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The Surge 2: The KrakenXbox One
If, like me, you love The Surge 2 and are after some additional content to draw you back into the game, you’ll enjoy your time with its Kraken expansion but will be very disappointed with its short running time. It just doesn’t add enough to the game to warrant its cost. And once again, it can be awkward to access depending on how much progress you’ve already made. Don’t write off the Kraken expansion entirely, but seriously consider waiting until it’s on sale to pick it up.
Dragon Ball Z: KakarotXbox One
With Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, you can simply enjoy an epic story story from start to finish, while engaging in action RPG gameplay that’s both rewarding and exciting despite its shortcomings. If you’re a fan of both Dragon Ball Z and video games, chances are you’ll love Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot. And you’ll probably love it even if you’re just a fan of action RPGs in general.
Super Crush KOSwitch
While Super Crush KO isn’t perfect, it’s hard to play without a smile on your face. Brawlers aren’t usually my cup of tea, but this title is smooth, exciting, fun and a real joy to play. And it really fits perfectly on the Nintendo Switch. With a few tweaks to allow players to up the difficulty, I have no doubt that Super Crush KO will attract a passionate band of followers.
AO Tennis 2Xbox One
There’s not a great deal of competition out there when it comes to tennis games on current-gen consoles, but it’s safe to say AO Tennis 2 is one of the better options. If you can forgive its overly-long load times and mediocre graphics, it’ll provide you with plenty of options for a solid game of tennis – which is really all we can ask for, isn’t it?
You could argue ’til the nightmare cows come home about the fractured nature of SELF‘s narrative. The lack of a clear conclusion might be off-putting to some, and there are a couple of points where the translation or spelling is off. But SELF is a joyously unsettling experience, entertaining and mind-bending in equal measure and one that will stay with you long after you’re done.
Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe PackSwitch
All in all, the Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack is a great package. It’s true that Atelier Ayesha through to Atelier Shallie aren’t exactly the pinnacle of JRPGs, but they’re very solid nonetheless. And here you’re getting them enhanced and with a considerable amount of DLC. The only real downer in the whole affair is Atelier Ayesha‘s performance problems. If you’ve never played the Atelier Dusk games before and are after some JRPGs to sink your teeth into, you’d be wise to pick the Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack up. Though with the numerous enhancements and additions, even those that do have experience with them might want to double dip.
Devoid of any conflict or action, Mythic Ocean is a tranquil, laid-back experience. It’s the perfect remedy for a busy day; traversing the ocean depths is serene and relaxing, and encountering the game’s myriad of weird and wonderful creatures is continually delightful. If you’ve enjoyed games in the past such as Abzu or Dear Esther, you’ll find something to love here. And the fact that Mythic Ocean has been created by such a small team makes it even more impressive.
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne doesn’t solve any of Monster Hunter World‘s underlying issues, such as its insistence on splitting up players for short bouts when playing in co-op. The expansion content itself also isn’t going to make those who weren’t too enamoured with the game originally change their minds, and it’s not ideal for those who found their skills pushed to the limit by the base game’s most fiercest foes.
Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo SwitchSwitch
All things considered, Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch certainly isn’t as good as its predecessors. With its letter and number recognition problems and the Switch’s controllers not detecting arm movements accurately, there are some minigames that players will definitely be put off by. But its unique new additions that utilise the Switch’s IR camera are a real joy to play – and more than anything, even if it’s not perfect, it’s just lovely to have Dr. Kawashima on the Switch at last.
Dinosaur Island VRPS4
Without any of that, though, Dinosaur Island VR is merely serviceable. It has moments of fun which means it’s probably worth dipping in if you’re a hardcore dino-fan, but there’s little here to make it stand out. And given the potential of the game’s scaly antagonists, that’s a Jurassic disappointment.
Blacksad: Under the SkinXbox One
If you’re a fan of point-and-click adventure games and have a penchant for gritty murder mysteries, there’s a lot to like in Blacksad: Under the Skin. Excellent characterisation and acting brings this quirky yet dark world to life with gusto, and the game’s narrative moves at a steady enough pace that you’re always kept interested. It’s a shame the graphics don’t look as sharp as they should on Xbox One X, but it’s a small issue in an otherwise unique game.
Wattam isn’t without its flaws; in particular, the more characters you gather, the harder it is to quickly switch between them. But even when your journey’s done, there’s more than enough here to draw you back in, whether you’re tackling the game in co-op mode, hunting for those few elusive characters you’ve missed or just diving into this daft and wonderfully charming world.
MechWarrior 5: MercenariesPC
Playing MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, I couldn’t help but feel like it’s an old game given a fresh lick of paint. There’s just something about it that is firmly rooted in the past. Not that that’s a bad thing per se, but it lacks a certain something to make a must-play title in 2019. If you love piloting mechs you’ll probably get quite a bit of enjoyment out of it, but those who also like to tinker with them and even build their own are likely to be disappointed.
