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Firegirl: Hack 'n Splash Rescue

PC
6.00
CJ AndriessenJan 11, 2022
All of the right elements are here, but they’re not coalescing into what should be the optimal firefighting experience. I truly believe there is a great game buried somewhere within the lines of code that brings it all together. We just got to hold onto hope that Dejima Games will be able to find it.

Monopoly Madness

SwitchPS4PC
7.00
Jordan DevoreDec 14, 2021
On the bright side, the core concept of Monopoly Madness is shockingly good, to the point where I can recommend it at the right price. I really dig how fast-paced it is. It’s a worthy party game through and through — with a twist I haven’t quite seen before — and from that lens, I’ve been having a blast. A little more budget could have gone a long way, so I’ll be curious to see if this is a one-and-done project or if Ubisoft will explore a follow-up.

Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon

PC
8.00
Chris CarterDec 12, 2021
Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon might turn some people off with its roguelite framework and randomization, but there’s a deep puzzle game at work here; one that’s worth exploring if you’ve grown up on the action-puzzle genre. This is something I can see myself playing again in the years to come, especially with versus mode augmenting some of the leaner elements.

Rocket League Sideswipe

Android
9.00
CJ AndriessenDec 11, 2021
There is so much that could have gone wrong here, but Psyonix has absolutely nailed this mobile reimagining of its flagship title. It is hands down the best free-to-play mobile game I’ve played in 2021. With a brilliant design and exquisite execution, Rocket League Sideswipe is something you should download right away if you find yourself with a new phone beneath the tree this Christmas.

Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain

Switch
8.50
Jordan DevoreDec 07, 2021
For as simple as the challenges seem, the stakes sure feel high when you’re racing to get the most points and every wrong answer feels like a tragedy. I didn’t expect to get this swept up in Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain, but it has become an honest-to-goodness competition in our household. These are the bragging rights to end all bragging rights.

Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker

PCPS4PS5
9.00
Chris CarterDec 07, 2021
As usual, Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker is worth playing through in full if you’re into the story. I still hope that one day — I’m talking a decade-plus from now — Square Enix preserves this tale by any means necessary, even with a single-player rework. It’s timeless, and exceeds the quality of many other mainline games in the series. Whether you stick around for the theme park rides afterward is entirely up to you. The rides I’m going on still have some life left in them.

The Kids We Were

Switch
6.00
Zoey HandleyDec 06, 2021
It just made the ticking of my clock seem a lot louder at a time when I’m already grappling with the concept. I don’t want to give a negative impression on a game just because it made me feel like garbage. That’s my problem, not the game’s. I’m just going to go back to moping in the corner.

Heavenly Bodies

PCPS4PS5
9.00
Jordan DevoreDec 06, 2021
Even in the frustrating moments when the controls seem to have it out for you, there’s so much to like about Heavenly Bodies. It’s a wonderful concept for a game, it’s impressively polished, and it’s hyper-focused in the best way. It feels like the devs took their time. While it may be a struggle, it’s a fun struggle.

HALO Infinite

PCXbox OneXbox Series X
9.00
Chris CarterDec 06, 2021
If I had one piece of advice for people on the fence with Halo Infinite, it would be to not worry about the open world and embrace how it’s handled here. I was incredibly worried at first that 343 wouldn’t be able to resist the siren’s song of other major publishers, but the restraint here is appreciated. This is an extremely 2021 Halo, and I think it’s going to win over both lapsed players and diehards.

Happy's Humble Burger Farm

PC
9.00
Zoey HandleyDec 02, 2021
Happy’s Humble Burger Farm does it with such dreamlike depth and panache that I can’t help but be impressed. I doubt this will be the last time I dawn the ugly apron and sling fattening food, and I just know there are more pieces of the mystery waiting to be scraped off the grill.

Solar Ash

PS5
6.00
Chris MoyseDec 01, 2021
Solar Ash offers a collection of promising concepts that don’t quite hit realization. While undoubtedly a visually striking experience, Rei’s journey into the Ultravoid suffers due to a disengaging narrative and repetitious gameplay. Solar Ash’s attractive world struggles to provide the player with captivating experiences. The elements do occasionally come together, however, ensuring that while Solar Ash isn’t quite the adventure it might have been, it successfully retains unmistakable Heart Machine charm.

Grow: Song of the Evertree

PCSwitch
8.00
Zoey HandleyNov 30, 2021
Grow: Song of the Evertree succeeds in its attempts at presenting a wholesome, laid-back experience. Its successes are admirable, and its missteps are negligible. It lives up to its philosophy and presents something that has all the satisfying progression of a typical game experience, but without all the violence. There’s still room to grow, but the roots are firmly planted.

