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Although the story is paper-thin and subspecies of existing monsters take the spotlight a little too often, Iceborne breathes new life into Monster Hunter World and makes me want to sink many more hours into a game I’ve already spent hundreds with.
While it may not be for everyone per se, Astral Chain blends a beautiful story and world together with tight action as you fight to save everything from enemies both and far. If you love Platinum Games, and you want a truly new and fresh experience on Switch, get Astral Chain.
Omega Labyrinth Life is as niche as it gets. Even with this game being a clear example of the changes in the recent gaming climate, it is a solid product and Dungeon Crawler, Rouge-Like. It does have its flaws, such as basic models and some few quality of life issues like its menus and traversing the campus of the academy. If you are looking to add another fan-service title for the Nintendo Switch library, then this is a solid addition to the collection. The game knows you want service, and it offers it in spades. Enjoy your stay at the academy.
Decay of Logos is a chore to play ninety-nine percent of the time. The exploration comprises the other one percent, but you're constantly shoved into slow, monotonous combat encounters that take you away from the awesome exploration. The dull combat, uninspired bosses, and several questionable design decisions make Decay of Logos a hard game to recommend. It also doesn't help that the game is riddled with bugs and has what could be the dumbest companion I've ever had in a video game.
Remnant: From the Ashes finds a nice balance of emulating the Soulsborne games while retaining what makes a great third-person shooter, all set in an Action RPG world. Possessing a nice amount of combat, interesting gaming world mechanics, and a healthy amount of replay value. This is a must-play sleeper of 2019.
Fire Emblem Three Houses had a lot to live up to, but in the end, the game is deep on every level imaginable. Great story, great characters, great customization and freedom to choose your teams how you want to, and more. If you love Fire Emblem, or have been meaning to try it out, get Three Houses and start your LONG journey!
If you like strategy games, you should without a doubt check out Wargroove. It takes the foundation that Advance Wars set so many years ago and expands upon it in new, exciting ways, topped with gorgeous pixel art and a good amount of charm. There's a ton of content here, and there's no shortage of user-generated content either. Wargroove is an incredibly robust package, and it's one that fans of the genre should not miss.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood still features the excellent gunplay that the series is known for, only this time it's paired with excellent level design thanks to the contributions of Arkane Studios. Unfortunately, the game falls flat just about everywhere else, with a paper-thin story, tacked-on RPG mechanics, repetitive side missions, and dumb AI.
Kill la Kill The Game is all about the fan service. Fans of the anime and manga are likely going to love this game. While those who'd enjoy brawlers will also enjoy it. However, for those serious about fighting games, there may not be enough here to keep them entertained for more than a few hours.
Gun Club VR accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do. It's a detailed shooting range simulator with a wide assortment of detailed and realistic weaponry, and it does a lot to make the experience fun for both firearm aficionados and casual shooter fans. There's enough content and variety to keep things interesting for a while, but the game gets repetitive fairly quickly.
They Are Billions blends the best aspects of tower defense and real-time strategy to create a tense and oppressive atmosphere where one mistake can lead to the downfall of your entire colony. It's stressful, it's challenging, and it's rewarding, offering just about everything people love about real-time strategy. A lack of content and variety, alongside some small technical issues, hold it back from being truly excellent, but regardless, They Are Billions is a fantastic new take on the RTS genre.
Ultimate Alliance 3 is a fun but forgettable romp through Marvel's most iconic locations. Combat is simplistic, the level design is uninspired, and the game gets repetitive very quickly, but the satisfying sound design and bright, flashing colors provide enough of a distraction to provide at least a few hours of fun. This is a game for Marvel fans, and those without a strong attachment to these characters will struggle to find enjoyment in Ultimate Alliance 3.
Peach Ball knows that you are here for the Fan Service and it respects it. With the casts from Senran Kagura Reflexions making another appearance on Switch, you are in for a crazy, sexy, and unique ride. Pinball gameplay is solid and stellar, but unfortunately limits itself with only two tables to play on. More girls from the rest of the Senran Kagura series would've added more to the experience and please more of the fans. If you are looking to satisfy that focused Fan Service itch on Nintendo Switch, look no further than the series of Life and Hometown.
Sea of Solitude is an emotional journey with the bones of a truly gripping story of self-reflection and relativley satisfying climax, marred by its often ham-fisted writing and lack of subtlety. Even with gameplay variety as a sacrifice, the story itself does lack some nuance but tackles heavy topics headstrong in ways few games have done before.
My Friend Pedro is a wonderfully short-but-sweet, shoot em' up action romp that relishes over the top gunplay and comical absurdity. Despite being functionally quirky at times, the arcade-shooter gameplay experience rewards skillful movement and weapon management whilst feeling incredibly satisfying to play well.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, for lack of a better description is a modern-day Castlevania game. It's typical Koji Igarashi gameplay at its finest and fans of his works will find everything here very familiar. Lots of stuff to do, enjoyable gameplay and a game that has more than enough to offer fans of the genre. The four-year wait was worth it.
Sairento Untethered is a nice bite-sized version of the critically-acclaimed PCVR shooter. It's very light on content, only having five maps, but the complex movement system and vast and varied arsenal of weapons create a very high skill ceiling that will definitely keep players coming back for more. Progression and loot are disappointing overall, but mastering the locomotion mechanics provides a sense of accomplishment that few games can. Despite a substantial graphical downgrade and having only a handful of levels, Sairento's gameplay is enough to merit a few hours of fun.