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Disc Room features such a stupidly simple gameplay loop, yet the developers managed to come up with so many kinds of challenges and so many room layouts, it’s absolutely bonkers. It is a stupidly hard game, but it never felt unfair. Not even when I was stuck in room where the amount of saw blades trying to turn me into a sashimi defied the laws of physics.
Horace is an indie darling that I’m thrilled to have finally played. It is a breath of fresh air in a sea of cheap retro-inspired garbage. Not only does it have brutally tough yet fair gameplay, but it also delivers a shockingly deep story. The developers knew exactly how to keep things light and entertaining, especially with their puns and pop-culture references.
In short, Uppers could have been a fairly decent brawler if it wasn’t for its borderline idiotic creeper factor. It does feature a nice art style and a really good combat system, but they just had to shove in a ton of gratuitous and disturbing content that does nothing to improve the overall experience. It’s just one of those unnecessary games that practically force you to play it with your room door’s closed and windows shut.
The Walking Dead OnslaughtPC
The Walking Dead Onslaught is not the type of licensed game that ended up surprising me. Nor was it so bad that it ended up being an endearing cheesy experience I could laugh at and have fun with. Unfortunately, it’s an uninspired title that even lacks the depth of its fellow The Walking Dead VR games.
Remothered: Broken PorcelainPC
Remothered: Broken Porcelain is one of the most disappointing horror games that I’ve played in a while. Nay, one of the most disappointing games in general. I wanted to like it, I really did, but beyond the unbearably buggy gameplay lies a shallow stealth horror experience that is more of an exercise in frustration than it is in terror.
Until You FallPS4
Until You Fall is a great example of a well done VR game. Strong idea that uses the strengths of VR to their fullest, realized systems with depth and variety, and a satisfying gameplay loop that brings it all together. Even with some drawbacks, it’s still now one of my favorites to play.
Zoids Wild Blast UnleashedSwitch
Overall, Zoids Wild: Blast Unleashed was quite a bit more fun than initially expected. More than just a simple licensed title aimed exclusively at fans of the franchise, this a fairly straightforward but robust arena fighting game that might get the younger generation into the genre the same way Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi did for the Nintendo GameCube and PS2 generation.
Having a game like this on a Nintendo platform is enough to give Howard Lincoln and Tipper Gore a coronary, but don’t expect it to be an actually good game. It’s ugly, its gameplay is underwhelming, and its sound design makes me thankful for the invention of a mute button. It goes to show that Postal is only remembered for its controversy, not its quality, or lack thereof.
Doodle God: EvolutionPS4
Playing Doodle God: Evolution on a PS4 is somewhat fun, but let’s face it, this is a game suited for a mobile phone. It was meant to be played in short bursts with a touchscreen. You’ll scroll through everything the game has to offer pretty quickly, earning some trophies along the way, but you’ll immediately forget about it once you turn the console off.
Agatha Christie: The ABC MurdersSwitch
While Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders has the right idea in terms of how to best present a murder mystery in video game form, it unfortunately misses the mark. Having to exit the game and come back after completing a few tasks really kills the immersion and flow. I also think not making use of the Switch’s touchscreen was a huge missed opportunity.
The Signifier is a really tough one to nail down. On one hand, it does have an interesting premise with some truly original ideas, but on the other, I found many of them to be a bit undercooked. The mysterious nature of the case was compelling and kept me intrigued along the way. However, it left many questions unanswered and ended with a weird and somewhat unsatisfying conclusion.
Monster Truck ChampionshipXbox One
I don’t think I would have considered Monster Truck Championship such a disappointment if it wasn’t for the fact that Monster Jam Steel Titans exists. That game is simply superior in every single aspect, be it in terms of visuals, sound, controls, and overall content. Monster Truck Championship would have been a recommended title for monster truck enthusiasts if it wasn’t for the existence of its much superior main competitor.
9 Monkeys of ShaolinPS4
Thankfully, even though 9 Monkeys of Shaolin is far from perfect, it features a great combat system that just makes you want to play it more and more. There’s no shortage of great beat ’em ups these days, but if you’re into kung fu movies and Chinese epics, give 9 Monkeys of Shaolin a shot.