Hextech Mayhem: A League of Legends Story

PC
8.00
Chris CarterNov 24, 2021
That’s pretty good! I mostly just wish it was bigger; because if it was, it would be able to expand its firm foundation and take things to the next level. That said, the ease of access of Hextech Mayhem ensures that if you’re coming off of Arcane, you can immerse yourself in the League world with a lot less strife than the MOBA.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond

SwitchSwitch
6.50
Chris CarterNov 23, 2021
If you haven’t experienced Pokemon Diamond or Pearl yet and don’t have access to Platinum, then the Gen 4 remakes on Switch might be worth exploring. Sinnoh has its own charm to it, and completionists will likely enjoy the endgame that is Grand Underground collecting. I just hope that when the time comes to remake Black and White, whatever team handles it is a lot less conservative.

Date Night Bowling

Switch
7.00
Zoey HandleyNov 23, 2021
It’s a fun time if you know what you’re getting into. It’s Date Night Bowling, and it does what it says on the box. There’s bowling and there’s dating. It’s a fun time if you can wrangle a partner, romantic or otherwise, but it doesn’t really have lasting appeal. A few times through, then you can take your balls elsewhere.

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition

PS5
4.50
Dan RoemerNov 18, 2021
It’s safe to say this collection has already accomplished spoiling things for a lot of people. Outside of some decent quality-of-life stuff, there are just too many technical problems to consider these versions “definitive,” and I can’t wholeheartedly recommend anyone play or purchase Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition at the moment.

Far Cry 6 Vaas: Insanity

PCPS4PS5
8.00
Jordan DevoreNov 18, 2021
I’m not sure I’ll go back to beat it on all five Mind Level difficulty tiers (twice is enough for now), especially with more DLC packs on the way. But I am pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Vaas: Insanity, and I hope I feel the same about Far Cry 6‘s next two villain stories. I’d give it a nod even if you don’t always mesh well with roguelites. Because it doesn’t outstay its welcome, the format works well for Far Cry. A lack of true variety hurts the long-term appeal after the first successful run, but that first win is exciting.

Tunche

PC
7.00
Chris MoyseNov 16, 2021
Tunche is a spirited jungle jaunt. A charming action-adventure that wears its Peruvian heritage with the utmost pride. While the marriage of roguelite to brawler is definitely a solid fit — particularly in multiplayer — it cannot be denied that the repetitious trappings of both genres are readily apparent, which will be enough to turn off some players. Those well-versed in the grind and willing to put in the effort, however, will be rewarded with a very agreeable bout of forest fisticuffs. Now, about that animated series…

Battlefield 2042

PCPS4PS5
6.00
Jordan DevoreNov 15, 2021
Battlefield 2042 feels like it could become a cool game, but it’s tantalizingly out of reach today. There’s enough promise with the satisfying-when-it-works gunplay, large-scale chaos (that’s starting to feel more controlled over time), and fantastic legacy Battlefield content in Portal that I’ll stick around for a bit. It didn’t have to be this way, though.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Happy Home Paradise

Switch
8.00
CJ AndriessenNov 15, 2021
And I do intend to keep the fun going for as long as I can because I truly enjoy what it is I’m doing as an employee of Paradise Planning. As I said above, there is nothing I like more in Animal Crossing than fidgeting around my house and changing the layout on a whim. That’s all you’re going to do in Happy Home Paradise, and for me, that’s more than enough to keep me logging in every single day.

Jurassic World Evolution 2

PS5
8.50
Dan RoemerNov 11, 2021
To wrap things up, again, I think Jurassic World Evolution 2 is a much better game than its predecessor was at launch. That said, I can’t shake the feeling that much like the original, it’s only going to get better and more content-rich in the next coming year or so. It’s a beautiful trend from Frontier Developments that I think will make an already great game all the more excellent.

Bright Memory: Infinite

PC
6.00
Chris CarterNov 11, 2021
Bright Memory Infinite gets in its own way, and occasionally takes the focus off of its strongest quality: the core mechanics. I wish that Infinite was just a full extension of the action-packed prologue and was a little more polished, as it would be easier to recommend. If you can deal with that headache, you might like it.

Call of Duty: Vanguard

PS4
8.50
Noelle WarnerNov 10, 2021
Impressive efforts with a few noticeable problems holding them back. Won't astound everyone, but is worth your time and cash.

Mario Party Superstars

Switch
8.00
Eric Van AllenNov 09, 2021
Impressive efforts with a few noticeable problems holding them back. Won't astound everyone, but is worth your time and cash.

Pikmin Bloom

Android
5.00
CJ AndriessenNov 06, 2021
An Exercise in apathy, neither solid nor liquid. Not exactly bad, but not very good either. Just a bit 'meh,' really.