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Nobody Saves the WorldXbox Series X
Nobody Saves the World is a unique take on the ARPG genre with DrinkBox Studios’ signature style and the end result is something that I completely recommend. While there are some things that I wish were fleshed out a bit more with the dungeons specifically, this was an adventure that I didn’t want to put down. The way the game made me want to keep changing and upgrading characters is really well done by making their world involvement matter in unique ways. There is also co-op if you want to team up with a friend and take on a dungeon as a turtle and robot team with powers from a dragon and ghost. That choice is up to you, but regardless what you choose I guarantee you’ll enjoy it.
Summertime MadnessXbox Series X
I like Summertime Madness in theory. I like its premise, its world, I even like the fact it’s a walking simulator with a stupidly fast running button. On the other hand, this is a puzzle-solving adventure where the act of solving puzzles feels cryptic and arbitrary, almost as if it was intentionally made for you to fail your first run. With some slightly better puzzle design, this could have been a cult hit among puzzle enthusiasts. As it stands, I respect its premise, but I can’t exactly recommend it.
All in all, I found Impostor Factory to be a bit of a mixed bag. While it wasn’t the sequel I was hoping for, it does still have its own intriguing narrative. It does get off to a slow start, but things pick up once you hit the second act and gets really compelling in the third act. You don’t necessarily have had to have played the other entries before starting Impostor Factory, but you will certainly get a lot more out of the experience if you are familiar with them first. I’m hoping this isn’t the last entry in the series (which has been rumored for a while), as there is so much greatness to be found in these games. With that being said, I’d really love to see their next game incorporate more puzzles and gameplay like they did in Finding Paradise.
Castle of ShikigamiPC
I’m trash at bullet hell games, but I love to try and I love to fail. Castle of Shikigami II makes me feel like a glorious disaster, and it’s so much fun in the process. It’s got the heart and excitement of something visually-novel adjacent, and it’s got the chaos and erratic heartbeat moments of a proper danmaku. Take some time and dive in, but be warned: it’s hell, and a controller is not going to be your friend. Get ready to ride the keyboard, cowboy, we gotta save Tokyo.
Dungeon Munchies has one really clever idea, which, sadly, doesn’t make up for how mundane the rest of its gameplay and presentation are. The novelty of cooking parts of your fallen enemies and acquiring their powers wears off quickly once you realize the rest of the game is still an ugly platformer with really simplistic combat. In a console absolutely saturated with pixel art platformers and roguelites, Dungeon Munchies simply doesn’t have what it takes to stand out from the rest of the crowd.
Shovel Knight Pocket DungeonPS4
With 2022 still in its infancy, this is a title that, despite being ineligible for Indie Game of the Year, could’ve easily ran with that award. Having played both the PS4 and Nintendo Switch versions, the handheld feel is superior. They’re the ideal twosome, and I’d suggest buying there. Regardless of those rare technical mishaps, nothing beats laying in bed while uncovering secrets.
Serious Sam 4PS5
Sadly, as expected, this PS5 version of Serious Sam was a disappointment. There is a really fun shooter buried underneath this pile of glitches, framerate issues and boring story-driven sections, but it’s nigh impossible to overlook all of those setbacks. If you really want to have some dumb fun with our favorite thrift shop Duke Nukem impersonator, there is a much better option out in the wild.
There’s very little else that can be said about Asteroids: Recharged. What you see is what you get. It’s yet another bite-sized Recharged version of an Atari classic, but one that actually looks good enough, has an okay soundtrack, and feels like the perfect balance between retro and modern, all thanks to its mixture of vector graphics and a ton of neon particle effects.
Yu-Gi-Oh! RUSH DUEL: Dawn of the Battle Royale!!Switch
The Rush Duel format is a welcome change of pace after having to deal with all that Synchro / Pendulum / XYZ nonsense, but it turns the overall Yu-Gi-Oh metagame into something way more simplistic than the fun strategic madness it once was. Think about that before considering buying Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel: Dawn of the Battle Royale, as this format will not please everyone. This is mostly aimed at newcomers, and I am sure they will have a blast with it.
Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. BrainSwitch
Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain is some of the most fun you can have with plain edutainment, as it cleverly hides its educational aspects under a layer of competitiveness and a cute but friendly presentation. It’s a bit expensive, and I think its amount of minigames is a bit subpar, but it’s a very enjoyable experience if you tackle it for around 10 minutes a day. Even if all you do is test your skills and brag about them with algorithm-generated avatars based on the personality of a 62 year old Japanese retiree via its oddly amusing multiplayer mode.
Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DXSwitch
If you’re looking for some childhood nostalgia, look no further than Monster Rancher 1 + 2 DX. If you have never played these games before, this will probably do absolutely nothing for you because, to be honest, these games are much more sluggish than they ever felt back around release. Welcome to the joys of the evolution of gaming. Some games can withstand the test of time, others can not. Monster Rancher is unfortunately a game that should be returned to solely for nostalgia’s sake.
