Crystar is a great action-RPG with some fascinating twists. Crying is not only a key aspect to boosting your strength in battle, but it enables you to create more powerful gear. Be prepared for mentions of tragic and depressing topics, but remember that they work to enforce the ideas of "showing your emotions as a strength" and the sometimes overlooked issues that others face each day.
This was a fun, inexpensive game that is easy to jump right into and play, yet very challenging on racing mode. If you're buying this for a child, it's probably better suited for bigger kids, as my five year old couldn't keep up, and he's very experienced gamer for his age. It would be a fun family co-op game, or to play at a party!
In the wake of the Vita's official death, there are few titles to look forward to: Super Wiloo Demake is not one of them. With clumsy controls, uninteresting art style, and an overall sense of generic settings, this is a game you should definitely skip unless you really want that trophy.
Bouncy Bullets can seem a bit easy if you're not looking to three-star every level, but it presents a nice challenge for those who are willing to put in a bit of time and effort. The game is short, but that may be to its advantage as that difficulty can easily turn some people off in large quantities.
Rebel Galaxy Outlaw brings a smaller scope and simplified controls to a sometimes intimidating genre, watering down the grandeur of spaceflight, but making it more fun and accessible at the same time. Its repetitive missions and sparse narrative weigh it down, but its fantastically engaging dogfights make it an easy recommendation.
If you love building decks, strategizing five moves ahead, and combating randomness, Dicey Dungeons is the game for you. If not, you still might want to consider giving it a try for the cute, game show aesthetic and chiptune soundtrack alone. And who knows, you might be surprised how much you enjoy the deck building.
Eliza is a poignant, well-presented tale about how even technology created to help people can be harmful when it replaces human connection. Rather than demonizing technology, though, Eliza is a paean to compassion, communication, and all the varied ways people can lift each other up.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood falls dramatically short of its predecessor in most ways and feels like a missed opportunity for a great focused, story-driven co-op game. That said, killing all of Hitler's best friends with a co-op partner at your side isn't without its enjoyable moments.
Neon Junctions is short and sweet, but has a few issues that keep it from being great. There are elements that show a lot of potential for innovation which makes me excited for what comes next. The visuals and music are on point I just wish that there was a little more expansion on the core of the game.
With a sour stomach and a lot of disappointment, Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot delivers a gorgeous visual feast with more motion sickness than I've encountered in any VR game to date. Insult to injury, it's also painfully short, smacking more of AAA tech demo than meaty Wolfenstein tie-in.
Overall Paradox Soul delivers on what it intends on being, a competent Metroidvania with an interesting atmosphere and a bit of intrigue. I do wish the game was a bit more expansive in scope, but all the other pieces are there from the artwork down to the music. If you've got a few hours to kill I'd suggest picking it up.
Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle is a great way to experience what it's like to be in the shoes of the scout regiment as they fight for humanity's sake. With wonderfully fluid movement thanks to the ODM gear and the strategic combat, you'll want to slay as many Titans as possible. The downside is that combat does get repetitive after some time, but this can be helped by taking plenty of breaks.
A Duel Hand Disaster: Trackher is a unique twist on the standard split-screen formula, offering players a chance to solo the experience. Testing your multi-tasking skills is great, although it may be too hard for some people. The separate yet connected gameplay design kept me engaged, even if some of the extra challenges were a pain to deal with.
While a few levels can be frustrating, the rest of the game's ingenuity, cleverness, and execution more than make up for it. If you're willing to go through the initial slog, Professor Lupo has something truly special in store for you.
The PC port stands as the definitive way to experience Beyond: Two Souls, boasting a higher frame cap, solid keyboard & mouse controls, and a remix mode. These additions, however, do nothing to remedy the poorly-aged, cliché-ridden script and inconsistent chapters you may remember, but do highlight the game's strong visuals and emphasis on variety.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is the ultimate comic book power fantasy. From its empowering gameplay mechanics which evoke the heroism in the game's iconic characters to its event comic-styled storyline and presentation, there is a lot for Marvel fans to enjoy here. While the moment to moment gameplay more than justifies the price of admission, when taking a step back, certain facets of the game's inherent design knock it down a few pegs--but not enough to dissuade me from giving this game a solid recommendation for the comic fans in the room.
I thoroughly enjoyed questing through Elsweyr and while I wasn't looking to start a new class, I am happy I made the Necromancer, as she is certainly the second most fun character to play for me. The class is a blast to heal and DPS on, and I can't wait to get her into champion level. The addition of dragons was done perfectly, and brings a lot of fun to the game. The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr CE is currently on sale for $51.99.
Defector represents some of the best interactive elements in VR, with combat, gunplay, spycraft, and a little bit of puzzle work. While the wheels occasionally fall off on that puzzle aspect, and the story does feel a bit truncated, the ride is a blast while it lasts.
Once you've gotten over the thrill of assembling burgers, dishing out fries, pouring drinks, and serving ice cream, you'll fall into the grind. What I'm Hungry lacks is progression, and that means you'll have seen everything on the menu once you've completed the first level. There's fun to be had, but this is more "value meal" than a full course.