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LAYTON’S MYSTERY JOURNEY: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy - Deluxe Edition

Switch
8.00
Eric HallDec 03, 2019
Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy is a welcome addition to the Nintendo Switch roster. It’s the perfect jumping-in point for greenhorns and a welcome return for long-time fans. It can still feel very much like a 3DS game at times, particularly in its visuals, but considering how the title was ignored originally, that’s far from the worst thing. Mystery Journey doesn’t quite meet the high bar of past entries, but hopefully, this is a sign of things to come from Level-5.

Shenmue 3

PCPS4
8.00
Todd RigneyDec 03, 2019
Shenmue IIII pushes its epic story forward while holding firmly onto dated concepts, game design, and narrative presentation, but it will likely please die-hard fans of the series. Everyone else, meanwhile, might wonder what all the fuss is about.

Pokémon Shield

SwitchSwitch
10.0
Ethan WillardNov 26, 2019
Pokémon Sword and Shield is not only a worthy start for the series on mainline consoles, but is quite possibly the best entry in the series. With the new Pokémon, Dynamax raids, gyms, and the expansive Wild Area, Pokémon Sword and Shield filled me with a joy I rarely feel playing games.

STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order

PS4
8.00
David MorganNov 25, 2019
The Star Wars spirit is strong with Fallen Order, and it came as close to making me feel the way I did when watching the original trilogy for the first time. However, unlike those movies, this one could use some post-release touch-ups.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Switch
4.00
Eric HallNov 20, 2019
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will assuredly have a strong audience, from gamers who are excited about the upcoming Olympics to the more casual audience looking for a breezy multiplayer experience. However, the Switch is chock full of excellent party options, and it’s tough to recommend a title that lacks both the depth and enjoyment of its contemporaries. I don’t have a lot of love for Mario Party, but even its minigames are better than the offerings here. Call it screaming into the void if you must, but there are just better ways to waste time with friends.

Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout

PS4
5.00
Todd RigneyNov 19, 2019
Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness and the Secret Hideout feels like a massive step backward, both in terms of gameplay and story. Although GUST attempted to inject some real-world themes into this tale, it's unfortunately just more of the same.

Sparklite

PS4
6.00
David MorganNov 14, 2019
Sparklite is a safe, stock-standard rogue-lite RPG that attempts to mimic The Legend of Zelda, but never manages to emulate it. An otherwise brief journey that requires some samey exploration to prepare for late-game hurdles leaves this adventure feeling a little stale.

WWE 2K20

PS4
4.00
Jon HueberNov 04, 2019
WWE, Visual Concepts, and publisher 2K Sports need to get their gear in order, or they will be left in the past. And games like WWE 2K20 are a sign that maybe that’s where this franchise needs to stay. The graphical issues, the hamstrung game modes, and barely-functional gameplay are but a few of the many issues plaguing this year’s title. Until a patch is developed and released to remedy these issues, fans should be aware of what they are getting into.

Death Stranding

PS4
10.0
David MorganNov 01, 2019
Like any genre-pushing work of art, Death Stranding is sure to be divisive. That said, the unflinching vision of its director is a breath of fresh air in an industry increasingly unwilling to swing for the fences.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III

PS4
9.00
Todd RigneyOct 31, 2019
Nihon Falcom has delivered yet another stellar entry in the Trails of Cold Steel series. If you're a newcomer, you'll need to start at the beginning to genuinely appreciate the whole package. However, if you're a long-time fan of the franchise, then you'll love every thrilling second of it.

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD

PS4
7.00
Gabs TannerOct 29, 2019
For the most part, Banana Blitz HD is a copy of the original game with a fresh coat of paint. Players looking for a burst of nostalgia will enjoy the updated graphics and the absence of motion controls. However, the camera’s still a bugbear, while a lack of engaging mini-games is disappointing. Ultimately though, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD checks three important boxes; it’s fun, a decent challenge, and hella satisfying to beat.

Luigi's Mansion 3

Switch
9.00
Cheyenne ClarkOct 28, 2019
Luigi's Mansion 3 has some incredibly clever (and difficult) puzzles, featuring interesting new abilities and expanding on the series' classic gameplay. It's everything I wanted and more in a continuation of the franchise.

MediEvil

PS4
4.00
Josh HeathOct 23, 2019
Overall, it seems that, much like its original 1998 release, MediEvil 2019 is a bit of a mixed bag. As a warts-and-all remake, that is to be expected. Granted, for $30, you could do worse. If you are getting nostalgia pangs, this may satisfy them, but I don’t think I would recommend this to a first-timer. The lack of polish or any significant changes is disappointing, especially considering that, with a little modern TLC, this one could have truly stood out from the pack. Unfortunately, it seems relegated to the cash-grab remake pile.

The Outer Worlds

PS4
10.0
Dylan ChaundyOct 22, 2019
In all, The Outer Worlds is an unmitigated success. Naturally, recapturing the magic that made New Vegas such a beloved classic was never going to be an easy task, but the Californian studio has surprisingly pulled it off with aplomb once again. War never changes? I politely have to disagree. When Obsidian is at the helm, changes happen for the better, and that couldn’t make me happier.

