Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes surprised me in many ways. It made me enjoy what I once thought was a monotonous hack’n’slash romp and it made me grow attached to a new protagonist with a stupid name. At the same time, it let me down in other ways. The support, while having some really great content and conversations, made me ache with how little it gave. The story, while intriguing and engaging, had its pacing all over the place.
Triangle Strategy offers a deal that few other SRPGs can boast in equal measure. A strong and compelling story, great importance in player agency, and accessible to veterans and beginners alike, with the sheer amount of paths to take in-game, the price tag is well worth every dollar.
Few games come close to the full package that is Ghost of Tsushima. From its story, gameplay, presentation, and developer dedication, it is a game that seemingly shouldn’t exist in today’s gaming climate – one rife with buggy launches, dishonest presentations, and microtransaction-heavy “features”. It is a breath of fresh air amongst games today and a proper showing by Sony that further strengthens its exclusive catalogue. It’s also a masterclass in technical prowess and display, showcasing Sucker Punch’s mastery and ability to deliver fantastic experiences across multiple generations of hardware.
As a spinoff, XCOM: Chimera Squad ventured into uncharted waters for the series. Some of what it does works and some of it doesn’t. Its revamped combat was a fresh twist on the formula fans were used to but its style of storytelling and presentation leave a lot to be desired. The game’s cast of agents were interesting, but the game holds back on giving them the spotlight outside of combat.
Final Fantasy VII Remake is a prime example of a remake done right. It is able to capture the original’s magic while being an accessible and fun title for new and old players to sink their teeth into. Like the Buster Sword, which has inherited the hopes of those who fight, Final Fantasy VII Remake has inherited the hopes of all who await its sequel. It can’t come soon enough.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the series’ return to fine form after five years of absence. The depth this game offers, on top of its pristine layer of polish, will keep players glued to their seats. This is the start of a vacation that will not be ending any time soon.