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Crysis Remastered TrilogyXbox One
The Crysis Remastered Trilogy is finally here on pretty much all modern systems. These flawed but wonderful tactical shooters have never hit their fully potential in terms of popularity and polish, but have always been enjoyable on so many levels. It’s even better now, all thanks to some pretty good remastering work coming from Crytek. The trilogy is well worth playing today despite its flaws, and I hope this isn’t the last we’ve seen of the Nanosuit.
Xuan-Yuan Sword VIIXbox One
Despite its flaws, I really enjoyed my time with Xuan-Yuan Sword 7. Being able to play a game set in ancient China was a breath of fresh air. There’s so much rich lore and mythology surrounding that culture, which has been largely underrepresented in the West. I had the same sentiments about Raji: An Ancient Epic, which was set in ancient India. The characters are well fleshed out and the central group of companions have a great dynamic.
I didn’t know what to expect from UNSIGHTED, but all I know is that I was pleasantly surprised by the results. It’s a game that features a really fun and fast-paced combat system, with some excellent world design, all tied together by a really unique time mechanic. This might be a game that will fly under everyone’s radar, but I would highly recommend UNSIGHTED to anyone looking for a good challenge or a fun world to explore.
Metroid Dread is, well, another 2D Metroid, and that is worth celebrating if you’re a fan of the franchise. It will not, by any means, convert newcomers into die-hard fans of the series, given how it assumes you’ve played its predecessors right from the get-go, but it offers a crap ton of fanservice and excellent level design for those who know what to expect from a Metroid game.
It’s nice to have Darksiders III, and as a result, the entire franchise on-the-go, but let’s be real here: this is not the best version of the game. In fact, it’s the complete opposite. It suffers from poor visuals and an even more unstable framerate than the one that plagued the original PS4 and Xbox One releases of the game. You will want to get Darksiders III on the Switch only if you’re a die-hard fan of the franchise or if you’re into grabbing these novelty Switch ports of games that supposedly should not be able to run on such inferior hardware.
Flynn: Son of CrimsonPC
Flynn: Son of Crimson has been one of the few games in recent times I couldn’t put down once I got started. It was a perfect mix between great visuals, retro-styled gameplay, a challenging but never unfair level of difficulty, and an excellent progression system encouraging you to revisit past levels. This is a game I really want for people to find out about, as it would be criminal for a gem like this one to be overlooked by players out there.
Rogue Lords takes some of the most entertaining elements from Slay the Spire and adds its own macabre twist in order to create something that is equally derivative and unique. This is not a roguelike that will please everyone, since its difficulty curve is off the charts, but there’s a lot to like in here, from the horror themes and surprisingly captivating story to the sense of accomplishment when you manage to finish a run with a souped up squad.
Nickelodeon All-Star BrawlPC
The weird thing about Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is that, despite being janky, low-budget, and lacking in content, it’s a lot of fun. It all boils down to its ludicrous concept and the fact that at the end of the day, it’s functional. It’s a power trip for anyone who grew up watching cartoons in the late 90s to early 2000s. Its online multiplayer also works surprisingly well, even better than Smash, to be honest. It might be pricey for what it offers, but if Nickelodeon is nostalgic to you, you will love Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl.
Jett: The Far ShorePS5
There are calm moments of catharsis and reflection, but this is undercut by enemy encounters and poor flying mechanics. Even the brief sections where you are allowed to walk around are frustrating because Mei moves like she’s wading through honey. There’s an interesting concept in here, but it’s lost under the shortcomings of the rest of the gameplay. There’s simply nothing memorable about JETT: The Far Shore.
Agatha Christie - Hercule Poirot: The First CasesPS4
Honestly, I was really disappointed by Agatha Christie: Hercule Poirot – The First Cases, especially since I’d been looking forward to it for so long. The story is something any fan of mysteries has seen a hundred times by now. All of the twists you can see coming from a mile away. The deduction system is atrocious and offers nothing aside from an aggravating experience.
eFootball 2022 might be one of the most disastrous launches I have ever seen. I’ve seen magazine demo discs with more content than this “game”. There’s no reason to play it at the moment: its online matchmaking simply doesn’t work, its offline content is more sparse than an Atari 2600 game, and its gameplay is simply not as fluid as the one featured in its last-gen predecessors.
Blaze and the Monster Machines: Axle City RacersPS4
Even for a children’s racing game, Blaze and the Monster Machines: Axle City Racers is lacking in subtance and charm. It can and will be enjoyed by them, especially if they like the source material, but between the shallow amount of content and underwhelming performance, you’re better off just skipping a few learning curve steps and letting them play Mario Kart on the easiest settings instead.
Death’s Gambit: Afterlife is a massive improvement over a game that while pretty good for its time, had its fair share of flaws. Not only does it improve upon the original title’s shortcomings, but it also doubles its overall size with new areas to explore and new mechanics to abuse. Not to mention the fact that this is a free upgrade if you already owned the previous PC version. It’s a phenomenal effort that makes it worth coming back to for fans of the original, and if you either weren’t a fan or haven’t tried it before, I can’t recommend Afterlife enough.
