253 Published Reviews
Hyrule Warriors: Age of CalamitySwitch
Overall, this is definitely a game for fans of the original. However, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity still delivers the fun action of Dynasty Warriors is known for while looking and feeling like a true prequel to Breath of the Wild, which is not an easy feat.
While I’ve played worse, Vigil: The Longest Night just has too many flaws for me to wholeheartedly recommend it. The visual style, despite the bad animations, is still pleasing, and you’re generally rewarded well for exploring. I just wish that the combat had more impact to it, especially the bosses.
Monster Prom 2: Monster CampPC
If you enjoyed Monster Prom (which you did because you have excellent taste), then Monster Camp is a great continuation of that experience. It doesn’t change things up massively as far as gameplay goes, but that’s because very little needed changing from the original.
Mario Kart Live: Home CircuitSwitch
Still, there’s fun to be had for at least a few hours before the novelty wears off, and it’s hard not to enjoy seeing Mario speed around track you have made. There’s potential, just not enough for this to be worth it for most Mario Kart fans (though cats certainly seem to love it).
Genshin Impact is genuinely fun, is set in a wonderfully vibrant world with stuff to be discovered everywhere you go, topped off with some fantastic waifus and best boys. As someone who is entirely free-to-play, the gacha system is horrendous. However, it doesn’t take too much away from the general enjoyment that I get from the game. You should definitely give the game a try. It’s free!
Ghost of TsushimaPS4
Ghost of Tsushima may or may not be the game of the year for a lot of people. Between the stunning visuals, solid story and characters, and one of the best uses of the open world framework I’ve seen, it is a strong contender for me, even in a year that has included some fantastic releases.
Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral TownSwitch
There is a lot to love about this game. If you’re a fan of the surprisingly popular farming-simulator/RPG genre, then picking up Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town for the Nintendo Switch or the PC is a pretty solid bet to keep you entertained. While parts of it feel dated at times, all the charm and joy that the series brings to the table are there so it is worth picking up.
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega MixSwitch
As a stand out in the Project DIVA series with its notable additions of customisation options, MegaMix is welcoming to newcomers with accessible and adaptable difficulty, and for fans who are craving a new experience in the series with the exclusive Mix mode. With its crisp presentation, and over 100 songs available as soon as you boot up the game, Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA MegaMix makes for yet another brilliant rhythm game for the Switch’s library that is worthy of your time, attention and dedication.
Sakura Wars is a Dating Sim with acceptable combat. I mean that as a huge compliment! Sure, there are some flaws and oddities about it in terms of combat, but I feel the game’s strengths are with the storytelling, the endearing and likeable characters, as well as the very anime-style presentation. There is a lot to like here as an anime fan and a fan of Dating Sims or Visual Novels. I really recommend fans of Sakura Wars or people who are into anime and visual novels to check this one out!
Trials of ManaPS4
If you can only buy one JRPG this month, I’d have to say make it Final Fantasy VII, but if you can buy two then Trials of Mana is a fun, charming adventure with the potential for loads of playthroughs to keep you coming back for more. It might not get the same amount of hype Square Enix’s previous offering, but it deserves your attention just as much. For fans of Secret of Mana in the West, this is your best chance to play the sequel that could have been.
Granblue Fantasy VersusPC
The single player modes aren’t the greatest, and in the game’s defence, single player modes in fighting games are always a struggle, with the exception of NetherRealm Studios. All other aspects of the game however, are fantastic. Online is still playable. Characters are fun and unique, there could definitely be some balance adjustments, but it’s still good. Visual masterpiece.
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4PS4
One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 is a really fun adventure through and through, and even has things that I would love to see in mainline Warriors title. It offers a good amount of replay value and hours of fun for One Piece fans – though the lack of certain arcs being playable in the game is definitely a baffling decision.
Persona 5 RoyalPS4
Persona 5 Royal is a great opportunity for a replay, it adds enough meat to the already full bones of Persona 5, and will give you an extra 30+ hours at least of main content. I would recommend Royal if you haven’t played the original game in a while, and you’re looking for a fresh experience. If you’re a Persona stan, you’re probably already on board, but I’m pleased to say it lives up to the hype.
