Fallout 76 is a weird, broken, messy, self-contradictory game. It’s as boring as it’s exciting, as mundane as it is haunting, as uninspired as it is unique, and similar to previous games as it is different. Sometimes when the lighting, the music, and your own mood align just right, for just a fleeting moment, it feels like the Fallout game I really wish it was, but the sheer shoddy quality of the product means I would never recommend this game to anyone. Even beyond the bugs and technical issues, it’s a poorly designed, janky-as-hell game. It has all the wonky combat and gameplay of Fallout but very little of the storytelling and world-building. As a budget-priced Steam early access game released on the down low, this could have been a fun little experiment. But as a tentpole Fallout release at full price with a collector’s edition that was shown off at multiple E3 conferences, Fallout 76 is beyond unacceptable.
Spyro Reignited Trilogy is the best kind of remaster, striking a healthy balance between nostalgia and innovation, aiming to make the game look and play as good as your memories of it, rather than how it actually was. It’s a great time for everyone regardless of the more nostalgic among us, or people like me who never played the originals.
Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise is, in many ways, the ultimate power fantasy videogame. Every aspect of it has been designed from the ground up to make the player feel like the biggest, baddest guy on the block. Sure, its core structure and gameplay loop borrow judiciously from the Yakuza series, but its combat, writing, and overall tone strike enough of a difference to make it its own thing. If you’re a fan of the manga on the lookout for a great videogame adaptation, this is absolutely the game for you. Although, I think Yakuza fans, or even people who just enjoy damn good videogames will have a hell of a good time with Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise.
If you like the WWE 2K series, you probably don't need this review anyway. With everything said and done, WWE 2K18 is still a competent recreation of modern pro wrestling that can provide a fair bit of fun for some time. The Community Creations servers are already filled with surprisingly life-life player created versions of the missing wrestlers, not that that should be an excuse to axe them from the official offering. Now, can someone port Pro Wrestling '86 to the Switch, please?