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Minecraft Dungeons is a casual ARPG that's perfect for fans of the series. Although it has pretty visuals and a challenging late-game difficulty, the loot variety is disappointing and the game's overall replay value doesn't seem high.
There are flashes of brilliance. Sometimes, Wildfire's sandbox approach pays dividends in the form of multiple rewarding pathways through levels and clever ways to dispatch guards. For the most part, however, Wildfire fades away rather than burning brightly.
There's no game that makes you feel like a shark quite as well as Maneater, but a shoddy open world structure and repetitive missions make it little more than a quick rush of adrenaline.
Dark Nights with Poe and MunroPC
It arguably pulls off the whole "interactive TV" angle better than anything on Netflix, inching things far closer to a full merger between gaming and TV. However, it's likely that Dark Nights isn't concerned with making those kinds of big moves, and it succeeds as a fun side story for D'Avekki Studios' growing catalog. If you or your loved ones adore over the top horror, then you should definitely tune in to Radio August.
The story, too, is not solely about despair. Hope is just as important a theme. The end of the game is surprisingly touching and fully worth the journey. So don’t be turned off ITTA because it sounds too difficult or too dark. Give it a chance, and you’ll find a smooth, enjoyable, quality game experience. It unfortunately ends much too soon, but while it lasts it is worth the journey.
The Inner FriendPS4
The Inner Friend does a solid job of presenting a modern art exhibit as a video game, but there are many times where things went over my head. It's distinctly possible that I'm not cultured enough to understand the significance of a lot of what I've seen, but it's also possible that it doesn't really mean anything. Regardless, it's more a fascinating trip through someone else's head to fight their fears.
Someday You'll ReturnPC
Someday You'll Return has some intersting ideas that mash together in a bit of an odd way, and can be worth experincing if you don't mind a crummy story, bad horror stealth, and occasionally iffy puzzles.
XCOM: Chimera SquadPC
Riddled with many different types of bugs, XCOM: Chimera Squad is a hard sell. If you enjoy the setting and want another strategy title to play, this might be it, but you'll probably want to wait.
Predator: Hunting GroundsPC
Predator: Hunting Grounds is a fast-paced multiplayer experience that gets a lot right. Playing as either a soldier or as the Predator feels rewarding in its own right, there are plenty of ways to build your own killing machine to your own playstyle, and the steady drip-feed of content is more than enough to justify an investment. But, if you were hoping for more than just imitation of the classic Predator experience and a more stable long-term online meta, you might want to hold off.
Ultimately, the issues of Pax Nova hold it back from being a truly great game. Still, those looking for a solid 4x strategy game will find some enjoyment out of Pax Nova. It does not really stand out in the grand scheme of things, but it offers enough of what you expect from the genre to offer a mildly enjoyable experience. If you can stomach long load times and technical issues, then Pax Nova might be a fair challenge for strategy players looking for something more familiar over groundbreaking to play.
Sunless Sea: Zubmariner EditionSwitch
Overall, Sunless Sea is still a gem of a game. It’s creative and creepy and is an excellent option for those looking for a challenging roguelike with lots of stories waiting to be told. Unfortunately, the difficulty isn’t suited for everyone, and the port to Switch is something of a disaster. Bottom line? Wait for a sale on PC, it’ll be worth it.
Streets of Rage 4PC
If you're looking for brawlers to evolve, Streets of Rage 4 doesn't fit the bill. There are plenty of great games looking to move things forward and change things up, and that's rad. What Streets of Rage 4 provides is a perfect continuation of one of the founding fathers of the genre. It brings back a Genesis experience that never once feels outdated.
Moving Out is nothing short of delightful. It has charming characters, exciting stages, and the perfect level of challenge. A "best of" level list would include all of them. Any ideas the main campaign fails to venture down are fully explored in bonus levels. While there are a few minor knocks here and there, this is the one moving experience that won't tire you out.
