Though intimidating, the Monster Hunter series has always had a beautiful world to explore with many creative monsters to hunt. Now, with Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin, it’s more accessible than ever before. With an excellent combat system and a fun variety of monsties to tame, you can spend hundreds of hours in this world. If you’ve always been interested in Monster Hunter but felt overwhelmed by its multitude of mechanics, then this is a great entry point to the series. If you’re a veteran who’s been playing since day one, then the similarities between the turn based combat and regular combat will bring you a familiar sense of joy.
Ender Liles takes some influence from popular games and genres, combining them into one impressive package. Supported by one of the most beautiful scores I’ve ever heard, the journey through this destroyed world is breathtaking to behold. While challenging, mastering combat is a rewarding experience, culminating in immensely satisfying boss fights. While the RPG side of this action RPG could use a little more polish, the rest of the game is still a work of art.
Biomutant has loads of potential. There’s a beautiful world to explore, interesting and dynamic combat, and an endless loot system. It’s unfortunate that the story is so bland and the quests are near non-existent. The narrator is a bold move, but ends up taking away more than it adds. I had high hopes for Biomutant, but it’s issues hold it back from greatness that it deserved. I hope we get a sequel one day to make improvements on the foundation set here. Polishing up this amazing world could end in an amazing game. Despite the flaws, I still recommend fans of RPG’s and open-world games pick this up and try it for themselves.
Star Renegades provides near endless replayability. With a large cast of heroes, procedurally generated worlds, and deep combat, there will always be a desire to start the next run. Accompanied by a beautiful art style and mesmerizing soundtrack, this will be a great addition to any RPG lovers library.
Vaporum: Lockdown provides a fresh new take on tile based dungeon crawlers of old. The steampunk setting, as well as deep progression, enhance the already fluid combat to create a unique game that demands multiple playthroughs. While it can have moments of frustration, there’s some great fun to be had here. RPG fans may want to look into the game if they’re looking for something different, but nostalgic.
Games like Super Meat Boy and Celeste have become instant classics since their debut. While Sir Lovelot tries its best to imitate them, it never really escapes from their shadow. If you’re looking for a quick platformer to speed through, then give this one a try, otherwise this is an easy pass.
One of the main appeals of Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood is simply playing as a werewolf. It succeeds at this goal, but fails at almost everything else. If you enjoy the idea of rampaging through enemies as a werewolf, then this is the game for you. For those that are seeking a bit more in their games, then this is an easy pass.