Eastward is a spectacular adventure well worth the wait. Hell, my complaints are all subjective, so they, to most, won’t even apply. That’s a testament to how mechanically sound it is. I enjoyed every second of it, and while I would’ve liked for the slot mini-game to be tweaked, the battle system made grinding more than bearable. There’s also a way to get ample amounts of currency that aims to cushion that grind further.
A Juggler's TalePS5
You really shouldn’t dismiss A Juggler’s Tale as just another Limbo or Inside clone. I might even consider it as good, if not better, than its main sources of inspiration. Not only does it feature gameplay elements that take advantage of its unique setting, but it also has a really engaging story that captivates you right away thanks to some superb voice acting. Even if art games aren’t exactly your thing, you should definitely give A Juggler’s Tale a try. It’s not just a very good art game, it’s a very good game, period.
El Shaddai: Ascension of the MetatronPC
I’m not saying it doesn’t have a ton of redeeming qualities, though. Its setting and story are basically unheard of in gaming, given how devs are not exactly comfortable tackling Abrahamic religions in this kind of medium. As a concept, it’s fantastic. As an action game, it’s quite shallow. It’s fun in smaller doses, meaning a Switch port would be its ideal version. As it stands, grab it only if you need an extra hack n’ slash fix before Bayonetta 3 comes out next year.
Centipede: Recharged is, well, for better or worse, just more Centipede. This is a reboot/remake that absolutely does not try to reinvent the wheel. Its vector-like visuals fit perfectly with the source material, its controls are serviceable, and for the most part, it delivers in what it wants to offer: be a less cumbersome way to play a classic arcade game on a modern system.
Persona 5 StrikersSwitch
It takes what Age of Calamity did for Breath of the Wild (or at least tried to), and makes good on it. It does great honor to its original game, fixes its flaws, and, for me at least, does everything better. It ends up being to me, what Persona 5 seems to be to everyone else. I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite MegaTen game, but it’s damn close. Your move, Shin Megami Tensei V.
HOT WHEELS UNLEASHEDXbox Series X
Hot Wheels Unleashed is way better than I could have ever imagined, and I’m absolutely addicted to it. Are there better racing games that came out or are due to come out this year? Absolutely. But I doubt any of them will surprise me as much as this game did.
In Sound MindPC
In Sound Mind is an inventive and unique psychological game that pulls together a compelling mystery and unique gameplay mechanics that make every chapter standout. However the messy presentation, pointless stealth and overly long sections bring it down a touch. Don’t fret, though: if you’re a fan of the genre, this has more than enough redeeming qualities to entertain you until the very end.
The Addams Family: Mansion MayhemXbox One
It might have a few issues regarding its gameplay and presentation, but I’d still easily recommend The Addams Family: Mansion Mayhem. It does everything it promised with flying colors, offering tons of fun levels, an easy-but-not-patronizing level of difficulty, local co-op, and a surprising amount of minigames on the side. This is a pretty good family-friendly platformer that can be enjoyed by all kinds of people, young and old, solo or with friends. I just wish they had included the damn franchise’s theme song in the main menu for a more iconic nostalgia effect…
It isn’t that SkateBIRD is bad, there is just nothing there to make any part of it more than ok. It feels as if Glass Bottom Games spent all their energy high fiving each other over the idea of putting tiny birds on tiny boards and making real world environments into skate parks. There just wasn’t anything left in their tank to make the rest of the game as interesting. As easy as SkateBIRD is to pick up and play for ten minutes, it is even easier to put it back down.
Lost JudgmentXbox Series X
Lost Judgment won me over. I used to consider its predecessor a good game, but one of the weakest titles in the Yakuza universe. This one is the complete opposite. It stands right next to Yakuza 0 and Like a Dragon in the pantheon of greatest titles in the series. The story is captivating, the combat system has been improved, the benefits of playing it with an improved framerate are excellent, and most importantly, I finally started giving a crap about Yagami. He is finally a protagonist worthy of having a series of his own.
Long story short, if you liked Spelunky, welcome to Spelunky 2: “Spelunking With Friends”. The game feels the same, plays the same, and is basically the same. Save for a handful of quality of life changes that, for the avid Spelunky fan, may be great, especially if you’re interested in tackling these dungeons with friends. For the casual fan, you simply may not care. Either way, it’s simply more of it, and considering the original was far from terrible to begin with, it’s not exactly a cause for concern. Except for the underwhelming soundtrack.
BloodRayne Betrayal: Fresh BitesPC
Am I missing something? I have always been told that BloodRayne Betrayal was a really bad game, one of the worst titles made by WayForward. But I’ll be honest with you, despite being a bit janky and a bit unfair at times, I really enjoyed it. Either this is a case of a underrated gem or the remaster fixed a ton of the original game’s issues. Whatever the case, BloodRayne Betrayal: Fresh Bites might suffer from some occasionally questionable gameplay choices, but it’s a great little platformer that’s perfect for fans of old school Castlevania.