No Straight Roads is one of those games that struggles to strike a balance between style and substance. While it does dazzle on the occasion with its thumping soundtrack, it is also rife with cringe-worthy voice acting. Similarly, while its story concept is really interesting, its quality is marred with sub-par dialogue writing. That said, one can’t decry Metronomik’s efforts at making something unique with this title.
Eight years on, Kingdoms of Amalur still feels, looks and plays just like it did when it first released — and not for the best of reasons. THQ Nordiq missed out on a ton of opportunities to fine-tune many of its kinks, which look really outdated in today’s gaming landscape. Otherwise, it’s always nice to dive back into one of the most underrated fantasy RPGs in the past decade.
Cradle Games’ attempt at keeping the Souls-like genre alive is a commendable, albeit flawed, one. Its intrinsic weapon system and atmospheric design indicate there is potential for Hellpoint to be a truly awesome carrier of the Souls-like torch, but ultimately falls flat in execution. Still, it’s a great way to scratch your Dark Souls itch, and for a really attractive price.
Long story short, Destroy All Humans! is a remaster that came five years too late, and even then, still comes up short in terms of delivery. But if you’re just back to rekindle an old flame on your current-gen console, slightly dated graphics and audio shouldn’t really deter you from destroying all humans!
Criterion Games’ classic looks, sounds, and plays the same as it did 12 years ago. Despite the missed opportunities to improve quality of life, and its rather jaw-dropping price, Burnout Paradise: Remastered is a must-have for any Switch system… when there’s a sale happening.
If you’ve delved deep into the Desperados franchise, or just have an affinity for RTT games in general, then Desperados III is a no-brainer for you. Brutally-difficult, its steep learning curve and skill ceiling will no doubt leave even the most hardened of players with some brutally-engaging gameplay throughout. Just remember to quick-save after every move you make.
With a game and story this engaging, it’s wild to think that this is just the first of many instalments of Final Fantasy VII Remake. If this first episode is already this good, then we’re already raring to go on the next episode. It’s, then, a matter of when, not if, as Square Enix is already working on it.
Obsidian has nailed it again with another stellar RPG. While by no means a perfect game, The Outer Worlds successfully brings back the glory days of the traditional western RPG, blending story and gameplay quite beautifully together, without really compromising each other.
Monster Hunter World is already a really good game. Just when we thought it couldn't get any better, Monster Hunter World: Iceborne comes along, and expands on it with expanded gameplay, gear, tons of cool (geddit?) monsters, and most importantly, replayability.