At the end of the day, Wolfenstein Youngblood is largely forgettable. It’s not bad, per se, merely competent. I’m happy to set this one aside and wait for the next proper Wolfenstein sequel, far removed from half-baked RPG mechanics and Nazis who conviently design door switch and secret mechanism to be completed by two people instead of just one.
Fire Emblem: Three HousesSwitch
The characters are endearing and help draw you into the world and its story, complete with divine mysteries to carry you through the school year. With a visual handheld-to-console upgrade that puts Pokemon Let’s Go! to shame, Fire Emblem: Three Houses shows how to do a console glow-up right.
MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black OrderSwitch
I’ve only used a handful of characters and have only been introduced with synergy attacks — one that needed Gamora and Rocket to coordinate an attack to break a prison wall was only recently thrown at me — so needless to say I’ve only scratched the surface of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. One thing’s for sure already: I hope I’m not running down a single corridor for the entire duration of the game.
Sea of SolitudeXbox One
While these sections certainly feel quite different from one another, they’re overly repetitive and are drawn out for far too long. They feel like they’re in place at times to lengthen the game, and ultimately detract from the narrative both Jo-Mei and EA are adamant form the core of the game. Despite this, Sea of Solitude is as unique as it is charming, and certainly a title to check out if you’re looking for a break from looter shooters and multiplayer.
The Sinking CityXbox One
It’s very rough around the edges however, likely to cause as much frustration as it does enjoyment. Fans of Cthulhu or Frogwares’ past titles will definitely want to go for the ride, while others might want to wait for a week or two — at that point, you’ll at least have some guides to walk you through some of its head-scratchers. Do yourself a favour though and only resort to said guides when you’re well and truly stuck. Be a good detective.
Crash Team Racing Nitro-FueledXbox One
Despite missing the mark on a difficulty that feels consistently challenging yet fun at the same time, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is an utter delight. Its single-player Adventure mode is sure to provide hours of fun for karting fans and I can’t wait to be able to try out local and online multiplayer — properly — when the game hits stores and gets into more players’ hands. I’ll be playing as Crunch Bandicoot, equipped with some sweet skins that I’ve bought with all my failed Medium difficulty mode attempts.
Like Ashes Cricket before it, Cricket 19 takes a good thing and touches it up. Its strength is definitely when bat meets ball, which is largely the same as Ashes Cricket, but its focus has been on enhancing everything around that. While there’s still room for improvement, once again it has topped itself to become the best cricket game on the market. The fully licensed Ashes mode is fantastic, the quasi World Cup delivers a faithful alternative to the real deal, and the Career mode will keep you invested long term.
Layers of Fear 2Xbox One
While Layers of Fear was a jaunt into the unknown, Layers of Fear 2 has a strong sense of déjà vu that you carry with you from beginning to end; you’ve the feeling you’ve seen this before, and likely, more expertly done. Despite that misstep, it remains a must-play for horror fans who’re looking for a polished, atmospheric little fright. Emphasis on “little fright”, though — don’t expect too many scares. If you’ve not played the original, I’d recommend it over its sequel.
Despite those occasionals falter — and a somewhat polarising, disappointing ending — I was desperate to complete Observation to get to the bottom of its mystery. I enjoyed it so much that I immediately went out to acquire No Code’s last game, Stories Untold. I’d also be remiss to question the decision to release on PS4 and PC alone; future releases on Xbox One and Switch would only benefit it.
Darkwood is a very unique experience that relies on darkness and silence frequently, causing your own imagination to run wild and fill in the horrific gaps. There's a bit of a learning curve to get comfortable with how the in-game world operates, but once things click, you'll be enamoured. Survival horror fans definitely need to give this one a go.
Team Sonic RacingPS4
Mechanics geared towards co-operational play make this a fun title for communal couch play or families gaming together and vehicle customisations make it feel like you’re optimising the game to your style of racing. Unfortunately, the drawbacks of archaic Sega game design do TSR no favours to the experience or the ongoing reputation of the Sonic franchise, resulting in what feels like a watered-down Mario Kart.
RAGE 2Xbox One
To close this out, it’s worth noting that several bugs which I could once replicate with ease are becoming increasingly difficult to do so now, so either there have been some amazing stealthy patches, I ran into some bad luck initially or I’m just bad at controlling Walker. Or combinations therein.
