There’s a great puzzle game in here somewhere. However, without the content to back it up, that greatness never comes to pass. I want to find new and creative ways to manipulate gravity to solve harder and more unique puzzles. I want levels with more gimmicks that I need to figure out. Instead, Etherborn shows off a few clever ideas, then promptly ends without exploring them to the extent that they could be.
Night Call is a game with a great concept let down by poor execution. Exploring the city and interacting with passengers is fun enough, but trying to juggle time, fuel and cash just feel like unnecessary additions to the formula. Additionally, there’s an unwelcome disparity between the gritty noir thriller atmosphere and the zany, sometimes supernatural characters you meet. If Night Call had featured drastically different adventures or trimmed the fat with its mechanics, it may have been great. In its current form, Night Call fails, both at being a crime noir thriller and a Parisian taxi simulator.
Super Mario Maker 2Switch
Super Mario Maker 2 is much more than an enhanced Switch port. Featuring a lengthy story mode, a myriad of smart additions, and more ways to create nightmarish abominations and call them Mario levels, this is some essential Mario that Switch owners won't want to miss.
Crash Team Racing Nitro-FueledXbox One
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is a fun and complex kart racer. Boasting mechanics that are now genre standards, CTR's return shows just how relevant it still is. With additional features to fit into modern times like difficulty settings and graphics, this is a must-have for fans of the original, and for anyone who enjoys kart racing with friends.
Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring the Legend of ZeldaSwitch
Cadence of Hyrule is a strange spin-off between The Legend of Zelda and Crypt of the Necrodancer, but it works so well as a mashup. It's a bit too short and the replay value isn't substantial, but the remixed songs and exhilarating gameplay are too good to pass up.
Shadow Fencer TheatrePC
Tricky to learn and satisfying to master, Shadow Fencer Theatre features basic, but hilarious QWOP-style swordplay. It is an artistic treat, a brilliant merging of old-timie visuals and modernized music. What Shadow Fencer Theatre lacks in content, it makes up for in style.
I really want to like Pathologic 2. For the most part, I do. Its overly-cryptic writing can be initially off-putting, but I quickly became fascinated by its weird ways and quirky inhabitants. The world is worth uncovering, it’s just far too much of a slog to play. Consider letting someone else play it for you on Twitch or YouTube. It’s a world everyone should experience, at least for a short while, but being the driver is absolutely the worst part of this otherwise thrilling ride.
Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth3DS
Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth is a saccharine treat for hardcore Persona fans, but at times, it can get a little too sweet. Furthermore, somewhat unfair challenges hamper what otherwise could be a great JRPG to sunset the Nintendo 3DS.
Team Sonic RacingPS4
Team Sonic Racing uses an interesting team mechanic to shake up what is otherwise a pretty average arcade racing title. If you're really into the genre or have two dedicated friends to play with it might be a fun experience but you aren't going to get anything here you don't already have from somewhere else.