Much has changed in FIFA 20. Volta is a great new way to enjoy football, the traditional Career and FUT modes include new features, and the overall FIFA 20 package is amazing. The quality and quantity of game modes, licenses, soundtracks (there are two, one for the base game, one for Volta), the graphics - all of this help make FIFA 20 a top-level game in terms of content and value. That said, the gameplay falters. It's not terrible - far from it, as it allows for some superb football moments - but we feel it has taken a few steps back which makes it more frustrating and less balanced than FIFA 19.
You'll experience a lot of trial and error instances and you'll most likely die more times than you'd like, but the freedom you have regarding exploration and problem solving as a player makes the game more than just a dungeon crawler. Getting through the tougher parts of a dungeon and making your way through the mountain is a joy, and we highly recommend that you check the game out if you're a fan of intense action, puzzle-solving, or even pinball in its simplest form.
Blasphemous is a gory and creepy action-platformer set in a non-linear 2D pixel world, featuring a variety of enemies, equippable items, and traversable environments. The title, which starts off strong thanks to its hack and slash combat, is let down by repetitive mechanics that do not particularly reward using the available combos though. The design and art style is where Blasphemous shines brightest though, offering a pixelated world, although this might not be enough to separate it from the more extraordinary Metroidvanias out there.
Konami puts gameplay first, although it will take some years before it will even come anywhere close to adding modes which could compete with or provide a similar experience as FIFA's The Journey or Volta. What is does provide is some of the best digital football you can play at home, with friends or online - and isn't that what matters most?
Daemon X MachinaSwitch
With a striking cel-shaded visual style and Kenichiro Tsukuda from the Armored Core series at the helm, we envisioned that Daemon X Machina would be a solid return to form for the once-beloved mech shooter genre, but sadly things here just didn't live up to our expectations. We found that missions felt stale due to repetitive objectives and we struggled to feel engaged within the central story due to our lifeless protagonist and an over-dependence on text boxes.
All in all, Spiders has created a solid addition to any RPG lovers' digital shelf. It's a stunning story, brought to life with excellent characters and acting, and the combat is fun too. The sad thing was the facial animations that, for us, just soured the experience. The other minor issues can be overlooked though, making this one to check out if you're after a world to get lost in.
If you love the idea of being a scallywag in space, running deliveries here and there, shooting policemen and pirates, selling contraband, trading your goods, and then upgrading your ship with your hard-earned coin, then Rebel Galaxy Outlaw could well be the sci-fi adventure that you've been looking for. It's not flawless and sometimes the setup can wear a bit thin, but generally speaking, we were pleasantly surprised by the whole thing and we'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking for action and adventure in the stars.
Fit For a KingPC
Fit For a King is indeed befitting of the name, as it's a grand old affair with a deceptive outer layer. Fans of retro games will enjoy the challenge it offers, and even history buffs with find moments to point out and smirk at. It's a reasonably good educational tool, but more importantly it's a jolly jaunt through a world where everything's as ridiculous and entertaining as you want it to be, and we rather enjoyed the taste of power that we got on this throne.
It has been a while since Crytek put out a really good game, and for a while there it looked like the studio was on the ropes and ready to check out, however, this twisted online shooter is both unique and cleverly designed, and we love the atmosphere that the developer has been able to create. It needs more content and it utilises a progression system that muddies the waters, but if you're after a multiplayer shooter that does things a little differently, Hunt: Showdown is well worth wading into.
All in all, WRC 8 has delivered. It's a deep rally sim with lots of modes and plenty of things to do. Managing your team and making business decisions adds an interesting dynamic, and the career mode is very deep and involving. It looks, feels and sounds great, with the weather making a particularly strong impression. If you're a fan of rally games then you should definitely take a closer look at Kylotonn's latest effort, although there's something here for less experienced drivers too.
Gears 5, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, is back and in top form. The Coalition has added in the most important ingredient that the series seems to have lacked since Epic released the two first games, and that's ambition. It's technically brilliant with engaging battles that we can't get enough of.
There are advanced techniques for all 14 of the weapons types the game has to offer. With that being the case, there's a whole new world for players to hunt in and plenty to do while they're there, and that makes Iceborne an expansion well worth hunting down.
The audio-visual design, coupled with the variety of upgrades, enemies and playable characters, makes Dead Mage's family-focused adventure a joy to play. The biggest issues come from the difficulty of pushing through hefty dungeons alone, which can be easily overcome by joining up with a friend, a move that makes the experience a great deal more fun and shows its true potential. With its diverse storylines, satisfying combat, and remarkable world, Children of Morta is a treat for all action-RPG fans.
