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In the end, it is possible to have fun for very short moments with the right company in WWE 2K Battlegrounds, but as soon as those playing realise that there really is no finesse to the action, it results in frantic button-mashing and little more. I think it's such a terrible shame because the overall design was a hit for me and the party-game approach is one that everyone can have fun with, whether you like pro-wrestling or not.
If Big Ant Studios was to try a third time, I really hope that the quality of the gameplay takes a bigger leap than it has here. The franchise has never looked better, and the addition of a ton of equipment and clothing helps, but that doesn't really matter when the game itself plays like this. If this was the only tennis game out there it would probably be worth picking up on sale... but it's not.
Fortunately, it is a very good combat system, with fine-tuned gameplay, several types of enemies, and exquisite scenery. If you like the roguelite genre, Hades is an excellent proposition, and of course, if you're a fan of Supergiant Games, it's mandatory - as long as you are prepared for the repetitive structure of the genre.
The only aspect that really caught my attention, other than dressing my Sims up as a Star Wars cosplayer, was the Faction system that allows characters to carry out some entertaining missions. A wasted opportunity? In part, yes, because I don't think the content it offers will satisfy the hunger of avid Star Wars like me, nor is there enough to draw in more casual fans, which is a pity.
Spelunky 2 brings just the right amount of innovation to make the familiar feel new, yet it retains the brilliance of the original in all the right places. There are so many new and exciting things to discover and I don't want to spoil any of them for you. Although just a touch of clarity in certain areas would help smooth out the odd rough edge.
While the Outer Worlds isn't quite there yet, this first expansion does add something to the experience - a huge side-quest, if you like - to enjoy away from the main game. It doesn't feel too bolted on, and instead adds more of the same good stuff that we all liked in the original. Should you pick it up? If you liked or even loved The Outer Worlds, you'll like or love this expansion accordingly.
Crysis Remastered is more like a traditional conversion of a 13-year-old action game than a remastered product with clearly improved graphics and sound. However, this doesn't mean that Crysis doesn't entertain, because it certainly does. However, $30 for a 13-year-old game that has already been released on lots of platforms and formats and that has barely improved at all? That feels pretty bizarre, to be honest.
Considering the title is already crossplay and available on multiple platforms, I can't wait to see how it develops in the future. Will there be larger lobbies, new elements, perhaps some changes to the map? Either way, for someone like myself who doesn't commit all their time to BRs, Spellbreak might just be my favourite of the lot right now.
Super Mario 3D All-StarsSwitch
Super Mario 3D All-Stars is unmissable in the sense that it compiles together three of Mario's greatest 3D adventures into one package, but I can't help but feel like more could have been added to make it more tempting for long-time fans who have played the trio of games extensively.
13 Sentinels: Aegis RimPS4
Although one can roughly arrange the puzzle pieces throughout the course of the game, it is only at the very end that you realise the overall picture and the extent of this fantastic story. However, as soon as it all falls into place and you finally realise what is about to unfold in front of your eyes, you'll appreciate this wonderful journey all the more.
With this Season Update, eFootball PES 2021 remains a solid and realistic football simulation. When compared to other sports sims and the offering contained therein, one might think that Konami should and could have sold it as a brand new game. If the update lacks a bit in terms of content, the gameplay definitely makes up for it and it remains relevant thanks to a bunch of tweaks.
All in all, this is a still good fantasy RPG. If you never had the chance to play it the first time around, and you love a decent action-RPG, then this is one you should look at. Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning has a good story, plenty of customisation options, and an interesting world realised with nice but dated graphics.
Pathfinder: Kingmaker - Definitive EditionPS4
All in all, Pathfinder on PS4 was an enjoyable experience. The story was a bit generic, and the technical issues and poor tutorials somewhat frustrating, however, looking beyond those issues, overall I enjoyed the rest of my quest. This is a good fantasy-RPG experience, but if you've got the option between playing it on PC and console, head back to the PC version instead.
Aesthetically, these are changeable and exciting, but in terms of gameplay, every single environment feels like the previous ones (rooms that are linked together) and the developer doesn't do a good enough job of hiding this. Minus this, Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time is a really nice licensed game that is an absolute must for anyone who, like me, loves the TV series.
Issues aside, Wintermoor Tactics Club is a genuinely entertaining strategy-RPG, with a brilliant narrative inspired by visual novels and a strategy-based combat system that's equally enjoyable. The storyline and conversations between the many interactive characters made this title such a pleasant experience that would make anyone long for those perfectly portrayed school days.
Super Bomberman R OnlineGoogle Stadia
Super Bomberman R Online is fun little multiplayer game and it's just the kind of thing the Stadia needs if people are going to stick around for the long haul. Like Tetris 99 and Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout before it, SBRO proves just how adaptable the battle royale concept is, to the extent that it can be utilised in a game as iconic as this and it still feels true to the spirit of the series, while at the same time delivering intense BR-inspired gameplay that'll see you busting a gut to be the last (Bomber)man standing.
So, all in all, the game itself looks and plays cool, but just like 18, 19, and 20 did before it, but this quality owes a lot to the franchise's solid foundations. However, the systems feel recycled and the monetisation is only getting more prominent. In fact, it would hold up a bit better were it not for the microtransactions, which have been shoehorned in everywhere.
Tell Me Why is undoubtedly one of the most mature products developed by Dontnod. The French studio has delivered a game that builds on the work of the past, whilst also maintaining certain cornerstones that have made the developer popular in the genre.
Ary and the Secret of SeasonsPC
Ary and the Secret of Seasons is a great beginners action-adventure RPG, ideal for younger players looking to experience the genre. The title has some brilliant environmental effects tied to its seasonal system and plenty of ways to enjoy the world of Valdi outside of basting through the campaign.
Even without those changes, however, Marvel's Avengers was and is a great game I can't wait to dive back into as soon as I'm done here. So, if you're willing to live with a few shortcomings and you're looking for a thrilling and characterful story with top-notch combat built around some amazing characters: Assemble!
We played Niche on a Nintendo Switch Lite, and the game looked perfectly fine on a smaller screen. The controls are of course different than those on PC, but on Switch, they are surprisingly easy. We were a bit skeptical at first, but within no-time, we could control and move our Nichelings with the same ease as on PC.
AWE does not outright confirm there will be an Alan Wake 2, but it strongly suggests it, and that is the best thing about the expansion. It's a good indication of what the future holds for Control, Alan Wake, and Remedy's shared universe, but as a pure expansion of Control, it falls short of expectations. If you're a fan of Alan Wake and Control, it's worth picking up, but if you never played Alan Wake, you're better off sitting this one out.
Apart from the ugly graphics, however, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 is good. It may not be great, or anything crazy, especially not compared to many of the best remakes that have graced us over the past two years, but as a sports game, it is balanced, easily accessible, and fun.
WRC 9 is not perfect, but it's a really good game that mixes WRC 7 with WRC 8 and peppers it with a little bit of Richard Burns Rally to create a really tasty main course. If only the real version of the WRC was so entertaining now, this sport would have no problem attracting a wider audience and more interest from car-manufacturers.
Overall, King Art has provided rock-solid gameplay, despite its lack of experience with the genre, and it's evident from start to finish, that Rozalski's universe has been brought to life with care. It plays great, sounds great, and even looks decent at times, as long as you are willing to put up with some growing pains.