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It’s so simplistic and carefree to the point of becoming freeing. There’s just something about slashing tons of colorful enemies onscreen that makes me feel entertained. In short, Breakpoint is one of the least innovative games I’ve played this year, but considering its fun gameplay loop and minuscule price tag, I can’t help but recommend it to everyone out there. It’s so simple that it will definitely appeal to every kind of player.
Metamorphosis: Xbox EditionXbox One
Metamorphosis has a great premise and a very intelligent story. I’m not gonna lie, playing as a bug in a first-person perspective was impressive at first. Too bad this one of the most unpolished games I have ever played in my life. Its framerate is abysmally low, and its assets and textures pop in and out of existence almost nonstop.
Super Mario 3D All-StarsSwitch
This sets a very bad precedent for the future. If this was being sold for maybe thirty or forty bucks, without the stupid limited availability, this would have been a complete must-have, a stroke of genius. As it stands, however, Super Mario 3D All-Stars just feels like an act of greed and hubris from a company that once knew better.
WWE 2K BattlegroundsPS4
WWE 2K Battlegrounds knows exactly what it wants to be, and gets the job done. At first glance, people might be turned off by how the game looks and plays, but wrestling games are much better when not taken seriously. We shouldn’t have to remember a laundry list of button/joystick combinations just to pull off moves your favorite superstar is known for, we just want to get in the ring and hit our opponent.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-ReckoningPC
All in all, Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning can be great or disappointing depending on your mindset. If you’re looking for a fully remastered and polished up version of this game, then you’re going to feel let down. If you’re simply looking for a new and more accessible way to replay this cult classic, then you’ll probably overlook the imperfections and be happy you can actually play it again.
No Straight RoadsPS4
If it wasn’t for its clunky combat and controls, as well as its tendency to bite way more than it can actually chew, No Straight Roads would have been one of the best surprises of the year. As it stands, even with its lack of polish, I still had a blast with it. It’s way too damn adorable and cheerful for me to ignore.
The Dungeon Of Naheulbeuk: The Amulet Of ChaosPC
The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk: The Amulet of Chaos might not be very impressive, but it’s a decent game at the end of the day, with a couple small bugs that could easily get patched out that may have simply not been noticed. Considering its indie nature and small team, though, it’s still quite alright.
Double Kick HeroesXbox One
It just doesn’t work as well as it should on a controller, reminding me of how annoying Guitar Hero was on a Dualshock back in 2005. If you decide to play Double Kick Heroes on lower difficulties, you won’t be presented with any semblance of a challenge, but at least you’ll be able to enjoy a pretty funny game with a phenomenal selection of metal bangers.
Technically speaking, it’s not a completely broken game, as it does what it advertises, but it’s so pathetic and uninspiring. It’s the most inglorious way for you to get a platinum trophy to boost your PSN profile’s notoriety. If you’re so desperate for one of those, just play any of Telltale’s games for the system. At the very least, you’ll play a moderately decent game before grabbing an easy trophy.
BPM: BULLETS PER MINUTEPC
BPM is a a combination of great ideas and for the most part it nails what it’s going for. The melding of the intense FPS combat set to the beat of metal makes for some really great moments. Unfortunately, the roguelike and RNG aspects that rule the game need a bit of work. Also, the art design could use a bit of rethinking. However, when it all works together and the RNG god gives you some love, it is a symphony of destruction.
Street Power SoccerPS4
Playing Street Power Soccer right after tackling another lighthearted arcade football experience in Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions just makes the overall experience even more annoying. It’s not pretty to look at, its soundtrack is atrocious, and its gameplay is way too stiff for a freaking freestyle game. It’s half-baked in every single aspect, not to mention atrociously expensive for its current price tag.
Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New ChampionsSwitch
Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions is exactly what I wanted from a game based off the classic anime franchise. It looks the part, it’s filled with overdramatic cutscenes and set pieces, and its gameplay doesn’t exactly follow the rules of football to a tee. This is basically the closest to a Super Mario Strikers or one of those older SNK football games you will find in the market nowadays.
I’m beyond disappointed. I was really hoping Tamarin was going to be the spiritual sequel to Jet Force Gemini I’ve been waiting for the past twenty years. What I ended up getting was a carbon copy of an old game with even clunkier controls, underwhelming production values, a terrible setting, and not a single droplet of charisma or humor. If all I wanted was to literally play Jet Force Gemini on a modern console, I’d have just resorted to Rare Replay.
