Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts is fun but feels less polished than Sniper Elite 4. The missions can be fun, but somehow they are less interesting overall than the storyline of its biggest competitor. Thanks to its ideas and setting the game proves to be fun, while the level design manages to make it immersive. Although the ideas are held back by several technical difficulties, the combination of stealth and sniping makes from Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts the first solid entry of the series.
There's a compelling story underneath all the hacking and slashing, with interesting characters and extremely well-done level design. The puzzles are very clever, something that I would expect from a Darksiders game, and there's simply a lot of content to enjoy throughout a nearly 15-hour playthrough.
Need for Speed Heat is far from the revival of the series which fans have hoped for, and makes you wonder what happened to Criterion. Ghost games did a decent job steering back Need for Speed into safer waters, but it lacks the passion and the visceral fun which made Underground legendary. Need for Speed Heat is a decent game, but not a memorable one.
All in all, Sparklite is a nicely built game, if you scale your expectations to an indie title and you do not expect the bells and whistles of AAA game. There are flaws though, especially when it comes to the story. The narrative part occasionally feels neglected, Sparklite relying mainly on the thrill of exploration. Also even though it is fun, the game is rather short and offers no replayability, thus having a hard time justifying its price.
At one point, it forced me to look through the eyes of a little girl caught in the rubble after a Russian bombing in a town somewhere in the Middle East. Her dead mother right next to her and the screams of people topside is not something that I'll soon forget. Modern Warfare might be a game, but it's worth playing so that you can get out of your comfort zone, even for just a little while.
One thing that I would have liked to see in Blasphemous is a full-fledged fast traveling system, instead of the barebone one that we actually get. Still, Blasphemous is clearly a must-play title for those who love Souls-like mysteries and gameplay mechanics, just don't go in expecting a masterpiece.
Despite the lack of polish, John Wick Hex is truly a very fun, yet tough game to play. The solid combat mechanics and amazing soundtrack create an addictive loop that makes you forget about some of the more frustrating moments. If you're a fan of the John Wick franchise, this game is a no brainer.