Sam & Max: Beyond Time and SpaceSwitch
I highly recommend Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space Remastered for fans of the series. If you’ve never played them before, but like point-and-click adventures and have a twisted sense of humor, then I highly recommend them for you as well. Just be sure to play the Seasons in order, because there are many references, jokes, characters, and plotlines that you won’t understand if you skip the earlier episodes.
Farming Simulator 22Xbox Series X
If you can stick through the frustrations of being a new player, or if you don’t mind having a second screen for tutorials, Farming Simulator 22 is an enjoyable game. There is plenty here to challenge you and keep you occupied for a long time. The freedom it gives you to live the farming life you want is fantastic and you can go at your own pace. If you want it to be a relaxing experience, that’s fine. If you want to be a farming tycoon and buy up everything, while running multiple business aspects, go for it.
Chorus is a great game that just doesn’t quite meet its full potential. The amazing story setup doesn’t manage to hit the mark, with lacklustre characters and underwhelming emotional moments. One the other hand, the combat is definitely worth getting into, with some fantastically smooth controls once you get used to them.
Fights in Tight SpacesPC
It’s fun, it’s replayable, it’s frustrating as all hell when you just can’t get the right movement card to get out of a sticky spot, and it keeps drawing me back in to prove that I’m not a loser. I may keep getting killed during missions, but I’m doing it with style, and that’s all anyone can ask of me. Okay, they can ask that I complete the mission and not die, but hey. Baby steps.
Dadish 2Xbox One
In the grand scheme of things, Dadish 2 could have very easily been a DLC pack for the first game, but given its cheap price, it’s absolutely justifiable to pick up this sequel game if you’ve enjoyed the original. Sure, it’s pretty much just more levels on the same engine, but that’s not entirely bad. It’s a good time if Dadish was your thing, but if you didn’t enjoy that bite-sized indie platformer to begin with, this one isn’t going to change your mind.
Lyrica2 Stars AlignSwitch
All in all, Lyrica2 is an interesting traditional “Chinese music + Tap Tap Revoluton” blend. The way that this game puts together a lesser explored style of Asian music and brings it into the limelight with a more modern style, especially in rhythm game format, is really interesting. Providing more traditional takes, alongside more modern remixes also allows for the music and the game itself to be more accessible to people who may be turned off by the idea of not understanding most of the words in the songs.
Battlefield 2042 provides a surprisingly complete multiplayer experience with a game mode for everybody. Although, with it’s countless number of bugs, mediocre map design and balance issues it also makes it a very difficult game to recommend especially at the current price. There is a fair amount of fun to be had with the game that might be improved in the next year or so.
Asterix & Obelix: Slap them All!PS4
The fact it’s so easy makes each combat section even funnier, all thanks to some of the best animations I’ve seen in a game in a while. Is this going to turn you into an Asterix fan? Doubtful, since this is the kind of stuff you either grew up with or will continue to ignore, but if you’re a fan of the franchise, or have the slightest knowledge about it, this is better than you could have ever asked for.
It’s well designed, it’s approachable, it’s clearly explained both in plot and gameplay and it’s quite open while still being directed in where the game is going. To be honest, I might pick this up on the Switch at some point in the future. I don’t think sitting down and playing Archvale for long stretches of time is the best way to enjoy all of the havoc the game brings, but having bursts of dungeon action in between other activities and then focusing when you’re in the overworld for longer, more relaxing explorations is the key recipe to success.
Just Dance 2022Switch
Make sure to grab it on the Switch. I used to think using a phone’s gyro as a controller was already great, but using the Joy-Cons and the handful of gimmicks in it that no other developer uses is pure genius. Whether you use it as a party toy or as a cardio session, Just Dance 2022 is a lot more fun that it has any right to be.
Shin Megami Tensei VSwitch
It’s not the game I spent all this time thinking it would be, or afraid it might be, and it’s so much better for it. I’ve already poured an incredible amount of time into it, and this is just the first of many playthroughs. Multiple endings, multiple builds to try, and just the fun of running around a perfectly designed world with the best turn-based combat you can experience.
Corpse Party is very simple, and occasionally very janky, but it has a lot of personality and heart put into it. Despite its 16-bit visuals and basic gameplay, it manages to convey a somewhat tense survival horror experience based on the limitations of a very old engine. It is very repetitive and cryptic, though, so be ready to undergo through a lot of trial-and-error sections.
Pro Basketball Manager 2022PC
Unlike other low budget management sims out there, the fact Pro Basketball Manager 2022 has a dedicated community shoving out datapacks and mods at a staggering pace fixes any licensing-related issues that plague these smaller titles. Go for it, Pro Basketball Manager 2022 is a good one. I’m waiting for someone to add the Tune Squad and the Monstars, though.
Tape Recovery Simulator 96KPC
If you were honestly neck-deep in the programming world of COBOL and BASIC, this might have some kind of nostalgic appeal, and you can chuckle, saying “Yea, my boss was like that. But I was getting paid insane 1960s money, so it was okay.” However, amid a massive movement of people walking away from abusive, underpaying jobs, Tape Recovery Simulator 96K couldn’t have picked a worse theme to float their already tiny boat upon in a huge sea of games.