For what it’s worth, Hardspace: Shipbreaker is one of the most relaxing sci-fi games I’ve played in a long time and it runs wonderfully on the PS5. I don’t have to worry about crashing my ship into a planet or being shot up by aliens. As long as I’m not getting sucked into the furnace or shattering my helmet with a table I tried to throw into the furnace, life is good…especially once LYNX is out of the picture.
Steelrising offers a unique take on the French Revolutionas you assume the role of the Aegis hacking and slashing her way through a Paris besieged by an army of Automatons. While its developer, Spiders, does offer a unique twist on the Souls-like formula by tweaking the stamina mechanic and a focused narrative, it's clearly a game made on a budget. I personally had a lot of fun but I must admit that it has some issues like broken audio, textures and objects popping in and out, repetitive environments and it just becomes too easy by the end of the game.
For what it's worth, I enjoyed all the time I've been spending with Eiyuden Chronicles: Rising. On the surface, the gameplay really is quite simple and although it never really provided a real challenge, the game's simplicity worked in its favor. While it may have plenty of little hiccups, it is a fun sidescrolling RPG with a strong focus on town building. However, if you expect much more than that out of it, you might find yourself disappointed. Should you be a Gamepass subscriber, I highly recommend giving it a try.
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is a good remastering of the LEGO Star Wars games of the past, giving a more extended version of each game in addition to updating the graphics for each story. However, this is showing that the LEGO formula itself is becoming dated when all it can do is add a fresh coat of paint to a series of games that we have seen done to death by this point, including the beginning of the Rey Trilogy.
Tiny Tina's Wonderlands had the potential to take RPG games and make them into something more like an RPG/FPS hybrid, but Gearbox forgot to keep the RPG bits in other sections of Tiny Tina's Wonderlands outside of the story. If there was more focus on the RPG side of things rather than established Looter/Shooter mechanics, then Tiny Tina's Wonderlands would be a much better game. But at the moment, it's just another Borderlands game, but a fan Borderlands game.
Despite its performance issues and clunky movement system, Ghostwire: Tokyo offers a unique twist on the First-Person, Open World formula. Ethereal Weaving is a fun way to combat the creepy visitors and it's incredibly easy to get lost in the Tokyo's dark alleyways.
Riders Republic is an exhilarating open world extreme sports game with a lot of little issues that build up over time. It's lackluster character creator and insistence on interrupting the flow quickly grows tiresome. If you're a fan of Steep, Riders Republic is undoubtedly for you. If you're not though, you can probably wait to play this game.
Deck Nine has crafted a truly wonderful tale of a community coping with loss and discovering where you belong in a world where you never quite fit in. Life is Strange: True Colors only has a few small issues but otherwise, the latest entry into the franchise is one that everyone should experience.
Kitaria Fables is a fun, dungeon crawler with a relaxing farming sim twist but it doesn’t quite live up to the same hype as other games in the same genre. With that being said though, its simple gameplay mechanics make it easier for younger audiences to pick up and play.
Despite a few small issues, The Ascent is an incredibly fun twin stick shooter set in a dark, cyberpunk world with a lighthearted cast of characters and plenty of things to do. Neon Giant has a patch based on player feedback planned for mid August so hopefully the small visual and audio bugs will be worked out sooner rather than later.