Sniper Elite V2 RemasteredXbox One
While current-gen versions of Sniper Elite rely on an open-world structure, each of Sniper Elite V2’s eleven main missions are very linear. It’s very early 2010s and extremely frustrating; no matter how stealthy you are, you’re going to get to points where your very presence will cause enemies to spawn in set locations (usually right in front of you, and absolutely while you’re in plain view). Despite dated mechanics, Sniper Elite V2 looks gorgeous – I preferred 60 frames per second over 4K resolution – and is a must for the collection of fans of the franchise.
The big problem is, the current state of affairs means Days Gone practically goes out of its way to hamper enjoyment; unoriginal yet decent systems are continually hampered by a lack of polish quite uncommon in Sony first-party titles. At the eve of PS5 near-announcements, it’s sad to see Sony’s powerhouse console finish up on a sour note such as this. While patches may be able to salvage quite a few of its bugs, there are some questionable design decisions that certainly can’t be fixed as easily.
Mortal Kombat 11PS4
Mortal Kombat 11 is a great fighter tarnished by Warner Bros.â willingness to test the limits of customer satisfaction using nickle-and-dime tactics. Itâs truly an embarrassment for the franchise and one I hope is truly corrected soon. Come for the fighting, be dismayed about all the cosmetic stuff.
The Grand Tour GameXbox One
Viewed in context, there’s plenty of fun to be had here for fans of the show. It’s a AUD $20 interactive puzzle game that expands The Grand Tour beyond the confines of an hour of television each week. It isn’t trying to be a fully fledged racing game, and it isn’t priced like one. Just as The Grand Tour show isn’t really about the cars, The Grand Tour Game isn’t really about the gameplay.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney TrilogyXbox One
This is an unofficial celebration of (nearly) 20 years of Phoenix Wright, and it’s a damn good one at that, even with its failings. You can hardly go wrong with the Granddaddy of the visual novel — a quirky, comical romp into the courtroom. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney Trilogy is available today on Windows PC via Steam, Xbox One, PS4 and Switch.
Borderlands: Game of the Year EditionPC
While we wait for Borderlands 3, Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition is a worthy inclusion to your game library (especially if you love shooting baddies and seeing numbers pop up around them in the process). That said, if you’ve already own Borderlands 2, The Pre-Sequel or The Handsome Collection you might just want to jump onto those and take advantage of the free HD textures (or take advantage of this free upgrade if you own Borderlands on PC.) However you jump back in, tell Claptrap to shut up for me.
Assassin's Creed III RemasteredXbox One
It’s a good game with equal parts brilliance and head-scratching stupidity, though definitely fun to muck around in. We’d recommend this only to those who have access as part of Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey‘s Season Pass; it’s a bit pricey otherwise.
Yoshi's Crafted WorldSwitch
That’s not to say normal levels aren’t good, they’re just rather bland. They’re safe, much like the game itself. Yoshi’s Crafted World is not going to win any awards, but it’s enjoyable nonetheless. Things are easy for far too long before ramping up near the end; I wish that challenge was present throughout more of the levels. If you’re after a cute time rather than a genre-defining one, this’ll work just fine.
Power Rangers: Battle For The GridXbox One
You can check out gameplay — which includes the same bland backgrounds, blobby-looking Zordon and what few, similar fighters are on offer — below. Unless you’re an absolute die-hard Power Rangers fan who foams at the mouth when it comes to new content (and has patience to wait for online matches), give this one a very easy miss.
Simply put, I’ve enjoyed the 30 or so hours I’ve already put into The Division 2, but I’m also happy for a break. I’d put the game itself as an 8 on our scale right now — with a compelling storyline and great opportunities for loot, it’s hard not to recommend. I only wish that endgame content came in the form of unique missions, not reskinned ones.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice continues FromSoftware’s dominance, showcasing that it’s on another level when it comes creating action games in fantastical worlds. You’re going to die, and you’re go die a lot. But these brilliant gameplay systems that come together to form experiences that we don’t see in other triple-A games is why people get excited for what Hidetaka Miyazaki is doing at FromSoftware.