1649 Published Reviews
DATE A LIVE: Rio ReincarnationPS4
Idea Factory may have skimped a bit on narrative, but the visuals far exceed anything I’ve seen in any visual novel, and even most games that fall outside the genre. If this your first foray into dating sims, while the narrative can go all over the place at times, you’ll be so lost in the visuals of the world, you won’t mind where it takes you.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New YorkPC
Vampire: The Masquerade Coteries of New York is a fun little distraction that will at least satiate die hard fans’ needs for more content in the fictional universe until Bloodlines 2. It won’t however win anyone over who is unfamiliar with the source material or not a fan of visual novels. It’s still a better love story than Twilight though.
Space Pioneer, at its core, is an entertaining twin-stick shooter that offers a fantastic amount of player choice regarding weaponry, equipment and abilities. It doesn’t get bogged down in needless plot: offering a brief setup, guns and stuff to shoot is all that’s needed with a title like this. Make no mistake: there’s nothing particularly special about the gameplay on offer, but for such a low price the gameplay more than holds up its end of the bargain.
Spend a few hours winding down with its carefree sandbox or just listen to the ever catchy folksy music, and it’s just the antidote you need after a bad day, a bad year, or hell, a bad decade.
Narcos: Rise of the CartelsXbox One
A fun, but simplified take on the turn-based strategy genre, think "baby's first XCOM" and you're on the right lines. Its flaws are obvious but easily overlooked for newcomers to the genre. If you're a die-hard strategy fan, consider giving Narcos: Rise of the Cartels a pass, it won't have much to offer you.
Pathologic 2: Marble NestPC
There’s nothing really different here; no new game modes or anything like that. It’s more of the same, so if you liked what you saw first time round, then it’s very likely you’ll enjoy this too.
New Super Lucky's TaleSwitch
When I first saw New Super Lucky’s Tale, I was jazzed about it, but platformers have a long and storied history of being frustratingly hard. New Super Lucky’s Tale goes against the grain, being easy enough for newcomers to just pick up and play, and providing just enough fun and familiar challenge for veterans of the genre.
Must Dash AmigosSwitch
There is a great game within Must Dash Amigos, but its limited content takes away from its overall longevity. I had some of the best local multiplayer parties this year with this game, and its original items and racetracks gave it a unique identity. Likewise, the developers clearly put a lot of time and effort into making the gameplay smooth and responsive. But the inability to transfer those same giddy highs over to single-player or online left me a bit cold on the entire package.
Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible LairPC
If there was such a thing as a perfect platformer, then Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is it. I was a big fan of the original game, and I’m delighted to see that this one is even better. Honestly, this is an absolute banger that’s right up there with the classics of the genre and I absolutely loved it. There’s no reason not to go out and buy this game right away unless you have chiroptophobia.
Taking the series in an entirely new direction, Darksiders Genesis manages to stay true to the prior games whilst delivering in a totally different genre. A fun game let down by grindy character progression.
STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen OrderPS4
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a great Star Wars game that’s true to the lore of the universe. As a first step for the series into the soulslike genre it feels natural, though it also offers a more hardcore game mode for those that want a real challenge.
I think this is a game that for those liking the overall concept and ideas will be very enjoyable. For anyone not interested in mentally keeping track of things and simply moving counters around on a map, not so much.
Bubble Bobble 4 FriendsSwitch
It’s a fine line when creating a sequel to such a classic game. Go too modern and you alienate your classic player base, but go too retro and it doesn’t appeal to the new generation of gamers. Taito has got the balance spot on here though, and created a Bubble Bobble for 2019 that feels completely right, but without being mere fanservice. It’s a brilliant game that all Switch owners ought to get in my opinion.
A tremendous game that really pushes the boundaries. Both an excellent educational resource, and a superb time sink. This would be a perfect-scoring title if it wasn’t for a few too many bugs and stability issues, but I still recommend it incredibly highly.
As usual, I find myself wanting to like games which just straight up annoy the shit out of me. There are some nice ideas here but I just got too frustrated after a while trying to get past sections which were just so much trickier than others, and required a lot of swapping of powers, and pulling off what amounted to combos of moves I just couldn’t swing with.
Terminator: Resistance feels like a game that’s lost in time. It resembles more of a remaster of a last-generation videogame than a current-gen title. The story can be cool towards the end for Terminator fans as you see how the first two movies began, but it's not worth the boring gameplay, mediocre visuals, and uninteresting characters.
Woven the GameXbox One
Woven is not a fun game, but it’s certainly a nice story. There are concepts —particularly the body-swapping mechanic— that could have been enjoyable with the right execution, but this game doesn’t even come close to pulling them off.
Bee SimulatorXbox One
Bee Simulator is a somewhat enjoyable game but suffers greatly from horrible flight controls and overly sensitive inputs. Younger children may find it to be an enjoyable game and be able to ignore the overacting of the voice actors. However, it is a game that is educational in teaching players about the world of the honeybee and their importance to nature.
Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret HideoutPC
Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout bring plenty of changes to the series that make it an enjoyable experience for long time fans and newcomers alike.
MechWarrior 5: MercenariesPC
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is a great introduction to the MechWarrior series and is primarily a PvE game. Players can expect to be rocking to an awesome soundtrack as they destroy their enemies on the battlefields.
Sparklite has some interesting ideas, but the second-to-second gameplay can get tedious since the combat doesn’t really evolve and you’ll be fighting a lot of the same enemies, despite there being a respectable amount of them. The patch system is fun to mess around with as well, but it can help with the tediousness and make you feel weak because of the randomized nature. The final fight was the best part of the forgettable journey, but if you don’t have the right patches, Geodia will be doomed.
Race with RyanSwitch
A really fun game for young boys and girls that range from four to eight years old and for any Ryan fan that is out there.
A direct continuation of a classic series that acts like it’s still the early 2000s, for better or worse! For returning fans this is precisely what you wanted. It’s possible for newcomers to enjoy but you should probably play the originals first.
Override: Mech City Brawl – Super Charged Mega EditionSwitch
In terms of features unique to Switch, Override lacks any motion control support. This is understandably out of reach for a small indie studio such as Modus Games given the production costs for such a feature, but its addition would’ve made the title stand out far more than it currently does. Having a mech throw a punch with a sideways Joy-Con a la Arms would be an amazing upgrade to the otherwise bland button-mashing gameplay.
Skullgirls 2nd EncoreSwitch
As a fighting game, there is almost no aspect of Skullgirls Second Encore that isn’t an absolute joy to play, and the Switch's portability only enhances those qualities. Fans of fighting games will find so much to love in Skullgirls, but the game won’t create any zealous converts out of those who loathe the conventions of the fighting game genre.