235 Published Reviews
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.
Nurse Love SyndromePS Vita
If you’re looking for a sweet yuri visual novel and you have a lot of time on your hands, Nurse Love Syndrome is just the ticket, and it’s pretty easy to become invested as you go. However, its penchant for going into every little detail and pacing issues certainly mean it won’t be to everyone’s taste.
SEKIRO: Shadows Die TwicePS4
The world of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is absolutely stunning. Ashina, and the other areas, are beautifully and realistically realised with sweeping vistas to rival pretty much anything in the industry right now. This gorgeous aesthetic also extends to the character, monster and boss design which are all incredible and carefully tread the line between real and fantasy.
Yoshi's Crafted WorldSwitch
Yoshi’s Crafted World is not a difficult game, nor will it set the world alight, but that honestly is not the point. Like the handicraft games before it, it’s more of a showcase of the creativity of Nintendo if allowed free rein on a concept. It’s a gentle romp through ingenious and lovingly created little paper-craft projects, and it doesn’t need to be more than that.
On top of all this are the lovely costumes, and you can receive some extras if you have save data from the first EXTELLA, which is a neat bonus. Fate/EXTELLA LINK is everything the first game should have been and a solid improvement over the slightly lacklustre previous title. With its hammy anime story, lovable eccentric cast, and thrilling, stylish gameplay, it’s a real joy to play.
The Caligula Effect: OverdosePS4
Given the team behind it and pretty much everything about how the game presents itself, it’s also nigh impossible not to compare it to Persona, and if you like the Persona series, then you’re bound to get some enjoyment out of The Caligula Effect: Overdose‘s take on things. It’s an interesting take on the same formula with a neat, musical twist. It just takes a bit of patience.
Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn3DS
Our overarching feeling playing this is one of cheapness, of a port thrown out with little due care and attention. Kirby’s Epic Yarn was a flawed game originally, and this port has the exact same flaws once again, so really it isn’t worth the second trip through Patch Land. Furthermore, it can’t be ignored that this game should have really been on the Switch instead of the 3DS.
Devil May Cry 5PS4
The addition of great new characters like Nico and V, alongside the stalwart characters from earlier games make this truly feel like a sequel – bigger and better in every possible way. Capcom have made it clear here that they are the masters of the character action genre, and given their track record with recent games, I’m excited for whatever is next.
Steins;Gate Elite is an incredible achievement, with a fantastic and involved narrative arc, deep character development, and stunning visuals. In fact, I would go as far as to say that this is the best visual novel I have ever played, blowing previous experiences out of the water.
DEAD OR ALIVE 6PS4
It isn’t trying a great deal new, but what it is doing is consistently solid and thoroughly enjoyable. The roster is (mostly) fantastic, the gameplay solid, the visuals breathtaking, and the amount of playable or unlockable content staggering. DEAD OR ALIVE 6 should not be slept on, whether you’re a returning player or a newcomer.
Score-chasers and those that love a challenge would likely get a huge kick out of this game, especially with the multiple difficulty levels, if they can get past how generic the combat feels at points. But sadly, it disappointingly is not for us, oh and Lore is supremely agitating as a character.
God Eater 3PS4
If you love the Monster Hunter formula and want something a little faster and slicker, this is your game. It’s more enjoyable than it should be taking down these beasts, and bringing together the perfect team to defeat them, whether offline or on, is supremely satisfying. It’s fast, it’s gruesome, it’s ridiculous, and it honestly doesn’t care.
The Liar Princess and the Blind PrinceSwitch
It’s a brief game, yet it’s very easy to grow fond of the principal characters and to find yourself enthusiastically powering through level after level! Really my only criticism is that there’s not a bit more of it, but it’s certainly worth the few hours it takes to see the short but sweet story through to its end.
Kingdom Hearts IIIPS4
It may have been a long time coming, but Kingdom Hearts III is as much a love letter to the fans as it is a brilliant blend of the best from previous games in the series. It did all I could have asked for and more, and I know I for one am clamouring for the next game already – bring on KH4! Or KH3.5 Final Mix+, anything’s fine.
Resident Evil 2PS4
Capcom have created something that is very much its own beast, whilst remaining stringently faithful to the original title. They say that lightning doesn’t strike twice, but Capcom have managed it with Resident Evil 2 bettering both the original title, and the phenomenal Resident Evil REmake with one clawed swipe. Survival horror is back, and it has never been more terrifying.
Travis Strikes Again: No More HeroesSwitch
Travis Strikes Again is not the perfect game, with bugs a plenty sometimes hampering the way the game plays and a jarring feeling between the different narratives and playstyles of the Death Drive Mk II, but even these issues kind of feed into the whole idea of the game being a sequence of uncompleted retro video games. It’s remarkably fitting for a SUDA 51 title that even the shortcomings of it feed into the whole.
Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Definitive EditionSwitch
All the changes present in Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends are worthwhile ones to have made and only help further refine and streamline an already excellent game. There’s really little to fault with it, and it’s nifty design and cathartic gameplay make it a great title to have on your Switch both at home and on the go.
Tales of Vesperia: Definitive EditionSwitch
I think that Vesperia is also quite easily one of the best examples of the JRPG genre on the Nintendo Switch, if not full stop, and so I urge you to pick it up if you haven’t played the game before, or even if you have. There’s nothing quite like it, and I’m certain that you will love the journey with Yuri and the whole gang, I know I did.
New Super Mario Bros. U DeluxeSwitch
Ultimately, you likely already know whether this game is for you or not. Personally, I loved it and will continue to play it likely long after this review is over, and this is despite playing it through before on the Wii U. New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe is an incredibly solid platforming experience full of charm, interesting level design and (in the Luigi portion) frustratingly good challenge.