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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.
Mortal Kombat 11: AftermathPS4
Although the steep price may be tough to swallow, Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath is an impressive addition to the core game. The new additions to the roster are (generally speaking) a blast to use, and the additional story beats give fresh life to some of the more colorful faces of the franchise.
Mafia II: Definitive EditionXbox One
When I first reviewed the game as a 20-year-old in 2010, I enjoyed finding the scantily-clad models on magazine covers. In a post #MeToo world, they feel oddly jarring. If I’m honest, though, you should wait for the aforementioned Mafia 1 remake. There’s a great level that connects the two games, and by rights, you should be playing them in order. If a patch has been released by August, and Mafia II has dropped in price, you could make a begrudging case for getting it.
Although it's hindered by performance issues, Maneater allows you to gleefully live out your wildest (and perhaps bloodiest) killer shark revenge fantasies. What's more, the game's dark sense of humor means you don't have to feel guilty about the carnage that ensues.
Saints Row: The Third RemasteredPS4
Not every aspect of Saints Row: The Third Remastered holds up in 2020, but returning to Steelport is still a memorable adventure. Sperasoft has done a respectable job of updating the 2011 title for modern consoles by improving character models and polishing up the look of the city.
Like I said before, it’s basically Death Stranding, but for trucks. Add in some functional online multiplayer and you have yourself a wonderful little stay-in-and-eat-soup kind of game, the kind I can’t recommend enough for anyone struggling right now. Chin up, rubber duck, we’re going to see this through.
TT Isle of Man Ride on the Edge 2Xbox One
You judge a game on its merits, and no other game in memory has nailed the precarious tight-rope act of navigating a 1000cc bike through narrow winding paths. When those paths widen, as they do on some tracks, you clamp down on the triggers and go for broke. If you’ve ever wondered what high-stakes biking is like, here’s your chance. TT Isle of Man 2 makes you respect the people that do this stuff for a living and few sims capture the essence of their sport with the same precision. Bravo.
Predator: Hunting GroundsPS4
When all is said and done though, even with its many issues, it’s a testament to the strength of the license that there’s still fun to be had in Predator: Hunting Grounds. If Illfonic continues to support the game as much as they did with Friday The 13th: The Game – which also launched poorly but slowly evolved into a decent experience after a ton of patches and support – then I’d happily update this review in the future.
Trials of ManaSwitch
I’ve enjoyed my time playing Trials of Mana, way more than I did with the HD remaster of Secret of Mana, and it’s one that I’ll come back to again and again, long after I’ve taken each of the main characters through their respective journeys. And frankly, I can’t think of a better indicator of quality than that.
The game doesn’t need sex-comedy humor or Leisure Suit Larry-inspired tomfoolery; it just needs to tell the story of a guy, a group of strong women, and their quest to prove to the world that they’re a force to be reckoned with. Beneath the pervy jokes and eye-rolling raciness lies a tight, visually compelling action/adventure game, one that deserves a much better script. Sakura Wars can be fun, but you’ll frequently need to look the other way when it gets so many things wrong.
Final Fantasy VII RemakePS4
Final Fantasy VII Remake may not be what fans were expecting, but that's far from a bad thing. Square Enix has delivered a remarkable RPG that upgrades the iconic title with beautiful graphics, an expanded world, and first-rate combat.
Totally Reliable Delivery ServicePC
Totally Reliable Delivery Service is not meant to be taken seriously. In fact, it’s easy to be forgiving while messing around in multiplayer. Yet the longer you play, the harder it is to ignore the build-up of clumsy issues. Before long, those tears of laughter will switch to cries of frustration.
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4Xbox One
Although it's incredibly easy and features one of the most stubborn cameras in recent memory, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 is quite possibly one of the best Warriors-style experiences you'll have on modern consoles. It's slick, fast-paced, and weirdly charming, even if you don't know your Luffys from your Crocodiles.
RESIDENT EVIL 3Xbox One
The gameplay threads the needle between the cheesy thrills the series was built on and the tighter action of the later entries, and although it may not last long, between the different difficulties and hidden secrets, there’s good enough incentive to make repeat trips to Raccoon City. As much as I would like the storied developer to move onto a brand-new chapter in the series, if they keep delivering remakes of this level, it’ll be hard not to keep coming back for more.
Animal Crossing: New HorizonsSwitch
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the perfect getaway from daily life, putting players in a serene world where the only thing that matters is catching fish and arranging furniture. Its crafting system creates a sense of ownership over the island while also doubling as a creative outlet. It's an absolutely delightful and refreshing experience.
Does it succeed? Unequivocally. Is it a little messy? Sure. But Doom Eternal running on all cylinders is the most exhilarating shooter I’ve played in over a decade, and there’s no doubt we’ll be seeing its influence in the near future. Play cool, or die.
Exit the GungeonPC
Exit the Gungeon still carries on the humor, attention to detail, and general insanity that made ETG one of the best games of the last decade. The reinterpretation of familiar elements that makes it a curiosity also puts it a cut above other curiosities, and if you can sync to its relentless, probabilistic wavelength, you’ll find it easy to keep playing for hours.