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Orcs Must Die! 3Google Stadia
Orcs Must Die! 3 is a good game, though. The difficulty is slightly skewed towards co-op play, and a little more variety in mission types wouldn’t have gone amiss, but overall I can’t really fault what feels like a very faithful sequel. Just be aware that, regardless of how good the game may be, you’ve got to overcome any number of Stadia’s shortcomings to fully enjoy it.
Spitlings is an enjoyable arcade romp made even better with a buddy or two. The Spitlings themselves are so endearing, and the level design is diverse. It could do with a bit more enemy variety, but if you have some competent friends to play with locally or online you’ll have a great time busting slime together for a few hours.
Fairy Tail is an incredibly satisfying turn based RPG, with tons of growth systems to invest in. You need a good knowledge of the show to get maximum enjoyment, but for fans it doesn't get any better than this
Maid of SkerXbox One
Maid of Sker has an interesting story based on the House of Sker folklore. The use of binaural sounds is extremely well done but is let down by its reliance on jump scares and repetitive sound effects. The holding your breath mechanic does help and adds an extra layer to the survival aspect.
Nowhere Prophet combines ideas of its own with those of its peers for a truly exceptional deck builder. The battles reward thoughtful unit placement and taking care of your army, while the resource management outside of combat is another satisfying balancing act. If you don’t mind the pace slowing down for some exposition every so often, Nowhere Prophet is a must play for card game fans.
As with titles like Immortal: Unchained and Lords of the Fallen, Hellpoint feels like a game living in the shadow of its genre rather than thriving in its light, and as such fails to take risks or explore any genuinely new territory. But although it may not ultimately stick in the memory for long after you’re done, for a lower budget title it’s a solid enough challenge that will keep fans of the genre busy for a while.
NASCAR Heat 5PS4
You will just have to be patient when it comes to its expansive Career mode and even finding the right handling setup for your tastes, choosing from the game’s huge array of customisation options. It’s just a shame that it still has performance issues and, even more disappointing, that the steering feels somewhat unresponsive at times. For every step it takes forward, NASCAR Heat 5 takes two steps back.
Tannenberg offers an authentic World War 1 experience of the conflict waged on the Eastern Front. It features excellent attention to detail in the map design, character uniforms and weaponry, but the dogged commitment to historical accuracy means its appeal is limited to a very small niche of player.
Terrorarium has bags of swagger and style and is clearly banking on its level creator to add longevity. It’s even drafted in some design students to submit levels so there’s already some additional content good to go at launch. But even these highly skilled designers struggled to overcome the fiddly controls and clunky aesthetics.
Othercide is damn hard, but if you can push through and find your feet, it's also an incredibly satisfying and atmospheric experience. Whatever you do, don't go in expecting to play a straightforward XCOM-clone. Othercide deserves more respect than that.
Destroy All Humans!Xbox One
Destroy All Humans! definitely falls under the 'faithful remake' category, with great humour, short and sweet missions, and lots of stuff to blow up. Blowing things up does become repetitive, but it's still a lot of fun.
Carrion is a game I’ve watched for a while, and it’s always nice when a long-awaited game lives up to your expectations. It’s such a simple concept that I’m amazed it hasn’t been done before, and I think we can all appreciate new ideas in an age of sequels and reboots.
With a phenomenal Cyberpunk aesthetic and fantastic characters, Dex is close to being an incredible experience. Lackluster combat and hacking let it down, but it still has a lot to offer for fans of the grim Sci-fi setting.
Rock of Ages 3: Make & BreakSwitch
An absurd and delightful experience, Rock of Ages 3 is a great addition to your Switch library. If you don't mind some framerate dips, having tons of community levels on your portable console is ideal.
I love Röki, from its beautiful visuals and haunting soundtrack, to the characters and unique setting. It’s a game that makes you think, but always stops short of challenging you too much. Polygon Treehouse wants you to enjoy the simple gameplay, without distracting you from the engaging story. Quite simply, Röki is one of the most charming games of the year.
Rock of Ages 3: Make & BreakPC
There’s a lot to like about Rock of Ages 3, but its tower defence half simply isn’t one of them. Thankfully, community-made levels will keep the game fresh for a long time.
Ultimately, while it is fun in small doses, Rocket Arena feels itself like an alternate mode in a larger game. It's bright and colourful but as a standalone experience it feels a little too limited and imbalanced to lead the pack
Sword Art Online: Alicization LycorisPS4
An enjoyable RPG with some pacing issues, Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris is a lot of fun once you get to grips with its combat and leveling systems. The decision to lock multiplayer behind 10 hours of content is baffling, but once you unlock it you'll have a good time exploring the MMO-like world with friends.
Marvel's Iron Man VRPS4
Iron Man VR is a perfect example of the PSVR’s limitations. Although flying around and firing your blasters feels remarkably free, it’s not a particularly pretty game. The repetitive action and lack of variety in levels dampen your enjoyment, and the story is obvious and familiar. Whilst it is more than just an “experience”, it never capitalises on the time it has, and the chance you’ll start to become bored of it is rather likely.
Radical Rabbit StewPS4
Radical Rabbit Stew is afun 16-bit puzzler with an amusing story. While it's short, sitting at the 2-3 hour mark to complete, it's a good way to spend an afternoon. Different, cute and quirky.
The concept of Never Breakup is great, but it’s let down by the execution. It’s entertaining to pull your friends around and spit them out, but navigating the stages with imprecise controls and a perspective that makes platforming tricky prevent Never Breakup from being one of the better co-op experiences on Switch.
Warhammer 40,000: MechanicusPS4
This is a very different beast to Inquistor – Martyr, but fits the Warhammer 40K universe just as well – then arguably does a better job within its genre. It’s not the most visually impressive game, and non-fans will struggle with some of the lore and story elements, but Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus is an interesting entry into an increasingly saturated genre that manages to stand out on its own merits.
Creepy Tale never relies on typical puzzle tropes, and has a wonderful art style that is both unsettling and beautiful in equal measure. It's to clever for its own good, and the amount of times you'll struggle far outweighs the enjoyment of solving the mystery of your missing brother.
Paper Mario: The Origami KingSwitch
A creative triumph, with new ideas that last the entire game, some of the best boss battles in ages, and praiseworthy presentation. Paper Mario: The Origami King is only let down by some of the general combat being a bit skippable.
Its official tracks can be just as frustrating as the user-created ones, especially when they wind all over the place and the camera can’t quite keep up, leading to lots of exasperated sighs as you press the restart button again. And again. And again. But when Trackmania is good, it’s incredibly entertaining. And as a live game, it has the potential to get even better.