New Dawn delivers a shallow exploration of its premise and is more interested in the sheer anarchic fun of a fully refined playground of carnage. That’s fine for a game that continues to indulge in the franchise’s weirdest excesses while fine tuning its formula for maximum fun.
Left Alive is a third-person stealth/shooter hybrid with a strong emphasis on survival. It's a new direction once again for the mech combat series, but unfortunately, this experimental model stumbles at every turn it takes.
God Eater 3 is a great arcade-y hack-and-slash game with an animé aesthetic and matching characters to boot. It might not be a perfect game, but you can bet it's a fun one to jump into if you're just looking to smash some monsters’ faces in with a really big sword.
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is as pure of an Ace Combat game as it gets. Playing through the campaign was a blast, and a challenging experience. This could’ve been a perfect return to form had they presented a chunkier multiplayer package.
Whether you’re a diehard fan of the series, recall enjoying the original game enough to play it the way it was intended, or are just in the mood for a good, solid JRPG, I highly recommend Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition. I know it scratched my JRPG itch.
Ultimate’s single-player and online efforts may have some issues, but the core game itself is refined to a T. Mr. Sakurai and his team, aided by the input of professional Japanese Smash players, really outdid themselves with the most polished and satisfying mechanics and roster we’ve seen in a Smash title yet.
All-in-all this was a good year for Warframe, with a string of major patches that brought in much needed fresh air. While some of the more hardcore players may cite the changes as “the devs coddling the noobs,” I believe that this is just part of the natural progression for a game that’s trying to acclimate to a growing playerbase with varying skill levels.
Red Dead Redemption 2’s tight gameplay and the seemingly limitless activities possible in the world make each hour a worthwhile endeavor, whether it be fighting off bandits to rescue someone, or killing off bounty hunters or lawmen to cause some havoc.
Even without all the DLC that Ubisoft intends to deliver in the months ahead, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is an all-consuming experience guaranteed to keep players addicted for weeks, months or even years.
Soulcalibur VI delivers newcomers and old-time fans alike a double serving: it’s a solid 3D fighter that will surely keep one’s fighting game community busy for months to come, and a single-player experience chock-full of things to do thanks to two lengthy single-player campaigns and an absorbing Character Creation mode.
They attempted at something different with Black Clover: Quartet Knights; by making it a more team-oriented online brawler. However, the lack of gameplay depth and balancing issues make it a short-lived experience for fans of the series.
From my time with the banal tutorials to spending hours in online matches, I would say that at this state, it’s disappointing that Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker under-delivers on its fun factors, as well as any content that could prolong its longevity.
“While still not quite an SSD in terms of speed, the brand new Seagate FireCuda drives are a clear improvement from both of its predecessor lines, and are a good deal at only a fraction of the cost of a 2TB SSD.”
My revisit reminded me that the first Dark Souls is the perfect showcase for why this franchise blew up into a huge success some years ago - it has the best overall batch of content we’ve seen yet from the series.
Some might be bothered by Moonlighter’s grindy nature later on, but I found it to be a fantastic mix of dungeon crawling and a fun store management gameplay that made Moonlighter a treat to experience.
The bugs and the lack of certain quality of life features will turn off many, but this is a game that can easily satisfy your creative side, while allowing you to craft your own personal adventure within this brutal world in Conan Exiles.
While it never manages to slake the thirst for narrative depth promised in its marketing, Far Cry 5 still provides an open world that is ultimately the most satisfying that Ubisoft has delivered to date.
Chris Avellone, the designer who co-wrote Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, had less than great things to say about the leadership at Obsidian Entertainment, the studio behind the upcoming The Outer Worlds. Avellone was a co-founder and co-owner at the studio until he left in 2015.
Anthem wasn’t the only project affected by mismanagement in Bioware as this episode is somewhat a continuation of our discussion on that issue during episode 187. Carlos, Migs, and Matthew discuss the story of Dragon Age 4’ troubled production.
Albion Online is an isometric Diablo-like sandbox MMORPG which boasts a player driven economy in the likes of EVE online. Its main tag-line is "You are what you wear". This just means every item bought from the store is crafted by a person, and each item you wear as a character goes towards improving your skills, molding you into the type of character you wish to become.
Star Wars: The Old Republic is getting a new expansion this year and it’s called Onslaught, and it will be free to all subscribers of the MMORPG. It will include a new story, two new explorable planets, a Flashpoint, an Operation, and more.