Borderlands 3 has everything that I think most players are looking for: great gameplay with high-replayability and a solid story. I have my personal gripes with the direction Gearbox took the narrative, but it isn’t objectively bad. I don’t know where the story is going to go from here and knowing that there will be future entries in the series I’m looking forward to seeing where they go. There is so much content here and many ways to complete all of it. I can’t wait to try new characters, play in new modes, and eventually go through the upcoming DLC.
Like the best survival games out there, Overland doesn’t by any means make things easy for players. It can be a brutally-challenging game that is often unforgiving, for better and worse. While certain elements of Overland may take players some getting used to, its mixture of survival, strategy, and roguelike elements makes for an experience that had me questioning my every move, and also had me ready to journey ahead just a little bit further each time.
FIFA 20 is such an attractive package. Everything is clean and easy to use. Volta is fun and unlike anything else on the market. FUT has some neat changes that should make the mode much more playable for those of us who don’t want to grind games or spend oodles of cash. Everything off-the-field is, at worst, good. However, the on-field product is so off-putting for me that it’s harder than I’d like to recommend.
NBA 2K20 feels like a transition game for 2K. The full package still offers hours upon hours of basketball enjoyment to be had, but it doesn’t feel like any worthwhile improvements were made compared to 2K19. Plus, microtransactions are still present around nearly every corner, constantly beckoning you to just drop a few dollars into the game. I wish this would change, but I know it’s pretty much never going to at this point.
eFootball PES 2020 Standard EditionPS4
All in all, PES might be the best soccer game video games have been graced with. It is also doing a ton of small things across its modes that I really appreciate. However, I can completely understand why someone would prefer the simplicity of FIFA. This might not be the year PES overtakes EA’s giant, but, as we move into the next console generation, it feels as if the tide is slowly turning in Konami’s favor. When the whistle blows, all the awkward choices made on the periphery fade away, and the beautiful game washes over you in all its digital glory.
NHL 20 is the best the series has been this console generation. Improving upon the changes made in NHL 19, the game has never felt better. The changes may seem subtle, but they really tighten up the gameplay enough for it to feel better than its predecessors. Besides the distracting scoreboard, the presentation has received the same treatment, truly immersing you in the action on the ice.
GEARS 5Xbox One
Gears 5 isn’t just another fantastic installment in one of the best shooting franchises around, it feels like a proper improvement on everything that came before it. I’ve always loved the Gears series, but it definitely needed to evolve in some way with Gears 5. Fortunately, the team at The Coalition delivered just as they needed to. This is one game that I anticipate I’ll be returning to time and time again well into the future.
GreedFall is Spiders’ best game yet, but that does not mean it is perfect. From a gameplay standpoint, players will not get anything out of this game that they can’t get in a more polished state in the Dragon Age series or The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, making GreedFall a slog to get through. That being said, the game’s unique renaissance and colonization era setting and complex factions is attractive to those that love a good world and story to sink your teeth into.
WRC 8 FIA World Rally ChampionshipPC
If you like tough-as-nails games that reward your effort with a feeling of improvement, then WRC 8 is not going to let you down. The high-quality courses are fun to drive on, and learning to navigate them more efficiently is a deeply satisfying experience. However, if you are someone who cares about the other bells and whistles you often find in racing games—customization options, a car collection, or even just the slightest touch of arcade-racing sensibilities—then you might want to steer clear and wait for the next offering from the Dirt franchise.
Creature in the WellSwitch
It’s been too long since I’ve been both compelled and aggravated at once by an experience. All I know that is once all of the bumpers are clear in a room, and the large round bumper emerges, every energy orb in its proximity revolves around it, bumping into it at a high range as the numbers fly out and your energy counter increases. It’s a satisfying feel, a satisfying sound, and a satisfying aesthetic.
Monster Hunter: World - IcebornePS4
The whole package acts as a great introduction to what awaits at the end of the entire story, which altogether probably amounts to around 80 or 100 hours at this point. With Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, this game has definitively become the best entry in the series by far.
