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The garden may have seen better days but chasing away the darkness is just the excuse needed to take it all in, solving its mysteries and coming to grips with a creation that only follows the rules of 3D space when it feels like it.
Luigi's Mansion 3Switch
While the 3DS title may have received mixed reception, Luigi’s Mansion 3 is a wonderful return to form from the first title that does the series justice. It’s on par, if not better, than the original simply because of the great atmosphere and wonderful puzzling challenge it brings. While fighting enemies isn’t the most difficult thing ever, especially for older players, it’s still fun and never overstays its welcome between exploring each and every floor in the haunted hotel. Luigi’s Mansion 3 is an absolutely wonderful time that makes it easy to want to jump in and keep exploring the hotel to find every last secret it has to offer.
The music is arguably the best part of Death Stranding, and the visuals, while fluctuating in quality depending on the area, have some of the best-looking character models seen in any game. If Death Stranding wasn’t so padded out it could have been something special; instead, we’re left with a repetitive letdown that’s far more enjoyable to watch than play.
Disgaea 4 Complete+Switch
Disgaea 4 Complete+ is yet another wonderful addition from the franchise brought to modern consoles, and fans of the series or tactics titles should not miss out on it.
Destiny Connect: Tick-Tock Travelers TimePS4
Destiny Connect: Tick-Tock Travelers is a fantastic game full of heart. Breezy with a bit of substance to it, the battle system is a ton of fun and the time travel-centric mystery plot is a lot of fun to see unfold. If you’re looking for a fun RPG for younger players or just want something that’s a bit like a Studio Ghibli film in game form, pick it up. There’s a lot to love about Destiny Connect: Tick-Tock Travelers and you can’t go wrong grabbing it on either the PS4 or Switch.
Ring Fit AdventureSwitch
There’s a ton of variety here to allow players to exercise how they like even without touching the adventure mode. Nintendo has really outdone themselves by combining an encouraging RPG adventure with exercise to push players to their limit in Ring Fit Adventure.
Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and the Lion KingPS4
Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King is a prime example of how a retro game collection should be assembled. The included games are both great games from the 16-bit era. There’s more variety in the different versions of Aladdin than there are with The Lion King, but people who grew up with The Lion King are probably going to the play Console N or Console S based on what system they had growing up. Ultimately in these collections the quality of the games is what is most important, but the extras can go a long way in adding value to decades-old games which this package is generous with.
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HDSwitch
Visually, the HD visuals are a nice upgrade from the Wii, but the reworked soundtrack isn’t as impressive as the original game’s. Still, if you haven’t played Blitz, this is the best overall way to do it — as long as you can mainly enjoy the series for its regular stages and don’t mind the lack of a lot of mini-games.
While Afterparty arguably doesn’t quite hit the same overall heights as its older sibling, it still manages to deliver one amazing adventure of its own, largely thanks to a terrific sense of humor, a unique story, and some truly astounding writing and dialogue. Hell has been transformed into a giant, twisted, colorful party and Night School has filled it with a terrific cast of characters and a unique drink-based mechanic that will all easily leave you wanting more.
In the end, it’s still a WWE game and Visual Concepts is promising patches. What really needs to happen is Visual Concepts needs to start building a new way to play with a fresh game to launch next generation. Something that has its own touch rather than a hand-me-down of Yukes. Visual Concepts needs to do some soul searching here and there is an opportunity to snap its fingers and start fresh.
Call of Duty: Modern WarfarePS4
The classic Call of Duty: Modern Warfare trilogy remains one of the best trilogies in gaming history. To reboot it after only eight years was a risk, but Infinity Ward has done their series proud. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare takes the classic formula and gives it a modern-day spin that not only brings the gameplay and design up to today’s standards but also respects the past. The campaign successfully hones in on uncomfortable topics to tell a modern war story. Well developed characters help convey uncomfortable truths, though cartoonish villains hinder some of that impact.
MediEvil is a resurrected game from the past millennium, and like Sir Daniel, some of the legends steeped in nostalgia may have depicted MediEvil as something greater than it is. It shows its age in some spots but for the most part it’s enjoyable. People with fond memories of it would probably enjoy this update over the original if for no other reason than the visual facelift. Its style has as much to do with its legacy as the gameplay but this is one of the more memorable titles to grace the original PlayStation.
Lonely Mountains: DownhillPC
Lonely Mountains: Downhill is easily the best mountain biking game available. True, there’s not a lot of competition, but even if there was it would be hard to top. The terrain is a blast to explore, each bike opens up a different style of play and the atmosphere is about as close to perfect as you could hope for. The progression system to unlock new bikes takes a bit too long, and sometimes the bike physics get a bit wonky, but it’s hard to let that get in the way when the next trail opens up or a new shortcut reveals a path that knocks several seconds off the clock.
