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The suburban setting does mark a nice change of pace and the boss encounters are well-crafted, but we can't help but feel that it should have belonged as just another part of the base game. Let's hope that more content is planned beyond the season pass as this would make for a rather disappointing conclusion to an otherwise quality sequel.
Kakarot is perfectly playable and enjoyable; few things beat the novelty of exploring a world you love. While one could easily ask for more (and with good reason), CyberConnect2 has yet again delivered a satisfyingly fleshed out and well-realised anime-based video game without reinventing the wheel. If you truly cannot get enough of Dragon Ball, pick this one up. You will not be disappointed.
Requiring around ten gigabytes of disk space and with equally modest system requirements, Cuisine Royale is both accessible for a large PC audience as well as being surprisingly good-looking. What's more, it boasts a number of fun features such as the Mystical Signs but the devs have been able to mix them up with familiar overall gameplay features and just the right amount of comical sauce. Throw in the fact that it's free to play, and we heartily recommend anyone who likes the genre to give it a try.
We tried the game out on an iPhone 11 Pro Max and despite running exceptionally well with no issues and having little-to-no loading times, it's been a joy to feast our eyes on the graphical grandeur of the game. The sound isn't great though, and neither are the close-to-forced microtransactions, so those of you who are looking for a shooter to play on your mobile would be better off trying out Call of Duty: Mobile instead.
Despite some of the more glaring problems, we still had a great time blasting through Super Crush KO thanks to its upbeat style and fun brawling action. Whilst it won't satisfy people who want a longer experience with less repetition and a more involved plot, what is here should entertain anyone who enjoys a good action brawler, especially if smacking the hell out of robots and blasting them with lasers sounds like your kind of good time.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE EncoreSwitch
For fans of these different series, this is quite the fireworks display, although we still had some difficulty figuring out the fascination that some people have with the game. That said, there are very few examples of this type of RPG experience available on the hybrid console, so while we wait for Shin Megami Tensei V, you should definitely consider checking this one out. That is, after all, what second chances are for, right?
All in all, if you're a fan of the series, you should definitely pick it up, especially if you've not played any of the games yet. It's stunning to behold and, at times, even enchanting. If you're looking for a long-term commitment, it's certainly a trilogy that offers a lot of game time, and it's great that all of these features have been pulled together into one package.
AO Tennis 2 is one of the finest tennis sims that we have seen this generation and it delivers a sizable improvement over its predecessor. It offers an in-depth career mode complete with RPG elements, the controls feel tight and responsive (for the most part), and the Academy mode is filled with a wealth of user-created content spanning all the way back to its predecessor.
Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo SwitchSwitch
Brain Training is a stimulating and captivating educational game that pushes you to play more thoughtfully. We might have expected a bit more from its move to the Nintendo Switch, maybe a few more new games, but despite this lack of evolution, it remains a good exercise for the mind and a good way to keep your brain feeling fresh. It will also be interesting to see how much added value we'll get from the presence of a mode not yet active at the time of writing, the World Brain Training Championship, which should be an additional incentive to return to play on a daily basis.
The climbing system is excellent and the opportunity to play things your way is greatly appreciated. That said, however, Espire 1: VR Operative has too many issues for us to recommend it at this point in time. We can look past the generic story and the flat presentation, but the dull surroundings and confusing level design is just too distracting. The biggest flaw of the game, however, is the utterly hopeless AI that makes things unpredictable in the worst way, breaking immersion again and again.
Weakless is great in short flourishes but it simply doesn't provide enough innovation or substance to make it a clear recommendation from us. Its puzzles are often simplistic, it's troubled by frequent technical woes, and it can be breezed through in a mere afternoon. That said, we really did enjoy the connection between both the central characters and how they supported each other with their own differing perspectives on the world. Ultimately, it offers a solid foundation that sadly never realises its full potential.
The downside of the game, for us at least, was the fact that we clearly weren't even close to its intended audience as the difficulty takes the minds of children into account, and we'll say that younger children would probably be fascinated throughout. The framing of being an adult looking back into the realm of nostalgic memories, however, could lessen the experience for that same audience somewhat. It's hard to pinpoint who the game is for, even though it's charming and competently developed.
BATTLETECH Heavy MetalPC
Although it's on the expensive side, with lots of well-implemented content, for those of you who have fallen in love with BattleTech and want something more, Heavy Metal is the way to go.
So, Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York isn't a masterpiece, far from it, in fact. However, the game does offer a dark, intriguing story that stays faithful to the theme. Some characters are phenomenal and lift the experience quite a bit while others are just there for the sake of it and the choices and their consequences aren't always engaging, however, the game still manages to stand relatively tall.
To conclude, the fluid gunplay, cooperative gameplay, variety of enemies, weapons and upgrades, and the world generation all work together to keep the gameplay feeling fresh. However, the constantly shifting difficulty makes the game feel either too easy or too hard and eventually that inconsistency can start to wear thin. With this being said, the majority of Remnant: From the Ashes is an enjoyable experience, which shouldn't be slept on if you're a fan of either the action-adventure or the RPG genre.
Groundhog Day: Like Father Like SonPS4
Like Father Like Son may sound like a strange fit for the PSVR platform but it manages to deliver. It's a solid addition to the VR catalogue as well as a competent successor to the 1993 movie, and we loved how the time loop plot transitioned well into a puzzle format as we pieced together what needed to be done as we worked towards having the perfect day.
All in all, we have to say that if you enjoyed Jurassic World Evolution, this is an exceptional addition that adds plenty to the experience. Speaking from a fan point of view, we would have liked to have seen more animals, but the rest of the content is fantastic. The look of the buildings, the old favourite characters, the great story, and the classic skins, all this not only add a sense of nostalgia but are welcome inclusions to the game.
Interrogation: You will be deceivedPC
Interrogation: You Will Be Deceived will not be everyone's cup of tea. With politics at the heart of it, we imagine that some people will instantly disagree with many of the beliefs portrayed herein, along with some of the odd dialogue choices, daft endings, and trial and error gameplay. Yet it manages to surpass these faults for the most part, helping us feel like we were an authentic and dedicated detective in a tough, mysterious world.
Another table or two wouldn't have gone amiss, and sometimes it gets just a touch too busy and difficult to keep track of everything, but otherwise, this is a fun little twist on the genre and if you're a pinball-loving gamer with a Game Pass subscription, it's a no-brainer.
MechWarrior 5: MercenariesPC
There's an odd juxtaposition at the heart of Mechwarrior 5. The battles, while fiddly, are super cool and explosive, but that side of the experience grinds to a halt with text-heavy menus to wade through between missions. That's something that definitely needs to be considered before setting a giant mechanised foot in this game, but those who want to tweak and manage their mercenary crew while also living the mech fantasy should head right in.
We can forgive a few cut corners and some scaled back elements (see the point above about voice-over) given budgetary constraints, but it's clear that the game needs a bit more spit and polish if it's going to really sparkle. The bull-headed AI doesn't help things either, relegating some potentially interesting scenarios to battles of attrition, however, there's still enough intrigue and nuance here to make Phoenix Point worth a look if you're a tactics fiend looking for your next fix.
Bubble Bobble 4 FriendsSwitch
It's rather perplexing that PS4 arcade fans got the original two years ago, but the Switch misses out. We'd guess that's because Nintendo wanted to keep fans of the series hungry for this newer take on the classic formula. Still, while we don't agree with all of the changes that have been made, if you don't want to spend hundreds of pounds on a cabinet to play a game from 1986, and if you don't own a PlayStation 4, then Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is a solid buy.
The game is relatively short with its five total chapters, and we won't spoil too much of the actual story in our review, however, we will say that Mosaic has a way of making one relate to the hardships of the mundane and it's incredibly heavy going, so bear that in mind if you're thinking about checking out this otherwise thought-provoking interactive experience.
All in all, it's a fairly standard remaster of an excellent game, with PC options that feel a little lightweight. It might be a 10-year-old shooter, but it's a damn good one and it has aged exceptionally well, a fact that speaks to Bungie's original quality as well as the restorative nip and tuck overseen by 343 Industries. For £30 (or a monthly Game Pass subscription) you'll get Reach now, and then later you'll get the anniversary editions of Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2, as well as Halo 3, Halo 4 and Halo 3: ODST. That's a lot of bang for your buck.
All in all, we had a wonderful time with Lost Ember. The story is magnificent, it boasts a brilliant soundtrack, and there's a great range of animals for you to take control of during your adventure. While it did have a few bugs, we have no doubts in recommending this game to players who love story-driven adventures and so-called walking sims.