234 Published Reviews
Overwatch remains a clear-cut top choice for anyone looking to pick up a competitive multiplayer shooter. Each hero brings a unique skill set to the table, which is impressive considering there are over 30 of them now. The core game modes are still as engaging as they were at launch, with the supplemental game modes adding variety when it’s needed.
Legends of AriaPC
Legends of Aria is a tribute to some of the earliest MMORPG’s that helped define the genre that it resides in. It’s not afraid to lean into things like the grind or less than linear progression systems. This design choice leaves Aria attempting to maintain a pretty delicate balance. On the one hand, it gives players an opportunity to (re)discover what made some of the earliest MMORPG’s great.
Ghost of TsushimaPS4
Ghost of Tsushima is the samurai game I’ve personally always wanted, and it’s one I can find myself diving into just to explore the world and take in the sights as I play, helping Jin find some small measure of peace along the way, assuming the wind guides us there.
I wish I could recommend Ancestors Legacy to Switch players. I wish I could say I had an amazing time and couldn’t put it down. Unfortunately, I mostly just wish I had played it on PC. As my brother told me, “not every game belongs on the Switch.” I suppose he was right.
I’d say that for me, Desperados III is a relatively easy buy at retail price. For most of my friends, it would be worth picking up on sale, and for a few who aren’t really interested in this genre typically, I don’t think this is the game that’ll change their minds. For most, I’d say follow that general guide. If you’re a fan of this genre or just have an intense itch for a good story set in the Old West, then this is probably an easy recommendation.
The Outer WorldsSwitch
I really want to recommend The Outer Worlds on the Nintendo Switch. I’ve seen some developers do a great job bringing triple-A titles over and I had high hopes for Obsidians’ Sci-Fi RPG. However, after spending a week pushing through pretty rough gameplay experience, it’s clear that this port just doesn’t cut it. Too many sacrifices were made to make it run and it shows. Should you play The Outer Worlds? Definitely. Should you play it on the Nintendo Switch? only if you have no other option.
The blending of FPS and RTS gameplay elements makes it unique, but I feel like it struggles to really settle into an identity for itself and tries to pull a lot of different ideas together that don’t always synergize. The world is beautifully striking, but the devil is in the details and I expected my robotic-companions’ metallic shells to shine with the luster and sheen that I would see in any other robot. It’s too bad that Disintegration, much like its metallic characters, feels cheap and plasticky instead.
It’s a damn shame that these existing easy solutions were simply ignored. A veteran team with the experience and containing the caliber of talent like Riot should simply know better. I cannot overstate just how much this frustrates me.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor isn’t a bad chapter by any stretch. It’s dark themes really shine through in the storytelling, and while the main questline felt lackluster thanks to its predictability and my issues with the buggy boss fights, the side quests told complex and entertaining stories - the kind I’ve come to love from the ZeniMax team.
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive EditionSwitch
I think that, despite showing its age, Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition lives up to being one of the greatest JRPGs in the last couple decades. Its story and gameplay are timeless and, although I was personally overwhelmed by its inventory system, the amount of customizability and freedom that comes with the plethora of gear available makes it highly replay-able to boot.
Predator: Hunting GroundsPS4
Overall, Predator: Hunting Grounds hits only on a few cylinderswhile leaving you wanting more than is currently available in the title. A universe such as this one should be shown the proper respect, instead it relys too heavily on our nostalgia with the movie franchise to entice players into taking control of an iconic film character to sell itself.
Bless UnleashedXbox One
It’s a shame, really, because at the end of the day I really wanted Bless Unleashed to be a good game. And parts of it really shined through while exploring Lumios. The world building, cities and some of the characters are instantly memorable and made me want to learn more. But when coupled with an unpolished backdrop, laggy and uninspired combat and a boring, frustrating grind, it makes it hard to recommend to anyone who is looking for a good free-to-play MMO to check out.
You will find yourself growing more attached to certain characters as you play through their stories and make you really connect with the game. The music in Sakura Wars is very well done and plays very well into the mood of the title. All in all, Sakura Wars is worthy of a play through if you've been itching for another great anime game in your library.Full Disclosure - This copy was provided by PR for the purposes of this review.
