I won't mince words. If you're expecting to play through Returnal just for the story or expecting it to be like any other AAA PlayStation exclusive before it, then you should probably skip it altogether. Returnal is for those who are ready to grit their teeth for some truly unforgiving and punishing combat. Consider that a genuine warning.
If you’re looking for a rogue-like action RPG with a refreshing flavour, then Yaga is the game for you. The actual combat and gameplay aren’t much to shout about, but the unique Slavic culture in the writing, characters and music more than make up for the game’s shortcomings.
If you liked Assassin’s Creed Origins and Odyssey, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla improves on almost every aspect from its predecessors. The combat and open-world are better, as is the writing and narrative. Plus, you get to live out your fantasy of being a Viking in 4K crystal clear glory.
Despite the game’s flaws, Star Wars: Squadrons is currently the only modern Star Wars game that truly fulfils the fantasies of many fans; allowing them to experience the epic space combat that they’ve seen in the franchise for more than forty years.
I enjoyed my time with Black Forest Games' 2020 remake of Destroy All Humans, despite my frustrations with imbalances and some bugs. However, most of that is because I played the original 2005 game, and thus I still like a lot of what the game has to offer. Objectively, it's a missed opportunity on both publisher THQ Nordic and developer Black Forest Games' parts that they didn't just do a full-on remake or reboot from scratch.