Featuring deep puzzle solving mechanics, a unique graphical style, and a tale that will leave you guessing until the very end, it’s definitely a game worth experiencing at some point. The technical issues and bugs currently present at the time of release really do hold Vane back from being a good game to just being mediocre, and that’s unfortunate.
Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight features the reunion of the Phantom Thieves, and let me just say. It truly made me want a Golden type of experience for Persona 5, with added content and a new character or two. Both Persona 3 and Persona 4 had that treatment done, so there remains hope we haven’t seen the last of this cast of characters yet!
Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight reunites the cast from Persona 3, and it truly felt like a high school reunion taking place. What’s interesting about this release is the fact that ATLUS had to create brand new character models for all of the playable characters, and to see them fully rendered and in 3D, it almost makes you wonder if we will ever see a full remake of Persona 3 as fans have been hoping for.
Persona 4: Dancing All Night was the original Persona Dancing experience, having released on the PlayStation Vita back in 2015. While I didn't finish it then, I have since finished it now on the PlayStation 4, and seeing this through to completion really made me miss all of these characters. I'm itching for a new Persona 4 story to be told.
The imagery used in several key scenes in Shadow of the Tomb Raider are still weighing on my mind days after finishing the story. I was invested from start to finish in this emotional journey Eidos Montreal is taking players on, and it was truly hard to stop playing.
The choices made by SNK to really focus on the visuals of the females and the customization options ultimately ended up hurting the overall game itself. SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy is fun for a short amount of time, but once the story mode is complete for all the characters, there really isn’t much left except to keep jumping into online lobbies.
It’s hard to ignore the flaws and genericness that is present in MUSYNX. While it’s an average rhythm game to pickup on the Nintendo Switch if you’re looking for something to mindlessly pass the time, the average gamer is not going to find any enjoyment out of this whatsoever.
Dead Cells is a great new addition to the Metroidvania genre, and it’s amazing that this is Motion Twin’s first major outing besides free-to-play based browser games. Kudos to the team for creating such a memorable experience that sinks it’s claws into you and keeps dragging you back for “just one more run” at 3:00am in the morning.
Mario Tennis Aces is a fun game if you’re picking this up solely to play with friends or to jump into the online multiplayer. If that’s what you’re looking for, this will be a great addition to your Switch library. I highly recommend skipping the title if you just want it for a single player experience, as you won’t be getting the full experience and will feel slightly disappointed.
Without question, this is Drinkbox Studios best outing to date, and will propel them even further in the industry. With a writing style that is absolutely insane and a plethora of nods to pop culture and other video game franchises, a colorful art palette and beautiful graphics, to a soundtrack that is one of the best we’ve heard this year so far, you really owe it to yourself to play through Guacamelee 2.
This will absolutely appeal to the hardcore JRPG fan, those that enjoy deep combat and relationship mechanics, those familiar with the Tales of series, and those looking for an enjoyable story with a likeable cast of characters. For everyone else, especially those who despise fetch quests and quests simply for the sake of extending game length, definitely do some solid research before deciding on whether Shining Resonance Refrain deserves your time.
The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit is a quick thread which ties together the plot between Life is Strange and Life is Strange 2. We’re hoping we get to see more of Chris this September, because we definitely feel as if his story has yet to be concluded.
Vampyr is an interesting game that walks a fine line between being average and being good. When conversing with NPC’s and going out on investigations, the game is really good. When engaging in combat and trying to move around from one area to another, the game is average at best. It’s unfortunate, because Vampyr shows a lot of promise, and there’s a lot to enjoy in this 15 to 20 hour experience. If you were at all remotely interested in the game leading up to its release, give it a chance. If you were on the fence or just didn’t care, then it’s probably skippable.