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Regardless of the few gripes I have with Carrion, the title is such an original idea that it’s very easy to recommend. Also, you grow in such a tightly designed manner that gameplay never gets stale and the experience is over in a satisfying length of time. Sure, it might take players a while to get used to swinging their tentacles to snatch up food, but after a few minutes, you’ll be ingesting screaming victims like a pro.
Monster Prom: XXLSwitch
Monster Prom: XXL may seem pretty strange, but it’s precisely this strangeness that elevates it to greatness. It was clearly designed with multiplayer in mind, as this mode stands as the strongest experience in the game. Even in single-player though, Monster Prom is sure to capture you with its quick wit and charming art style. There’s a lot to love here, and I hope that there’s a place in your heart for that special monster.
The word puzzler doesn’t do Infini justice. It’s definitely not for everyone, but I’d say that it’s a game that everyone needs to try at least once. Very rarely do the mechanics in puzzle games surprise me, and I think Infini‘s are well worth exploring, even if you only have a vague interest in puzzlers.
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2Switch
For the most part, Curse of the Moon 2 provides an excellent variety in enemies, both in design and challenge. A few bosses feel reminiscent of bosses from the first, but they are ultimately different enough to feel distinct. And as aforementioned, the bosses add new attacks to change up their patterns in later episodes, keeping up the entertainment in what could otherwise be a series of repetitive encounters.
If you’re looking for a fun cooperative title to play with a friend or family member, then the game might be worth a try. However, if your prospective partner lacks video game experience, if you don’t have a partner at all, or if you’d prefer something that will outlast an afternoon, tell Biped to take a hike.
Personally, I wish Ultracore were a better game. I was so excited to give it a whirl due to its being such a marvel for its time. I wanted to like it badly. However, it’s such a slog to play and so cheap with its deaths. It is one of those titles where you never feel like a demise is your fault. I mean, there were moments when a robot would fall on my head from up above, leaving me no time to react!
Paper Mario: The Origami KingSwitch
At the end of the day, Paper Mario: The Origami King surpassed my expectations. It isn’t the RPG return to form many gamers were hoping for, but it is the best Paper Mario game since The Thousand-Year Door. The combat is unique, the writing is superb, and the world is brimming with charm.
With its high-quality story, gameplay, and delightful protagonist, I want to tell everyone to play CrossCode. However, without a stability patch, the experience is noticeably worse on Switch. At the moment it’s an amazing game, but one plagued by bugs and crashes. Just like every MMO in its opening days.
Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral TownSwitch
For someone who generally shies away from more casual games such as Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town, it really did a lot to win me over. I was surprised by just how much there is to do in Mineral Town, and as a result, I often found myself mapping out a to-do list for the following day. There’s always something to work towards, be it growing crops, improving tools, or starting a relationship, and this really helped things from getting too stale.
Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in DisguiseSwitch
I recommend those who haven’t played and survived the first game to steer clear, however, as both the built-up fortitude and previous plotlines are necessary to properly navigate the dysfunctional mysteries in Le Carré. However, the existing fanbase will be more than happy with FBI Agent Francis York Morgan’s latest outing, as it adds another unintentionally terrible sequel to the canon.
Catherine: Full BodySwitch
Catherine: Full Body has aged like a fine wine thanks to its new offerings. Not only do these add to an already great experience, but they made the game feel fresh. Rin's introduction to the storyline added a whole new dimension to the already twisted love triangle, while Remix mode did the same for the puzzles. If you haven't played Catherine before, now's a great chance to jump on the train. If you have, Catherine: Full Body is certainly worthy of the encore.
Mr. DRILLER DrillLandSwitch
Despite being a port of a 2002 GameCube game, Mr. Driller DrillLand feels, looks, and hangs with games as they are today. There are tons of depth to the core game, but add a ton of built-in variants that really change your approach and you've got an exemplary entry. The new difficulty setting is a great touch, too.
