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Performance wise the problems soon loom into view the minute that there is more than one bike on the asphalt. The framerate goes south immediately. The graphics, already low resolution to begin with, look abysmal, particularly on licensed tracks where there is a lot going on. Handheld-wise this runs worse than many racing titles from as far as two generations of consoles back, with docked not much of an improvement.
Dragon Star VarnirSwitch
Dragon Star Varnir is a step up from a lot of Compile Heart's games, but the Switch version is a technical mess.
Garden Story is a beautiful game with a laid back attitude, but the slow paced gameplay won't be to everyone's taste.
With destructible environments (you can blow holes in almost everything), frenetic action, over-the-top physics and a soundtrack that rarely takes a breather, Severed Steel is an enjoyable, cathartic experience.
Aragami 2 is wonderful when you're being a ninja, but one-on-one encounters are poor, and a lack of variety lets it down.
The visuals aren’t amazing, but it’s so much fun to play. The way missions are spread out across the various skateparks is a breath of fresh air, and the gameplay is easy to get used to from the moment you get on your board. Customisation spans to boards and the way your bird dresses, giving you plenty of reasons to collect everything around you. What I’m trying to say is SkateBIRD is a simple yet satisfying skateboarding game with tons of replayability. In fact, some might say it’s a hoot.
I feel as though I’ve rambled enough about how great Deathloop is. It never takes itself too seriously. The voice actors for Colt and Julianna are magnificent. So too are the weird and wonderful Visionaries. If I had one negative, it would be the AI is pretty dumb. Stealth is far too easy, and they’re not always aware of you, even if you’re in their peripheral. Other than that, Deathloop is easily one of the best games of 2021, and there’s a reason Bethesda has been promoting it as much as they have.
Lost in RandomPS5
The combat is so clever, and the ability to build your deck of cards throughout gives you more of a reason to find as much coin as possible and find the nearest Mannie Dex vendor. It looks incredible, and has a warm story at its core, even if it’s quite emotional and dark at times. There’s plenty to love about it, and I’m sure a lot of people will be talking about this at the end of the year.
Life is Strange: True ColorsPC
Life is Strange: True Colors is a powerful story of loss, love, and overcoming the things that hold you back. The empathy abilities add depth, and Alex is one of the best characters Life is Strange has ever seen.
Tales of ArisePS5
Tales of Arise offers a superb blend of JRPG favourites, tight combat, and modern-day design choices. It's easily the best Tales game in years.
The Artful EscapeXbox Series X
The Artful Escape is a bold and beautiful trip through the cosmos, featuring a killer soundtrack and a thrilling space adventure.
WarioWare: Get It Together!Switch
With references that will make long-time Nintendo fans squeal, WarioWare: Get it Together has deeper gameplay and more longevity than you’d expect. You’ll love it or hate it, however, depending on whether you like the changes or not.
The reality is, Rustler does not deliver on the rich promise of the very funny opening video, and indeed the entire premise itself. With a bit more thought and consideration towards the controls, combat and structure, and less reliance on fart and poo gags, Rustler could have been a riot. As such I would recommend revisiting the exceptional GTA Chinatown Wars if you really fancy some top-notch, top-down crime thuggery.
Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2PS5
With some nicely-detailed visuals and decent voice-acting, Sniper Ghost Warrior: Contracts 2 is a polished offering from CI Games. The story is so unneccesary that it almost feels at odds with the mission structure, but really this is all about the shooting and, thankfully, CI have nailed that. It’s a competent stealth game and still arguably the best sniper sim currently available.
Sonic Colors: UltimateXbox Series X
There are a few extra bits – costumes based on the 2020 Sonic movie, some new music and voice tracks, and a time trial where you get to challenge Metal Sonic over six special stages. Sadly, Sonic Colors Ultimate has very little to make it an essential purchase, unless of course you are a huge fan of the original and want a sugary nostalgia rush. But do that bearing in mind you can pick up a Wii and a copy of the game for pretty much what you would shell out here.
F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow TorchPS5
F.I.S.T: Forged in Shadow Torch's exciting, brutal combat, and rewarding exploration set it apart from many of its genre-mates, and make it utterly worth your time.
Doctor Who: The Lonely AssassinsSwitch
Doctor Who: The Lonely Assassins is a wonderful game that takes advantage of the found phone formula to tell an interesting and exciting story.
The Medium is easily their best yet, behind Observer. It captures fear in an inventive way, and makes fantastic use of the PS5’s wonderful controller. These improvements don’t feel tagged on or arbitrary. It allows you to immerse yourself in the world in new ways, and experience The Medium in a way the Xbox Series X just can’t provide.
Inked: A Tale of LoveSwitch
Short, undemanding and nicely constructed, Inked: A Tale of Love is a couple of hours well worth exploring.
The Big ConPC
The Big Con is a welcome nod to one of the coolest decades of all time, featuring some great writing, beautiful visuals, and fun gameplay.
art of rallySwitch
If you fancied this on your Switch and cannot enjoy it on a PC, you should wait a wee while to see what happens in terms of patch. This is simple because there are some performance issues. Oh, and art of rally Switch is considerably more expensive, to boot.
Prinny Presents NIS Classics Volume 1Switch
It isn’t all about graphics when you get to play two charming slices of off-the-wall Japanese lunacy like in NIS Classics.
No More Heroes 3Switch
No More Heroes III has some of the best boss fights I’ve played all year, but outside of these epic battles there isn’t a lot I found engaging. There are some funny moments and a lot of style on display, but the boring side activities and dire open world make it hard to enjoy. I’ll definitely be returning for a boss rush or two, but as a total package No More Heroes III is very hit and miss.
RiMS Racing is an absolutely unique combo of engineer simulation and road race action and a breath of fresh air in the bike sim marketplace. The constant need to focus on the upkeep and performance will either make it or break it for you. Not one for the casual gamer or someone that likes to collect vehicles, this is a genuine hardcore title.
Fracked is the most stylish and exhilarating VR experience of 2021 – and may even be the best implemented shooter I have experienced on the Sony headset.