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Cyberpunk 2077 was never going to live up to the grand promises made by CD Projekt Red, but its problems stem deeper than bugs resulting from its rushed development.
There's some small-town charm to be found in Twin Mirror, but an undercooked mystery and lack of interesting characters make the trip to Basswood a rather boring one.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of CalamitySwitch
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity delivers a very top-notch musou experience, one that takes both franchises very seriously. However, Zelda fans expecting something along the lines of Breath of the Wild are in for a very rude awakening.
I’ve, for the most part, generally enjoyed my time with Godfall, but in the latter half of the story, I was playing not for enjoyment, but simply to see things through to the end. There’s a possibility that post-game content and paid DLC could bring me back, but once more new series and franchises make their way to the PlayStation 5, Godfall will have a hard time making a case to stay installed.
Chronos: Before the AshesPS4
This is most frustrating because Gunfire had an opportunity here to expand and deepen things to appeal to a wider audience, but they instead opted to deliver an inflexible and shallow adventure. As a result, Chronos: Before the Ashes isn’t a bad game, but it’s so overwhelmingly inessential that it might as well be.
No More Heroes 2: Desperate StruggleSwitch
A superior sequel in every way, No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle takes everything that made the first installment so memorable and gets rid of everything else. It also tells a more focused and mature story, though it doesn't shy away from extreme bloodletting and ridiculous humor. It's truly fantastic from start to finish.
Veterans will love that this definitive version allows us to finally witness Boletaria how we imagined it so many years prior, and newcomers now have a more polished and accessible way to experience a title that changed the landscape of gaming forever. Whatever your history with Demon’s Souls, this is a marvelous game to help you welcome the PlayStation 5 into your life.
Marvel's Spider-Man RemasteredPS5
Spider-Man Remastered is the absolute best way to experience the original's engrossing gameplay and emotional story beats. Even its occasional banal elements are overshadowed by the immense improvements made to almost every aspect of the visual and tangible experience.
Assassin's Creed ValhallaPS4
Vikings, at their core, were historically looking to carve out their own slice of the pie, one without compromise and usually at the end of an axe. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla presents that in a realistic way, and gives the player a solid and accurate look at a time in history known as the Dark Ages. And it makes it fun every step of the way.
No More HeroesSwitch
No More Heroes deserves every ounce of love it has received since its release on the Nintendo Wii. From mowing grass to slaying enemies, the game's boundless energy helps you overlook its shortcomings. If you're new to No More Heroes, now's a fantastic time to dive right in.
Pikmin 3 DeluxeSwitch
Pikmin 3 Deluxe is another excellent entry in Nintendo's charming and under-appreciated franchise. The main campaign is enjoyable enough on its own, but the numerous additions and improvements are just icing on the cake.
Yakuza: Like a DragonPS4
The latest installment in the Yakuza franchise takes the series in a brave new direction. And while it takes a moment to get used to the new characters, setting, and battle mechanics, you'll soon find yourself sinking into a fully-realized world that's charming, heartfelt, and an outright blast to play - even if you're not a Dragon Quest fan.
Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles MoralesPS5
While it does little to move the needle for the series as a whole, Spider-Man: Miles Morales both plays the part of a much-needed stopgap and serves as a technical showcase of what the PlayStation 5 can bring to the table.
Jurassic World Evolution: Complete EditionSwitch
It should come as no surprise that the first game I all but demanded he play was Jurassic World Evolution (thankfully, he’s now cancer-free). I’m not making any claims about this game’s ability to cure cancer, but it has brought so many thrills and joy to both me and my family, and I know that Jurassic World Evolution: Complete Edition will do the same for you and yours.
The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little HopePC
Little Hope doesn't deliver the tightly written, well-paced scares of Until Dawn, but it's a much better, more focused experience than Man of Medan. If you can overlook so ridiculous writing and a few technical shortcomings, it's a spooky adventure that's work a look.
Watch Dogs LegionPS4
Although the recruitment system provides a few hours of entertainment, Watch Dogs: Legion feels like a series of systems masquerading as an open-world adventure game. Compared to the first two entries, Legion is a massive step backward, both in terms of story and execution. This is paint-by-numbers Ubisoft on autopilot.
Amnesia: Rebirth is a solid enough adventure for fans of the genre. That being said, although it's better than its predecessors in different ways, the fact that it can't quite match the narrative highs of SOMA or the scares of The Dark Descent makes it a bit of a forgettable journey.
Thankfully, video games have stepped in to fill that void, and while fans wait for the next real hockey season to begin, NHL 21 does an amazing job of keeping us occupied and entertained. With new gameplay additions and some fun new game modes, if this is the only hockey we will have for a few months, I think we’ll be okay.
Victory in Noita requires the same patience, planning, and diligence as the recently released Spelunky 2, with an added dose of chaos and unpredictability. Mastering its systems takes time, but a rewarding world full of secrets and plenty of colorful explosions make this adventure worth the struggle.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About TimePS4
The wait for a new Crash Bandicoot title has been long and winding, but I can safely say it was worth it. Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time slots right in alongside the original trilogy in terms of quality. The platforming is perfectly precise and will challenge even the most seasoned fans of the genre.
Torchlight III, while clearly wearing the franchise's skin like a badge of honor, never hits the marks of the previous entries. This is a very basic ARPG that frequently shows its free-to-play roots, and in a market overflowing with action-packed role-playing games, being a mediocre sequel isn't going to win you any favors -- especially from hardcore fans.
STAR WARS: SquadronsPS4
I sincerely hope this is the first of a new sub-genre of Star Wars flight sim games from EA, as there are plenty of opportunities to add new maps, ships, and game modes that further encompass the vast universe that is beloved by millions of people worldwide. Star Wars: Squadrons is the game I’ve been wishing for since the days of Rogue Squadron on the Nintendo 64, and hopefully, this is only the beginning.
Mafia: Definitive EditionXbox One
Mafia: Definitive Edition is stuck between a rock and a hard place then: neither a slice of nostalgia nor a particularly good modern experience in its own right. Temper your expectations and there’s a 10-hour campaign to enjoy, but it’s hard not to feel like this is a missed opportunity all around.
Hades is not only one of the best roguelites on the market today, but it's also one of the best games of the year -- if not the best. Supergiant Games, firing on all cylinders, has given us a wealth of content to explore, characters to meet, and challenges to overcome. If you're not a fan of roguelites, this one could easily change your mind.
For some, the gaudy and selectively-primitive aesthetic of Paradise Killer will be a huge selling point. For others, including myself, they’ll be met with raised eyebrows and a shrug. Despite that indifference, the narrative at the heart of the game was wholly engrossing from its foundation to its conclusion. The gameplay can only hope to limp along in support of that narrative, which is disappointing but never makes for a frustrating or outright boring experience.