Re:Turn - One Way TripPC
I am so happy I decided to give Re:Turn – One Way Trip a shot. The bizarre combination of genres and gameplay elements was enough to pique my interest, but it delivered far more than I expected. Most of the puzzles are a lot of fun and highly diversified. The wonderfully interwoven storylines kept me captivated through to the end. If you like creepy imagery and an intriguing narrative, then you should get onboard with Re:Turn – One Way Trip.
This is the Zodiac SpeakingSwitch
Its graphics are cheap, its sound design is a mixed bag, and what’s worse, it’s just not very exciting to play. It’s a by-the-books puzzle adventure with a lot of filler and some terrible chase sequences. With a little more polish, This Is The Zodiac Speaking could have been something special. However, in its current state and with this particular gameplay loop, it’s just a half-baked disappointment.
Ben 10: Power TripPS4
The developers behind Ben 10: Power Trip sure tried coming up with an ambitious open world adventure for the young ones to enjoy, but they sadly missed the mark. Be it due to budget issues or time constraints, everything in this game feels rushed and half-baked.
More than just a unique roguelike with a nice combat system and tons of customization options, Going Under is also a great piece of satire. Anyone who has ever worked for a tech company or startup, or has ever had an annoying boss who forced them to do chores that were completely unrelated to what they had been hired for, will definitely relate to our protagonist’s struggles.
Gleamlight is a game that could be something great, but squanders it at every turn. It’s on the right track by taking inspiration from a couple of great games, unfortunately, it never comes close to matching them. There is no purpose to the game conveyed through tone, music, characters, or text that will urge you to continue. If I had not been reviewing this, thus feeling obligated to flesh out the game, I would have stopped after the first forty-five minute run-through.
Issues aside, Powertris is not exactly bad. Sure, its presentation is beyond lazy, and it does suffer from an annoying amount of input lag, but as a puzzle game, it’s quite decent. It features a simple but creative “Tetris meets Pipemania” gameplay loop, which is the most important thing for game in the genre. Despite being nowhere near as good as other puzzle games for the Switch, fans should definitely check it out. It’s dirt cheap as well, which is always a bonus.
Super Mario Bros. 35Switch
If you liked Tetris 99, but like me, aren’t good at Tetris, this may be a lot more your speed. Super Mario Bros. 35 is fluent and responsive, but is missing some components that have made Tetris 99 more than just a novelty and turned it into something people play consistently. At the end of the day, if there are no quality of life updates to Super Mario Bros. 35, the player base may leave before the Match end date anyways.
Prinny 1-2: Exploded and ReloadedSwitch
I feel like a little more could have been done to make this remaster feel like more of a remaster, but the art style helps a lot to make this much less of a problem. Overall though, I’m very happy with this, and though I doubt the core Disgaea fanbase would get much out of it, anyone looking for a fun 2D platformer is in luck.
Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand PrixPS4
The Nickelodeon setting is a perfect fit for a cartoonish kart racer, after all. It features great visuals, an immense roster of playable characters, and tons of unlockables. It’s a love letter to Nickelodeon and all of its classic cartoons, something both kids and adults can easily enjoy with a gigantic smile on their faces.
STAR WARS: SquadronsPS4
If you own a VR set, be it a PSVR or one of the various PC-compatible visors available in the market, you need this game. You may not think you do, but trust me, you do. If piloting an X-Wing or TIE Fighter in virtual reality doesn’t sound like one the coolest experiences of all time to you, you might be dead on the inside.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About TimePS4
Crash Bandicoot 4 just about accomplishes near perfection in terms of being an effective and original platformer, and is now my favorite one of the genre and series. What was once great is now fantastic, what was once flawed is now fixed. Questions are answered and demands are met with great results and improvement.
Ride 4 is the motorcycle equivalent to Gran Turismo, for better or worse. It features a lot of content, every single kind of motorbike you can imagine, from Harleys to Ducatis, tons of racetracks, and lots of different events to partake in. When it comes to bang for your buck, it sure delivers.