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Sunlight will certainly be beneficial to players who enjoy games like Flower and are looking for a meditation-like place where they can get away from it all for a while. This game would also be a great place for players to return to as a quick-fix to relax.
Overall, I can identify the sheer quality of Hitman 3, even if it’s not the kind of game I’ll be going back to a lot. This is also not exactly a great place to start for newcomers, and I’d recommend checking out the earlier games/levels first. For those who are already fans though, this should be just what the unusual doctor with the barcode tattoo ordered.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game - Complete EditionXbox Series X
I had high expectations for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game Complete Edition and, even with my grievances, I can see why it is so beloved all these years later. It imbues the heart and character of the Scott Pilgrim IP with plenty of content for both new and returning players to enjoy. The big difference this time is that Scott Pilgrim is here to stay thanks to the “Power of Love.”
COLLECTION of SaGa FINAL FANTASY LEGENDSwitch
Players can once again easily experience Square’s very first million-unit seller with The Final Fantasy Legend, and hear the surprisingly great tracks these games bust out. If you are a fan of old-school RPGs I highly recommend you check out the Collection of SaGA Final Fantasy Legend.
That’s why I’d rather not let this game languish in obscurity. If I can capture even one person’s interest in Unreal Life who wouldn’t have played it otherwise, that’s my mission accomplished. If this sounds at all interesting to you, I thoroughly recommend checking it out.
Drawn to Life: Two RealmsSwitch
Unfortunately, most of the gameplay is as shallow as it is unrewarding, with any real challenge being limited by an overall sense of restriction.
Override 2: Super Mech LeaguePC
It’s not going to take the tournament circuit by storm. It also won’t be the next big party game. What it will do is offer mech fans and anyone that has a craving for the closest thing to a competent Pacific Rim game a well-crafted if bare-bones fighter.
It’s a great game, as my score for it reflects, but I can’t help but play the game and wish that some things were fixed before release, that I didn’t have to wait an extra two months for this game to be what it should have been.
Offering multiplayer but no matchmaking or cross-play, throwing numerous enemies at you at a time without a way to toggle between targets, forcing you to chase after enemies hitting you with projectiles when your only long-range attack is on a too-long cooldown, and of course, that $70 price tag.
Unto The EndXbox One
Unto The End is a must-play for all the Souls-Borne fans who wouldn’t miss anything in that FromSoftware vein. More importantly, it could be an excellent gateway title for players who haven’t played a Souls-like game. Winning combat in Unto The End is a matter of being smart rather than having powerful weapons or a high-level character.
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2Switch
Between Puyo Puyo Tetris 2, Tetris 99, and Tetris Effect Connected, one thing is clear; we are in a golden age for Tetris fans. Each major offering gives players something different. Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 gives players an unparalleled slate of local multiplayer content that elevates both Puyo Puyo and Tetris from just addictive, hypnotic puzzle games to fun, bombastic, colorful party games.
Orwell's Animal FarmPC
Animal Farm, like the novel it’s based on, has a very clear stance. It doesn’t shy away from the themes of anti-fascism and totalitarianism. Games as a medium have the opportunity to tell a wealth of stories. Political ones like this should always be welcomed no matter what the current state of affairs may be in the real world.
Dontnod and their games mean something to the people that love them, be it because of their characters or the themes they inhabit. Where Life is Strange and Tell Me Why soar, Twin Mirror simply flutters in the wind. It’s not a bad game, it just feels like so much wasted potential.
This absence does feel like a massive oversight especially for a release commemorating the 25th anniversary of the franchise. Overall, the package is kind of a mixed bag of really fun frenetic gameplay and just as many missed opportunities that could’ve been something special for longtime fans.
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of LightSwitch
It definitely scratches that strategy itch and it’s undeniably cool to see the origins of some of the weapons, characters, and systems I came to love last year, especially for under six bucks. However, can I truly say you’ll have a good time with this one? Unfortunately, almost certainly not.
Medal of Honor: Above and BeyondPC
At the end of the day, Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond is absolutely a game worth checking out if you already have VR. However, I definitely wouldn’t be buying a headset just to check this one out. It’s very solid, but far from a system-seller.
Per Aspera truly embodies the spirit of the sci-fi story: what it means to be a person, the terrifying and lonely nature of space, the moral implications of creating new artificial life, and the failings of humanity attempting to tame something as inherently dangerous as space. It’s a beautiful game with great mechanics, a unobtrusive yet engaging plot, with compelling moral implications.
Call of the SeaXbox One
I think Call of the Sea is a fine start for Out of the Blue. It clearly has some places where it could have been tuned up, but overall a recommendation would have to come with a few caveats. However, because of its place as an Xbox exclusive that can be found on Game Pass, it’s easy enough to give it a try.
More than anything though, Demon’s Souls has allowed me to reflect a lot the past few weeks on my own personal life and where I’m heading. Despite my next career destination not being much of a far cry from what I have done here at DualShockers for the past four years, Demon’s Souls has shown me once again that familiarity doesn’t mean that a challenge still can’t be present.
HavenXbox Series X
Haven is ultimately a lot of style over substance. It takes many different pieces from different places, which is commendable, but it doesn’t necessarily do any of them particularly well. The interplay between the two leads kept me going for the long haul, but everything surrounding them never reached the same heights as the strong characterizations and heartfelt narrative beats.
Immortals: Fenyx RisingPS5
Immortals takes inspiration from many of its Ubisoft predecessors, as well as some other big titles, but it doesn’t really do a good enough job of differentiating itself. There’s no denying that there’s a great time to be had on the Golden Isle, just don’t go into it expecting anything genre-defining.
Empire of SinPC
As it stands, Empire of Sin is a fine game that’s probably worth a look if you really like strategy games and want something with a new twist. The XCOM combat fits in well, especially when you get into bigger conflicts. And the cast of characters is exceptional. There’s a ton here for genre fans to dig into.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of CalamitySwitch
The game tells a fascinating story that goes from incredibly dire to incredibly heart-warming with everything in between. It has more depth than I would have ever expected from a title like this and has more than enough content to keep you playing for a very long time. While there are a few small tweaks that could be made, I’m just very happy that I got to revisit this version of Hyrule, something that doesn’t happen too often in the world of The Legend of Zelda.
Kingdom Hearts: Melody of MemoryXbox Series X
Overall, Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory is great for looking at the past and reminiscing at the whimsical times with all the impactful music that came along with it. It’s a solid rhythm game that blends the gameplay that fans of the series know and love. However, for those new to the franchise, it would be better to play through the games and get maybe too much information that you might be wanting than not getting enough.
NBA 2K21 Next GenerationXbox Series X
Have we hit the ultimate ceiling for basketball simulation in terms of gameplay? Over the past five or so years, 2K has not evolved very much in how it controls. And to be fair, why should they? The current control scheme still works well and I am not sure what more innovation can be done using a modern controller. The problem that these games keep running into is that they just feel too repetitive and convoluted.