Control manages to mix Remedy’s classic third-person shooter action formula with trippy Inception-esque reality bending to craft a really intense game. The story might get a little *too* mind-bendy at some points, and the writing leans more towards heavy exposition, but it all comes together amazingly.
Professor Lupo and his Horrible Pets is definitely a novel take on the puzzle genre, and it manages to design some clever and creative levels to keep players engaged long after the novelty wears off. It’s not the best choice for people who just wanna solve puzzles, but if you like a mix of reflex-based action and puzzle gameplay, you’ll like this one.
Team Sonic Racing loses some of the things that made previous Sonic Racing titles great, but it adds in co-op gameplay mechanics that really push players to work together to cross the finish line. It’s a great addition to the kart racing genre, and it’s totally fun with friends.
Metro: Exodus is a great final chapter for one of gaming’s most underrated series. It definitely feels like it waters down some of the series’ more unique aspects in an attempt to bring the series to a wider audience, but it still has enough of that signature Metro charm to be a challenging yet fun romp through the wasteland.
Anthem is a game with a lot of great ideas, but it doesn’t always have what it takes to put those ideas together. It suffers from trying to do too many things, but you can tell that under the three or four games they tried to make, a really good one is sadly buried.
Far Cry New Dawn is a fun little expansion to the world set in Far Cry 5, and the apocalyptic wasteland is a surprisingly fun place to explore thanks to its colorful graffiti and biker villains. It’s not too long a game, but you’ll find plenty of fun here.
This version of Resident Evil 2 does what every remake should do; it retains what made the original great while rethinking the aspects that didn’t age as well. The remake gives players a chance to explore an absolute classic that definitely hasn’t aged all that well, and it’s a great nostalgia trip for fans of the series.
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is a title that’s not afraid to take some risks, and the result is a very unique –if sometimes flawed – tactical action game. It’s a great title for casual fans of the genre, although more discerning tactics fans will probably enjoy it more for its stealth and its storyline.
Katamari Damacy Reroll is a great chance to explore one of gaming’s most revered cult hits. The gameplay might not be all that creative after a while, but it’s still a whacky, whimsical game of colors and shapes and rolling around that definitely merits a playthrough.
Just Cause 4 doesn’t make a lot of changes to the core gameplay of the series, but then again it doesn’t have to. It does make some welcome tweaks and additions, most notably to the grappling hook. The fourth installment in the series may not be as visually appealing as other titles in 2018, but it’s just as explosive and entertaining as ever.
Battlefield V delivers yet another epic, chaotic warfare experience while managing to bring the theatres of the Second World War to life. Its intense firefights and pitched battles will result in many a hurrah, but you’ll also have to brave some balance issues and a couple of bugs that haven’t been ironed out. At the end of the day though, there’s no better way to experience all-out war.
While Civilization VI on Nintendo Switch lacks online multiplayer, it's amazing to see how well it runs on the handheld console even with its limited technical abilities. With brilliantly adapted UI elements and controls for the Nintendo Switch, Civilization VI almost feel as native to the hybrid console as it is to the PC.
Fallout 76 is a weird, broken, messy, self-contradictory game. It’s as boring as it’s exciting, as mundane as it is haunting, as uninspired as it is unique, and similar to previous games as it is different. Sometimes when the lighting, the music, and your own mood align just right, for just a fleeting moment, it feels like the Fallout game I really wish it was, but the sheer shoddy quality of the product means I would never recommend this game to anyone. Even beyond the bugs and technical issues, it’s a poorly designed, janky-as-hell game. It has all the wonky combat and gameplay of Fallout but very little of the storytelling and world-building. As a budget-priced Steam early access game released on the down low, this could have been a fun little experiment. But as a tentpole Fallout release at full price with a collector’s edition that was shown off at multiple E3 conferences, Fallout 76 is beyond unacceptable.
If you heard of Traveler's Tales, then you probably know it as the company behind the infamous LEGO videogame series… And yes, they are back with yet another edition (the 28th if our math is correct), this one called LEGO DC Super-Villains, a spin-off to the LEGO Batman Trilogy. Despite the Lego formula being tired at this point, Traveler's Tales manages to make the best out of their DC license deal, ending up with a charming quirky videogame that keeps you entertained throughout the story, and overshadows its faults.
Spyro Reignited Trilogy is the best kind of remaster, striking a healthy balance between nostalgia and innovation, aiming to make the game look and play as good as your memories of it, rather than how it actually was. It’s a great time for everyone regardless of the more nostalgic among us, or people like me who never played the originals.
While the first title was a great start for a genre long forgotten, NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 fell into the modern day trap of microtransaction schemes. A shame considering it's a solid game, accessible for all, and visually correct on all consoles with an upgrade to its multiplayer mode.
Overkill’s The Walking Dead has some great, challenging gameplay that’s held back by lots of technical issues and poor design choices. It has the potential to be a great co-op action game, but at the moment it’s better at frustrating than it is at entertaining.