The Outer WorldsPS4
Not all areas are as deep as the morally-ambiguous narrative or its slew of worthwhile characters, but for those who are patient enough and can appreciate the attention put into giving its world (its many worlds) some nuance beyond simply its artistic efforts, like New Vegas before it, The Outer Worlds‘ light-hearted trek through shallow, corporate shenanigans, is one RPG that so easily pulls you in and keeps you there many a dozen-hours later.
DORAEMON STORY OF SEASONSSwitch
It may not be the most innovative take on Story of Seasons, but the unique elements it brings to the table are well worth giving it a try especially when it’s so easy to sink an entire day or more farming through each season in one sitting. Story of Seasons fans will be delighted with just how wonderful this unique take on the series fits, and it’s worth it to get to spend some time with Doraemon and friends.
Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for NeighborvillePS4
The Plants vs. Zombies franchise continues to grow in exciting and entertaining ways. While the previous Garden Warfare titles focused heavily on crafting multiplayer experiences, Battle for Neighborville set its sights on delivering a substantial PvE experience. The three open areas are fun to explore, with plenty of engaging content for all ages.
The Ninja Saviors: Return of the WarriorsPS4
The Ninja Saviors: The Return of the Warriors is a revival of an old game in a style that is rarely seen these days. It’s a game that showcases how fun the style of game can be but also shows off all the limitations that were around in the ’90s. It’s a fun and challenging game that can be completed in an hour or two. The remake did a good job of making it look nice on modern consoles and the two player co-op mode was an essential addition.
Mary Skelter 2Switch
The gameplay isn’t exactly groundbreaking but there’s enough going on to keep the formula feeling fresh with the environmental puzzles and hazards along with the customization of blood maidens. Compile Heart/Idea Factory titles have their own weird charm about them and those familiar with their other titles will find that same comfort with this one. Overall Mary Skelter 2 is a fun dungeon crawler that finds a healthy balance between levity and disturbing.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IIIPS4
To say this is technically the “weakest” entrant in the series to date, and yet still demonstrates how many steps ahead these games are compared to their contemporaries, should give you a sizeable hint as to how highly recommended this series will continue to be. It may not achieve the same immediate and resounding brilliance as its predecessors, but The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III is brilliant nonetheless. By modern design standards, albeit not a graphical showcase, one of the best examples of what JRPGs can be.
Felix The ReaperPC
Felix the Reaper stands out as one of the year’s best puzzlers. Felix himself may easily lure you in with his charming appearance and cute design, along with a colorful world that he inhabits full of morbid humor and terrific music, but once you’re in, you’ll find a highly challenging game with superb, rewarding gameplay that will have you tearing out your hair one minute and cheering in delight the next, like any good puzzle game that puts up a fight. If death should indeed be considered a joyous occasion, then Felix appropriately brings along one delightful party via his game.
DRAGON QUEST III: The Seeds of SalvationSwitch
Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation shows its age even with the modernization but it also holds up very well. The game mechanics and story progression are echoes of a forgotten past which will invoke nostalgia in older gamers but may just seem archaic to the younger crowd. This one holds up the best out of the three Switch titles. The first two games are mainly worth playing for historical interest or nostalgia but this one should be played by any JRPG fan for its own merits.
Deliver Us the MoonPC
Deliver Us the Moon is a surprisingly emotional story about the indomitability of the human spirit and the sacrifices of the few for the many. I did not expect to feel so emotional by the end, but the title tackles heavy subjects with such grace that it becomes touching. This, combined with beautiful graphics and an amazingly-constructed atmosphere create a thrilling experience in Space. While the title does do a lot of great things with visuals and gameplay, the story comes to an end with no real definitive solutions.
Killer Queen BlackSwitch
The action is still quick and intense while requiring a healthy dose of strategy, it’s visually stunning and it’s another stellar example of “easy to learn, hard to master.” Top it all off with the insane amount of fun that can be had while playing with friends and Killer Queen Black a no-brainer. Much like the NBA Jams and Mortal Kombat IIs of the ’90s, what we have here is an impressive home version of an arcade hit that can easily keep you tied up for a while.
What this reboot of the GRID franchise does well, it does really well. Stunning visuals with great car models and lighting mixed with a 60 FPS experience and an excellent sense of speed goes almost unrivaled. The engine sounds are an orchestra to car enthusiasts’ ears and the handling engine is the perfect blend of arcade and simulation.
Valfaris is a dark, mean sci-fi trek through a corrupted landscape that can only be cleansed through fire. Or firepower, at least, and with the right weaponry it can be both at the same time. The large levels are stocked with a host of creatures ranging from small and swarming to large and vicious, and you’ll frequently have to deal with both at once. Therion’s arsenal is nicely balanced to deal with the madness and the weapons are quick and responsive so each of the many deaths is theoretically preventable.