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GreedFall - The De Vespe ConspiracyXbox Series X
The De Vespe Conspiracy turned out to be an expansion I didn’t know I wanted until I had it. It’s a true-to-form addition to a game I already loved. Any excuse to revisit Teer Fradee is a welcome journey, even if it’s quite short, only taking about three to four hours to complete. Still, it gave me more insight into a few characters I thought I knew fairly well.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HDSwitch
Skyward Sword HD is a fascinating game that will either please or bore fans. I almost feel there is no in-between. At sixty bucks, this is way too much to ask for a Wii game, but the fact you can play it on-the-go is still worth lauding. Even if you have to deal with some confusing controls in order to do so.
Death's DoorXbox Series X
Death’s Door was a title I was looking forward to from the previews. I liked the concept, the gameplay looked good, and the characters looked silly and fun. However, I did not expect it to be one of the best games I’ve played this year. Beating the main boss and rolling the credits isn’t even the end. There is still more mystery to unfold and I haven’t been able to put it down. You absolutely owe it to yourself to play this title.
Akiba's Trip: Hellbound & DebriefedSwitch
This is truly disappointing, because even though its core gameplay is a baffling combination of being clunky and unnecessary, the game does feature a nice story and some impressive voice acting. It’s not as irritating as Senran Kagura or Uppers when it comes to its themes, but it’s more disappointing as a game than these two duds. This makes it one of the most underwhelming remasters of the past few years.
Returnal for me is as close to a masterpiece as I think I’ve gotten. Despite a few small visual glitches, nothing that I encountered was game breaking. There were no crashes or any bugs that would force me to start a new run. Once I started playing, I didn’t want to put the game down. I was fully hooked into this world, into Selene’s story, and I wanted to fight my way out of there. If you at all enjoy roguelites and bullet hell games, Returnal is an absolute must play.
It’s not about testing your skills, it’s all about throwing as many things for you to shoot at, reaching a point you can barely tell what’s happening onscreen. Thankfully, I love chaotic games like this, so I had a great time with Cotton Reboot!, especially with its brand new “Arranged” mode. It’s a bit rough around the edges, but it’s still tons of fun.
Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm GroundPC
And all in all that’s it for Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground. It’s a very solid fun game that I’m definitely going to be spending some more time with. I love the look of the game, the playstyles of the chosen factions, and the roguelike nature keeps me coming back. I’m also slowly getting deeper into the Age of Sigmar setting, and this game is a great intro point.
Out of LineSwitch
Out of Line is quite short, clocking at around three hours, and not exactly replayable, but I did enjoy this brief ride while it lasted. It wasn’t so much for its themes, as they can (and most certainly will) fly by everyone’s head as the storytelling isn’t this game’s forte, but I did enjoy its gorgeous art style, relaxing level of difficulty, and inventive puzzle design.
Where the Heart LeadsPS4
I found myself somehow caring so little that I would leave it on auto-text while I got up and did a little this or little that around my house. I would sit back down and just choose the “less jerk” option and repeat. Where the Heart Leads doesn’t want you to play and after a while, I just stopped fighting it.
Sniper Elite VRPS4
Sniper Elite VR caught me off guard. I knew I should look forward to it and I was dead certain it was going to be a good game, but I just wasn’t expecting for it to be this good. The more arcadey approach to the Sniper Elite formula, coupled with smooth movement options that showcase how far we’ve come since the debut of the PSVR five years ago.
Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2Xbox Series X
Sniper: Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 is a game designed for my taste. It offers me a buffet of different gameplay options, tech, stealth opportunities, and sniping that I love. It mixes the action stealth gameplay and long distance sniping simulation very well, and while it may not be super exciting, it gives methodical players like myself something to obsess over. With five maps, twenty-one contracts, and a ton of challenges and bounties, there is plenty of content here.
Crash Drive 3Xbox Series X
I can sum up my experience with Crash Drive 3 in one word: “why”. Why was this released on next-gen consoles when this game is basically a port of a mobile game (which can be acquired for free, mind you)? Why did it not take advantage of improved hardware to boost its visuals or framerate? It’s not terrible, but it’s oh so boring and uninspired.
