Film tie-in games are always looked down upon, and the fact that it’s a franchise aimed at kids means most grown-up gamers are not going to take it seriously. But underneath its licensing, Dawn of New Riders is a sweet adventure game.
If you’re a fan of meditative adventures such as the likes of Firewatch et al, then there’s some enjoyment to be had in The First Tree. You’re unlikely to get emotionally invested, but its vulpine protagonist and charming visuals may be enough to keep you interested through its short running time.
And even though it might not be exactly a true story, it doesn’t matter; it paints an important picture. One that can help a whole generation of people understand what soldiers went through during the First World War. What could be more impressive than that?
As it is, even without any deeper investigation being possible, it’s hard not to be charmed by The Shapeshifting Detective. From its presentation – with an eerie local radio station playing spooky stories in the background – to its alluring characters and enthralling narrative that dances with supernatural themes, there’s a lot to love.
There are hints of what Traveller's Tales is capable of – a gorgeous open world that's a pleasure to explore, for example – but with the same old level system and old-fashioned combat that desperately needs to be revitalised, LEGO DC Super-Villains feels too stuck in the past to be worth recommending over any other LEGO game.
But at best, it's a solid entry into a rather stagnant kart racing genre. It may be lacking a bit of personality and polish, but zooming around the track as Tommy Pickles or Patrick Star is a lot of fun. And, Mario Kart aside, it's probably the best karting game we've seen so far this generation.
With a gorgeous visual design – even on Nintendo Switch, it's a striking-looking game – an enjoyable gameplay loop, fantastic audio design, and a lively cast of characters, there's plenty to like in Starlink: Battle for Atlas. It's a game I can see myself coming back to for a long time yet.