Wrathstone kicks off the year-long Season of the Dragon, a new series of downloadable content for The Elder Scrolls Online. Each new DLC released this year will build off the last and continue the story throughout the year. The DLC plunges players into two new dungeons, each of which holds half of the Wrathstone. Players must work together in a team of four to help an artifact hunter recover the Wrathstone. The path is dangerous, but the content is fantastic.
The Murkmire DLC lets players delve into Black Marsh, the Argonian homeland, for the first time since The Elder Scrolls: Arena. The marshlands are full of wondrous creatures and gorgeous plants. But it is not without its fair share of danger. The fauna of Murkmire know how to blend in, and one may suddenly find themselves sleeping with the Bog Blight or crushed under the weight of a Haj Moda. However, don't think that hiding with the flora is any better; chances are, they don't want you there either.
Fly back to Strangereal for the next installment in the Ace Combat series. The game is beautifully crafted and takes you on the ride of a lifetime. Easily one of the best flying games I have ever played, I know I will find myself returning to Ace Combat 7 quite often.
ZeniMax has outdone themselves once again with Blackwood. Ever since I started reviewing additions to The Elder Scrolls Online (which was back when Murkmire came out), I've been impressed time and again. While I was not as impressed with the majority of this chapter, I was pleasantly surprised in the end. Blackwood is a great introduction to this year's Gates of Oblivion event. I can't wait to see what the rest of the year holds.
The Shadows: Awakening - The Chromaton Chronicles DLC is a short DLC that makes a great addition to the beginning of the game. It is not often that you see a story-based DLC that takes place so early in the game. Players who seek out the Chromaton Chronicles side quest are rewarded with an intriguing story and a new playable character.
Blasphemous is a delightfully dark game with superb style. This Kickstarter success pairs magnificent world-building with clever combat mechanics. A player must have precision timing, as every hit point is vital. One wrong move could be a fatal error. This intense game feels very much like a 2D platforming version of games like Dark Souls or Bloodborne.
A delightful little dungeon crawler, Riverbond, is fun for everyone. The voxel styling paired with the abundance of skin choices makes for a wonderful visual experience. The drop-in/out multiplayer means the whole family can hop on the couch and play as much, or as little, as they want to help clear a board. In a medium full of ever-increasingly realistic graphics, Riverbond is a breath of fresh air with its colorful world and characters.
Jump Force, released in February to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Shonen Jump manga, brings together many recognizable anime characters. Though it is a good effort to commemorate 50 years of one of the most iconic manga magazines, its awkward control scheme, poor hub-world design, and subpar story leaves much to be desired.