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All in all, Trackmania 2020 is a decent racing game as we know it from the good old days. Sadly, it lacks content if you don't get the Club version, and I am curious to see if this iteration will be as long-lived as its predecessors given the subscription-style format. The editors in the game are detailed but hard to master, so it takes patience to be able to create good tracks, and good car skins are even harder to craft.
If you're after a racing game to sink into with a range of customisation options, a big and detailed campaign, and a number of additional trimmings, F1 2020 has something for everyone, regardless of whether you're last year's champion or this year's rookie.
This is by no means a perfect collection, but if you're already a fan of the genre, the Darius Cozmic Collection Console should be a no-brainer. It's just a shame it's not a bit more definitive.
Marvel's Iron Man VRPS4
This proves ones again that the feeling of being in the game, the thing that makes virtual reality truly special, simply can't be conveyed in any other way, at least not to anywhere near the same extent, and it is always surprising just how intense it feels when a capable developer create a convincing, immersive playground for us to explore. It's time to suit up, friends!
Burnout Paradise RemasteredSwitch
Burnout Paradise isn't the masterpiece that you might remember it being. Today, it's more so something to pick up every now and then to do some stunts when the simulators become a bit too much. I'd love to see EA look into a potential continuation of the series for PS5 and Xbox Series X, because Criterion would thrive in this space. It's a developer that definitely has the competence to deliver a violent vehicular masterpiece.
It's a shame, a real shame. The PC original is superb and extremely detailed with realistic car physics (far more realistic than Gran Turismo Sport and Forza Motorsport 7), but all that is ruined by the fact that the game runs at 20-30 FPS, which in turn creates lag and crashes the force feedback.
That said, most retro shooter fans will love this. It has a classic audio-visual style, a steep learning curve, and fast-paced run-and-gun action. There are a couple of things that we didn't love, however, if you like a '90s-inspired shooter with lots of action and secrets to find, check it out.
Phantom: Covert OpsPC
I think it's a shame that the story wasn't a bit more self-aware, although that is a matter of personal taste. Tantalisingly, some of the conversations between the enemy soldiers you paddle past and which you can secretly eavesdrop, are quite entertaining - however, the same cannot be said of the overall story, which is a little one-dimensional.
The Isle of ArmorSwitch
Overall, I did enjoy the island itself and its handful of new features, but the story felt short and underdeveloped. The returning cast of pokémon I found to be solid additions, but with Pokémon Home and trading in the base game available, the DLC just isn't essential for you to catch em' all. Let's hope that the upcoming Crown Tundra expansion doesn't stick too closely to its predecessor's template and offers fans a bit more to sink their teeth into.
If the Spyro Reignited Trilogy didn't exist, or the Final Fantasy VII: Remake hadn't delivered, this conversation would likely be very different but considering we're nearly into a new console generation, SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated feels a little dry, like a sponge out of water.
Persona 4 GoldenPC
Many fans like Persona 4 because it feels so down-to-earth and personable, although this crazy parallel world with all its silliness is always the centre of the attention. It's a great game, funny and heartfelt and worth your attention, even after all these years. While it doesn't hide its age very well, with a few exceptions, Persona 4 still convinces on the PC in 2020.
The Sims 4 Eco LifestylePC
If I can help save the world and reset eco-deterioration somewhere, I want to do that, even if it's in a simulation. In the end, going from struggling eco-warrior living off the grid in three dumpsters stacked together to becoming a mansion-owning astronaut was a trip, and I'd take it again anytime.
Valorant is a fun game that we'll most definitely hear about more within the esports scene and considering the fact that there's plenty of room for new characters to be added and the fact that more maps are necessary, the game will continue to expand down the line. If you're bored of CS:GO or just want to check something new out that's free to try out, there are plenty of reasons as to why you should give Valorant a chance.
If you have a decent gaming computer we would recommend getting it for that system, as our PlayStation 4 Pro with an SSD inside it still gave us loading times worthy of a lunch break at times. The gameplay itself feels the same on both systems on the other hand, so if you don't mind waiting a bit for loading into games you are all set. Play ball!
All in all, Desperados III is a great experience; it's fun, tactical, and interesting, with a variety of creative ways for you to dispatch your opponents. The variety of enemies, such as the long coats that only Hector can kill in direct combat, or the villains in red who aren't as easily distracted, keeps things feeling fresh throughout.
The Last of Us: Part IIPS4
The Last of Us: Part II just raised the bar in terms of how you blend gameplay and cinematics to tell a story like no other, which is why it's easily a game of the year contender.
Looking at it as a whole, Disintegration is a great starting point for an interesting future franchise. The single-player, albeit a little loose in its story and character development, plays well and offers plenty of opportunities to go back and replay missions. The online modes, on the other hand, show great potential, with an interesting class system, a variety of game modes, and the right balance of two, usually conflicting genres.
While the character design is solid, the sci-fi setting works well enough, and some of the abilities are genuinely interesting, so much of what Crucible tries to do has been done better elsewhere. There's a number of good ideas bubbling under the surface, but unless something drastic changes soon, I don't think a handful of quirky characters and the promise of more to come is going to be enough to keep people coming back.
It took a long time to become confident enough with my building abilities to create the Annihilator, but eventually, that becomes part of the fun. Besiege capitalises on the energising joy of watching something you've constructed succeed with flying colours or obliterate itself in the process, and I can't wait to make something even more ludicrous next time.
Shortest Trip to EarthPC
Shortest Trip to Earth has plenty of exciting design choices to help you kit out some interesting ships. The spaceborne encounters and planet scenarios not only have a lot of colour and a bit of mystery, but they make each run feel a bit more lively and add to the character of your ship.
BioShock: The CollectionSwitch
Although not quite at the same level as it is on other current consoles, this adaptation is still a positive addition to the Switch's library in the sense that it's a perfectly adequate and functional collection of three excellent games.
Command & Conquer RemasteredPC
The game underneath all these new trimmings might be showing its age in certain unavoidable areas, but overall the experience still holds up and it comes with pretty much everything that a C&C fan could possibly want considering the price. Take note, Blizzard: this is how you remaster a strategy classic.
At the end of the day, I had fun with Skelattack, at least for the most part. There was a lot of dying and yes I found it too tricky at times, but the combat and the action was always engaging. Finding keys to open doors, dodging crocodiles and spike traps in the sewers - it's all good, clean fun. In fact, it's a great-looking and entertaining platformer, it just seems to have the difficulty ramped up a bit too high.
The Outer WorldsSwitch
The Outer Worlds offers the same level of flexibility and role-playing on Switch as it does everywhere else. Do you want to create a character with such low intelligence that their stupidity opens up new dialogue choices? Well, you can. Do you want to play it sneaky and avoid physical confrontation? That choice is yours, too. It's still an excellent game at the end of the day, even if it is better experienced on other formats.
The fact you grow as a player and become wiser from your experiences did add an interesting and engaging element. Before long it became second nature in terms of when to farm and when to explore. Atomicrops is recommended to players who like a challenge and enjoy roguelikes and/or arcade shooters. If, on the other hand, you're after a farming game, you might want to look elsewhere.