Phantasy Star Online 2Xbox One
There is plenty of fight left in PSO2, and if you haven’t played it, or any version of Phantasy Star Online before, then it’s going to be new to you. Phantasy Star Online 2 is a fantastic game with a lot to offer. With a generous Free 2 Play payment model, PSO2 is certainly one of the best options out there for gamers looking to try something different, without overspending.
Trials of ManaPS4
Although the combat may get repetitive and boss battles are rarely challenging, Trials has a ton of charm and fun that is easily accessible for new players and old fans alike. For the amount of gameplay offered – especially in terms of replay-ability if you want to see everything – there are few JRPGs that are as enjoyable to play as Trials of Mana was.
Persona 5 RoyalPS4
Bridge Builder Adventure isn’t quite the adventure it promises, and is a solid bridge-building puzzler only. You’ll probably need a keen interest in engineering to play it through and then take down a harder difficulty, though.
Animal Crossing: New HorizonsSwitch
As much as I love Animal Crossing, I suppose I expected just a lot more than what we’ve seen in New Leaf and Pocket Camp. I would even throw my hands up in elation if Gyroids made their triumphant return as audible and visual furniture once again. Despite some of these minor misgivings, and lost opportunities in my estimation, Animal Crossing: New Horizons delivers on an island building simulation that will not disappoint. If you’re headed to the island, say “Hi” to Nook for me.
Final Fantasy VII RemakePS4
It’s not perfect, but Final Fantasy VII REMAKE is the remake I was hoping for. The developers truly took the chance and are remaking one of the great RPG stories in gaming history, and it shows a confidence I’ve not seen in Square Enix in quite a while. Final Fantasy VII REMAKE is just the first installment of that new direction for the story, and it’s one I’m eager to follow moving forward.
When it comes to first-person shooters, Doom Eternal is one of those games that you can get lost in. The combination of graphics, story, and intense action is enough to keep you playing for hours, pushing for “one more try” after a demon inevitably eats your lunch. In a time when people are grasping for something to occupy their minds, Doom Eternal couldn’t have come at a better time.
TOM CLANCY'S THE DIVISION 2: WARLORDS OF NEW YORKPC
We have been on the cusp of some of the best content Ubisoft has ever presented, with Manning National Zoo, Coney Island, and now Lower Manhattan. While not every egg this goose has laid has been golden, Warlords of New York has me waiting expectantly, wondering what will happen next. There is no better time than right now to get into The Division 2.
Kingdom Hearts III Re:MindXbox One
Overall I enjoyed the Kingdom Hearts 3 Re:Mind DLC and finding out about the endings and what it could hold for the future of the series. The Re:Mind DLC was not long, but I didn’t really expect it to be long at all as it was just neat wrap up to a great story so far. The Limit Cut Episode brought a lot of questions, and I have so much speculation with how it ended, which I’ll not state here in order to avoid spoilers.
Kingdom Under Fire 2 has gotten off to a solid start, and I honestly had a ton of fun playing. Unfortunately, for me, the gender locked classes are a pretty big deal, and having issues with finding groups to do things can be frustrating. One problem is currently it’s easy to knock out the dailies, which is nice because we aren’t endlessly grinding our faces on, but once people get their dailies done, the server can feel a bit like a ghost town. They do have a December patch planned and new content is on the way, so hopefully, they’ll be able to reach a good state of equilibrium.
Star Wars: The Old Republic - OnslaughtPC
If you are a new player and don’t mind/enjoy a tab target style MMORPG, yes you should definitely give it a go at least as a F2P player. The various class storylines, barring one or two, are great examples of classic BioWare storytelling. There is a ton of story content in the game and each class story is unique up to level 50. For returning players the question is more difficult to answer. I have enjoyed the new DLC enough to remain a subscriber for another month, if I had not found a guild I would most likely have cancelled shortly after completing the new storyline.
ArcheAge Unchained is a thoroughly entertaining sandbox experience, but still needs a lot of work and polish before it can truly become something great. There are too many overarching issues that should have been tested in the PTS and as a result have dramatically affected the game’s performance and player progression during the critical moments of launch. Despite those problems, it still doesn’t feel like the end of ArcheAge Unchained, but a very bumpy beginning.
Overwatch®: Legendary EditionSwitch
Actually, Overwatch seems to live on the multiplayer despite my objections to a lack of story mode. In all, Overwatch is a great hero shooter no matter where you play it.