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The glorification of high difficulty among gamers has almost certainly had an overall detrimental effect on the medium. I can hear the cries of “git gud” before I’ve even finished writing this. But when Spinch is being difficult by demanding quick reflexes and pattern exploitation, it’s fine. It only becomes annoying when it’s been poorly constructed…which is most of the time.
I enjoyed the combat immensely, but my proficiency with it seems to have distorted my enjoyment of the game’s other features. The one appraisal I can say with universal confidence is that the audio is excellent, with amazing music and funky mechanical sound effects for the enemies. In the end, it’s worth giving Star Renegades a shot, because if it clicks with you, it could really click with you.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2PS4
A revitalization of two classic games, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 proves that even in an industry laden with battle passes and massively multiplayer offerings, gameplay is king. Two minutes have never gone by so fast.
Marvel’s Avengers does so many things right that it’s very easy to overlook where it stumbles. It’s not a perfect game by any stretch, but it’s incredibly fun to play, either solo or with friends. Much can be said about the real-money marketplace, where players can spend real cash for a new costume, but those are optional cosmetics that don’t affect gameplay.
Madden NFL 21PS4
Madden NFL 21 feels like a title that desperately needed more time in the oven. From the modes stuck in their old ways to the litany of bugs, it seems like it would have benefited from another month in development. And I know that would never happen due to August being known as the month of Madden, but stranger things have happened.
Wasteland 3 balances solid turn-based gameplay with strong, tongue-in-cheek storytelling. Longtime fans of the series may despise the new streamlined interface, but those who were intimidated by Wasteland 2's dated presentation may find this one easier to approach.
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered EditionSwitch
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered brings back a beloved GameCube classic for a new generation, and while the game is virtually the same, new additions to the core experience make for an amazing remaster.
Samurai Jack: Battle Through TimePS4
Finally, after years of waiting, Samurai Jack fans finally have a game that captures the look, feel, and spirit of the cartoon series. It's not a perfect experience, mind you, but fans who've ever wanted to control the charming samurai now have an opportunity to do so.
Both Blitz Battles and Online World Championships provide their own fun takes on the sport. However, the lackluster ground and pound and dull career mode still need improvements to get on the same level of quality. The studio is on the right track, though, and hopefully, in another two years, the series can continue to improve.
Paper Mario: The Origami KingSwitch
Paper Mario: The Origami King does a great job of building upon the Paper Mario mythos, as the introduction of the Origami race makes perfect sense. While it’s not as grandiose as Super Mario Odyssey in scale, there is still an amazing — though oftentimes frustrating — experience to be had. The combat can be daunting, especially towards the end, but I would gladly endure those frustrations just so I can play through the story.
I finished CARRION in a single 6-hour sitting in which I also grabbed the small number of hidden extras. To some, that will be a criticism in itself, but the important takeaway is that I was unwilling to break away from it for that entire period. Its stealth, action, and puzzle elements each have some room to grow, but they’re so cohesive with each other that, even if they’d only be moderately engaging individually, they elevate the overall product to greatness anyway.
Destroy All Humans!PS4
Rather than completely re-imagining its core aspects, Black Forest Games has recreated the best portions of Destroy All Humans! for a modern audience. Aspects from the 2005 original that have been brought over hold up well, and the studio has introduced a handful of smart, but important, improvements.
Ghost of TsushimaPS4
Ghost of Tsushima is a riveting tale complemented by infinitely fascinating combat, inventive navigation mechanics, and arresting visuals, effortlessly earning itself a spot as one of the absolute best games released on the PlayStation 4.
Marvel's Iron Man VRPS4
Iron Man VR is a solid virtual reality experience that uses a beloved Marvel Comics hero to the fullest effect. Amazing gameplay helps offset a lacklustre story, bland graphics, and infuriatingly long load times, and in the end, if you can overlook these issues, you will find an incredible superhero sim here that’ll make you feel like it’s really you in the iconic red-and-gold armor.
Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in DisguiseSwitch
While Deadly Premonition 2 suffers from technical shortcomings, the oddball characters, endearing dialogue, disturbing atmosphere, and emotional rollercoaster-like story are where its artistic elements shine through the brightest. Simply put: If you’re a fan of the original, you’ll love this.
SUPERHOT: MIND CONTROL DELETEPC
Ultimately, if you’re a sucker for Superhot gameplay, this should scratch the itch. But if you were hoping for some of the clever design and well-paced action of the original, you’re likely going to be a little let down by what amounts to an “endless mode.” Still, it should be said that even now, years after the original’s release, it’s refreshing to return to Superhot’s unique flavor of action.
Mr. DRILLER DrillLandSwitch
Mr. Driller DrillLand is the most popular game in its series for a reason. Having a remake with super cheerful graphics, and letting you take its bite-sized gameplay on-the-go, makes for a great little puzzle package. There’s enough variety in each mode that each comes with their own strategies, enough of a challenge to sink countless hours into, and a blast of cute vibes for good measure.
The Isle of ArmorSwitch
There are 207 Isle of Armor Pokémon on the island, and some are even specific to the new region. Unsurprisingly, there’s a reward for completely filling up the Pokédex, giving players plenty to do until the next DLC, The Crown Tundra, releases later this fall. With a new story, mini-games, side-quests, and over 200 new-to-this-game Pokémon to catch and train, The Isle of Armor proves a worthy addition to the world of Pokémon Sword and Shield.
SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - RehydratedPS4
SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated is exactly what I figured it would be: a better-looking version of a dated platformer. The gameplay is not broken in any way, but between the sloppy mechanics and poor level design, it’s still a lesser entry in the genre. I fully understand that this was greenlit specifically to appeal to those with nostalgia for the original, but there’s a reason that licensed platformers have faded over time.
The Sims 4 Eco LifestylePC
The Sims 4: Eco Lifestyle brings with it a sense of community I've never felt in The Sims before. Your sim's actions have consequences in the world, both for better or worse, and this new expansion gives players a ton of new ways to play. Eco Lifestyle is refreshing and unique, even if some of its new clothes are horrendously ugly.
BioShock: The CollectionSwitch
It's hard to think of a series that has done more for the optics of the industry. The Bioshock series is a true artistic achievement, and these games are glorious to behold on the Switch.
XCOM 2 CollectionSwitch
The slowdown both in and out of battle is consistently on display, the graphics are significantly worse than those on the other consoles, and the UI doesn’t work as well as it should on the Switch’s smaller screen. It’s still a fantastic, intense title, but this compilation is still a lesser version of it.
The Last of Us: Part IIPS4
Although players will find themselves on a blood-soaked adventure that sends its characters on a violent and controversial quest for revenge, The Last of Us Part II feels like the next logical step in this story. Technically and narratively, it's easily one of the best games available for the PlayStation 4 -- if not the entire generation. Gaming doesn't get much better than this.
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive EditionSwitch
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition revisits the classic RPG with updated graphics, music, and a brand new chapter. The newly polished experience is an absolute joy for fans old and new.
Minecraft Dungeons has some randomization issues and is really against the idea of me sharing. And still, I’m perfectly content squashing waves of Minecraftian enemies with the most powerful abilities I can find. Yes, there is a childish nature to the whole thing. No, that doesn’t make it boring, or even lacking in challenge. Like the original, Minecraft Dungeons ultimately just wants you to have fun.