838 Published Reviews
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Complete EditionSwitch
Ultimately, Siege of Centauri is fine. Its mechanics are solid enough, it does everything else decently on-screen, and the pyrotechnics are spectacular to see. It just doesn't feel like anything special, from the abilities to the story to the units to the towers. It's the kind of game that you wouldn't mind playing but won't rush out to buy immediately, making this difficult to recommend unless you devour every game in the tower defense genre.
FROSTPUNK: CONSOLE EDITIONPS4
The very focused nature of the setting means that the camera never becomes too unwieldy, with only the zoom function being slightly jittery on occasion. The graphics looks good too, with some suitably chilly weather effects that seem more effective at this time of year than when the original was released back in April 2018. Frostpunk isn’t a cheery experience and, just like This War Of Mine, it puts you in knowingly impossible situations and forces you to make the best of them.
Indivisible has its flaws but it’s a very difficult game to dislike thanks to its cheerful storytelling, gorgeous graphics, and (almost) unique mix of gameplay elements. We don’t know if Lab Zero Games are going to continue to switch genres with each new game they make but they certainly know how to create an interesting role-player, and we can’t wait to see what they do next.
Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible LairPS4
A polished, challenging and colourful 2D platform game that recalls the best of Donkey Kong Country on the SNES, even if it doesn’t really move beyond it. Great level design and platform action. Loads of secrets, a heady hit of nostalgia if you were around for the Rare’s halcyon days, and a level of silliness not often present in modern games. Great level design and platform action. Loads of secrets, a heady hit of nostalgia if you were around for the Rare’s halcyon days, and a level of silliness not often present in modern games.
John Wick HexPC
If this was a big budget game no doubt the graphics would have been vastly superior but there’s no way anyone would have risked all that money on such an odd idea. But that risk has certainly paid off with John Wick Hex, which is not only one of the best movie tie-ins we’ve ever played but one of the most original and enjoyable strategy games of the generation.
Like its predecessor, GRID is a superb driving game that positions itself artfully between hardcore and casual. It looks good, has highly proficient AI competition, and a good range of cars that won’t force you to start with a Ford Fiesta – we’re looking at you, Gran Turismo. There’s not that much of it though, and with limited team management and a modest career mode, its season pass content will need to be exceptional to make up for that.
There’s nothing really wrong with Concrete Genie, but where often with video games we’ll talk about an interesting premise that doesn’t fulfil its potential this is essentially the opposite. It’s a very limited concept, that has little intrinsic entertainment value, but has been put together with a surprising amount of care and attention.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game RemasteredPS4
Ghostbusters is first and foremost a comedy and if it’s not funny that means it’s lost its primary appeal, whether it’s a movie or a video game. Ghostbusters: The Video Game looks and sounds the part (the remaster is generally of a good standard, although the cut scenes suffer from some strange performance issues) but it feels more like a fan-made mod than a real game.
One of the best narrative-based games of the year, that tackles a number of contemporary issues in an original and entertaining manner and whose main fault is merely a lack of budget.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon BreakpointPS4
As with any game as a service, a great many complaints will no doubt be addressed as Breakpoint matures. The Division at launch was a bit of a mess, and that eventually became a force to be reckoned with. Still, it’s depressing to see yet another AAA game released before it’s ready, and one where some of those flaws are inspired only by the greed of the publisher.
There’s a great game here, buried somewhere beneath all the bugs and random obstacles, and it’s just different enough from Darkest Dungeon to be worth coming back to in a few months, when hopefully it will all work properly. Extremely rough around the edges but even in its current state this is an engrossing and tension-filled strategy role-playing game that offers a very different perspective of WWII.
Sniper Elite 3 Ultimate EditionSwitch
Sniper Elite 3 was a difficult game to recommend when it was first released but the passage of time has been kind to it. Sniper Elite 4 is still by far the better game, and hopefully Sniper Elite 5 (which has already been hinted at) will be the ultimate realisation of the franchise’s potential, but as the best entry on the Switch this is still worth keeping in your sights.
Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive EditionSwitch
Gorgeous visuals and some sublime visual storytelling, Ori And The Blind Forest might not do much that is genuinely new but almost everything it does attempt is genuinely great.
Mario Kart TouriOS
A good looking but shallow repurposing of Nintendo’s classic kart racers, transforming it form the world’s favourite racing game to a cynical, and disturbingly persistent, cash grab.
Neither game is going to leave a mark though and there’s nothing here for FromSoftware to learn from, beyond perhaps some elements of Code Vein’s character customisation. It’s never wise to settle for second best but that’s what both this week’s SoulsBorne wannabes are and we’re becoming increasingly less interested in seeing anything else in a similar vein.
DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive EditionSwitch
Old school to a fault, but fans of the series – and anyone else that appreciates its honest charms – will find much to love in this simplistic but heart-warming role-player.
FIFA 20 has managed to find the balance between realism and fun. Although the game doesn’t look or play quite as true to life as PES 2020 does, it makes up for it in enjoyment. This is a game that will have you punching the air when a slick passing move results in a goal; it’s a game that feels incredibly satisfying when you jockey the opposition into a trap and make a perfectly timed tackle.
CONTRA ROGUE CORPSSwitch
Rogue Corps is a disaster and when it inevitably becomes a flop we worry whether we’ll ever see the franchise again. But while Contra’s name may have been dragged through the dirt at least its spirit lives on in other games. And who knows, perhaps one day we’ll get another Contra that lives up to its own legacy.
Groundhog Day: Like Father Like SonPS4
With a script that’s got its moments, and some good, solid sarcasm from your protagonist, Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son tells an engaging story of cynicism lost and superficiality seen through. Some of its mini-games are best forgotten, and the problem of repeating dialogue is never completely sorted out, but as sequel to a film that seemingly defied follow-ups, this is a brave and at times entertaining result.
The Surge 2PS4
Since Lords Of The Fallen in 2014, developer Deck13 has been making its living almost solely through Dark Souls clones and they were starting to get pretty good at it. But this is a backwards step that we suspect, given the graphics and lack of new features, was made in hurry. As a result, it adds absolutely nothing to the genre as a whole or The Surge as a franchise. The idea of a sci-fi version of Dark Souls is still a very appealing one but The Surge 2 is nowhere close to fulfilling that potential.
Untitled Goose GameSwitch
Completely charming and wonderfully presented stealth puzzle game, that turns a horrible goose into one of the year’s most endearing video game stars.
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch RemasteredPS4
Rather than complaining aout the relative lack of new ideas our biggest issue with Ni No Kuni is simply that Studio Ghibli haven’t worked on more games over the years. Ni No Kuni proves that the Japanese role-playing genre doesn’t have to rely purely on nostalgia and paralysing tradition for its appeal. With the right amount of tender loving care, it can still produce experiences as memorable as any other genre, and even as much of one of Studio Ghibli’s own films.
The Legend of Zelda: Link's AwakeningSwitch
The lack of any meaningful additions is a surprise, but it only underlines what a fantastic game the Game Boy original was, in what is still a classic Zelda title that thoroughly deserves the star treatment.
It’s a shame it isn’t a full remake, but The Dark Descent remains one of the most frightening and atmospheric video games ever made.
NBA 2K20 is an excellent game, there’s no doubt about that. Even if there was competition, 2K has built such a tremendous basketball sim it’s hard to see how it can be bettered. The reworked gameplay will make you more considered in your play. Spamming buttons will be a thing of the past and finding that perfect jumper will take time. It’s well-balanced.