Warlocks 2: God SlayersPC
Warlocks 2 brings a beautifully crafted pixel world to life in a not so unique fashion as a RPG Platformer. The team could learn a couple things from other popular platformers to take this title to the next level. While the mechanics are simplistic in nature, that game is still fun to play. The soundtrack is pleasing, but the sound effects could use some work to tie in with the gorgeous pixel art. If you're expecting a AAA experience, you won't receive it here, but that doesn't always mean everything. Unfortunately there is a complete gamebreaking bug that blocks progression completely.
They Are BillionsXbox One
They Are Billions is a brilliant game that breaths fresh life into the RTS formula. Its setting, concept, and execution make it a wonderful addition to the genre. However, the console port with poor controls will most likely leave players frustrated and wishing they had picked it up on PC. As much as I loved the title I cannot recommend it for a console. So if you’re interested in They are Billions I would strongly recommend taking a look at the PC version of this zombie survival RTS.
LOST ORBIT: Terminal VelocityPC
Lost Orbit: Terminal Velocity, a rework, and expansion of the original Lost Orbit game, is a short, but fun journey through space. The visuals and musical score are delightful, even if the voice acting and writing are hit-or-miss. Story heavy and content-lite, the game is a worth a try for those looking for a skill-based, sci-fi action-adventure, reminiscent of higher-end mobile games. Although not likely to be a long-remembered classic, Lost Orbit: Terminal Velocity is worth the time spent playing it.
We. The RevolutionSwitch
We. The Revolution is a unique take on a historical time from the perspective of someone who has power. The game has a lot of strategies at your control as you need to decide what kind of "man" you want to be. The game will appeal to history buffs but will also placate adventure game enthusiasts. So instead of relaxing in your favourite chair with a favourite book consider making We. The Revolution your "favourite book" as being judge, jury, executioner and even detective never felt so fulfilling!
Dragon Quest Builders 2PS4
Overall, playing Dragon Quest Builders 2 is just as fun, if not more fun than the first one. At a selling price of $59.99 USD, it is well worth the money. The main thing that has been drawing me to the Dragon Quest games of late is the use of characters that look like they are from Dragonball Z, which you can thank Akira Toriyama for. It is fun to create characters that are not something you know but to pretend they are something you know. I realize a lot of people will not pick up a game because of one man, but I know a lot of people who would.
If you’re looking for a new TCG to scratch that itch, but burnt out over the constant round and repetition of player versus player or player versus AI battles, it’s most definitely worth the purchase price. Even at full price, you’ll likely end up spending far less than you would on F2P offering to get even half the amount of cards and content. Constant updates and lack of nerfs just polish off this particular hidden gem, along with the delightful painterly styles and easy to navigate UI.
If you haven’t played Terraria, but are looking for an entry point that marries some mobile conveniences with the console experience, Terraria on the Nintendo Switch is a great place for you to begin your journey. The touch screen controls, while more challenging for precise building, add a positive dimension to the crafting and inventory management systems. While multiplayer support is limited to live services at launch, when you pair the aforementioned quality of life features with the tried-and-true gameplay experience that Terraria has developed over these past eight years, you have a winning formula.
Trident's Wake is a game often compared to premiere, popular top-down shooters like Helldivers, and for good reason. The gameplay is very similar in form, but Trident's Wake falters in its lack of a player base to keep the missions feeling fresh. In time, if and when the community grows, this game could potentially be a fun diversion from some of the other, well established titles. Until that time though, expect a good local co-op or solo experience.
Slender: The ArrivalSwitch
Slender: The Arrival did manage to perform well on the switch and of course give me some truly great scares but let’s be honest. The Repetitive mechanics do start to take away from the scares and morph into frustration. The concept was great and I am impressed with how far the developers went but I think a different direction would have turned the tables.
Crash Team Racing Nitro-FueledSwitch
I can’t shake the feeling that if Nintendo’s online infrastructure was more robust, the loading minimized, and the coins were able to be earned when offline, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled would be an instant masterpiece and torch-bearer for remakes of beloved games. Sadly, it falls just short of such a title.
F1 2019 Anniversary EditionPS4
As a racing simulation, F1 2019 builds the perfect balance of a real-world racing experience and cultivating a budding racing career. Learning each race and planning a strategy is as important as feeling the race first hand, and that is a major success when it comes to simulation racers. The long races may not appeal to everyone, and some of the tracks get especially monotonous, but for your moneys worth, F1 2019 is the Formula One racing game to beat.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the NightSwitch
While gameplay on the Switch is poorly optimized, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is (to steal a Symphony of the Night meme) more than a “miserable pile of secrets.” In its purest form, it is worthy of Koji Igarashi’s legacy and will live on as a strong representation of the genre he helped birth. With matured mechanics with the shards system, options for varied play styles, and the edition of quests, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night will join the ranks of high quality Metroidvania titles worth replaying over and over again.
War Tech FightersSwitch
Overall, this game is one of the more fun games that I have reviewed in the last year. I love the Gundam Wing feel to the game and how it incorporates the smaller vessels and other capital ships into the fights as well. Listed for $19.99 USD and available starting on June 27, 2019, this will be a game that you can easily get into with minimum drain on your wallet. If you are looking for a game that merges anime style characters with the heavy hitting game scene this is definitely the one for you and I highly recommend it.
The Sinking CityPC
From the first moment when I fired up The Sinking City, I was immediately transported to a world HP Lovecraft could have created himself. From the creepy visions and sounds in a town overrun by maritime mayhem to the all too real human inclinations during times of disaster, safe was not something I felt very often. When I did feel safe, it was most often because I wasn't aware of what was lurking one step ahead of me. The mystery of what is really going on in Oakmont, and with lead character Charles Reed, kept drawing me in and often kept me playing far longer then I intended to.
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite has some good ideas that could become a great game in time, but with a huge amount of ill-conceived baggage that’s repetitive or tedious to play, and relying on a tiresome story to hold it together. While it’ll likely please the fans, this is one that muggles should avoid for now.
Another Sight - Hodge's JourneyPC
Another Sight is a deeply original tale that rewards players for taking a more leisurely stroll through its world. The visuals are breathtaking and the visual storytelling is ingenious. The symbiotic relationship between Hodge and Kit is a great touch and despite the obvious control issues, you will enjoy a tumble into this underworld.
Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring the Legend of ZeldaSwitch
Cadence of Hyrule is every bit a classic Zelda adventure with the added wrinkle of a rhythm puzzle game. It's not overly long, but Cadence of Hyrule is the kind of game that will kill you over and over again, and you'll still keep begging for more. It's a classic top-down Hyrule adventure, with a playable Link, Zelda, and guest-appearing Cadence from Crypt of the Necrodancer. It's a cross-over you never would have expected, and one that quickly becomes an absolute treasure.
Eden Rising is a nicely constructed open-world exploration game with a side of tower defense thrown in. Nvizzio Creations has created a vibrant world to explore, complete with a simple yet effective crafting element. Free to Play gamers initially only have access to a dozen hours or so of content, but can experience the complete game by joining up online with someone who has purchased the full game.
MotoGP19 plays homage to the Moto-Grand Prix world. What they get right is that they gear the game directly towards the fans, but they also steer sharply aware from making this game anything more than simply fan-pandering. Gamers looking for quick fun, vehicle customization, and special career planning goals will be disappointed, but if you're a die hard MotoGP fan, this will certainly delight you.