Indivisible

PS4
8.00
Eric HallOct 17, 2019
Considering the time and effort spent on the title, it’s nice that Indivisible turned out as wonderful as it did. Lab Zero Games managed to successfully thread together three different genres into one enticing package. It’s full of personality, gorgeously designed, and most importantly, a blast to play. Considering this is the studio’s first dive into the world of role-playing games, it’s hard to imagine how it could have gone any better. If they ever decide to take another crack at the genre, I’m hoping we won’t have to wait another four years to get our hands on it.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Complete Edition

Switch
9.00
Ethan WillardOct 17, 2019
At the end of the day, The Witcher 3 continues to be one of the most impressive RPGs to date. Sure, the Switch version’s visuals and resolution are rough around the edges, but the rest of it is surprisingly excellent. I don’t know what wizardry or dark ritual CD Projekt Red and Saber Interactive had to perform in order to get this behemoth running on the Switch, but they pulled it off, and I’m not going to ask any questions. If you’ve never played The Witcher 3, and you don’t care about ray tracing and teraflops, than the Switch version is perfect.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint

Xbox One
6.00
Ethan WillardOct 09, 2019
The world seemed beautiful, the switch to a loot and gear system appealed to me in theory, and as a Latinx person, it wasn’t turning an entire group of people into drug lords. Breakpoint has so much to do and so much to see, but the sheen of endless possibility quickly wore off after I realized that “endless possibility” mostly meant “go here, shoot people, run away”. Though there is enough to like and keep me around for a bit longer, at least until the raid releases, I don’t know how many more uninspired missions I can complete.

Concrete Genie

PS4
9.00
Todd RigneyOct 08, 2019
Between the story, the “Free Paint” mode, and the VR experience, you’ll have enough to keep you busy while you’re detoxing from the carnage you’ve caused in other, more violent video games. After all, folks need a break from the chaos every now and then, and the charming concrete genies who dwell in Denska are more than willing to hand you a giant magic paintbrush and give you a digital canvas to help you unwind for a few hours.

John Wick Hex

PC
5.00
Josh HeathOct 08, 2019
All in all, John Wick Hex doesn’t do enough to live up to its big-screen counterpart. That isn’t a knock against indie games — just look at my 400+ hours in RimWorld — but this just really didn’t do it for me. While there is an additional difficulty mode (where you only have five seconds to choose your next action), I don’t much care to go back and try it out. I feel like I got everything I could out of the game. Maybe pick this up on sale down the line. Until then, just rewatch the John Wick trilogy and imagine being that cool instead of failing to do so in John Wick Hex.

Neo Cab

Switch
7.00
Eric HallOct 04, 2019
With biting commentary and a memorable cast, Neo Cab is worth taking a ride with. It’s a uniquely engaging title that wants to talk about topics that other games may be scared to bring up — namely, the problems with the tech industry and how these companies keep infecting our lives with promises of making them better. It’s important to take stock of these things, and realize that just because it’s easier, that doesn’t mean it’s better. es and a forgettable mystery, Neo Cab is worth the fare thanks to incisive commentary and a colorful cast of characters.

Code Vein

PS4
6.00
Todd RigneyOct 02, 2019
Although it attempts to try some new things to set it apart from other Soulslike games, Code Vein ultimately feels like just another wannabe in an increasingly crowded genre. But anime fans who love attractive, moody vampires will adore it.

Contra: Rogue Corps

PS4
4.00
Eric HallSep 30, 2019
Although it may be a very bad Contra entry, Rogue Corps isn't a total wash. The upgrade system provides decent customization, and the gameplay is serviceable, but far from extraordinary. It's just not what you want from the long-buried franchise.

Final Fantasy VIII Remastered

PS4
7.00
Jon HueberSep 27, 2019
It doesn’t detract from the overall experience, but I find myself thinking about what a proper remaster could have been. Squall Lionheart is now, in fact, the best looking guy at the party, but the world around him is as ugly as ever. Final Fantasy VIII Remastered may not be the definitive version that longtime fans had hoped for, but if you’ve never played it before, there is still so much to love here, and after all, that’s the name of the game.

Sayonara Wild Hearts

Switch
9.00
Eric HallSep 27, 2019
The dynamic personality and memorable music of Sayonara Wild Hearts make it one of the most unique experiences to release in some time. Even in a genre as varied as rhythm games, there’s nothing quite like what Simogo have created. It’s a neon-hued rush of adrenaline that will keep your eyes locked in and your feet tapping to the beat. It would have been nice if the controls were tightened up just a little bit, but that’s a minor issue in the grand scheme of things. There may not be a ton of depth here, but man, oh man, does the beauty of it all make up for that.

FIFA 20

PS4
9.00
Jon HueberSep 26, 2019
FIFA 20 doesn't reinvent the game of soccer, but it does an admirable job of reinventing how its played. New game modes, animations, and improved player and ball physics make this the best soccer game on the market.

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