My Friend PedroSwitch
My Friend Pedro is a game I can't recommend enough for fans of these fast, snappy, and frenetic action games that fill that empty spot of something like a new Max Payne game. It's incredibly fun, creative, and plays like a total dream that fits right at home on the Nintendo Switch.
Blood & TruthPS4
Even with some hiccups, Blood and Truth operates at an entirely different level than every other shooter out there thanks to PSVR. We already knew Sony had a consistent ability to deliver awesome regular first-party games but Blood and Truth proves they have superb prowess at making premium triple-A VR titles as well.By combining flashy set-pieces filled with spectacle, neverending charm, and a mechanically sound VR gameplay experience, Blood and Truth serves as another success for PlayStation.
Observation is one of 2019's most unique and interesting games both with its gameplay and overall execution. It delivers a unique sense of horror we typically don't see in games, compelling puzzles, and it has a profound impact on you when the credits roll. While it can sometimes be a tad unpleasant to play with annoying, unsmooth controls and being disorienting, Observation is still a fantastic sci-fi experience.
Despite a troublesome companion that can sometimes bog this stealth title down, A Plague Tale: Innocence is still a very interesting, unique, and haunting tale. It's one that will likely get overlooked due to not being an AAA game but it's one that is worth giving the time of day when it's hitting the right notes.
Even with its shortcomings, Rage 2 is super fun. If you're excited for Doom Eternal, Rage 2 will be the perfect appetizer as you wait for that game. It's like someone mixed a bunch of powerful drugs together with what can only be described as FPS porn and said: "Inject this into your veins". It's endlessly gratifying to play but may lack the substance some gamers require in a AAA game released in 2019 via story and open-world longevity.
As it stands, Days Gone isn't some abomination but it's not up to par with what we expect from a Sony first party game. It has significant redeemable qualities to be found in its story but still fails to deliver a tight, focused narrative without loads of extra fat or a compelling enough gameplay experience.
What Ubisoft has done with The Division 2 is something every developer should aspire to do. Not only did they address major complaints from the last game but they made substantial innovations in the form of progression, structure, content, gameplay, and more. Without a doubt, The Division 2 is the ultimate sequel anyone could ask for, full stop.
Devil May Cry 5Xbox One
Even though it sometimes feels uncharacteristically by the numbers in some places or fails to have a noticeable amount of pizazz, Devil May Cry 5 is a hell of a good time. With plenty of wonderful character moments that'll make fans gush, a glorious frenzy of bloody action, and a healthy dose of great metal music to score it all, Capcom has triumphantly returned yet another beloved franchise to its former glory.
I want the game to be more optimized and run better. I also know I’m not alone in wanting all of these things. But like I mentioned before, this all depends on EA giving Bioware the time and resources to do so, and Bioware hopefully remaining dedicated to the game.
Kingdom Hearts IIIPS4
Combat quickly grows tiresome to its repetition and sometimes unintuitive design, the core story is nearly impossible to follow for newcomers and only does the very bare minimum to fill players in. If you’re a Kingdom Hearts veteran, your heart may burst with joy with where the story goes but newcomers will find their brains working in overdrive trying to keep up with all the nonsensical jargon invented by Square Enix.
Despite shortcomings like a rather by the numbers level of quality of side missions, poor performance both visually and audibly, Metro Exodus still manages to deliver a compelling experience. Thanks to its meaty crafting and gun customization, a beautiful character-driven story focused more on humans than the fantastical, and a world built around fear, desolation, and tension, Exodus will definitely be one of 2019's most talked about games by the end of the year.
Respawn has successfully entered the battle royale genre with Apex Legends, allowing itself to take notes from its predecessors and come in and build upon the foundation laid before them. By refining the formula rather than making a significant effort to reinvent the battle royale wheel, this studio has proven themselves as unmistakable masters of their craft with both the Titanfall series and now Apex.
Resident Evil 2Xbox One
Resident Evil 2 is a definite remake in every sense of the word. It feels familiar but it's also dressed up to be 100% new for both veterans and newcomers alike. Fans will appreciate the smooth controls that still maintain the classic Resident Evil feel, the genuine feeling of horror, the great puzzles, and much more. Capcom has managed to redeliver a classic in a way that sparks new life into the series and survival horror genre.
