While Turok: Dinosaur Hunter doesn’t have long-term value like, say Anthem or The Division 2, it’s a fun throwback that will remind people of the classic days of gaming. It still plays like a champ and is a lot of fun to play.
Tales of Vesperia still holds up pretty well even in 2019, despite having some annoyances that we’ve now become accustomed to not having to deal with. The fixed camera when in certain areas can make finding semi-hidden items a chore or damn near impossible depending on where it’s at. We’re too used to a freely rotating camera and it feels very dated not having that as an option.
As a franchise reboot, Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don’t Dry isn’t bad, but it feels like a lot of wasted opportunities. Larry fans and adventure gamers will certainly have fun (a lot more than they had with the mini-game filled spinoffs, at least), but this game seems unlikely to enter the pantheon of classic adventure games.
If you’re looking for a hack-and-slash game, Darksiders III is definitely one to check out minus the flaws the game comes along with. The team from Gunfire Games really outdid themselves reviving the Darksiders franchise with this third addition to the series.
I recommend Castlevania Requiem if for no other reason than to play Symphony of the Night so you can understand how the Metroidvania genre truly came to light.
All in all, Sonic Mania Plus wasn’t made for me, the casual fan that had more fun on the GBA than anything else. This one was made for the fans, the players that replay these games frequently and are aware of the subtle design choices and secrets. For most players, Sonic Mania Plus is still a fun time, but for me, it’s one that I probably won’t pick up as often as others might. Personal criticisms aside, there is quality in Sonic Mania Plus and it’s one that I can easily recommend.
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is an amazing package at an amazing price. It will even make for a great holiday gift. While many of us grew up playing the classics this title is something good for both adults who remember the classics and kids looking for a challenging game.
All and all, this is a terrific port and Diablo herself couldn't have asked for a better welcome to Nintendo's hardware. Even if you've played this game to death, don't underestimate how great it feels to senselessly destroy hordes of evil on the go.
Overall, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle delivers on its promise to bring together these universes in an exciting way. I have gotten to experience new characters and fighting styles in the familiar setting of a BlazBlue game. There is no shortage of fighting games out there, and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle is an excellent addition to your fighting game library.
Light Fall represents a solid value proposition for platformer fans. For this reviewer, the minimalist art style has a lot of appeal, and the Shadow Core makes each level a nice blend of reflex-based jumping and careful puzzle solving based on available abilities.