This is the third time in a row that Rayark Games releases a game with little to no fanfare or prior promotion, and that game ends up being a surprising, well-crafted gem. MO: Astray is a fantastic little indie platformer that manages to be really engaging and creepy with its storytelling, while also managing to entertain with a very unique and intuitive control scheme.
I am beyond disappointed. Bounty Battle has such a fantastic premise and such an amazing roster, but calling this half-baked doesn’t even scratch the surface of its issues. It looks bland, its sound department is mediocre at best, it features an underwhelming selection of modes, it’s a bit glitchy, and to top things off, its gameplay is just not fun.
Inmost is the rare case of a really good game that intentionally tries to be discomforting and uneasy due to its themes. I liked its visuals, level structure, and sound design, but it’s hard for me to actively recommend it. It’s just way too downtrodden and depressing in a way that it almost demotivates you to play it for long. Unlike other equally dispiriting games out there, its gameplay, while good, isn’t as addictive or engaging to hook you for hours on end.
Necromunda: Underhive WarsPS4
I hate games like this. The actual concept is great, but playing it just sucks all the fun out. There’s so much potential here, so many things to do, and the presence of both PvE and PvP means that low player count isn’t an issue. But those wait times that also highlight the terrible AI just invalidate all of it. I’m really hoping this is something that can be fixed and soon.
Hotshot Racing is a nice throwback to the heyday of stimulating and cheerful arcade racers of the early 90’s. It’s as challenging as your average Ridge Racer or Virtua Racing, but sadly, nowhere near as charming. Although I appreciate what Curve Digital and Sumo Digital have come up with, all that Hotshot Racing really manage to achieve was make me angry that Sega still hasn’t decided to port 2017’s Daytona Championship USA to current-gen consoles.
This is getting more and more frustrating with each new iteration. NBA 2K21 is not a bad basketball game. It’s robust. It’s realistic. It’s really fun if all you want is a quick match with a friend or the CPU. The problem is that very few additions were included when comparing this game to NBA 2K20, with its additional monetization practices getting even more absurd with each new iteration.
MX vs ATV All OutSwitch
It’s still a disappointment, nonetheless. The Switch still doesn’t have a lot of realistic racing titles and MX vs. ATV All Out could have easily managed to satiate a niche in its library. I guess I’ll have to keep on waiting, as this is not exactly an easy recommendation.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2Xbox One
I just feel happy playing Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2. After feeling disappointed with the re-release of another childhood gem of mine, Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles, I was worried this game was going to be another case of a poorly aged title that relied more on nostalgia than its actual quality. I’m so glad I was wrong. The game looks great, plays great, sounds great, and it’s adequately challenging. It just makes you smile from start to finish.
Mask of MistsSwitch
Mask of Mists is just fine. I’ve played much better games, but I’ve also played a ton of games that were a lot worse. For a seemingly lower budget title, it gets the job done if you’re looking for a short and straightforward Skyrim lookalike. It even has some inventive puzzles, which surprised me. It might be very janky, unpolished, and a bit uninventive, but you can notice the developers gave their best shot when making this project.
Ary and the Secret of SeasonsXbox One
Ary and the Secret of the Seasons pleasantly surprised me. It’s by no means a perfect game, as it’s rife with bugs, glitches, and graphical issues, but it’s so charming that you won’t care about that before long. It has an engaging story, interesting characters, dynamic environments, and a unique gameplay system with the Seasonal Stones.
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Myth Infinite CombatePS4
As it stands, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Infinite Combate truly immerses you into the anime’s story. Shot by shot, with little to no surprises, you’ll follow the two key characters and their adventures. The real struggle with this game is simply how easy it is, which isn’t always a bad thing if you’re looking to unwind, but sometimes you expect more challenge out of a anime-themed dungeon crawler.
WRC 9 FIA World Rally ChampionshipXbox One
It might not be that much of a shocking improvement as WRC 8 was compared to WRC 7, but the folks at Kylotonn deserve a huge pat on the back for gradually transforming what once was a forgettable budget racing series into a franchise that can easily compete against the likes of Dirt and V-Rally. Honestly, it might even be better than its competition nowadays.