River City GirlsPS4
With all of that said, I think a lot of your personal enjoyment with River City Girls comes down to how you feel about beat ’em ups. This is a good one of those, but if it’s not your genre, I’m not sure if it’s worth recommending. On the other hand, Kunio-Kun diehards will probably love this game. It’s an excellent matchup of beautiful aesthetics, great music, and satisfying combat. So go find the Misako to your Kyoko, hit your local dojo, and get ready to save your boyfriends.
Simply put, Astral Chain is one of the best action games I’ve ever played and is now my favorite title from PlatinumGames because of how it manages to deliver solid action and be innovative at the same time. The investigative sections and unique relationship formed between player and Legion bring something fresh to the action genre as well.
What remains is a fantastically designed hack-n-slash RPG that kept me enthralled for hours on end. It fits right at home on the Nintendo Switch with its colorful, exciting, and inviting world that made it a pleasure to explore, but it was let down by its lack of local co-op features which really is a crying shame for a game of this kind.
All in all, though, Blair Witch is still an awfully good game. Its unique story about guilt and PTSD, its flexible gameplay, and its inventive approach at horror all make it worthy of your attention. It is also the best Blair Witch-related thing to happen in 20 years, so if you’re already a fan of the franchise, I can’t imagine why you’d miss it. Prepare to be surprised, scared, and delighted.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution!Switch
Nothing really shocked me or surprised me when it came to Link Evolution, but that certainly doesn’t mean that it’s a bad game by any stretch. In fact, it’s quite a great one. If you’re not a Yu-Gi-Oh! fan, I’m not sure if you should pick this up. It’s not really made for those too unfamiliar with the property, which is fine. That being said, if you enjoyed Yu-Gi-Oh! in any capacity in your life, Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution is an essential pick-up. I know I’ll be playing it for months to come.
Catherine: Full BodyPS4
Atlus has released a great package for a title that probably didn’t get as much love as it should have back when it first launched. From the puzzles, stylistic choices, and storyline Catherine: Full Body holds up even while it’s closing in on its ninth anniversary. This is a unique game that’s riveting throughout, I recommend it for newcomers and returning players alike.
The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of MedanPS4
Man of Medan is built from the same mold as Until Dawn, but the writing lost a bit of charm on the way, and the technical performance hinders the game greatly. After multiple playthroughs of the game, I’m still left with several questions—not about the story, or about what’s next to come for The Dark Pictures, but about the sustainability of this long-term eight-game project.
Hunt: Showdown offers one of the most strenuous multiplayer experiences I’ve ever had and I loved every second of it. There are some defeating lows and victorious highs that come with its addicting PvPvE gameplay. While it definitely has some things that it still needs to refine with its overall formula, as it stands, it’s a really solid game for those into horror elements and hardcore FPS gameplay.
Knights and BikesPS4
All told, I would best describe Knights and Bikes as simply a good game. It doesn’t do anything extraordinary, but it’s worth your time. You can probably finish the story in a long afternoon, and you could certainly do worse with your $20. I also think this is a perfect game to play with someone who doesn’t play many games.
Remnant: From the AshesPS4
Interesting genre mashups like this don’t come along often, probably because they aren’t always for everyone, but the only way the industry will find cool new genre mixes or avenues to explore is with unique titles like this. If this particular quirky mix of a cooperative shooter and Soulslike set in a post-apocalyptic world piques your interest, Remnant: From the Ashes may be worth checking out.
Ancestors: the Humankind OdysseyPC
My most confident recommendation of Ancestors goes to casual gamers. Despite the game’s apparent commitment to realistic survival mechanics, it doesn’t ask you to raise your nerd levels to any great heights. It isn’t weighed down by lore, for instance, nor do you need to read a Wiki to figure out how to do stuff. Rather, your motivation is simple—you’re a monkey—and you solve challenges with patience and by following on-screen instructions.
Control is much better than its separate elements would lead you to believe. Even though combat can get somewhat old quickly and the story fell flat for me later on, I still never disliked playing Control at any point. It’s yet another fun jaunt through a strange, offbeat world that Remedy has created. Control might not be my favorite game from the studio, but it continues to prove that there’s a place for Remedy to continue making titles in the AAA space like this moving forward. If you have enjoyed past games from Remedy, you’ll certainly find further enjoyment here with Control.