- Final Fantasy VII
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2
- Resident Evil 4
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is a generational RPG that exemplifies everything there is to love about the medium. Featuring a colossal open world, a gripping narrative, beautifully written characters, and an out-of-this-world soundtrack, Rebirth is a title no RPG fan should pass up on. It's improved on nearly everything from its predecessor, offering a complete and flawless combat system alongside countless other additions. FFVII Rebirth is the shining jewel of modern Final Fantasy, a prime example of the series at its best.
Granblue Fantasy: Relink is an excellent first step into console RPGs for the series. The story doesn't quite live up to expectations with poor pacing and an overall lack of character development, but the second half features epic fights and a streamlined narrative. Additionally, the gameplay is a thrill to experiment with, and it is a blast to play with friends online. Combined with its jaw-dropping mosaic-like visuals and beautiful soundtrack, it's safe to say that the six-year wait has mostly paid off for Cygames & Granblue with a solid first entry into the world of RPGs.
Super Mario Bros. Wonder is gleaming with joy from every corner, with bright colors and expressive animations. The innovation and creativity seen in each level transcends what held back previous 2D entries, marking a new era of 2D Mario. While there's nothing here that transcends the platforming genre, Wonder is a fantastic title that any Nintendo Switch owner should grab.
Alien Hominid Invasion is a re-imagining on the formula of the original Alien Hominid. Taking the form of a roguelite, the title features a widely customizable gameplay system with beautifully stylized graphics. However, the lack of diversity among objectives in levels can get old quickly, especially with the roguelite style.
Skull Island: Rise of Kong is a bug-filled mess that's defined by an empty world with no exciting gameplay. With no simple QoL features like a useable map, it's a pain to complete each level. For $40, there's not a chance Rise of Kong is worth your money or time.
Fate Samurai/Remnant is an excellent new take on the almost two-decade-old series. New and old fans alike have an excellent story in front of them, with dozens of hours of exciting combat through the many playable characters. This is an easy recommendation for any RPG fan in a year crowded with exceptional games.
Exoprimal is a very fun third-person action game where players may enjoy destroying waves of dinosaurs to progress a story across time. Exosuits offer a compelling arsenal that may suit different combat scenarios, and various upgrades and cosmetics let players add a personal touch. However, Exoprimal's opening hours leave a lot to be desired, so commitment and time are needed to get to the game's best features and modes. The game's use of a Season Pass and microtransactions may also be a point of contention for some Capcom fans.
Final Fantasy XVI is bold, brilliant, and everything a Final Fantasy should be. Despite from some shortcomings due to the sheer ambition of the title, XVI is a masterful work that is a must-play experience for any RPG or action game fan. Clive Rosfield's story is one that will surely be talked about for years to come.
Resident Evil 4 reimagines and reanimates the 2005 classic with exceptional gameplay updates and lifelike visuals. The thrilling narrative and meticulously crafted environment have made RE4 a game I just can’t stop playing. With such high attention to detail, Capcom has crafted a prodigious experience so immersive that it stands gallantly as one of the greatest video game experiences offered in the industry today.
Metroid Prime Remastered is a genuinely stunning remaster of the beloved GameCube Classic. Retro Studios have gone above and beyond in recreating the assets and implementing superb twin-stick gameplay. Prime Remastered only improves on its original release and acts as the definitive way to experience the 2002 classic.
Fire Emblem Engage is a fantastic entry in the long-running strategy RPG series, offering a fun and enjoyable story with some of the best gameplay the series has to offer. New and old fans alike have a spectacular title in front of them that will be fondly looked upon for years to come. Engage is a celebration of the past and the worlds we’ve seen, while also celebrating the strong future this franchise holds.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is one of the most beautiful games I have ever played. It is full of heart, soul, and decades of passion. MonolithSoft has once again crafted one of the greatest JRPGs of all time, going above and beyond in all aspects. With intricately written characters, a deep and engaging story, and a massive world hosting hundreds of hours of playtime, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is a must-play title for any fan of RPGs.
With its fantastic gunplay, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II feels like a perfect platform for the franchise's next two years. An extremely enjoyable campaign and loads of multiplayer experiences are available for players to enjoy, leading endless hours of entertainment. Although the various technical bugs and missing components such as player stats do take away from the experience, Modern Warfare II is one of the better Call of Duty titles we have seen for quite some time.
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury is an incredible package, offering two incredibly high quality Mario games. The addition of online multiplayer truly excels the experience of playing through the game to the next level, and with the fantastic level design, soundtrack, and amount of mechanics, 3D World truly is the best it has ever been. Bowser's Fury is a wonderful new take on 3D Mario, offering a vast open world for players to explore over time.
Filled to the brim with color and creativity, Fall Guys is an incredibly chaotic and fun take on the Battle Royale genre players know and love. With lots of unique minigames to play through and all sorts of customization options, Fall Guys has something for everyone. Don't fall too hard now!
Death Stranding does exactly what it set out to do - create an experience like nothing else on the market that is fresh and extremely thought provoking. It is one of the most ambitious titles I have ever played through. The game knows exactly what it is, and doesn't try to change that. Although the gameplay may fall short for some, Death Stranding is easily one of the most striking titles I have played in years, and is one I believe should be experienced by all.
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is absolutely the definitive way to experience this masterpiece. The new improvements are absolutely welcomed, and add much needed ease of access to the game. The remastered soundtrack is an absolute joy to listen to, and although Future Connected didn't quite live up to the hype, is still an enjoyable side story.
Although it doesn't quite live up to the title of "Remastered", The Wonderful 101: Remastered is the best way to play this PlatinumGames classic. With a great story, soundtrack, and extremely fun and addictive combat, The Wonderful 101: Remastered is a great pickup for anyone looking for an enjoyable action game.
Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition is an unbelievably good experience on the Nintendo Switch, and it's one everyone should try. With it's jaw-dropping visuals, beautifully crafted soundtrack, and surprisingly difficult nature, Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition is undoubtedly worth your time and money.
Castle Crashers Remastered is a phenomenal title that offers players hours and hours of wacky fun. The Nintendo Switch version is the definitive way to play this game with the ability to play whenever wherever. With its wacky boss fights, fantastic combat, and plenty of humorous moments, Castle Crashers Remastered still stands tall as one of the best Beat 'Em Ups ever made.