Knights and BikesPS4
Rich in '80s nostalgia, Knights and Bikes is a thoroughly enjoyable tale of unlikely friendship and supernatural events that we would urge you to try in co-op. The narrative captures the wonder and curiosity of being a child whilst almost delving into more sensitive subject matters and we enjoyed how there was a great emphasis on teamwork through puzzle-solving and combat.
Overall Telling Lies is a good FMV game that makes you use your brain to put together the pieces that are strewn all over. It's not easy and it's certainly not straightforward, but Barlow leaves enough clues to give you threads to follow, while still hiding details in there for the particularly eager detectives. It'll certainly entertain fans of Her Story, and offer a few mysteries to solve for those who want an experience that doesn't hold your hand.
Oninaki could have been a great JRPG, but a poor script and dull characters make the whole thing a monotonous and repetitive affair. Sadly, third time is not the charm in this case. It appears Tokyo RPG Factory has become a mass producer of mediocre RPGs rather than the connoisseur of modern classics that they set out to be five years ago. This is both sad and baffling, considering that Oninaki has been produced by none other than Takashi Tokita, the director of Chrono Trigger itself. At present, however, Tokyo RPG Factory must be considered a one-hit-wonder.
Even with the disappointing ending, we can thoroughly recommend Blair Witch. It's Bloober Team's best work to date and is a treat for not only Blair Witch fans but horror enthusiasts as well. It's effective and really put us on edge as we made our way through the forest, just as we remember doing back in 1999 when we saw three filmmakers get lost in the woods as well.
Astral Chain is not a wild experiment like Star Fox Zero, it's not as introspective as Nier: Automata, and it's far from as extravagant as Bayonetta, but it has something else. We don't know if we could put Astral Chain on the top of the pedestal as Platinum's best game, but it's definitely a well-rounded, versatile experience with a strong mechanical identity - a careful cross-section of the developer's back catalogue pulled together with a unique and well-put-together premise, moments of pocket-philosophical ecstasy, and copious amounts of charm.
World of Warcraft ClassicPC
If you're after a nostalgic experience, World of Warcraft: Classic is for you. If you're new to this wonderful fantasy setting, Classic WoW is also for you. And if you want to experience the origins of the most popular MMORPG in the world, Classic is for you too. Do you see where we are going with this? We highly recommend World of Warcraft: Classic to players old and new.
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is definitely not a game for everyone. The lack of help for players as they're getting started creates a whole lot of frustration in the game's first hours, which will drive away many players. The lack of story and greater purpose than the survival of the species will also feel strange for players who seek games with more action and monkey business in them.
Saying that, jumpscares aren't exactly overused in Man of Medan, and Supermassive hits a nice balance with them. They never happen often enough to lose their effectiveness, but you're constantly lulled into a false sense of security before they hit you. Other than that the scares come from not knowing what's coming up, since reality itself is questioned towards the beginning, which means that all you think you know is thrown out of the window, making you question if your mind is playing tricks on you.
All in all, we had a lot of fun during our time behind the wheel of Wreckfest. The wealth of single-player races provided us with hours of entertainment and enjoyment, and then there's the multiplayer, which opens up hours of additional fun. This is a fun, aggressive racer, one that feels pretty unique on this console generation. If you're looking for a game that'll give you loads of fun and encourages you to cause some carnage, it's well worth checking out.
Control had us immersed from start to finish and it was easy to let those issues go. The narrative is interesting, the side missions are incredible, the puzzles are trippy as hell in the best way possible, and there are plenty of nods to Remedy's older games for fans of the studio. If you're looking to go for an inter-dimensional, psychedelic, mind-bending action trip, Control is well-worth your attention. We wholeheartedly recommend it.
This is more than just an interactive film though, as it's got a lot more agency as mentioned, allowing you to do more than just observe with the occasional button press. It's a great example of mixing FMV into games in more meaningful ways, and it provides an adventure that's worth exploring multiple times for the full picture. It's dense, gripping, and very much worth the wait - we can't wait to see what Flavourworks does next.
Rad is aimed at genre fans and if you're one of those it's a stronger recommendation, but we would have liked to have seen more healing items in the game as it would have given us more opportunities to progress. Then again, maybe we just suck, and maybe our failures are on us