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Overall, GRID is a title worthy of the franchise and should be in any arcade racing fan’s library. Taking what made the original GRID great and adding a touch of modernisation in terms of graphical fidelity has really made GRID shine amongst the sea of simulation-based motorsport titles. A breath of fresh air and a racing game that’s fun to pick up in both small and large doses, without the need to be a professional race driver in the process.
All in all, Rebel Cops is a blast to play, and feels like a great modification to the This Is The Police formula. My only gripe is that I often like to jump right into things, so I would love the addition of some shorter missions involving smaller maps and fewer police, more along the lines of the game’s tutorial level. Besides that, everything else feels right, the management is fun and challenging, the story is interesting enough, and there are no bugs or glitches that I have run into thus far.
Despite Minoria not being in my typical realm of games, I was pleasantly surprised by its entertainment value. The attention to detail was terrific, especially in the background. I appreciated the challenge my mind had in combat, especially when facing the bosses. I would greatly recommend it for gamers looking for voyages of this fashion.
Gears 5 feels like a desperate attempt by The Coalition at trying to carve out a new identity for the series, but the execution feels half-hearted. The pseudo open-world skiff exploration is enjoyable early on, but the uninspired objectives end up making it feel dull after a while.
Remnant: From the AshesPC
By taking the best bits of a few different genres, Gunfire Games has come up with an exceptional formula here, and brought us the surprise hit of the year. Sure, it’ll take you a while to “git gud”, but it actually feels like it’s worth the practice.
Untitled Goose GameSwitch
In short, the game doesn’t outstay its welcome, although a post-game opens up more elaborate tasks that require traversing between different areas and there’s even a speedrun mode. I personally didn’t need any extras as the game really does succeed in what it sets out to do. Underneath its soothing pastel colours and relaxing piano music, it’s pure comedy gold that’s worth getting out on any occasion for a good laugh. And if nothing else, the honking doesn’t get old.
WHAT THE GOLF?PC
I really enjoyed playing What The Golf?, and am looking forward to more levels. Anyone watching my screen was always entertained, and I know I definitely was. The only issues I had were already mentioned, and even at its budget full price I wouldn’t have felt cheated. A real hole in one.
Lovely Planet 2: April SkiesPC
Lovely Planet 2: April Skies is – for lack of a better word – lovely. Everything about it is cute, simple and a nice change of pace from all the overly violent games I’ve been playing recently. It feels great to play and it can get challenging towards the end, but nothing that had me scratching my head or annoyed with difficulty. I loved pastel colours for the visual style and happy inducing music because it puts me in a relaxing place, and for that reason, it’s a game I may return to in the future.
Final Fantasy VIII RemasteredPC
Final Fantasy VIII is still a great game and if you’re playing it for the first time, I’d suggest getting this version. If you already have an earlier release however then it’s hard to justify the cost. A few graphical tweaks and some blurring isn’t worth the money for me: I could get a similar effect by taking off my glasses before playing and save myself 16 quid in the process. A poor remaster of a great game.
Fin and the Ancient MysterySwitch
This was yet another game that on the surface appeared to be highly playable. I just could not overlook the simple missteps and lack of story, no matter how mystifying the visuals were. This game is another prime example of a developer overlooking the minute in favor of glamour.
I would certainly recommend this game to fans of the early Resident Evil games but if you aren’t a fan of those games I could see it getting old fast, as most of the “nostalgia” of the game consists of dated mechanics in combat and puzzle solving.
Borderlands 3 is the best the series has been. The changes, whilst subtle in the big scheme of things make a large difference overall, and it’s a great wrap-up to the trilogy so far and I’m curious as to what is coming up as DLC as well as the future for the series. Sometimes more of something is fine when that something is fun to begin with.
Ion Fury is a testament to how creativity can thrive through limitation. If someone had said that there would be a new Build Engine game in 2019 that would feature wide, open environments, gorgeous sprite work, and headshots, I’d have said they were crazy. But here we are. This is a must for anyone with fond memories of Duke Nukem 3D, Shadow Warrior, Blood, or Redneck Rampage, though just remember that you may need to put on a pair of rose coloured glasses to get maximum enjoyment out of it.
WRC 8 FIA World Rally ChampionshipXbox One
A competent entry to the WRC series by Kylotonn Games, and the handling model has improved a lot since their previous outing, however, the title is let down by some oddities and bugs that can sometimes make gameplay more effort than it needs be. Choose this if you want a decent rally experience, without the harrowing difficulty that DiRT Rally will put your way.
Morphies Law: RemorphedPC
The massive improvement from one installment to the next is highly noticeable. It still lacks variety in its maps. The jump Remorphed makes from the original version makes it not only playable, but a game you can sink your teeth into, as it is a well-rounded shooter gameplay experience.
Creature in the WellXbox One
Overall, Creature in the Well is a great game that is trying something new and largely succeeds at doing so. The entire pinball premise for the gameplay is excellently done, feels great and with it having a learning curve makes it all the more fun to figure out and master. The sound design, music, and unique art style are all great as well, and despite it getting annoying at parts and not really having a progressive story, I think this is a game everyone should give a go.
As it is now, Astral Chain is a great action game with a few blemishes. It might not be perfect, but it should be a high priority for any Switch owners, and fans of the action genre as a whole.
Bear With Me: The Complete CollectionSwitch
Poor voice acting notwithstanding, there’s a great story to be found in Bear With Me: The Lost Robots, so I still wouldn’t hesitate to recommend playing it, and I will continue to play it to completion after this review. It’s not the new Monkey Island, but it’s still beary enjoyable and has encouraged me to check out the other games in the series. It’s got a few rough edges, but nothing too unbearable. It’s definitely worth getting your paws on this one and I’d recommend it bear claws I had an ursome experience playing it.
River City GirlsPS4
There’s a fair bit of replayability, from taking on side quests as well as destroying the yakuza boss statues located around town, and even bonus unlockable characters. But ultimately, for all its entertaining style, I would have had a better time if River City Girls had been a shorter, more streamlined brawler that let me get back up to fight again instead of pinching my lunch money.
Shortest Trip to EarthPC
A difficult, interesting journey through deep space that constantly has you making interesting decisions. The complexity isn’t always a good thing but there is a ton of replay value here.
Gun Gun PixiesSwitch
A fun if simplistic third person shooter with quirky, entertaining characters and an over the top charm that makes up for the repetitive gameplay. Let down by a sloppy localisation and some stiff controls but still a good time.
Star Wars™ PinballSwitch
If you’re a fan of pinball and have a Switch, then it’s a must-purchase. Big fans of Star Wars will probably get a kick out of it too with all of the tables focussed on one aspect of the franchise or another.
Ancestors: the Humankind OdysseyPC
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is a very unique game about the evolution of man that isn’t afraid to drop you in the world and make you figure out everything for yourself, which may turn some people off immediately. It can get frustrating when you aren’t sure how to proceed, but that frustration can turn into curiosity, which can then turn into you learning something new to advance your lineage to the next evolutionary chain and I think that is the heart of the game.
This game is simple and easily kills time. There is a charm to the retro, old arcade machine gameplay. In the current landscape of visually stunning, it is nice to go back in time to videogame roots and just play a plain game with basic controls. For a break from the intensity, Mekabolt is a good breather, especially at the value of the low price it is selling for.
Catherine: Full BodyPS4
Its gender depictions might not have aged like fine wine, but there’s still nothing quite like Catherine: Full Body. Whether you play it as an anime visual novel, a nightmarish puzzle or bizarre fighting game, it’s a richer experience all-round.