SnowRunner is a brutal and punishing game asking the most of your patience and composure. But, by asking that much of you, the reward you get out the other end of overcoming those challenges and ticking off another objective in your checklist is far greater than I have found in other sandbox titles. If you are looking to take a dip back into the real world whilst we are all confined to our homes, then SnowRunner is a gratifying, realistic, and enjoyable way to do so.
On the gameplay front, Gears Tactics nails the transition from high octane shooter to tactical strategy. You'll be hooked even as you grind through an overlong campaign filled with repetitive missions.
I don't think that The Shattering succeeds in everything it tries to do. The story is good, but it certainly has some problems. The game would have been much more enjoyable without the iffy pixel hunting segments, which seemed to do nothing but hold up the story. It's pretty and worth checking out from an artistic side. I certainly don't regret the three hours it took to play through The Shattering, but I would suggest making sure you really know if you want it before grabbing it.
Cloudpunk is full of wasted potential. The city of Nivalis is excellent, and I loved exploring it. Learning the stories of various NPCs found throughout the city is genuinely entertaining at times and brings Nivalis to live. This wonderful city deserves so much more than what we got in the final product.
Iratus: Lord of the DeadPC
Iratus: Lord of the Dead is an enjoyable spin on the Darkest Dungeon formula with some roughness around the edges that wears its inspiration on its sleeve. Despite some flaws, it succeeds in delivering a fun experience thanks to the interesting combat system and the undeniable charm of wreaking havoc using your own homemade, locally raised undead army.
Final Fantasy VII RemakePS4
There are many things that Final Fantasy VII Remake could have been. It could have played it safe, or it could have been a total disaster. Instead, it's an absolutely amazing game, managing to revitalize a jRPG classic and turn it into one of the most absurdly fun games of the generations. From a thrilling plot with great characters to fantastic combat that never gets old, to just being straight-up beautiful, there's a lot to love with Final Fantasy VII Remake.
Pong Quest will certainly find an audience. It seems like the perfect game for whenever the launch of Atari's VCS console ends up being, as it honors the company's history in a modern context. Still, the simplistic gameplay and random combat mean that players will tire of Pong Quest long before the quest is over and done. Even so, it's great to see Atari honoring the legacy of their first game with such precision.
A Fold ApartPC
A Fold Apart presents a refreshingly-paced foldable puzzle game that's worth your time. For the more apprehensive, A Fold Apart progresses beautifully as harder and more difficult mechanics become layered over the course of your playthrough. Coupled with outstanding art and a touching story, A Fold Apart should be at the top of your wishlist to play and enjoy while shedding a couple of tears in the process.
Disaster Report 4 Plus: Summer MemoriesPS4
At the end of the day, Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories is a fun experience. While it has its fair share of issues, from the graphics to the weird tone, there's a lot of enjoyment in figuring out what you need to do to progress. If you're into cheesy, over-the-top disaster movies then you'll probably enjoy the adventure-style gameplay. On the other hand, if the concept itself holds no appeal to you then the gameplay isn't exactly going to sell you on the game.
In Other WatersPC
The map only being available at the base was a serious misstep, causing me to get lost constantly and consult a map I pulled up on my phone to actually progress. Despite all this, I became invested in exploring a world I could not see. I can say for certain that I did not have a lot of fun playing In Other Waters, but I'd be lying if I said it wasn't a completely unique and absolutely interesting experience.
KARDS - The WWII Card GamePC
KARDS is an extremely thematic WWII digital CCG with some great strategy elements around the frontline mechanic. Each faction feels unique and offers its own challenges. F2P is entirely possible and offers a rewarding experience in building up your own card pool.
Lost Words: Beyond the PageGoogle Stadia
Lost Words: Beyond the Page is a masterpiece. It’s engaging and touching, and relatable for both young kids and adults. The art, the writing, the music, and the acting are all beautiful, working together to create a truly special experience. Running around and jumping from words to words as the narration speaks is a flowing experience, bringing you into the moment of the story as each goes by.