Devil’s Hunt is a video game that just doesn’t do anything worth seeing. It isn’t unique, and worse, it isn’t fun. I guess it successfully makes me want to read the book series, but more to see if it’s as much of a flaming wreck as this game is. Don’t hunt this devil down. It certainly cries.
Astral Chain features a perfectly realized world filled with wonderful characters and awesome architecture. It runs perfect on the Nintendo Switch and looks stellar, too. The predictable story is one of the only faults of this over-the-top, incredibly fun action game.
Telling Lies has an interesting story but is let down by a lack of direction and a clunky UI design. Even interesting characters can save the game, and a watered-down epilogue which is supposed to entice repeated playthroughs just leaves a sour taste in the mouth.
Fit For a KingPC
Although Fit For a King is a brief adventure, you'll find no shortage of laughs. Exploring for treasure chests and collecting taxes has never been so fun. Fit for a King has a degree of freedom that many games don't allow, limited only by its small game world.
Decay of LogosPS4
Decay of Logos has a few good ideas which are completely swamped in the terrible performance, glitches and bad design which make up the rest of the game. Despite trying to distance itself from the label of a Souls-Like it cannot help but draw comparisons to the much better series, a comparison which only throws its flaws into sharp focus.
Hunt: Showdown is a unique mix of battle royale and hardcore survival games. The learning curve is incredibly steep and permadeath is fairly punishing. However, the core gameplay has that spark of horror tension and the art design excels in every aspect.
Metro Exodus: The Two ColonelsXbox One
The DLC has a story to tell and it tells that story with no lollygagging involved. You could probably take out all the combat sections and the DLC would be just as effective at conveying the tragedy of Colonel Khlebnikov. The inverse is not true by any means though. Without the story or the excellent world design, there’s not much of a reason to play the DLC. Thankfully, you can’t have one without the other, culminating in an experience best described as not great, but not terrible.
The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of MedanPS4
Man of Medan takes players through an epic choose your own horror adventure. Whether you're a fan of horror, or a fan of having a friend around to hide behind Man of Medan is an incredibly fun game. Supermassive's approach to divergent story and story secrets rewards players for pushing themselves to experience the Man of Medan in a number of ways.
Knights and BikesPS4
Knights and Bikes is a solid experience for those who are young or young at heart. The characterization and art are top-notch. While the puzzling is rather thin, the combat is hectic and exciting. Overall, Knights and Bikes focuses on its charming cast and telling a story for the whole family.
London Detective MysteriaPC
London Detective Mysteria is a fun little diversion for those who enjoy Victorian-era literature and the heroes and heroines that come from it, but it fails to establish itself as anything new in the genre and loses focus on the bigger mystery.
Mable & The WoodPC
Mable and The Wood has a great idea at its core, and in some cases, it provides a compelling enough Metroidvania experience. Unfortunately, weak implementation of choice-based progression, along with some irksome bugs, hamper what could otherwise have been a great game.
Overall, Oninaki does have something to offer. If you can get past the opening hours and their dull start then you’ll find a pretty deep experience mechanically. Excessive padding brings the game up to a good 30+ hours, but less is more. A less lengthy amount of playtime would have worked in Oninaki‘s favor. While some may find it worth the effort, no one will blame a player for stopping at the first hurdle. The opening hours of gameplay are important, as are the final few. Great moments in the middle does nothing when sandwiched between bad pacing and poor balancing.
Remnant: From the AshesPC
Remnant: From the Ashes boasts a beautifully realized world with awesome enemy design and top-notch gunplay. There's plenty of customization and incentive to go back for more. Unfortunately, the experience is ruined a bit by repetitive boss battles and lacking social features.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance - A Woman's LotPC
A Woman's Lot is a rewarding coda for Kingdom Come: Deliverance that might make you itch for a new playthrough. It features two tense questlines where you'll survive the Sack of Skalitz as Henry's love interest Theresa, and help the devout nurse Johanka in her complex theological conundrum.
Gravity Ghost: Deluxe EditionPS4
If you’re looking for a relaxing platformer with a bittersweet story, then look no further than Gravity Ghost: Deluxe Edition. A beautiful game that I really lost myself in, I couldn’t help but come away charmed by the experience. Even if the puzzles don’t quite feel that good, this is one ghost who’s gravity should pull you in.