With a sprawling catalog of excellent soundtracks, and charming visuals that capture the feel of each game and a constant drip of in-game rewards, Final Bar Line succeeds as a rhythm game and a showcase of some of the best music that the industry has given us. If this is to be the last entry in the Theatrhythm series, as per the developer, then this truly is a bittersweet symphony. Some of the best music in Square’s catalog is up on display and even casual fans of rhythm games or Square’s titles will undoubtedly find something to like here.
It will take awhile to complete the main story, acquire the best cards, solve all the mysteries surrounding The Abbey, hunt down all the collectibles, unlock all the outfits, and increase your friendship with all the various heroes. You may well find yourself burning the midnight oil or watching the daylight slowly disappear as you hunt down the minions of Chthon. Like a flickering candle, Marvel’s Midnight Suns is a bright spot among strategy games, yet it is also a slow burn that will melt the hours away.
With elements of Pokemon, The 7th Saga, Super Mario Bros and even a little Dark Souls thrown in for good measure, Dragon Quest Treasures is an island hopping, booty finding good time.
The world of Veles is a grim one, indeed. Beneath its multi-hued, rain slicked surface lies a world run by the corporate and served by the desperate. The small settlements that fill in for towns are filled with light, as if to hold back the encroaching darkness, the murky landscape that threatens to swallow them whole at any moment. It is Blade Runner without the soul. It is Shadowrun without the depth. In the end, perhaps a more fitting name for the game would have been “The Descent.”
When it’s at its best, Humankind represents a fascinating look at the strategy genre through the historical lens of tribal society through the space age. Amplitude’s focus on cultures and cultural affinity sets Humankind apart from games like Civilization and commitment to supporting the game with early and numerous patches and bug fixes mean that your empires will be racing towards the stars for a long time to come.
While I admire Möbius Front ’83 aesthetic and stylistic choices, I did find it ultimately too slow going to completely hold my attention.
Serving up piping hot bowls of Radical Rabbit Stew can be a charming and endearing, if often frantic affair. Whether you’re battling screen filling, rump shaking bunnies with a penchant for repeated hopping, or sliding around frozen tundras, knocking smaller rabbits into snowy drifts, your career as a cleaning boy will be a memorable one, to say the least.
What happens when psychological horror and tedious, often plodding narrative gets thrown in a blender?
In the end, Carrion is less about your blood soaked rampage through human filled hallways than it is about rampant, persistent, perpetual fear. The lingering fear that permeates many of the areas in the game is almost tangible and it is your greatest weapon against the humans that stand in your way. Peering out from darkened alcoves in corners or silently picking your moments from watery depths, as the humans above pace nervously, knowing their lives are yours for the taking, is when Carrion is at its best.
The first part of the Pokemon Shield and Sword's set of DLC takes you to paradise, but is it all that it's cracked up to be?
Playing as Hercule Poirot is a mostly entertaining romp through 1930s London, minus a few hitches along the way.
Does building a global trading empire sound like a good time to you? If so, then Grand Ages: Medieval may be worth a look.
Tearaway Unfolded survives the trip from the small screen to the big screen, for the most part withers unique core intact.
Madden NFL 16 boasts deep and engaging gameplay, a robust tutorial system, and an overall presentation that makes it the best that it's been in years.
The Prototype Collection is a terribly flawed attempt to add a layer of polish to two games that are already rusted and tarnished from age and technical issues.
F1 2015's accurate portrayal of on the track racing action and visual splendor is largely overshadowed by a dearth of modes, a host of graphical glitches and nearly nonexistent multiplayer.
PGA Tour's newest offering, championed by Rory McIiroy. It completely misses the green, however, and like a bad tee shot, seems to go off into the rough.
The venerable Elder Scrolls series survives the transition to an online game, minus the online aspects that are actually enjoyable.