The game boasts impressively complex and detailed bowling and batting systems that wonderfully replicate the intricacies of the real life sport. What is even more impressive is it does all that while still remaining approachable and enjoyable to play. The game is not perfect by a long way but what it gets right pushes Don Bradman 17 to the head of the virtual cricketing pack.
Overall this is the most fun I have had with an RTS in quite some time. If you are a returning RTS hound or new to the play style you could certainly do a lot worse than Halo Wars 2. It is everything I wanted, with a couple of surprises thrown in for good measure.
I think for me this game is at it’s absolute best in the unscripted moments that come about just wandering the world. That isn’t to take away anything from the missions themselves because they are excellent but things happen in that wonderful open world that leave me breathless
The combat and open world are sensational, with a huge amount of depth and tactical options at the player’s disposal. When joined by a group of friends that entertainment only grows. However, there is a host of little things holding the game back from being a must buy title.
If you are jonesing for an authentic N64 experience then this will certainly fit the bill but if you are after a quality 3D platform game you would be much better served picking up Ratchet and Clank or waiting for Mario Odessy. Sadly Yooka Laylee is too stuck in the past to take the genre into the future.
If you already own Bulletstorm there isn’t much new here for you, however, if you missed it (like many did) it really is a unique spin on the FPS genre that is well worth playing. Just wait till the price drops before you dip your toes in.
With Serious Sam Bogus Detour you get exactly what you would expect out of a Serious Sam game. Fast combat, dumb yet persistent enemies and a big chunk of attitude. Only, in this case, it is all in 2D as opposed to the first person perspective.
The mileage you get out of Agents of MAYHEM will depend on where your tastes lie. If you loved the humour from the Saints Row franchise, like to make your own fun in an open world and enjoy some over-the-top story telling then I am sure you will get a kick out of Agents of MAYHEM.
But what sets this Madden apart is the wide open arms it has for newcomers, which is something a lot of serious sports titles forget to include. If you have ever thought about dipping your toes into Madden but have been put off by the complexity, then this is the year to do it, you will probably never get a better chance.
Ruiner is the perfect experience for a twin-stick veteran looking for something a little different to cut their teeth on or a gamer that thrives on challenge and doesn’t have a squeamish stomach. Ruiner is a gory journey that is worth taking, just don’t be afraid of dropping the difficulty. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.