ll probably have the same ugly graphics, but let’s hope that this is a wake-up call to 2K games that they need to release a polished product. Some of us still like having our games on disc when we buy them.
Death Stranding is an outstanding title that ended up blowing away the expectations I wasn’t even aware of. For an auteur like Hideo Kojima, that sounds like an unequivocal success.
Moons of MadnessPC
My biggest complaint about the game is that Shane seems to walk too slowly but runs too fast, making traversing Mars cumbersome whether inside the structures or not. Though Moons of Madness isn’t the first game to do so and it likely won’t be the last, it’s a survival horror experience that succeeding in giving a grown man nightmares, which is something a zombie game just can’t do.
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road TripPS4
Luckily, Double Tap itself was much better than its game counterpart. Based on historical examples, this isn’t the first time nor will it be the last time we can make that statement.
Six Ages: Ride Like the WindPC
The Orlanthi stories contradict the legends of the horse clans. Sure, everyone reveres Uryarda the Goat Mother, but the storm tribes view your gods as the aggressors. The horse people never forgave the Orlanthi for crimes that may have been committed before man ever walked the Earth. By committing to the wonderful setting, Six Ages has more to say than a dozen fantasy RPGs.
Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced EditionsXbox One
Should the glitches be fixed in upcoming patches, I could see this bundle being the definitive way to play Baldur’s Gate I & II and I could see my score being raised as a result but currently, the package isn’t enhanced enough.
Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and the Lion KingPC
Two classic platformers and more extras than you can shake a stick at! Disney Classic Games: Aladdin And The Lion King is the new benchmark for how to release retro games in the modern world. If you’re at all curious, or are wondering if you should give these classics another look, the answer is yes! There has never been a more thorough release of retro games.
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HDSwitch
Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz HD does a lot well, but it’s just not quite as ripe as the rest of the bunch. Here’s hoping that this brings the series back into the limelight for Sega and we can see new, crazier entries to a series that I enjoy quite a bunch.
In the end, Outer Wilds is all about exploring a mysterious solar system and finding out its secrets. I had a fun time flying around in space and it’s good for the gaming industry as a whole to have an adventure game like this that’s about exploring a world without having to shoot or fight enemies. However, Outer Wilds doesn’t do a great job at guiding players. Instead, you are left aimlessly exploring until you figure out what to do next.
Luigi's Mansion 3Switch
The core design structure, the aesthetic presentation, and the basic game feel are all excellent. Yet I hated Luigi’s Mansion 3 so acutely that I could not complete the game. There was no single puzzle that outwit me in the end. Instead, that rising sense of terrible dread just became too much. I wasn’t even that far from finishing the game! I just couldn’t grapple with the knowledge that all my suffering was a prelude to something worse.
FROSTPUNK: CONSOLE EDITIONPS4
Frostpunk is, without a doubt, not an easy game and requires extensive strategizing and multiple playthroughs to succeed. It takes a lot of effort and a fair amount of alertness to get the job done, but once your decisions prevail and your city is thriving, the sense of accomplishment is unlike no other. With its intense premise and the pressure of making tough choices, Frostpunk is undeniably one of the most challenging and addicting city-building strategy games I have ever played.
MediEvil is a straight forward hack n’ slash game, originally made for the PS1. It’s presentation and sense of humor set it apart from its contemporaries, and improved camera controls have modernized it. The graphics are now rendered in 4K, and the music is orchestral. If you’re a fan of PS1 classics like Crash Bandicoot, or Spyro, but would like a heavier emphasis on action, then MediEvil is just what you’re looking for, especially if you want an old school challenge with some new school tweaks. If you’re not into retro gaming, however, MediEvil won’t be the game to convert you.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Complete EditionSwitch
At the end of the day, this just isn’t what CD Projekt Red had in mind for this game when they were developing it all those years ago. Their creative vision hasn’t been lost entirely, but so much of the detail and little nuance has disappeared. For this reason, I found it excessively challenging to stay engaged in the same way I did back in 2015. Who was this port made for? Veterans of the Witcher 3 have absolutely no need to return to this world, as nothing new has been created for the Switch version.
Call of Duty: Modern WarfarePS4
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare does everything fans of the franchise could ever want. You get the triumphant return of the single-player campaign; crossplay that actually works; maps and weapons available to everyone; and a robust multiplayer experience packed with over 25 maps (including Spec Ops maps) out of the box. Modern Warfare isn’t the best Call of Duty game in the franchise as the single-player and Spec Ops modes fall a little short.
Stranded Sails - Explorers of the Cursed IslandsSwitch
At its surface, Stranded Sails: Explorers of the Cursed Islands looks like an adorable and endearing addition to this genre, and though I so badly wanted to love it, I’d have difficulty recommending it to almost anyone other than young children. There is certainly a place in the gaming world for peaceful, low-pressure exploration and farming games, but unfortunately, I’m not convinced that Stranded Sails is one that belongs. The minute-to-minute gameplay is just not stimulating enough, the quests and actions are fairly mindless, and overall, there just isn’t enough reason to pick it up time and time again.