Anyone who really enjoys 4X or tactical strategy games set in a sci-fi universe with overgrown bugs, androids, and dinosaurs with laser beams should definitely consider picking up Age of Wonders: Planetfall. However, this one likely doesn't break away enough from the mold to bring in players who haven't been previous interested in the genre, and if you're on the fence then possible wait for a sale before giving it a try.
While some folks will still prefer to tread AAA territory when it comes to their fighting games, Sirlin and his team have done a pretty good job with their debut effort. Fantasy Strike has a decent offering of characters, a gameplay system that offers value for those that get into it, adaptable controls for newcomers and pros alike, fun local multiplayer options, a decent smattering of single player content, and a nostalgic presentation to back it all up. It's good stuff, even if can't quite live up to Fantasylevel. That's okay, sometimes you need something good to settle down and have fun with.
The Blackout Club strives for originality while working with a familiar template. It's Stranger Things meets Scooby-Doo which come together nicely, along with a few added ideas that make it different. Not everything works as expected and content is a bit slim overall, but it truly shines when you're playing with a full party. If you like the uniqueness of the concept and the gloomy theme, you'll find equal doses of horror and fun in the mysterious town of Redacre.
Warhammer: Chaosbane is an enjoyable experience that could really use a bit more polish and fleshed out level design. It's a fairly good game at its core but it's hard to miss the problem areas as well. Pick it up if you're a big Warhammer fan or really enjoy ARPGs, but it might be better to wait for a sale if you're on the fence.
Earth Defense Force 5 is the sheer definition of a cult classic, but it doesn't break new ground. It's more of the same, just bigger and better. It's a brash, dumb, guilty pleasure that is best enjoyed with friends. It will never be the game of the year, but it could turn out to be YOUR game of the year. When all is said and done, that is what really matters.
Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers is without question the best Final Fantasy XIV expansion yet. The gripping story gave me quite a few gut punches. Shadowbringers is fun, fast, and fluid, largely due to the latest changes made to the battle system. If you're looking for a brand new MMO or just want to get back into Final Fantasy XIV after a long hiatus, now's the time to do so as this edition is wonderfully done.
While there are some things I wish could be fixed (again, where is Gen-an?!), Samurai Shodown gets a whole lot right. The gameplay feels just about perfect, and takes some time to master; the modes have a lot to offer, though story and online mode could use a slight bit of tweaking. The presentation can’t be beat when it comes to authenticity and it nails the old-school vibe of the original series.
Although I could recommend other games by Arc System Works to get your fighting fix, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R is well worth the investment. You get two great fighting games from the past for your Nintendo Switch library, and both pack great gameplay and options for you and a friend. Sure, the online in Plus R could be way better, but the adaptable systems, fun presentation, and smoking gameplay will keep you highly entertained.
It's not by chance that Minion Masters offers some tremendous and exciting gameplay. A couple of years in Early Access were put to great use to give it some serious spit and polish, until it was deemed ready for unleashing into an unsuspecting crowd. Don't judge Minion Masters for its simple looks; It will spellbind you with its fast-paced and challenging battles before the first couple of battles are over.
How much you get out of Team Sonic Racing really depends on what you're willing to put up with to get to the finish line. It can't hold its own against Mario Kart 8 in some areas, but more than makes up for it in others, like with the inventive team tactics and the most excellent soundtrack. It has plenty to offer with multiplayer as well, provided you don't mind how it performs locally in spots. The game could've obviously been so much more, but it stays on the road long enough to score the win. For Sonic fans, that's worth taking a victory lap over.
While some things could still use slight cleanup, what Mortal Kombat 11 brings to the table is more than hearty – provided you can stomach all the tearing apart these warriors do. If you can take a few fatalities into your system, you’ll love what this game can do for you. NOW FIGHT!
Outward isn't a game for everyone. It's challenging, rough around the edges and you need to persevere during the initial three our four hours to finally see some progress. Slowly it starts to creep under your skin, each new region being its own reward, each new jaw-dropping landmark filling you with awe and a true sense of accomplishment. How you've grown, from someone in its undies into a daring warrior carrying a larger-than-life sword.
Overall, I really enjoyed playing God Eater 3. It's far from perfect but definitely a step in the right direction. Despite sharing the same genre as highly established franchises such as Monster Hunter, it does well in separating itself from the rest with its own set of unique mechanics and style of combat. The lock-on system can get a little frustrating, but it's nothing you can't get used to. The lineup of Aragami can be improved, but I know more encounters are coming in the future via patches. A little overpriced for what it's worth in its current stage, but it's a game I'd personally keep.
While The Division 2 may have some things that still need fixing, it’s a work of testament for the team at Massive Entertainment, showing that they’ve learned from previous mistakes (for the most part), and that they’re ready to move forward with the model that players rightfully deserve.