A must play for this generation, Spider-Man really feels like a lot of love and attention from Insomniac Games went into its production. The gameplay is always fun and will take players fond of Spider-Man II, Ultimate Spider-Man, and the other widely beloved titles on a nostalgic trip while giving them a completely new and perfectly paced story to enjoy. The developer's interpretation of the hero whose story we've seen redone so much in recent memory is a breath of fresh air for such a well-regarded character in geek culture.
[Overall score is based on a score of the entire game - base game included] Torna: The Golden Country is a fine conclusion to an already great game - the amount of depth it adds makes the game feel like an entirely new adventure in the Alrest we've come to know and love. Adding new battle features, an excellent new score from Yasunori Mitsuda, and developing characters to meet the necessary endpoints for the base game to proceed, Xenoblade 2 is a masterpiece in building a credible, enjoyable world. It's an absolute recommendation for any Switch owner. 9/5/10
Far Cry 5 can best be described as inconsistent. At times, the game feels stale by sticking too close to the tired formula the series has been criticized for, and a disappointing main questline isn’t doing it any favors. However, the game is far from lifeless, with a ton of fun to be had. Whether it is helping the citizens of Hope County with side missions or exploring the countryside, Far Cry 5 has moments of greatness. In the end, Far Cry 5 feels too inconsistent and hopefully future titles in the series can learn from this game’s mistakes.
While the controls aren't the most polished and character animations are laughable, the story takes players on a wonderful ride. Hazelight Studios has done a top-notch job breaking the traditional norms of splitscreen gaming and co-op play in general. A Way Out might not be discussed to much come the end of the year, but it is still worth finding six hours of your life to give to the game.
Overall Ni No Kuni 2: The Revenant Kingdom is a great RPG. It looks beautiful, combat is satisfying and, as a bonus, the higgledies are cute. Surely it’s one the best RPGs of 2018 so far. It can be too easy in places, which might turn off hardcore fans, yet its world and atmosphere are good enough to make up for it.
Lost Sphere plays with a lot of tropes of a beloved genre, but doesn't quite make the most of them. The story feels uninspired and it is backed by characters who that are not worth getting invested in. The redeeming factor of the game is a fleshed out combat system that has a ton of options and combinations, making it adapt easily to any playstyle.
The new direction to a more expansive role playing experience is a welcome change. I wish that the modern day story had been crafted to the same standard that the story of Bayak and Aya had been written. If you prefer to ignore the modern day aspect of the story, however, you might find that it keeps these portions short and sweet. I am beginning to really enjoy the new combat system, even though I have issue with its controls. Thanks to new skills and a range of weapons to experiment with, combat is always evolving close to the same rate as the player is developing their mastery. Really though, the most standout thing about Assassin’s Creed Origins is Egypt itself and the people who inhabit it.
'Dishonored: Death of the Outsider' brings to close a chapter of one of the best first-person stealth series of recent year. It utilizes the same deep and experiment-enticing gameplay that fans have come to expect from Arkane Studios. Fans of the series will find themselves engaged by the story and the consequences of Billie's actions throughout the campaign.
'Destiny 2' has largely improved the formula that made its predecessor so addictive, yet frustrating at the same time. The gameplay, specifically the shooting, feels even more satisfying than it did in the original game. With a tangible story and a vastly improved end-game, players who plan to stick with this game for the long term are bound to enjoy the ride.
'Fire Emblem Echoes' combines a wonderful blend of modern and legacy gameplay in a package that successfully introduces the world to a title that never made its way to the West. With a well-written plot and brilliant characterization, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is a remake of the highest caliber, with welcome additions that still manage to stay in tune with the original.
Tales of Berseria is the best Tales game that I have played since the series roped me in with Tales of Symphonia. The story exceeded my expectations utilizing the darker tone to emphasize themes of family and betrayal. The combat is easy enough to understand and worthwhile to master, so players who are not familiar with the series’ combat can jump in and learn it easily. At the same time, Tales fans who are more interested in the advanced aspects of combat have a lot to dig into. Tales of Berseria is a game that I recommend for anyone looking for an enjoyable JRPG with memorable characters and a worthwhile story.
Watch Dogs 2 adds a lot to a series that had a poor start. San Fransisco is an incredibly beautiful and fleshed out location for a game that has a much brighter tone that the original. Yet a lot of the good is weighed down by issues returning from past Ubisoft titles (even though those issues had been completely eradicated in the past). While the game feel fun, it is hard to shake the feeling that Ubisoft has taken a step backward thanks to these issues.
Dishonored 2 successfully builds upon an already enjoyable game. The game reached the standard of what a good sequel should try and be. With a story that's satisfying and a world that is open and enchanting, my only major objection is that the ending falls short of being entirely satisfying.
Vermintide's gameplay formula is nothing new, and doesn't bring much to the table. What makes this game worth playing however is the well-crafted world and the level design. Each level has a purpose in the story, and the way that purpose is fulfilled is carefully thought out.
'No Man's Sky' pairs our love of exploration with a universe of massive scale. While the story takes some sorting out before you feel like you really have a grasp on it, it is deep and thought-provoking. There are many systems and features within the game, and the vast majority of them feel polished and correctly balanced. 'No Man's Sky' is a game that is worth playing.
Zombie Night Terror, a STEAM title developed by NoClip, is a unique combination of humor, strategy, and the mindless walking dead. To say they are mindless is not an understatement, as these zombies are really something stupid. The player controls the zombie outbreak in an effort to wipe humanity off the face of the planet. Managing a zombie apocalypse to terminate humanity is a challenging escapade, but spreading the pandemic is half the fun.