Put simply, Synth Riders stands proudly among the best rhythm games VR has to offer. It takes the formula that so many have emulated and innovates upon it in meaningful ways. A rocking soundtrack, wealth of content, and appealing aesthetics make Synth Riders an incredibly easy game to recommend, even for those that aren't typically into rhythm games.
Cold Steel III is still a niche JRPG, but it’s time that more people gave this series a shot, especially with this game’s incredibly detailed onboarding features like character bios, lore summaries, and full recaps of previous games.
Untitled Goose Game has a very simple premise, but the execution of that idea is excellent. Being a goose is more fun than it should be, and I had a smile on my face throughout the entirety of the game's relatively brief two-hour runtime. The fetch quests can get a bit repetitive and the camera doesn't cooperate on occasion, but these are small blemishes on an otherwise brilliant game. Incredibly charming and funny, this is an indie game you shouldn't skip out on.
Borderlands 3 delivers on the looting and shooting, but everything else unfortunately falls flat. The four playable classes are the best the series has ever seen, and the loot progression has been fine-tuned to an impeccable degree. Obnoxious characters, painfully unfunny jokes, and numerous technical shortcomings make Borderlands 3 a hard game to recommend to anyone but existing fans of the franchise. If you already love Borderlands, you'll like Borderlands 3. If you don't, then this one won't do anything for you.
Although the story is paper-thin and subspecies of existing monsters take the spotlight a little too often, Iceborne breathes new life into Monster Hunter World and makes me want to sink many more hours into a game I’ve already spent hundreds with.
Decay of Logos is a chore to play ninety-nine percent of the time. The exploration comprises the other one percent, but you're constantly shoved into slow, monotonous combat encounters that take you away from the awesome exploration. The dull combat, uninspired bosses, and several questionable design decisions make Decay of Logos a hard game to recommend. It also doesn't help that the game is riddled with bugs and has what could be the dumbest companion I've ever had in a video game.
If you like strategy games, you should without a doubt check out Wargroove. It takes the foundation that Advance Wars set so many years ago and expands upon it in new, exciting ways, topped with gorgeous pixel art and a good amount of charm. There's a ton of content here, and there's no shortage of user-generated content either. Wargroove is an incredibly robust package, and it's one that fans of the genre should not miss.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood still features the excellent gunplay that the series is known for, only this time it's paired with excellent level design thanks to the contributions of Arkane Studios. Unfortunately, the game falls flat just about everywhere else, with a paper-thin story, tacked-on RPG mechanics, repetitive side missions, and dumb AI.