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Overall, Concrete Genie took me about 6-7 hours to complete, but it felt like the right amount of time to prevent it from feeling too repetitive or overly long. In all honesty, I enjoyed myself so much that I didn't even notice how much time was passing me by, and that's the best compliment I could ever give it. Concrete Genie feels like a rare gem of a game in the overflowing sea of releases we're seeing this year. It takes you on a heartfelt journey bursting with so much creativity, imagination, and warmth, and it's one I won't soon forget.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon BreakpointPS4
More than anything, it is frustrating. There are frustrating moments when you explore the world. There were frustrating moments when my immersion was interrupted by technical hiccups. There are frustrating moments when you realize the dressing of the story and the loot actually make it harder to stand out from other shooters. I don’t know about you, but I don’t play video games to get frustrated.
In the meantime, however you like to play FIFA 20, there’s plenty here to ensure it stays in touch with genre leaders NHL 20 and MLB The Show. True evolution - and the chances of it ever entering five-star territory - will have to wait for next-gen. But the game everyone proclaims to hate still conjures ifs fair share of moments that you’ll secretly – or, in the case of last-minute winners, shoutily – love.
DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive EditionSwitch
The story expands in meaningful ways for party members; the 2D mode, orchestral soundtrack, and language options offer a variety of worthwhile choices for subsequent playthroughs, and it looks and runs fabulously. Whether you're looking for a fresh new way to play through Dragon Quest 11 another time, or you've yet to experience this must-play RPG, it's hard not to recommend Dragon Quest 11 S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition over any other version.
Code Vein is anime power fantasy junk food, but it's elevated by superb character customization and a memorable story. While that's kind of my jam, I recognize that that won't be the case for everyone. It's a worse action game than Dark Souls, and it's one of the weaker dungeon-crawlers I've played. It's an OK game that will strongly appeal to a certain type of person. That person is me, but it might not be you.
The Surge 2PC
To players who already “got good” trolling the mean streets of worlds like Lordran and Yarnham, that might sound like The Surge 2 has gone soft. But I wouldn’t go quite that far. Every fight requires careful game-time strategy we’ve come to learn from The Surge and games like it -- even simple enemies will kill you if you aren’t paying attention. Likewise, each boss demands you memorize patterns and adapt to them precisely. Things just move quickly and there’s room for you to build momentum. When you succeed you feel the progress more. When you die, you feel the sting less.
The Legend of Zelda: Link's AwakeningSwitch
This is old-school Zelda at its best and most strange, reimagined for a modern audience. For those looking for a more traditional Zelda experience on Switch, this is the dream, with its inventive dungeons and puzzles galore (although don't make me do any more horse head bouncing), set in a world that'll keep you exploring for days to come. Regardless of whether you're familiar with the game or are experiencing it for the first time, this is a sweet slumber you'll want to slip straight into.
This is a game that knows exactly what it is and who it’s for, smartly building on what came before without ever compromising the series' core identity. I wish Borderlands 3's villains had been as entertaining and well crafted as the rest of the game, but putting up with their vexing influencer imitations is a small price to pay for enjoying Gearbox's heady cocktail of perfectly organised chaos.
Not a milestone edition then, but even so this plays a more free-flowing style of hockey than ever before, bolstered by improvements to both skating and shooting – and the removal of the series’ dated NBC presentation feels like a breath of icy-fresh air. The looming presence of a new generation suggests more substantial changes must be on the way but until then, NHL 20 serves as a worthy culmination of the past few years.
eFootball PES 2020Xbox One
For the most part, eFootball PES 2020 offers up a faithful replication of the beautiful game. It’s easily the most realistic PES to date, with various visual tweaks and gameplay enhancements proving key additions. It’s also a more immersive game than last year, particularly in terms of the new TV-style camera and growing number of major licenses, boosting its sense of legitimacy both on and off the pitch.
Monster Hunter: World - IcebornePS4
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is an excellent expansion so large that it almost feels like a sequel. It's a better version of a great game.
Gears 5 doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it changes enough to keep its signature style of cover-based shooting from feeling monotonous. Going into this review, I was convinced Gears of War needed to change drastically or risk obsolescence. But the Coalition has found a different way forward, using new mechanics to polish the old, making the whole game shine.
Overall my time in the woods was equal parts freaky and frustrating. When the game works, it really works, blending clever narrative elements, a brilliant score, and psychological suspense. But the occasionally wonky moment and the disruptive bugs hinder the experience, replacing moments that should scare with moments that vex. The Blair Witch is scary, but the bugs are scarier.
At its best Man of Medan delivers a confident and well crafted horror experience with a genuinely clever two player mode. But it’s unbalanced pacing has a little too much opening filler and an unsatisfying conclusion.
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is a brilliant tech demo for an RPG system that has the potential to revolutionize the way we progress our characters in games, I just wish it there had been a little less proof of concept and a little more fun.
The perfect blend of narrative and gameplay, coherency and strangeness, Control is a game we’ll be talking about for generations.
Telling Lies is a paragon for storytelling, for character arcs that surprise you and linger on long after the credits – and videos – have ended.
Madden NFL 20Xbox One
Collectively, it feels like Madden is in the early stages of re-building a perennial contender. Like drafting a left tackle with the first overall pick, the changes to Madden 20 aren’t flashy, but they feel like the right moves to make in order to compete for years to come. Madden NFL 20 clears the roster and properly initiates the rebuilding phase for football’s first franchise.
Wolfenstein: YoungbloodXbox One
Youngblood doesn't offer the same variety in its mission or level design as Wolfenstein: The New Order, and it certainly doesn't match the ridiculous chaos born out of Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus' story, and what you're left with is a standalone spin-off that plays nice with others but can quickly become an exercise in frustration.
Fire Emblem: Three HousesSwitch
After playing through 45 hours of Fire Emblem: Three Houses I'm already prepared to start another file to see how the story differs with the other houses. Even if the main plot doesn't get altered much, the individual stories behind each character are gripping. I've always cared about my squad while playing Fire Emblem, but Three Houses made that sense of care a passion.
MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black OrderSwitch
A mighty multiplayer brawler brimming with content, and carefully crafted characters that will delight both comic book veterans and MCU fanatics.
Dragon Quest Builders 2PS4
All the joy and satisfaction of the original, now with upgraded toys, a bigger world and a dog you can pet.
Super Mario Maker 2Switch
Super Mario Maker 2 is an almost perfect package, putting equal emphasis on discovery, creation, story mode, and outright brilliant gameplay.
The Sinking City’s engrossing premise is ultimately betrayed by counterintuitive systems and bleak monotony.
This faithful recreation of the once king of kart racers means Crash Team Racing has seized the throne once more, with enough content and a high skill ceiling to keep players returning for years.