My Hero One's Justice 2Switch
My Hero One’s Justice 2 is a huge improvement over the original. There are a lot of neat updates to the gameplay, and the overall improved performance on the Nintendo Switch version is welcome. This is one of the few arena fighters that I can say has a lot of depth to it with all the various unique characters with their quirks and abilities. It’s 100% worth the pick up in my opinion for My Hero Academia fans, especially those who are looking for a fun arena fighting experience! PLUS ULTRA!
Dead or SchoolPS4
Overall, I do find it hard to recommend Dead or School. While I love how fast and frantic the gameplay can be, the presentation really lets it down. If you’re going into this hoping for a well-told and exciting story with nice cutscenes you might be let down. It’s hard to recommend picking it up at full price, especially when there’s so many other games that do a similar thing with better visuals.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DXSwitch
This game adds a bunch of neat updates to the originals. The various quality of life improvements and the very charming cel-shaded watercolour aesthetic allowed this remake to recapture my fond memories of the original in a charming new coat of watercolour paint. It may not be perfect but I have enjoyed my time with the game and I definitely recommend it to the Pokemon fans who love the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series and have really fond memories of them!
Murder by NumbersSwitch
Despite some awkward difficulty spikes, cheap reference humour, and some characters being hit or miss with me, I have had a good time with Murder by Numbers. It was a huge learning curve to solve these puzzles and I’m certain that fans of Ace Attorney and similar titles who also happen to be skilled at Picross will have a fantastic time with the story and the cast of colourful and wacky characters.
One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody KnowsPS4
Despite the weird performance hitches in some spots and the game feeling a bit clunky at times, I am having one hell of a good time with the game. It’s a very good improvement over Jump Force and I’m sure fans of the anime who love playing arena fighters will have a really fun time with the game.
Catherine: Full BodyPS4
All in all, Catherine: Full Body is a game brimming with flair and there’s nothing quite like it. If you haven’t played the original, then you should definitely check out Full Body, but there’s a lot of new content for returning players to enjoy, both in terms of story and gameplay, too. It really is the full package!
SWORD ART ONLINE: FATAL BULLET Complete EditionSwitch
As ever with the SAO games, I find that so many dismiss them out of hand – are perhaps overly critical of the less than perfect mechanics, or find the universe somewhat confusing. To do so, however is to ignore a series that, to my mind has consistently delivered colourful ARPG’s brimming with content and genuinely satisfying depth. If you have the patience, then to date, Fatal Bullet on Switch is as fine an entry point as you’ll find.
CYTUS Alpha is a solid rhythm game, though it doesn’t push any boundaries. At a time where more and more rhythm games are becoming available, especially on Switch, CYTUS Alpha struggles to stand out a little, but it’s nonetheless an enjoyable addition to the Switch rhythm game catalogue and worth giving a look.
Attack on Titan 2: Final BattlePS4
I may not know what awaits us in the future of Attack on Titan, but I’ll be more than happy if we see another title or update boosting the games to the full crazy, action-packed spectacle of it all in the way Final Battle has. Of course, A.O.T. 2: Final Battle is such a big game that I won’t need to worry about any of that for a long time yet anyway!
Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization - Deluxe EditionSwitch
You are, without a doubt, looking at close to 150 hours worth of play here. Easily around 60-70 to get to see everything in the main line quests – more so if you want to optimise via crafting and side questing. And if you want to team up with real-life friends to take on the tougher enemies together? Then plenty more hours besides.
GIGA WRECKER ALT.Switch
All of this is helped by the fact that this title is incredibly striking to look at, with crisp and beautiful anime art used in the story and cutscene moments being matched with the colourful, blocky (sorry) in-game action. It looks incredibly polished, and itâs a shame that the sound just isnât quite as good as the visuals, with slightly repetitive sound effects and lacklustre music.
Dragon's Dogma: Dark ArisenSwitch
This roughness, also, is reflected in the fact that the game just doesnât look that great on Switch. We canât speak for the other platforms, but this version of the title looks like the game it begun as, a PS3 era title. The characters look oddly uncanny valley, the pop up of textures and scenery is painfully noticeable, and the effects on the attacks look lacklustre too.