Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 feels a lot like opening a time capsule. It has so much in common with games from a decade ago that it might have been released back then. Fun moments are there to be found if you don't mind fighting a camera, frame-rate stutter and sifting through menus and load screens as you fight wave after wave of hard-hitting health sponges.
Your friend Pedro simply wants you to kill people in the most stylish way you can. That's all he really wants from you and you must obey him. Thankfully, it's also really fun to do that. The game provides you with the tools to become a murder maestro orchestrating your own symphony of death while also having a tongue in its cheek and a banana with a face. If you love making art with bullets, this is the game for you even if it can sometimes be a little bruised in places.
Island Living successfully captures the feeling of living on a tropical island, with beautiful sandy beaches and deep blue waters to explore. Sims can work to preserve the natural beauty of the islands or swim with dolphins and mermaids. There's not a lot of depth to the mermaids, which may leave some Simmers disappointed.
Although it could be argued that the Wii U's dual screen is still the ideal way to play (and a stylus is definitely a plus), SMM2 still manages to shine on the Switch. Designing is a perfect background activity and the wildly fun multiplayer modes are sure to provide longevity. SMM2 has something for all kinds of players and makers and is Nintendo back at their creative best.
A wonderful, nostalgic trip that brings an old favourite back with substance and style. Despite one or two significant issues, it looks, sounds and feels better than you remember it. And while not perfect yet, it's the first game in some time that even comes close to knocking the Big N off their kart-racing pedestal.
Samurai Shodown is an on-point reboot of the series and a return to form for SNK. While the single-player offerings are a little dull, the overall game offers a lot to players who are willing to put in the effort. Fans of the series won't be disappointed and hopefully, Samurai Shodown will bring in a few new warriors along the way.