Hitman HD Enhanced CollectionXbox One
These games are not bad games, that should be made clear, they're just games of their time. Holding them up to the light reveals many flaws, especially when held up next to their current iterations in the series. IO Interactive hasn't done enough to make these games worth revisiting in their current state, had they given Blood Money the full remake treatment, there is extreme potential for this collection... but alas, they have not.
Gear Club Unlimited 2Switch
Gear.Club Unlimited 2 isn’t a bad game by any means. Like its predecessor, it’s a competent racing game on a console that has a racing sim drought, but I was just expecting a bit more. I was expecting an overhauled single player progression.
Just Cause 4PS4
To add insult to injury, the story feels bland and continues to make Rico one of gaming’s most uninteresting protagonists despite his wide array of skills and gadgets. Just Cause 4 isn’t a really bad game, it just has a lot of shortcomings and issues that hold it back from being something more than average at best and really mediocre at its worst.
Fallout 76Xbox One
Fallout 76 is Fallout on the surface in the sense it has the same art style, the lore, the gross critters lurking all over the place but it severely lacks what everyone loves about the post-apocalyptic RPG series. A world to spend dozens, even hundreds of hours getting lost in, moral dilemmas, interactions with characters, dialogue choices. Fallout 76 feels like buggy, mindless killing and looting none of which is even remotely fun to do, creating a serious identity crisis for one of gaming’s most beloved franchises.
HITMAN 2Xbox One
With much more content to increase the value of an already incredibly replayable game, a more polished, refined experience, and more ways to kill people than I can count, Hitman 2 delivers a worthwhile follow-up that fans will surely be pleased with even if it feels more like an expansion rather than a sequel.
Diablo III: Eternal CollectionSwitch
At $60, it makes this game a tough sell for those who have already invested in it elsewhere, along with its expansions, to simply be able to play it wherever they go. However, considering the amount of content included and the hundreds of hours of gameplay available right from the start, and that’s not even counting the Seasonal content that comes to the game on a regular basis, new players, without a doubt, will get the most bang for their buck, even at that price.
Red Dead Redemption 2PS4
Red Dead Redemption 2 feels like Rockstar’s new GTA 3 as in it takes massive leaps towards a new era of open-world gaming the likes of which have never been seen or at the very least executed to this level of quality courtesy of the borderline photorealistic graphics and remarkable game design. The fact that this is where Rockstar is at right now on these current consoles, I can’t wait to see what they do with the inevitable Grand Theft Auto VI whenever that comes out.
Starlink: Battle for AtlasPS4
Despite the repetitive nature of Starlink, I still mostly enjoyed my time with it, and I think that's partially because it doesn't feel bloated content-wise. In the end, it's a game made for a younger crowd of gamers, and if I put myself in that mindset, Starlink is one hell of a good time.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 fires on all cylinders and hits every target with immense precision. This is the peak of zombies, one of the best battle royale experiences in the genre, and one of the most fluid, engaging, and tactical Call of Duty multiplayer modes to date. Even with the removal of a traditional single-player campaign, Black Ops 4 feels like you're paying $60 for a game that you could value at $100 or more.
Assassin's Creed OdysseyPS4
The game’s big focus on decision-making is a welcome one, especially since many carry through to the game’s multiple endings. If you’ve slept on Assassin’s Creed for a while due to oversaturation, and somehow missed out on the fantastic re-invention of the series with Origins, then Odyssey’s refinement makes it an absolute must-play.
Life is Strange 2PS4
Life is Strange 2 is easily a worthy successor to the original by both remaining true to the tone of the series and finding refreshing ways to separate itself from it. In the first game, I definitely felt a lot of emotions but in Life is Strange 2, not only do I feel, but I found myself involuntarily emotionally reacting to the events of the game.
FIFA 19Xbox One
FIFA 19 has some new additions but it feels like this year was focused on honing in on a truly refined soccer experience. Veterans will notice all the nifty tweaks to gameplay, adjustments to modes, and more but FIFA 19 really shines in its attempts to polish itself. Those who appreciate a good story will also love FIFA 19's return to The Journey which continues to tell captivating stories with grand themes and well-written characters.