61 Published Reviews
That’s not to say that the main story elements are a bore – they’re told well and give you the chance to involve yourself in their most exciting battles. Issues persist, such as dialogue box errors, oversexualized character interactions, and missing fan favorites from the show. But Fairy Tail still manages to be worth a look thanks to the strong RPG elements put in place by Gust Co. Ltd.
Disintegration is an interesting amalgamation of FPS and RTS elements that’s a visual splendor when your battle plans are carried out successfully. The single-player campaign especially shines as it transports you to different environments, gives you access to several weapon/troop loadouts, and allows you to upgrade your outlaw army over time.
Streets of Rage 4PS4
From an audio standpoint, the original soundtrack has its moments here and there. But those brand new songs simply don’t measure up the far more superior tracks included from the first two series entries. The lack of a 4-player online co-op option is certainly disappointing. Yet Streets of Rage 4’s awesome presentation, fun combat, and clever Easter Eggs for series fanatics still make it worth a recommendation.
While the story hovers around 20 hours, there is plenty to do after it’s wrapped up, whether it’s going back to complete the other optional objectives, leveling your characters up, or even playing through the game again on a higher difficulty. Aside from some minor bugs, a lack of interest in the story, and some annoying enemies (looking at you Ticker), Gears Tactics is a very solid title and is worth a try for fans of the genre.
Final Fantasy VII RemakePS4
The side quests structure will have you wanting more and encourage you to explore every nook and cranny within Midgar. And the game’s combat mechanics are deep enough to offer a ton of player choice when it comes to character class specialty and usage. A few graphical hiccups and camera issues can be a nuisance, but the rest of Final Fantasy VII Remake makes those nitpicks easy to ignore. This game is a must-play.
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4Xbox One
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 makes itself approachable and worth sticking with for the long haul thanks to an incredible use of its source material, a huge cast of characters to master and the type of mission structure that offers tons of fun in small/large doses. The sometimes uncooperative camera, missing playable moments from the story campaign, and lack of an English dub are problems worth mentioning, but they don’t take too much away from what makes this Musou spinoff so much fun.
DOOM Eternal is an adrenaline shot of pure, hyper-intense action that will constantly keep you on your toes. Mixing classic FPS gameplay with modern visuals and upgrades keeps DOOM Eternal’s repetitive loop of killing demons and hunting for collectibles constantly engaging. While I do wish the story was told in cumbersome text logs, id Software has crafted a gorgeous, macabre world to fight in. If you’re looking for
My Hero One's Justice 2Xbox One
My Hero One’s Justice 2 feels less like a sequel and more like a DLC expansion. Fans of the source material will likely enjoy what’s being offered here but be let down by the lack of the game’s evolution. The next My Hero One’s Justice needs to add something major if it wants to ascend to “Plus Ultra” status.
Ori and the Will of the WispsXbox One
Even with the various technical errors I encountered, Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a triumph. A superb, emotionally raw game that expertly builds upon the foundation Moon Studios laid in 2015.
One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody KnowsXbox One
One-Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows is a complete waste of a great manga/anime property. Instead of creating a worthwhile game for the series in the vein of a fun action RPG or spirited beat ’em up, fans are instead treated to a lame arena fighting game. The combat system is far from complex and the fights devolve into special move spam fests.
Granblue Fantasy VersusPS4
Arc System Works has produced another great anime fighter that does its job of bringing in beginner fighting game players and showcasing Granblue Fantasy to a larger player base. Its graphics are amazing, its orchestral soundtrack is pleasing on the ears, and its deceptively simple combat mechanics offers a limitless serving of entertainment.
Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy CollectionPS4
The Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection is worth delving into even if you’ve already completed each of its featured titles. It’s especially endearing to gamers who’ve always been curious about the Mega Man Zero and ZX games but were always put off by their intimidating level of difficulty. All of the titles featured within this collection are enjoyable experiences in their own right and are more enjoyable than the weaker entries in the Mega Man X Legacy Collection.
Zombie Army 4: Dead WarPS4
Zombie Army 4 isn’t breaking any new ground, but it’s engaging gameplay and wacky sensibility carries the 10-hour campaign. Even if you aren’t motivated to keep playing after the credits, there’s just enough rotten meat on the bones to justify giving this title a try. Thanks to its creative level design, horrific zombies, and satisfying weapons, Dead War is a brief, but ultimately enjoyable experience.
Kingdom Hearts III Re:MindPS4
Re:Mind may be more of a rehash of Kingdom Hearts 3’s final moments. But it offers a closer look at each of Sora’s friends and gives players the chance to actively put their Keyblade skills to the test. The newly implemented boss fights (especially the final clash against a mysterious fellow that may point to the next Kingdom Hearts adventure) are all worthwhile.
