A game confused about what it wants to be — an accessible and fun side-scroller for the whole family to enjoy, or a brutal experiment into what Dark Souls would be like in a 16-bit format. Battle Princess Madelyn looks and sounds the part, but is so unforgiving it sucks all the fun out of it.
An incredible passion project eschewing video game norms and wearing its heart proudly on its sleeve, The First Tree is a masterfully executed work of art and storytelling showcasing the harsh realities of life even in the face of beautiful surroundings.
Improving what it's done time and time and time and time again with a sexier (read: crasser) coat of paint thrown on it. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 does exactly what it says on the tin — that is, not very much of anything new or different.
Impress your warden, yes? With strong MMO mechanics, continued punchy gameplay, a brand new Raid, outstanding PVP/PVE modes and more loot than Varik's personal stash for those willing to grind for it. Forsaken gives players both old and new the content they deserve.
With the welcome additions of online multiplayer and a versus arcade mode, Overcooked 2 provides even more opportunities to riff off your very best profanities while brandishing a frying pan for dramatic effect — a superb party game for all ages and sensibilities.
Earthfall often skirts too far into derivative gameplay territory, but at its heart is a game meant for friends to fight off alien swarms while quoting only the cheesiest of sci-fi action film lines. It isn't perfect, but it doesn't have to be in order to be fun.