I can't shake the feeling that if Nintendo's online infrastructure was more robust, the loading minimized, and the coins were able to be earned when offline, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled would be an instant masterpiece and torch-bearer for remakes of beloved games. Sadly, it falls just short of such a title.
Irony Curtain is a fun game with a lot of heart. You can instantly tell just how much care and attention went into its creation. This ultimately results in a game that's well-written, well-designed, and confidently wears its satirical tilt on its red sleeves. For me, the brilliant writing was just enough to stave off the tedium of some puzzles. If you are nostalgic for point and click games of old, Irony Curtain: From Matryoshka with Love is worth a look.
As a VR experience, it definitely did its job of making me feel like I was in a different place, but it did not really convince me that I was taking care of another living thing. Considering the game claims that it’s “the first virtual cat that feels like a real one,” it ultimately fell a bit short here.
Forza Horizon 4 is unquestionably one of the most photorealistic games I have ever played. The sound design, music, and overall audio are excellent. The racing, rewards, customization, and moment to moment gameplay are brilliant. Great Britain is a real character and a masterstroke in design. But the reality is, there are just serious issues plaguing this game on half the platforms on which it released. These simply cannot be ignored, nor can they be downplayed.