Try it. You don't need to play the previous games to enjoy this side story of turn-based tactics in a fantastical WWII. You will need a lot of patience for character archetypes and massive difficulty spikes.
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Skip The Crew 2 until a patch or five. Even then, maybe check to see if the handling has improved at all.
A solid framework for a game without any legs. Try it, or wait for an expansion to flesh things out.
A bundle of great ideas and characters, shackled by some abysmal mechanics. Try it, or buy it on sale.
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BattleTech throws players into the deep end, but what a depth it is. Buy it if you want a turn-based tactics game that forces you to take a hit or three.
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Try it. If the first episode is to your liking, you'll dig the rest.
Hello Neighbor is the worst game I've reviewed all year. Skip it with prejudice.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 makes up in manic energy what it lacks in elegance. Its mountain of ideas don't always work, but the core of the game justifies its experiments. Buy it.
This is a step backward for the series—and not just chronologically. Skip it.