Deathloop feels like Arkane Studios threw on a chef’s hat, mixed Dishonored, Hitman, and Deus Ex in a pot, added a pinch of ’60s flair, two cups of badassery. Although I didn’t think I’d be too hungry, I came back for second and thirds. Deathloop is unabashedly an Arkane Studios game and while it's not without its rough edges, this outing is one of the most creative experiences I’ve played in recent memory.
Bugsnax captures that Saturday morning cartoon feel. The absurdity that runs through the core of this game is enough to leave a lasting smile on your face. It often borders a line between an episode of Rick & Morty and Spongebob Squarepants. The creators at Younge Horses are off their rockers and I’m glad they have the freedom and drive to develop a game like Bugsnax.
Dirt 5 is a content-rich title that fills the gap of a quality racer this fall season. It teeters the line between being an authentic rallycross game and a more casual, arcade-focused experience. However, Dirt 5 plays its role exceptionally well. Broadening its audience base will likely pay off. Plus, with the incorporation of the Playground mode, emphasis on community-driven content will likely see the game thrive as time goes on.
The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon isn’t necessarily a required play. Anyone itching for more of what Obsidian offered in The Outer Worlds will likely be pleased find enjoyment. Peril on Gorgon doesn’t overstay its welcome but it also fails to deliver any substantial updates to gameplay. To frame Peril on Gorgon as “more of the same” isn’t inherently negative. The Outer Worlds is merely expanded by the DLC’s inclusion. It sits comfortably well with the base game.