Tools Up!Xbox One
The bugs I encountered while playing just compound the issue – which is a shame, as there’s some enjoyment to be had with the right co-op partners. That said, I’ll be on the lookout for updates and any future DLC that might add some new environments or different mechanics to the game. Something to spice up Tools Up! would go a really long way.
SuperEpic: The Entertainment WarPC
The story, writing and combat are disappointing; but it’s all very stylishly presented and the exploration feels rewarding, with countless secret areas and items to discover. A unloackable roguelite mode adds more variety and streamlines the experience, disposing of some of the game’s weaker aspects. So if you’re a big metroidvania fan, there are still some nuggets of enjoyment to find here.
Shovel Knight ShowdownPC
If you have friends to play it with and really love Shovel Knight, you probably will eke some entertainment out of Shovel Knight Showdown. There’s plenty of content to unlock, too. It really needed to have online multiplayer to make an impact though, as it’s only really enjoyable when played with others. Still, the fact that it’s free if you have the Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove means it’s worth giving a go, but don’t expect it to keep you going back for more.If you have friends to play it with and really love Shovel Knight, you probably will eke some entertainment out of Shovel Knight Showdown. There’s plenty of content to unlock, too. It really needed to have online multiplayer to make an impact though, as it’s only really enjoyable when played with others. Still, the fact that it’s free if you have the Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove means it’s worth giving a go, but don’t expect it to keep you going back for more.
AVICII InvectorXbox One
It’s fine though – with three difficulties and score leaderboards, there’s plenty of reason to keep on playing. It’s a game I’ll certainly be coming back to again and again, hoping to perform just that little better each time.
Shovel Knight: King of CardsPC
It’s my least favourite of the Shovel Knight entries, but with the bar raised so high, that doesn’t mean that King of Cards isn’t worth your time. Plus, if you already own Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove you get it included in that for free anyway, so you may as well give it a go. I feel like Shovel Knight: King of Cards is going to be like Marmite: some will love it and others will hate it. Though “hate” might be too strong a word. Rather they just won’t be as enamoured with it as other Shovel Knight releases.
If you’re after yet more Darksiders action and aren’t put off by the change in viewpoint, which you shouldn’t be, Darksiders Genesis will not disappoint. Even better, it’s available a bit cheaper than usual releases. Airship Syndicate has created a game that both fans and those new to the series can jump into and have a great deal of fun. And thanks to co-op, it no longer has to be a solitary affair.
Despite its issues, Simulacra still kept me hooked for the duration of my playthrough. I’m not sure I’ll want to jump back in any time soon, but I’m glad I snooped on Anna’s phone and found out what happened to her. However, if you have a PC, perhaps play it on there: not only is it easier to navigate than the console release, it’s also less than half the price on Steam. But if you don’t mind coughing up, Simulacra is a fair addition to the ever-growing FMV genre.
Phoenix Point’s blend of combat, research management and global exploration is thoroughly compelling, even if the factions can be a little trying. Whether you’ve got fond memories of Julian Gollop’s original game or not, he and his team have taken old school strategy and dragged it kicking, screaming and gurgling into the modern day.
Unfortunately, because Deemo Reborn is a rhythm game first and foremost, it falls short if you’re playing it on the plain old DualShock 4 controller. The button scheme, while seemingly straightforward, is much too complicated when you attempt to play anything more than an “easy” difficulty song. If you do have a PSVR headset with Move controllers, you’ll have an altogether different experience, but for those attempting to use a controller you’ll likely give up before the game has barely started.
Arise: A simple storyXbox One
Ultimately, while Arise: A Simple Story has some wonderful ideas, it’s let down by unenjoyable gameplay. Delivered gracefully without ever needing a single line of dialogue, the old man’s story is particularly touching, featuring some truly poignant moments that will tug on even the stoniest of hearts. And again, the soundtrack alone is worth of praise. It’s just a shame that it’s hard to ever get fully immersed in the narrative; you’ll be too preoccupied fighting with unresponsive controls or impossible camera angles to truly appreciate the old man’s plight.
Where the Water Tastes Like WineSwitch
With a lovely art style and an entirely intriguing concept, Where the Water Tastes Like Wine is unlike anything you’ll have played before. Its uniqueness makes it worthwhile, but some slow-moving elements, inconsequential mechanics and a few lacklustre stories mean it doesn’t stand out quite as much as it should.
Age of Empires II: Definitive EditionPC
The small tweaks to gameplay make it easier than ever for new players to come aboard, and the new features like built-in game recording and the fantastic visual overhaul mean it’s a treat for Age of Empires stalwarts, too. There’s no reason to go back to the original now, and its generously low price (£15/$20) makes Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition an easy must-buy.