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Nobody Saves the WorldPC
Drinkbox's signatue charm and humor is infused in this non-serious ARPG. With a wonderful art style and fun world to explore, Nobody Saves the World is a fun 20 hour escape.
Lacuna – A Sci-Fi Noir AdventureXbox Series X
Overall, Lacuna is a thrilling detective story with many well-written twists and turns. The pixel art is gorgeous, the puzzles are well-designed and the characters, while a bit shallow, help to fill out the world nicely. The biggest drawbacks are the tendency to hit you on the head with real-life metaphors a little too sharply, and the smoking mechanic. Still, if you’re looking to settle down with a good game that keeps you guessing and you’re looking for that film noir detective vibe in a futuristic setting, Lacuna is an excellent choice.
THE GUNKXbox Series X
The world consistently looks enticing, the audio/visual polish for planet-cleaning, and more show Image & Form haven't lost their best qualities from the venerated SteamWorld series. Despite those fair accolades, its lack of ambitions leaves me at an impasse upon reaching the credits. It's kinda funny: here's this mysterious alien world cluttered with rich biodiversity but the safest design choices.
Wolfstride is a stylish RPG from OTA IMON Studios and Raw Fury that features turn-based mech battles, quirky humor, and gorgeous art. Characters have a penchant for dragging, melancholic, over-the-top dialogue, which may not be everyone's cup of tea.
Rune Factory 4 SpecialXbox One
Overall, Rune Factory 4: Special may have ended up being a bit more pedestrian than that subtitle makes it seem like it would be. The new content is nice for hardcore fans, but with the poor-quality porting, this definitely feels like a game that is better played on other systems. That said, if you missed this game the first time around and want to experience it on a home console rather than a handheld this is a nice package that won’t leave you wanting for content. Just don't expect the world's smoothest experience.
HALO InfiniteXbox Series X
Halo Infinite does a great job of nailing what makes Halo work so well while expanding the gameplay, adding in new elements like an open world and new armor abilities. The core experience can still be found in the linear style levels you'll come across so there's something for new or returning Halo fans. The Multiplayer itself is fun but does seem feature lite while in its "beta" phase.
While the story is nonsense and some of the elements don't feel that great, Chorus' high-intensisty space combat is so good it leaves me wanting more every time.
First Class TroublePS5
Given how this genre seems bound to be the next fad, Invisible Walls earns some respect for carving out its own signature. Examples like Fortnite Imposters Mode already utilize the standard third-person perspective, but First Class Trouble puts more thought into that viewpoint with expanded offensive and defensive options. It has its share of mismanaged design quirks and there are several rough launch issues, yet there's still just enough personality to not reflexively chuck it out the airlock either.
Pokemon Brilliant DiamondSwitch
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are faithful recreations of the 2008 DS title. While leaving most content untouched the Quality of Life upgrades and enhanced features make this the best way to experience Sinnoh.
DEEEER Simulator: Your Average Everyday Deer GamePC
DEEEER Simulator: Your Average Everyday Deer Game is a game where you run around as a deer in a chaotic world to cause even more chaos. It’s silly with lots of freedom and cathartic potential. It suffers from a small environment, easy access to the best assets, and little difficulty. Honestly though, sometimes you need a game like this to blow off steam by blowing up a giant fish in the sky.
Jurassic World Evolution 2Xbox Series X
Overall, Jurassic World Evolution 2 has enough on offer to make it a must-have for anyone with even a passing interest in the concept. Even if you’ve played the previous game, the addition of more classic elements from the series, as well as the refinements to a lot of the management systems make it worth your time to see what this game has to offer too.
Despite all of these problems, I still believe the Battlefield formula works and that this game could be great. I had a lot of fun and will continue to enjoy it in the coming months. Battlefield 2042 will be a fantastic first-person shooter one day, but that day is not today.
Among Trees is a gorgeously atmospheric survival game. While it doesn’t have the challenge levels to hold the attention of genre gurus, it’s great for anyone looking to get into crafting or survival games, or for those looking for a nice, relaxing diversion with a cute fox.
