Legends Arceus is a good game, but it has too many shortcomings to be a great game. For every good part of Legends Arceus, there is also a bad one. I walked away from this game wanting them to truly build upon the new ideas they presented because there is a good base. Pokémon Legends Arceus is the best example of a good game that is held back from being amazing by falling victim to not innovating enough with the new mechanics presented. However, despite its shortcomings, it’s the first Pokémon game in years that I’ll be excited to go back to and I’m walking away from feeling hopeful for the future of the series.
Resident Evil Village was a joy to play with lots of fun callbacks to past entries regarding gameplay. It feels like a good mix of everything that makes the series great and still truly terrifies. The Duke and his upgrading system made me search every nook and cranny despite how scared I was, and I can’t wait to jump back into this world. There are tons of reasons to replay thanks to all the difficulty options, new weapons and modes, and a plethora of difficulty options. Unfortunately, the story isn’t the most compelling in the series, but a fantastic setting and great atmosphere make up for those shortcomings. Resident Evil Village is a must-play for anyone who likes Resident Evil, or just horror in general.
The overall package is saved by the base 3D World game still being fun to play, especially with friends. I don’t recommend buying this game just to play Bowser’s Fury since you can 100% the game in under five hours, and it isn’t as solid of an experience as I expected from a Mario game. If you’ve never played Super Mario 3D World, then this is a great game to fill a weekend or even play online with strangers— but there are plenty of better Mario experiences on the Switch, though.