Star Wars Episode I: RacerSwitch
Ultimately, your preexisting feelings toward Star Wars Episode I: Racer will determine your experience with it. If you’re looking for a modern racing game with lots of options, multiplayer, and smooth visuals, this ain’t it. However, if you enjoyed the game on Nintendo 64, or have been wanting to play it since 1999, you’ll enjoy it on the Switch. It’s a clean game with few things to get in the way of a good time, with just enough of a spit shine to bring it into 2020.
Infliction: Extended CutSwitch
Infliction: Extended Cut is a solid option for fans of first-person horror, but it's hard to shake the feeling of inferiority when compared to other offerings in the genre. It doesn't do much wrong, but Infliction feels derivative and more focus on the detective aspect would have served the game well in the end.
Ultimately, Knight Squad simply does not have the quality of gameplay to take full advantage of its impressive list of modes. A complete experience could have left a mark, but nobody will be knighting Knight Squad when all is said and done.
Burnout Paradise RemasteredSwitch
Ultimately, Burnout Paradise Remastered brings a strong open-world racing playground to Switch. The game holds up quite well — as many of us learned in 2018 upon the remaster’s initial release — and luckily, the smart port job means that you can play the game on Switch without any notable technical compromise.
Railway Empire - Nintendo Switch EditionSwitch
Railway Empire – Nintendo Switch Edition is definitely a tycoon time-sucker. Seeing your profits go up as your trains steam and roll is satisfying, and watching a tiny bit of history play out is interesting if you’re into it. While this is not the most complex tycoon sim out there, it does have some harder mechanics for those seeking a challenge while also sill being accessible for anyone.
Darius Cozmic Collection ArcadeSwitch
All in all, like with the companion Arcade collection, this is a high-quality collection of games, but the experience is brought down by some missing content and a high price tag.
All in all, though, Project Warlock is a reminder of the retro FPS with just a smidge of RPG elements thrown in. The title has a wonderful aesthetic, fantastic music, and enjoyable gameplay. While there are a number of little things that annoy me, it’s unique enough to get a recommendation. Buy it if you grew up loving Doom, Wolfenstein 3D, or especially Hexen.
SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - RehydratedSwitch
This game is exactly what lifelong SpongeBob fan hoped it would be. For observant players, there are tons of nods to the show, and the humor and charm of SpongeBob shines through brilliantly. If you were to remove the SpongeBob license from it though, the game would be just "good enough." It's competently made but falls short of greatness. Ultimately, SpongeBob fanatics and hardcore platforming fans won't want to miss this release, but otherwise, you need not rush to get it.
Much like Digital Eclipse’s work on curious historical compilation SNK 40th, Namco Museum Archives 1 & 2 isn’t a celebratory set of awesome games that are all fun to play. It’s more of a historical document, a textbook meant to preserve an important time period in game history that slips further and further away from the collective memory.
So honestly, I can’t call the game a bad value at only $6.99, considering the price of a movie ticket these days. But there is just little here to recommend otherwise. The puzzles are fun enough, but the storytelling won’t be to everyone’s tastes. It definitely never strummed my heartstrings.
The Isle of ArmorSwitch
Overall, if you’re a fan of Pokémon Sword and Shield, you’ll probably enjoy The Isle of Armor. It’s not perfect and it feels a little skimpy, but the decent amount of postgame content that is there contributes quite well to the main title. It truly feels like an expansion rather than something excised from the main game, which is the best you can hope for when it comes to DLC.
Summer in MaraSwitch
Summer in Mara just wants you to take care of yourself, be thankful to nature, and have a good time exploring. But it also wants you to accomplish a million tasks along the way, and that gets tedious. A shorter runtime or more variation in questlines would have done this game wonders, but as it is, it’s still a fun, relaxing adventure propelled by an endearing message.
Borderlands Legendary CollectionSwitch
I’ve enjoyed some Borderlands in my time, but now that I’ve gotten a taste of the fully realized flexibility of portable loot-’n-shoot action, I’m not sure I ever want to play the series a different way again.