Next Space RebelsPC
Next Space Rebels is a YouTube-like simulator where you design rockets and make videos of your launches. It’s very accurate to its source material and functions quite well as a hobby with plenty of tasks to keep you busy. Despite quality videos, characters and interaction fall flat with a design tool guessing game and tedious challenge completing are a clog in the engine. Despite all this, there’s fun to be had in building a way for a teddy bear to reach the stars.
The Last Stand: AftermathPC
The Last Stand: Aftermath may be a bit light on its gameplay loop, but there are enough unique mechanics to interact with in this zombie roguelike.
Sherlock Holmes Chapter OnePS5
There's also a powerful, emotional story at Chapter One's core, one that made me forgive many of its flaws once the credits rolled. Frogwares is a developer worthy of respect; it continually attempts to innovate and push its medium forward. It doesn't always succeed, but happily, Sherlock Holmes Chapter One represents a big step in the right direction. The Case of the Open-World Detective Game is one Frogwares should be proud to have solved.
Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation Code FairyPS5
As the start of a three-part series, volume one of Code Fairy shows a ton of potential. I wish the story and characters were a little more complex, but even just based on this part of the story, I have hope that'll happen. Code Fairy Volume 1 very much feels like the beginning of a full game chopped into an independent part, so it's a bit lacking as a standalone title, but with the second part coming soon I'm excited to see where things go.
Bright Memory: InfinitePC
Here's what it all boils down to: Bright Memory: Infinite looks impressive and utilizes technology like DLSS to great effect, and the combat is even fun at times, but everything else is very, very subpar. Clunky platforming, terrible voice acting, and an incoherent story, and a general lack of polish prevent me from enjoying Bright Memory: Infinite. I do see potential should there come more games in the series, but for now, FYQD-Studios' first fully-fledged release fails to match the quality of its eye-popping visuals.
Shin Megami Tensei VSwitch
Shin Megami Tensei V understands its roots in RPG combat, demonic friendships, and plotlines about toppling gods. This new entry takes advantage of the next generation of Nintendo console and improves vastly in look, feel, and in world exploration.
BLUE REFLECTION: Second LightSwitch
Blue Reflection: Second Light does a lot of things right. If you don't mind some slight balance issues then the characters and mechanics should keep you interested the entire game through.
As we're in the perfect season for scary and spooky things, Corpse Party (2021) is a great game to indulge in. It features plenty of content and replayability due to the multiple endings, as well as all the extra scenarios. For fans of the franchise, the brand new content in this version beefs it up even more. However, the length never drags on too long and overstays its welcome. All in all, this is easily the best version of the title and a welcome reminder of why it’s such an enduring game over two decades later.
Where Cards FallSwitch
Where Cards Fall is a beautifully crafted puzzle platformer, but its console port falls short of the original. While the story follows the mundane youth of its protagonist, at times it gets too mundane and can be outshined by its gameplay.
Conway: Disappearance at Dahlia ViewPC
Conway: Disappearance at Dahlia View is one mystery I wish I hadn’t solved. Poorly written with annoying characters and bad mechanics, there’s really not much to salvage from this experience. What should be an homage to Hitchcock’s famous Rear Window instead is just a reminder of why that movie worked so well. Personally, if I’m ever kidnapped, don’t send Robert Conway to come find me, a drunk Ace Ventura would do a much better job.
Forza Horizon 5Xbox Series X
I've played the Forza Horizon series since Forza Horizon's original release on the Xbox 360. Since then, the series has evolved and changed, but Playground found its footing with the series in Forza Horizon 3 and has built upon that formula since. Each iteration of Forza Horizon is similar enough to keep what is good about Forza but different enough to warrant a new release. With Forza Horizon 5, things are more of the same, but in the best way possible. A beautiful graphical display, apt social features, and a boat-load of exotic cars make the Forza Horizon festival everything it already was and more.
Demon Turf, with its solid mechanics, great look, and interesting level design feels perfect for speedrunners. Even if a little bit of artificially inflated playtime and some less strong levels get in the way, it's just a lot of fun.