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The tragedy here is that GRID is a more-than-capable racer. But when the field is so crowded, it's hard to recommend the game over the latest Forza Horizon or even Gran Turismo Sport. There's just not enough there to hook casual players, and there's not enough depth to keep hardcore racers coming back for more.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon BreakpointPC
Breakpoint cannot free itself from the trap of being too many things in too large a space. Its world feels barren in its vastness. Its story is hamfisted, and its characters are flat and uninteresting. Most of all, it commits the ultimate sin for any piece of entertainment: it's boring. For all the moments of levity and enjoyment, there is far too much time spent doing nothing of any interest.
The bottom line is that even with these issues, Dragon Quest is still worth the $5 you'll spend on it. It's legendary for a good reason, and playing through it is cozily nostalgic, even if you didn't play the original back in 1986. It's just frustrating that the team behind the Switch version didn't lower the barrier of entry.
DRAGON QUEST II: Luminaries of the Legendary LineSwitch
In the end, this is a game you can't really assign a score to. On the one hand, Dragon Quest 2 is completely solid and enjoyable by itself. The port is good in terms of presentation, but it really did need some extra attention to help ease that transition into the modern era. If you're good with retro blemishes and don't mind having to put up with some iffy features, then jump right in. If not, you'd probably want to look elsewhere for your first, or next, Dragon Quest experience.
The main thing it brings to the table is its interesting setting. The Warsaw Uprising is a gripping point in history, and a great setting for a game like this. If you love WWII, especially some of the lesser-known aspects of it, you can't go wrong there. However, if you just want the best tactical experience you can find, there are other places to look. Warsaw's solid, but it can't compete with some of the big dogs of the genre.
Contra: Rogue CorpsPS4
Some people will enjoy this game for what it is. Hell, I've found some joy in it myself — and it's possible I'll play it a little bit more. But Rogue Corps' problems far outweigh its strengths, making it a hard game to recommend to anyone, much less Contra fans. Contra Rogue Corps is a mess of a game, and while that doesn't mean there aren't fun bits, you have to really dig to find them.
Code Vein is one of those games that you can take a quick look at and immediately tell if it's your speed. If you like the punishing combat of the souls-like genre and want an injection of anime style, you can't go wrong here. It's by no means perfect, and a lot of small details factor in to leave it less polished than it should be, but anyone who isn't turned off by the style or difficulty is going to have a good time with this Dark Souls-inspired RPG.
The Legend of Zelda: Link's AwakeningSwitch
With a host of enhancements that more than make it worth playing for newcomers and old fans alike, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening remains a brilliant example of impeccable design.
For fun and realistic gameplay, FIFA 20 can't be beat, though the specter of card packs looms large over the game's Ultimate Team mode.
The Surge 2PC
The Surge 2 is a nearly perfect refinement of this style and a significantly improved follow-up to the previous game. If there's an award for "best sequel," Deck13 definitely deserves to take it home for The Surge 2. With more options, more weapons, and a much bigger environment to play with, The Surge 2 improves on everything from its predecessor.
Unfortunately, Nauticrawl lacks the major gameplay elements or visual designs that might keep you playing other purposefully difficult games. With a title like Death's Gambit, for instance, at least you have gorgeous pixel graphics and cool backgrounds to gawk at while dying constantly. Pathologic 2 has its bizarre atmosphere and incomprehensible dialog to keep you somewhat interested.
Daemon X MachinaSwitch
Daemon X Machina is a strange hybrid. From a critical perspective, it's one that seems like it needed more time baking before it could be called truly finished. There are a lot of annoying elements that add up over time, and the combat really should have more variety and difficulty.
Siege of CentauriPC
Siege of Centauri is a capable tower defense game that doesn't do anything horribly wrong, but it's one also fails to impress in most aspects.
Unlocking skill cards improves characters across all modes and allows you to craft your exact character to a level that I can't recall seeing in any other shooter. Add to that the most content, be it characters, maps, or many cosmetics, will be free or earnable with in-game currency, and you've got a player-friendly system that still leaves space for the "whales" to buy into some content and keep the studio working for the betterment of the whole.
GEARS 5Xbox One
Gears 5 not only puts that debate to rest, it delivers a new benchmark for Xbox Game Studios. When Master Chief returns next Christmas, it's Gears 5 he'll need to contend with to claim the top spot among Microsoft's first-party campaigns.
Astral Chain presents an experience that might be familiar those familiar with Platinum Games, but there's enough to keep you engaged and excited. Astral Chain is a new IP that's a must-have for Nintendo Switch users looking for a new hack n' slash game to dive into.
There's a lot to like in GreedFall. It ticks many of the most important boxes an RPG should. It makes you care about the characters and the world, all while giving you a sense that you can actually impact those things. Building relationships with your companions, deciding which factions you want to ally with, and changing your armor and weapons so your character looks dandy as all hell, GreedFall has all these elements covered and covered well.
I love Torchlight 2, and I can't wait to continue playing it on the go. But this port is also a reminder that Torchlight Frontiers is the next big thing in the series, and these versions are none other than a breeze of nostalgia looking for a place to settle in modern consoles, rather than a new beginning.
The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card GamePC
Since The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game is a digital adaptation of the physical board game, it was a natural choice to make the video game in a similar fashion. But physical games and video games are two different types of experiences, and if PvE works great in the physical world, it, unfortunately, doesn't work in the same way here, especially in a world oversaturated with free-to-play CCGs.
Blair WitchXbox One
Its story frustratingly abandons established lore, the gameplay oscillates between sluggish puzzles and flat scares, and if all of that wasn't bad enough, the bugs may keep you from even seeing the credits and finding some closure with this deeply flawed project. You'd probably have a better time actually getting lost in the woods.
The problem is that it just doesn't feel like that's going to happen. There is some fun to be had with Vigor, and the sting is dampened by its free-to-play structure. But it's tough to recommend it over other games in a crowded genre.
The lack of challenge in Sin Slayers means you won't want to replay it, which means it kind of fails as a roguelike. That also means you’re only left with the JRPG side of things as they attempt to lure you in with promises of complex battle mechanics and a gripping story — neither of which exist here. Consequently, what you have with Sin Slayers is a game that doesn’t do anything very well. Which means it’s probably not worth playing.
Final Fantasy VIII RemasteredPS4
Final Fantasy VIII, despite its quirks and flaws, actually holds up quite well due in large part to its oddities. Rather than feeling like every other JRPG, it's decidedly different. From its bizarre initial plot and surprising focus on intimate relationships and internal dialogues, to the extremely unique (albeit often annoying) junction system and engaging pseudo-sci-fi setting, it still stands out even to this day.
Children of MortaPC
In a sea of roguelikes, it's difficult for a title to stand out. But Children of Morta manages to hold its own in a variety of ways, from the family element to its excellent art direction. It's tough, but it's immensely satisfying to slowly build up your family of warriors and push through each challenge. If you're looking for an indie roguelike or RPG, Children of Morta is definitely worth checking out. If you're looking for both, it's a must-play game.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution!Switch
Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution is the most complete Yu-Gi-Oh! title to date, with a great pricetag for its infinitely replayable content.