Absolute Tactics: Daughters of Mercy is a solid SRPG but in a year that has offered a lot of choice in this genre you can find better options out there. This one offers a lot of content and ways to build your party but it doesn’t have enough variety in that content nor a strong narrative to really stand out from the pack. I would probably recommend this to those less familiar with the genre as I think they would enjoy it more than veterans.
I never knew that I wanted an entire game based on the Resident Evil 4 inventory system but Save Room showed me that I did. If you didn’t enjoy that inventory system then this likely won’t be for you but for those who did you’ll find a couple hours of challenging puzzle gameplay here.
Doraemon Story of Seasons: Friend of the Great Kingdom is a delightful follow-up to the first game that brings a wealth of improvements. You don’t need prior knowledge of the properties either to enjoy this and can hop right in and start farming, fishing, socializing, and more with no problems. It is missing some things that Story of Seasons fans may want like romance and some other systems can be improved but this is a great farming experience nonetheless.
Garfield Lasagna Party is a Mario Party clone with some fun mini-games but ultimately lacks enough content to be worth recommending. I had fun with quite a few of the mini-games but there is only so much enjoyment I can get out of this when there is just one board, no online play, and nothing to unlock. It’s worth picking this up on a deep sale but at the release price I think you can find better value for a party game elsewhere.
Nickelodeon Kart Racers 3: Slime Speedway brings some nice refinements to this ongoing series along with upping the amount of content across the entire package. It doesn’t play drastically different from the first two but you get more characters, modes, tracks, parts, and more than the last entry. I would fully recommend it to any fan of kart racers and especially to fans of these Nickelodeon properties.
Asterix & Obelix XXXL: The Ram From Hibernia manages to be a fun, family friendly top-down beat ‘em up that will also make you laugh. The main things I hold against it is that there isn’t a lot of variety in the gameplay and it won’t last you more than a few hours most likely. I would personally wait on a sale to get this one as it is much easier to recommend for a lower price.
Casual Challenge Players’ Club is a pretty weak choice for those who are looking to play some pool. It lacks most things that a pool player would be looking for in a game and the lag in the controls will likely frustrate even casual players. This is one for the trophy hunters who are just looking for another easy completion.
Pretty Girls Escape is a welcome new entry in this ongoing line of casual games. I’m used to playing some kind of card game when I get a new one of these so getting to match blocks with some twists thrown in was enjoyable. If you are looking to spend a couple hours with a simple and casual block matching game then Pretty Girls Escape is a pretty good time.
Atari Mania offers a fun trip to the past for those who are a fan of Atari’s lineage. There is a lot of love sprinkled throughout in the form of collectibles, the variety of mini-games, and the look and sound of the game. What you may not like is the lack of explanation on how to play some of the mini-games and the load times. I would say Atari purists should give this the hardest look while those who are less familiar with the brand will at least want to wait on a sale.
Shatter Remastered Deluxe brings back one of my favorite downloadable games from the PS3 and manages to be just as fun in 2022 as it was in 2009. It very much is the same game from a content and gameplay perspective but it looks and performs better than ever and the remixed soundtrack is still a bop. If you are a fan of brick breakers this is a must-play especially for the price.
New Tales from the Borderlands can’t match the first game due to a less interesting story and cast of characters but it still was a fun time. I did really like a few characters that weren’t part of the core cast and the presentation and audio work is excellent throughout. If you enjoy the Borderlands brand of humor and the universe you’ll likely enjoy this but it isn’t as memorable as the first game.
Missile Command: Recharged is a better game in 2022 than it was in 2020 as the team clearly listened to feedback. There is more to sink your teeth into here and the presentation got a nice touch up too. Some things like the controls on console and grinding to unlock stuff can be a bit of a downer but this is worth checking out nonetheless for fans of the series or score chasers.
Arkanoid Eternal Battle mixes the classic brick-breaking formula with battle royale and turns out to be a pretty fun time. Trying to outlast 24 other players and take down a boss at the end is exhilarating and will have me jumping back in from time to time for more.
Even in 2022, Persona 5 Royal stands as one of the best JRPGs on the market. If you call yourself a JRPG fan and for some reason have yet to play Persona 5 Royal then you need to get right on that no matter which platform you have to buy it on. If you’ve yet to play the game then I’d still say it is a 10/10 experience but I’m personally marking the PlayStation 5 version a bit lower as I already played this before and it doesn’t bring enough new features to the table to warrant the higher score.
The Jackbox Party Pack 9 is another great entry in this yearly trivia series. You have a new Fibbage entry for those looking for something familiar along with some fun new games like Quixort and Junktopia. Roomerang and Nonsensory didn’t speak to me as much but those with different groups may enjoy them more. If you usually enjoy this series then I have no doubt you’ll get plenty of laughs out of this ninth outing.
Hokko Life is another good entry in the farming/life sim genre but one that needs a bit more care put into it to be great. It borrows a lot from Animal Crossing but doesn’t do most of it near as well whether that be the drive to want to keep playing it or the personalities of the villagers. Customization is this game’s strong suit so if that’s what you really enjoy about these types of games you’ll likely really enjoy this.
Last Beat Enhanced is a solid retro-styled beat ‘em up but one that doesn’t do anything to elevate itself to be a must-play. The cost of entry is low and for that price you get quite a few stages of beat ‘em up gameplay to play through either by yourself or with a friend locally. It’s probably better suited to newcomers to the genre as veterans will likely want more out of a game in this genre.
Construction Simulator like many simulator games before it is only going to appeal to a niche audience. If you relish getting behind the controls of a steam roller or excavater in a video game and completing jobs then you’ll likely enjoy this as there is dozens and dozens of hours worth of content for you. Just be prepared to experience some technical issues and a learning curve along the way.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero is a fun JRPG with a great setting, story, and cast of characters. Since it took so long to come to the west it does show its PSP roots in the visuals and the PlayStation 4 version is inferior to the other versions. Despite those things though this is worth experiencing for anyone who is a fan of the Cold Steel games or those who want to jump in for the first time.
DreamWorks Dragons: Legends of the Nine Realms is a fine platformer experience but one that only younger gamers are likely to enjoy. The gameplay and visuals are a bit too simple for anyone older to get much enjoyment out of it. At the higher price point that it has currently though, I would personally recommend waiting on a sale to buy it for your kid.