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AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES - nirvanA InitiativePC
AI: The Sominum Files – nirvanA Initiative is a great mystery adventure, and worth playing, even if you’ve never played the first. Spike Chunsoft actually goes out of its way to emphasize that you do not need to have played the first, and characters will explain certain connections, relationships, or events as needed if you didn’t.
Pocky & Rocky ReshrinedSwitch
Pocky & Rocky Reshrined is exactly as it promises: more Pocky & Rocky. I definitely prefer it to no Pocky & Rocky. There’s obviously a lot of love put into the final product, even though some decisions, such as locking out co-op until the main story is completed, are staggeringly daft. Seriously, I can’t get over it.
There’s no getting to the end boss, choking, and having to start over. While the games in Sonic Origins were obviously designed around them, the existence of lives in video games was mostly just to make sure we couldn’t rent games and beat them overnight. That’s not really a reality anymore. Corporations have new and exciting ways to make children suffer. They don’t need our dusty old methods.
Fire Emblem Warriors: Three HopesSwitch
The more I played Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes, the more I became invested. Every five chapters or so is about the cadence that I felt my excitement steadily rising, and I’m happily working on another playthrough to check out an additional path, more story, and more characters. While the core Warriors gameplay likely isn’t going to completely win over folks who have already tried to get into it, those of you who do enjoy it should have a ton of fun with Three Hopes.
It’s a blood-pumping, speed-infused anime shooter with style and a decent bit of heart. While it’s short and sweet, Neon White gives just enough to get the player keen on shaving off seconds and fractions of seconds until they are, indeed, a speedrunning freak. For anyone who likes to go fast, that’s at least worth the price of admission.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's RevengePS4
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is a delightful celebration of the Heroes in a Half-Shell. More importantly, it’s simply a helluva lot of fun to play. It breaks little in the way of new ground, remaining rooted in old-school cool, but it does offer wild, satisfying combat, packed out with personality and charm.
METAL MAX Xeno RebornPS4
It’s unique. As much as JRPGs always seem to try to one-up each other on spectacle, there’s nothing like a trio of tanks unloading their combined ordinance on a towering monstrosity of flesh and metal. And Metal Max Xeno Reborn seems to know it. It gets out of your way and lets you go.
While I can’t say I’m dying to do another full playthrough immediately — this is not a short game! — I will say I was into The Quarry just about every step of the way. I’m stoked to see some alternate pathways and gnarly deaths when they pop up on YouTube, and I’ll do a second run sooner than later. I’ll be in the mood again by Halloween for sure.
Mario Strikers: Battle LeagueSwitch
Mario Strikers: Battle League is a no-brainer. Eight-player local play is a blast, especially when you consider that nearly everything is online-only these days. I was shocked that Battle League had this much going on under the surface, and the gameplay itself is enough to carry me through for quite some time.
Diablo Immortal is actually a fun little multiplayer-centric take on the formula, especially on its native mobile home. At the end of the day, it’s free. Boot it up, finish the critical path, get to 60, and see how it grabs you. I don’t think it’s going to win over anyone who is disenfranchised by the series, but for folks looking for a dungeon crawling diversion, it definitely serves its purpose: and has room to grow. Hopefully that growth involves less microtransactions.
SNOW BROS. SPECIALSwitch
Snow Bros. isn’t exactly a classic, so while I’m happy to see it pop up again, I’m not very enthusiastic enough about the end result to start throwing around recommendations. It’s not a game that has been ported very often, so having it available at all is worth the release.
It deserves attention, and I’m hoping that its charming visuals will help it achieve that. Don’t let this one get lost in the mix. It’s a tight experience, with its own unique challenges, and front-to-back variety. It may not completely reinvent the platforming genre, but it hits the target masterfully.
Sniper Elite 5PS5
If you’re wondering if it’s worth picking up, I guess I’d say that it probably is. If you’ve never played a Sniper Elite game before, Sniper Elite 5 is as good as any to jump in with. You don’t need previous experience to understand what’s going on.
Hardspace: Shipbreaker is successful in just about everything it attempts. Not only is its gameplay extremely replayable and constantly satisfying, but it also manages to stack it all on a very solid narrative foundation. Tangibly, it feels like keeping your head down while forces bigger than you decide your fate. Gross.
Touken Ranbu WarriorsSwitch
In short, Touken Ranbu Warriors isn’t a game for traditional Musou/Warriors fans. This one’s aimed directly at the crowd that didn’t have to Google the term “Saniwa” when reading this review.
Kao the KangarooXbox Series X|S
Kao the Kangaroo feels like a game with more potential that wasn’t executed on, but the vibrant visuals go a really long way. It’s a very clean mascot platformer foundationally, even if the world isn’t nearly as remarkable as it could have been. I would play a sequel in a heartbeat, and I think if the characterization was shored up, it could have had a chance of breaking out of a presumably niche market.
Evil Dead: The GamePS5
Evil Dead: The Game is an authentic and passionate recreation of a chaotic, violent, and wildly slapstick classic. Though plaudits are deserved for the title’s atmosphere and fan-pleasing references, a litany of technical hiccups, unstable mechanics, and odd design choices frequently hinder this promising release. In time, Evil Dead can become something very special. But as it stands, it still delivers a fistful of fun for its ravenous fanbase. Shop Smart.
Vampire: The Masquerade - SwansongPC
If you’re heavily interested in a vampire-fueled mystery game with some good “a-ha” moments, Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong can deliver. It’ll falter and miss some notes here and there, but it does at least sate my thirst for some vampire storytelling for now.
Eiyuden Chronicle: RisingPS5
Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is a game that will definitely grow on certain people. At first, I was underwhelmed by its basic combat and linear structure. But the cast and the visuals worked as a calming salve as I delved further in and started to unlock those aforementioned mechanics.
The Stanley Parable: Ultra DeluxePC
The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe might joke about overly aggrandizing reviews, but it’s one of the few games that’s actually deserving of one. For all its smugness, I’d love to sit here and tell you that The Stanley Parable is pretentious and full of shit, but it earns every right to its pretension.
Trek to YomiPC
The gameplay is just overwhelmingly underwhelming. Poor exploration, unimpressive combat, and a merely passable narrative can’t be made up for by aesthetics. Which is too bad, because the aesthetics are terrific. The backgrounds have a stunning amount of variety to them and are of almost poetic quality.
Citizen Sleeper elicits feelings like that incredibly well, while providing a practically catered experience that will stick with me, long after my departure from Erlin’s Eye.
Nintendo Switch SportsSwitch
Like all minigame-based affairs, there are sports I can see myself playing time and time again, some on occasion, and one (soccer) that I’ll only play in certain exact conditions. But one thing that worries me about Nintendo Switch Sports for some players is the longevity aspect, depending on the type of person you are and how many players you have access to.
LEGO Builder's JourneyPS5
Its puzzles stretch across blatantly obvious to rather murky. It’s not that it ever gets difficult; it just sometimes forgets how to communicate. Otherwise, it’s pretty. Everything else makes little impact.
Rogue Legacy 2PC
I knew from my limited time with the Early Access version that Rogue Legacy 2 would be great, but I didn’t necessarily think it would go on to become one of the best games of 2022 and one of my favorite roguelite games. The competition is fierce, but it’s ready.