- Assassin's Creed 2
- Uncharted 2: Among Theives
- Final Fantasy VI
A simple game premise turned chaotically good fun. The variety in the ways you get your golf ball (or car, or barrel, or egg, or...) to the goal will always keep you on your toes. This might not be a game that you're going to spend your next 80 gaming hours with, but it will be a great game to binge over a day or so.
Ancestors is a great step forward for the survival genre. It has all the pieces you'd expect, including water and food requirements but also a few unique ones. All of these tie into the game in a much better way than in most other survival games. Plus, its narrative of guiding humankind through its early evolution in prehistoric Africa makes for a great story to play in a beautiful place to do it.
The characters you meet in Night Call are the stars of this noir-style thriller. Interestingly, the crime plot takes a backseat to meeting the residents of Paris and learning about their struggles and success. Unfortunately, the game becomes repetitive after the first case due to duplicated dialog and a lack of gameplay evolution.
The series returns with its incredible first-person shooting, wild gunfights, and a ton of Nazi killing. Unfortunately, that's about all it brings. The narrative is fairly shallow and it does little to add anything new while we wait for the next main Wolfenstein game.
While the controls aren't the most polished and character animations are laughable, the story takes players on a wonderful ride. Hazelight Studios has done a top-notch job breaking the traditional norms of splitscreen gaming and co-op play in general. A Way Out might not be discussed to much come the end of the year, but it is still worth finding six hours of your life to give to the game.
Lost Sphere plays with a lot of tropes of a beloved genre, but doesn't quite make the most of them. The story feels uninspired and it is backed by characters who that are not worth getting invested in. The redeeming factor of the game is a fleshed out combat system that has a ton of options and combinations, making it adapt easily to any playstyle.
The new direction to a more expansive role playing experience is a welcome change. I wish that the modern day story had been crafted to the same standard that the story of Bayak and Aya had been written. If you prefer to ignore the modern day aspect of the story, however, you might find that it keeps these portions short and sweet. I am beginning to really enjoy the new combat system, even though I have issue with its controls. Thanks to new skills and a range of weapons to experiment with, combat is always evolving close to the same rate as the player is developing their mastery. Really though, the most standout thing about Assassin’s Creed Origins is Egypt itself and the people who inhabit it.
'Dishonored: Death of the Outsider' brings to close a chapter of one of the best first-person stealth series of recent year. It utilizes the same deep and experiment-enticing gameplay that fans have come to expect from Arkane Studios. Fans of the series will find themselves engaged by the story and the consequences of Billie's actions throughout the campaign.
'Destiny 2' has largely improved the formula that made its predecessor so addictive, yet frustrating at the same time. The gameplay, specifically the shooting, feels even more satisfying than it did in the original game. With a tangible story and a vastly improved end-game, players who plan to stick with this game for the long term are bound to enjoy the ride.