Dragon Ball Z: KakarotXbox One
Kakarot is still one of the best Dragon Ball Z games ever made, but here’s hoping that an eventual Dragon Ball Super game in the same action RPG vein is far more refined.
STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen OrderPS4
Jedi: Fallen Order is one of the best single-player Star Wars games ever released. Respawn Entertainment’s understanding of the universe and what it means to be a Jedi. Lightsaber combat is engaging, especially once you begin to weave various Force powers into your arsenal. The cast all deliver solid performances, even if Fallen Order’s story seems unfocused at times. If you’ve been waiting for a game to make you truly feel like a Jedi – Fallen Order is for you.
Need for Speed HeatXbox One
Ghost Games has done a commendable job at bringing Need for Speed back to the glory days of its Underground run. There are ton of beautiful cars to drive, gorgeous day and nighttime scenery to take in, and a long list of entertaining challenges to busy yourself with. The “bigger risks, bigger rewards” theme tied to the night cycle experience is the most refreshing portion of the entire Heat experience.
Call of Duty: Modern WarfareXbox One
Wide-open expanses give rise to spawn camping and bouts of endless running where you rarely run into rival soldiers. Spec Ops’s sudden difficulty spikes and lack of enemy archetypes hinder it greatly as well. The campaign is nearly perfect, while the multiplayer and co-op sections are good yet hampered by annoying issues. 2019’s Modern Warfare reboot has a lot going for it. But it also has a few problematic elements that keep it from attaining the highest of honors.
WWE 2K20Xbox One
The outdated presentation, ugly facial scans for several members of the roster, and lack of polish put this game miles behind WWE 2K19. There’s still some fun to be had through the well-produced MYCAREER story, the overabundance of match options, and assorted legacy modes. But there are far too many negatives in place here that disrupts all the good WWE 2K20 tries to deliver. Perhaps it’s time for another developer to try their hand at WWE’s video game efforts…
The Outer WorldsPS4
From the moment my escape pod crash-landed on a mysterious planet I was hooked. The Outer Worlds is a tremendously engaging RPG that offers a superb level of freedom and player agency within the game world. Even with some stiff character animations, shakey traversal systems, and lack of a quest indicator, The Outer Worlds is still a masterclass in how to construct a deep, engrossing story. While its inspirations from the Fallout franchise are unquestionable, Obsidian Entertainment elevates the formula to something much greater.
Shadowkeep may not be the best expansion in Destiny 2’s history, but it’s a loud declaration about what to expect in the future. There’s no better time to pick a Ghost, grab a gun, and shoot some aliens. Destiny 2’s fourth major expansion is a terrific addition for both new and old players.
The return of GRID is largely a success. The racing itself stays fun throughout thanks to a clever Nemesis System, a nice variety of car classes and events that’ll keep you busy for months on end and a revised car handling model that caters to both types of racing game fans. The thrill of zipping across each track alongside your teammate as you outrun your most hated rivals and push your way to the front of the pack never loses its luster. However, the lack of a more extensive car customization system is still a sore spot.
The game’s beautiful art style comes to life as each carefully crafted frame for character actions appears onscreen. What’s delivered here is a throwback to a classic era of RPG’s that’s been sorely missed – Indivisible taps into the addictive battle system, unique cast of characters and standout music classic Square Enix RPG’s were celebrated for. Indivisible is a passion project that’s just as great as it was promised to be.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon BreakpointXbox One
Ghost Recon Breakpoint gets in its own way far too often. The intriguing plot becomes an afterthought thanks to lame cutscenes, exploring the gorgeous island of Aurora loses its luster due to the tired Ubisoft open-world formula and the pay-to-win mechanics blatantly cater to anyone who’s sick of taking on destructive drones. You’ll experience moments within this military shooter that inspire a little bit of confidence. But those fleeting moments of fun quickly dissipate as the game’s unfinished feel and lack of polish spring up far too often.
Contra: Rogue CorpsXbox One
Konami continues to dig itself deeper into a hole of irrelevance with trainwrecks like Contra: Rogue Corps. The first few missions point to a solid shooter that you hope will improve over time. But those hopes are quickly dashed away thanks to recycled enemies, boring stage layouts, bullet sponge bosses with predictable attack patterns and unimpactful gunplay. A current-gen rendition of Contra with top-down, twin-stick shooter mechanics sounds like a great idea. But Contra: Rouge Corps’ shoddy execution proves that a project such as this one is better left in more capable hands.