The reduced framerate on the Switch version of Boomerang X might be a bit of a downer, since the game feels perfect on a handheld, but I still had a great time with it. It’s fast-paced, arcadey, stylish as all hell and allows you to experiment a lot with its combat mechanics. Regardless of its technical shortcomings, it’s yet another banger from Devolver, a fun little title from the single best indie curator in the market.
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of RuinPC
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin is a much better game than I could have ever anticipated. It’s a very clever spin on the Monster Hunter formula, with a cutesy art style, turn-based combat that is easy to pick up regardless of your experience with RPG games, a serviceable story, and more than enough depth and sidequests to keep you busy for hours.
Dungeons & Dragons: Dark AllianceXbox One
As a whole, I can’t recommend Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance. If you’re attempting to play it on a last gen system, it’s almost impossible to get through. Even if you’re playing it on a current gen system, it’s still not worth your time. It’s simply not fun. It’s so bland and generic that it’s a slog to get through. There are many other co-op action adventure games out there are much more entertaining, such as Diablo III or Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance. And the latter isn’t even that good to begin with.
I commend developers when they try to create something new with estabilished franchises, but not at the cost of what people like the most about them in the first place. That’s the main problem with Worms Rumble: it just isn’t as fun as any of its turn-based counterparts. In a sea of multiplayer shooters with way more content out there, some of them not requiring an upfront payment in order to access them, this game just doesn’t have what it takes in order to stand out.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift ApartPS5
Insomniac did something great in reminding us that the best of games can still just be fun. That doesn’t mean to toss away narrative or to do without seriousness, but that a game doesn’t need to rely on them. PlayStation has been knocking them out of the park this gen, yet somehow Ratchet & Clank finds itself standing a Rift Apart of the competition.
The Corruption WithinPC
The Corruption Within might have its flaws, but I’d still recommend it to anyone who likes classic point-and-click adventure games. It is short, only taking about two hours to beat while getting all the achievements, but it’s an engaging ride while it lasts. There are also a few different decisions you can make along the way that will affect the outcome of the very end of the game.
Space Jam: A New Legacy - The GameXbox Series X
I don’t think anyone was expecting for Space Jam: A New Legacy – The Game to be amazing. Let’s face it, it’s a marketing ploy. It’s here to raise awareness for the brand new movie by giving you a few minutes of fun and some easy achievements. With that being said, I expected a lot worse from it.
Curved SpaceXbox Series X
As it stands, Curved Space is a pretty good arcade shooter that manages to stand out even though it suffers from an annoying amount of feature creep. It didn’t need to feature such an emphasis on storytelling, nor did it need to have so many gameplay elements that are only used when an objective tells you to do so.
Doki Doki Literature Club Plus!Switch
Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! brings some much needed quality of life changes to the original game. It also makes it much more accessible to people, no longer being PC only and bringing it to most consoles. If you’re into visual novels, horror, puzzles, or all of the above, this is a nice cheap one to check out.
Legend of ManaPS4
I enjoyed this remaster of Legend of Mana. It kept the same feel of the original (almost to a fault), so any fans of this classic adventure will undoubtedly love this remaster. It’s gorgeous to look at and listen to while you enjoy the journey. I really wish there had been quality of life improvements to the combat and better explanations of how to set up the map though.
Wave Break is, at best, an average Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater clone that just so happened to be launched at the worst time possible, right alongside the debut of its main source of inspiration on the Switch. Sure, it’s cheaper than its main competitor and I suppose ultra-die-hard Weezer fans will want to grab it just because of the inclusion of one of their songs in its soundtrack, but it’s inferior in every conceivable way.
Aluna: Sentinel of the ShardsPC
Aluna: Sentinel of the Shards should have been a hit. I would have been able to ignore its dated visuals and uninteresting characters if its gameplay wasn’t so shallow and boring. I really love the fact it’s set around the rich and detailed world of Incan mythology, a setting barely explored by developers for the past twenty years, but even though it feels quite unique at times, I cannot exactly recommend a game so repetitive and menial.
Disgaea 6: Defiance of DestinySwitch
Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny is a Disgaea game, but with 3D graphics. That’s basically the best summary of the game that you’ll find. Those who are into the franchise will have already bought it, while I doubt those who aren’t will be swayed by some new 3D graphics. It’s one of those game’s that’s kind of exclusively there for its fanbase, which I think is great; I love games that unapologetically exist to please their fans.