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If you’re a fan of the sport, then you’ve probably preordered and couldn’t care less about its critiques. If you’re a racing enthusiast, then this version is only truly recommended if you haven’t got any other MotoGP game released over the past few years, or if you want another pseudo next gen game for your PS5.
Some of Shantae‘s gameplay and design choices don’t exactly hold up, but I’m somewhat glad WayForward decided to re-release the game the exact way it first came to the world a whopping nineteen years ago. This is still an impressive achievement for a Game Boy Color, be it due to its visuals or level design, and it’s still really fun to play on the Switch in 2021.
If you want to tear Mundaun apart for the things it isn’t, you are absolutely able to do so. Mundaun can be a bit, well, mundane. That said, it really is a nice way to kill a weekend as you are playing on your couch, late at night, enjoying its tale and the approximate eight hours of gameplay.
Shadow Man: RemasteredPC
If you can ignore the fact that this is a twenty-two year old game, then you’ll have a great time with Shadow Man Remastered. There’s a lot to like in this game, namely the fantastic level design, creepy setting, and pseudo-metroidvania progression system. Sure, it looks and feels a bit janky for 2021 standards, but I’m happy with what Nightdive has managed to deliver. Now, can we get a remaster of Armorines and Turok 3, pretty please?
In short, Fez is as good now as it has always been. The reason I call this version the best way to experience this indie game is mostly due to the perfect combination of the Switch’s portability and its screen being much larger than the Vita’s. This is easily one of the best indies ever made, and one of the most important games of the past decade.
Stitchy in Tooki TroubleSwitch
Stitchy in Tooki Trouble is the quintessential “run-of-the-mill platformer”. It’s such a harmless outing; a game that doesn’t impress at all when it comes to its graphics, controls, and gameplay loop, while also featuring enough content and technical polish to be considered “just decent enough”.
DARQ: Complete EditionXbox Series X
DARQ is an experience that I’m glad I finally got to play. It offers unique puzzles and mechanics within a macabre theme that I love. It really made an effort to create a seamless experience that had me playing all the way through and enjoying every moment.
TASOMACHI: Behind the TwilightPC
The easygoing nature of the game, along with exploring its beautiful environments, became a mellow, cathartic experience. If you’re looking for a whimsical, casual platformer to break up the grind of fast-paced violence, then TASOMACHI: Behind the Twilight might be the game for you.
Godstrike is a passable attempt at a boss rush game. It is certainly a brutal challenge that will take dozens of attempts to get through, but it’s just not a very fun experience. There’s some potential here with the time mechanic not only being your health but also a resource that you need to manage.
Rain on Your ParadeSwitch
More than just a funny game, Rain on Your Parade is a fun game. Its absolutely idiotic premise works, not only because of how cathartic it is, but also because the developers took their time to cram it with as many settings, objectives, and destructible objects you can imagine.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IVSwitch
Your enjoyment of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV will directly depend on whether or not you’ve played the previous games in this gigantic franchise. If so, then you’ll actually understand what’s going on and will have a great time with this stupidly detailed story.
Now, if you want a version that better takes advantage of Poison Control‘s gameplay loop and “pick up and play” design, the Switch version is the way to go. This is a slightly janky shooter, but it’s a unique take on the genre, with its bizarre setting and slight RPG mechanics. If you can look past its technical shortcomings, Poison Control is an easy recommendation.
Ruvato: Original ComplexXbox One
I really enjoyed Ruvato: Original Complex‘s cathartic combat mechanics, but sadly, that isn’t the game’s main focus. It wastes a lot of its time in some annoying platforming sections (which never work in an isometric perspective) and the most forgettable of stories. This is presented in such a rushed way that makes it nearly impossible for anyone to even remotely care about it.
Say No! MoreSwitch
There’s no denying that Say No! More is a funny game. At first, I was laughing like an idiot at its completely absurd premise. Sadly, this comedic game is a one-trick pony and its sole joke wears off after a few minutes. There’s just not a lot of substance to justify playing it for more than a few minutes at a time. That’s all you’ll do. You’ll say “no” until the game tells you to stop, or more likely, you decide to turn it off.
Yet it’s so fun to play and has such an engaging story that even those who have never played an Oddworld game before will still have a great time with its endearing characters, polished controls, and creative puzzles. This game took forever to come out, but it was most certainly worth the wait.
Star Wars: Republic CommandoSwitch
The Switch port of Republic Commando is easily the worst version I’ve ever played, with subpar visuals and a framerate that makes the OG Xbox version feel like it’s running on an RTX 3080 in comparison. That being said, even an underwhelming build of Republic Commando is still highly enjoyable, being one of the grittiest and most unique Star Wars games ever made.
It Takes TwoPS5
It Takes Two is something truly special. It’s not only my favorite game of the year so far, but now it’s solidly one of my favorite games of all time. The level of creativity and ingenuity is mind-blowing. I can’t remember the last time I had this much fun with a game from start to finish.
Afterpulse is only recommended if you’re a Switch owner in dire, desperate, uncontrollable need of an online military shooter, and you really don’t want to play a game like this in any other platform. Owing to its mobile roots, it might not be the worst game in existence, but it’s so uninspired and generic.
MONSTER HUNTER RISESwitch
Monster Hunter Rise is an excellent continuation of the Monster Hunter franchise, feeling more like a refinement to its predecessor’s already excellent Iceborne expansion. This is a game I will be coming back to over and over again. I’m very much looking forward to the PC release next year.
Bladed Fury is pretty straightforward, but don’t think that’s a bad thing. You’re getting good visuals, a decent soundtrack, a bland but passable plot, a short duration and a great combat system for a fair price. You’re not getting a groundbreaking metroidvania experience, but in no moment you’ll feel like you haven’t gotten your money’s worth out of it.
Genesis Noir isn’t a terribly long game, taking only about two to three hours to complete, but it’s definitely a worthwhile experience. This game was not at all what I was expecting, but in a good way. It is definitely not your run-of-the-mill noir drama.
Root Film is a janky visual novel, but it makes up for its shortcomings with likable characters, a unique background setting, and most importantly, a lengthy story worth giving a crap about. It’s intriguing when it needs to be and it features enough player involvement and interactivity to make the act of reading through tons of lines of dialogue entertaining and engaging at all times.
By no means is Narita Boy a bad game, but it’s filled with way too many incoveniences that tarnish what could have easily been one of the best indie games of the year. It’s certainly enjoyable in its current state, not only as a stylish metroidvania game, but also as one hell of a synthwave treat to your ears. But its noticeable input lag, nonsensical plot, and most importantly, its overabundance of flashing lights got on my nerves pretty quickly.
Evil InsideXbox One
Evil Inside is yet another failed attempt to recapture the brilliance of PT in a “full game” format, but it ends up missing the mark in every single way you could possibly imagine. This isn’t scary at all; it’s just boring, uninteresting, and most importantly, annoying, mostly due to the overabundance of loud noises and jump scares.
TY the Tasmanian Tiger 2: Bush Rescue HDSwitch
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 2 is a shocking departure from its predecessor, and what’s most impressive about it is that it aged surprisingly well. Well, with the exception of the poor framerate on this Switch version, that is. It’s not better nor worse than the original Ty, given how different its gameplay is altogether.