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9 Monkeys of ShaolinPC
Unfortunately, 9 Monkeys of Shaolin fits too rigidly into a formula itself to provide much else other than its gameplay. Its story is minimalist and fits a multitude of cliches, its gameplay is satisfying but limited, and the general atmosphere is brought down by mediocre visuals and formulaic music. Whilst it could certainly entertain a beat ‘em up fan, starting from a place of homage has left it cowering in the shadows of the kung fu movies it seeks to emulate.
It seems that Crown Trick has a vision for itself above all else. At points, it chooses the harder path rather than the one that might work better. Sticking to relevant items, themes and gameplay decisions might limit it somewhat but it also makes the overall package much more appealing. Whilst not perfect, Crown Trick has managed to give a unique rogue-like experience to a genre oversaturated with copy-paste ideas.
Those who look for an easy mode in their games may want to give this one a wide berth, but for those players who crave a challenge and can’t resist the call of the leaderboard, Ghostrunner is an incredibly steep yet immensely satisfying experience.
NHL 21Xbox One
NHL 21 looks great, but there seems to be seldom changes to the presentation and commentary. Player animations are good, but some still feel a little wooden. The attention to detail of the arenas and the kit designs are impressive, but they have been for the last few entries. This is pretty much the way it is for the entire game. Whilst there are some new additions to the two big modes, the game feels far too similar to last year.
The Survivalists is the latest in a crowded genre. Bright visuals can't hide that it is a fairly light experience at present, but there is some enjoyment to be had if you can look past the slightly uncomfortable sub-text of its central mechanic.
Horace is a game unlike anything else I’ve ever played. Stuffed to bursting with references, mini games and genre shifts, even in its relatively long runtime I never once felt bored. A few graphical and motion sickness issues aside, Horace’s heartwarming story and unbelievable charm shine through and make this genre defying adventure a must play.
With a dense open world inspired by Breath of the Wild, Genshin Impact provides hours of free entertainment with its rich combat and deep RPG systems.
Mario Kart Live: Home CircuitSwitch
It’s a novelty, and it’s incredibly expensive for multiplayer (you’ll need two packs), but it’s also the best use of augmented reality I’ve seen: it properly works, and I love it. I’m so glad Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit exists, because I needed the smiles it gave me, and if I don’t play it again, I’ll still think fondly of the time I spent with it, and sometimes making memories is the most worthwhile thing of all.
Tennis World Tour 2Switch
The Switch version of Tennis World Tour 2 is decent enough, but I’d recommend playing it on any other console if you are keen to play some virtual tennis. Big Ant Studios has done a good job of improving on the last release, but it is better experienced on a more powerful console. Still, the game plays fine apart from the same problems with its gameplay, and the career mode may be relatively basic but it has a satisfying progression to it.
EA SPORTS FIFA 21PS4
FIFA 21 is still a solid football game, but it feels far too similar to last year's entry. With minor improvements to the gameplay, modes, and the visuals, it's about time the series had an overhaul.
For fans of the genre, ScourgeBringer is an absolute must-play though, if only because it offers such a steep challenge to accompany those lovely, lovely visuals. It may not be the most original concept, but what it does it does very well.
The Jackbox Party Pack 7Xbox One
Champ’d Up is OK, but it lacks the same quality of the better games. The voiceovers are still mildly annoying, but if you can get past that, there’s plenty of enjoyment to be had. If you love the series, this is probably one of the best, and if you are looking for something to play with friends or family you can’t see right now, this is something you should suggest.
Little Big WorkshopSwitch
Little Big Workshop is an enjoyable entry in the management sim game. It features cute diorama style visuals, but has surprisingly deep systems to tinker with that will keep you focused and strategising for the best way to grow your factory.
Aquanox Deep DescentPC
Aquanox: Deep Descent is an enjoyable blaster that will keep you engaged for the time it takes to get through the story. The multiplayer modes feel a bit bolted-on, but the deep-sea environments are top-notch, the story is functional if not thrilling, and the shooting feels satisfying throughout.
Batbarian: Testament of the PrimordialsPC
The general theming, visuals, music and humour of Batbarian are over the top but never annoying. Its story is a mix of cliches but it plays with them in humorous ways. Ultimately, while Batbarian: Testament of the Primordials may not blow your mind, it’ll definitely offer you the odd chuckle and mechanics just robust enough to keep you coming back.
Monster Truck ChampionshipPS4
Monster Truck Championship is a faithful simulation that offers a satisfying learning curve and a great sense of accomplishment. The competitions can become harder, but you are given plenty of customisation options to improve your truck throughout.
Cake Bash is a charming and thoroughly entertaining party game, that’s fun to play locally or online. The unique combination of mini-games and shopping adds an enjoyable layer onto the mini-game mayhem, and the aesthetic is just delicious. If you can rope some friends in for a few rounds of frantic batter battering, then Cake Bash is the most fun you can have in a bakery without piling on the pounds.
Age of Empires III: Definitive EditionPC
It’s been a year for remakes, it seems, and Age of Empires III Definitive Edition slots in nicely among the likes of Command & Conquer Remastered. There are enough changes and new additions to make it worth playing again, although younger gamers who have embraced the likes of Crusader Kings III or Civilisation VI may find it a little too straightforward.
Ikenfell is an enjoyable RPG with an interesting story, fleshed-out characters, and a dense turn-based battle system, with a superb soundtrack and some gorgeous environments to boot.
In a time of many fantastic Metroidvania games, it’s hard to recommend Mindseize to all but the most dedicated fans of the genre. The combat is really enjoyable (especially when fighting bosses) but a plethora of bugs and some uninspired movement abilities stop Mindseize from reaching the heights of its peers.
It’s a little unfortunate that Partisans 1941 came out in the same year as Desperados III, because judged on its own merits it’s a well-made adventure game with enough new ideas that it doesn’t need to fully ape its inspirations and just enough confidence that it, mostly, gets away with its shortcomings. If you can look past the slightly drab exterior, fans of the genre will certainly get a kick from its earnest blend of action and tactics.
Worm Jazz might not be the flashiest puzzle game on the market, but it’s easy to learn and hard to master gameplay is satisfying from start to finish. If kicking back with the smoothest of Jazz and solving a puzzle or two sounds like your idea of fun, then this combination of Snake and planning is well worth relaxing to.
Filament is a tough puzzler that will challenge even the ardent fans of the genre and it feels like it belongs on Nintendo Switch. The new Hint system will also stop the unnecessary frustrations too.
I Am DeadPC
I Am Dead is a puzzle game filled with some beautiful stories and an interesting mechanic. It’s not particularly difficult, but it has a solid pace that helps to paint a picture of Shelmerston’s wonderful history and the people that live there. If you don’t come out of it feeling better about life, then this isn’t the game for you. It has a great message, an engrossing story, and a beautifully designed world.
The Solitaire ConspiracyPC
The Solitaire Conspiracy is a fresh take on an old game, managing to mix strategy, intrigue, and style to a high degree. Although it isn’t a particularly long game, there are plenty of opportunities to replay with new decks, and Countdown mode does a great job of putting you under pressure whilst still having a great time.