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Paradise Killer offers a compelling and complex mystery combined with a memorable cast of characters. The strange lore and vaporwave theme create a wholly unique experience that will certainly stick with you for a while after completion. Were it not for the clunky, stiff movement and some hiccups in the text and trial, Paradise Killer would be a much stronger game.
Strategy games are alive and well, and as Iron Harvest proves, a fantastic vessel for storytelling at a grand level. Feature-rich for a launch title is not a common sight these days, but Iron Harvest delivers in a big way in this real-time hit.
Overall, Cinders was a disappointment. It tries so hard to be feminist and independent that it runs away with half of the reality of feminism left behind, in favor of hollow dramatics and a sympathetic story. None of the characters are particularly compelling, though Cinders’ wide variety of dialogue and action choices make for interesting story branches and a lot of replayability.
Super Bomberman R OnlineGoogle Stadia
All-in-all, if you're already a fan of Bomberman, then Super Bomberman R Online does an excellent job of presenting an online version of the same game that's been around for nearly 40 years. The new battle royal mode is completely madcap and is ultra-satisfying if you can pull off a number 1 spot against 63 other people.
Jenny LeClue - DetectivuSwitch
Arthurton is a pleasant enough place to while away your hours, and one or two of Jenny LeClue's puzzles are compelling enough to evoke minor "eureka" moments. For the most part, Jenny LeClue is a gentle, soft-hearted game that offers almost no challenge, and in a world of increasingly bloated live-service monstrosities, that's no bad thing.
AWE's dedication to the strengths of Control caused me to retroactively appreciate the base game more. My only two complaints with AWE are that the "new" enemy type is just a levitating version of an existing enemy and that that new Surge gun is 100% useless in all situations. Despite those small shortcomings, if you have played Control and want to see the best of what it has to offer, I highly recommend diving into AWE.
Spiritfarer forces you to confront death head-on throughout the entirety of the game's run. You won't find the corpses of your enemies littering the world, and you won't be able to pick up a gun or sword and go on a murder spree. Stella is not the one who dishes out death, but rather helps the dying come to terms with their life before passing on.
No Straight RoadsPC
No Straight Roads is a music-based boss rush basher with a fun cast and great soundtrack. Despite a few control issues and a rather small base game, there's obviously a lot of heart present.
I just can’t help but feel like there are two different games competing to be dominant here. An adventure game that wants you to fall in love with its world, and a survival game that wants you to struggle in its world. These opposing attitudes distract from each other in Windbound, rather than complementing each other.
Raji: An Ancient EpicSwitch
Raji: An Ancient Epic mostly comes out the other end with a lot of its ambitions hitting the mark. The story feels familiar but is given its own voice thanks to its unique cultural background. The combat has some minor issues but keeps you engaged, and the platforming and puzzle designs thread that perfect needle of being engaging while never taking up too much of your time.
What Lovingly Evil is as a final product is absolutely fine. It just feels like it could have learned a bit more from the other games in the genre. The premise of a bad guy dating-sim had a lot going for it and mostly sticks the landing. For a fun few hours of hitting on a vampire, grilling some steak for Satan, and generally just having a laugh, absolutely spend a day on Lovingly Evil.
Eternal HopeXbox One
Ultimately, I feel the greatest mistake that Project CARS 3 makes is being called what it is. Fans of the previous two games probably won’t find what they expect here, while those who disliked them could possibly be put off by the name. This is essentially a paradigm shift for the series, taking it into new territory with mass-market appeal.
The Ambassador: Fractured TimelinesPC
At the end of the day, The Ambassador: Fractured Timelines isn't a bad game. There are no bugs to speak of, the retro aesthetic looks really good, and all of the game's controls work in the way they were intended. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it from an objective standpoint, but sadly that doesn't stop it from being dreadfully boring.
Remnant: From the Ashes - Subject 2923PC
Subject 2923 plays it safe, but it's still a great inclusion to the base game. With new gear like the powerful Fusion Rifle and locations like the rodent-infested planet of Reisum, current players of Remnant will have no problem enjoying this DLC. For those who may have found Remnant's boss fights to be disappointing, or simply got bored of playing, now is the time to return.
Ultimately, Battletoads might be under the radar, but it's one title you should really consider picking up. If you're nostalgic for cartoons or enjoy Adult Swim-style shows, the humor and art style deserve your attention. The beat em' up gameplay is impactful and fun, but some of the minigames get in the way of the pacing. Either way, Battletoads was a pleasant surprise. Our favorite amphibians are back in all their warty glory.
That's not to say Parkasaurus is a bad game — it does a lot of things right. You're afforded a lot of freedom to build your park however you want, even if the UI occasionally gets in the way. Parkasaurus makes for a good entry into the theme park genre. It could do with some improvement, but I think you'll have a lot of fun playing it.
A fun dive into the world of Fiore covering most arcs after the time skip. Enjoyable and interesting turn-based combat with plenty of side quests and collectibles to keep you invested through the story. Fans of the franchise should check out this game even if the combat seems like a turn off.
Mortal Shell offers yet another Soulslike for anyone who thought the best part of Dark Souls was its combat. Like other Soulslikes, it ignores staples of its progenitor, like coherent world-building and satisfying exploration, plumping instead for difficult one-on-one sword duels that get boring quickly. The combat is excellent and there is promise in the atmospheric, moody world, but Mortal Shell is a frustrating mass of missed potential.
Microsoft Flight SimulatorPC
Microsoft Flight Simulator is a beautiful game, from the wonderfully crafted planes to the accurately recreated world it's amazing the level of detail that has been crammed into this game. Even as an entry point for new players the tutorial does a great job easing players in.
Bite the BulletPC
Bite the Bullet will not be joining that esteemed menu. It's a frustrating, disappointing mess that never feels cohesive or satisfying to play. Mechanically, it can't hold a candle to games released twenty years ago. If it had chosen to focus on just one of its elements - eating enemies, run-and-gun shooting, or its RPG aspects - it might have succeeded, but as it stands, Bite the Bullet is far too unfocused and overstuffed to be a satisfying meal.
Banner of the MaidPS4
Despite Banner of the Maid's problems with female sexualization, the game itself is one of the strongest strategy RPGs I have ever played. Every encounter is exciting, and learning how each class works against each other is a fun experience. The storyline is a fresh retelling of a well known time period, so even history buffs will find some surprises here. Banner of the Maid is a must-play for strategy game fans.
Total War Saga: TROYPC
A Total War Saga: Troy is a worthy addition to the series. New additions add a significant level of depth to an already deep franchise of games. Lack of multiplayer is disappointing, but for the Total War series, it has been the norm as of late. A Total War Saga: Troy makes up for it with incredible customization options.
In the course of my Littlewood playthrough, I've found myself happy to return to a super-relaxing title that's perfect for bite-sized sessions or marathon gaming nights. If you like any of these genres, you'll probably love Littlewood. If you've never played a game like this, then Littlewood would be a great place to start.
Fall Guys: Ultimate KnockoutPC
My major concern regarding Fall Guys is how long it will take until the content gets stale. There's a lot of repetition among levels, and the bothersome team matches don't help. The developers have already promised more stages and cosmetics, but it's hard to guess how long that will take. As of right now, though, Fall Guys has my undivided attention.
Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme VS. MaxiBoost ONPS4
Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Maxiboost On is an interesting game that offers a lot of replayability for those who are able to get into it. It has a severe learning curve for those who aren’t massive fans of the franchise. Even casual fans like me will have a lot of problems getting into it in the early hours.