Valkyria Revolution is a mixed bag of feelings for fans of the series, but may be a great entry point into the franchise for newcomers. Regardless, it's plagued with some glaring issues like bad voice syncing and an abundance of loading screens.
SMAC Games and Mode 7’s Tokyo 42 places us in a stylish isometric open-world; more specifically, as an unfortunate male framed for murder. The answer? Becoming the very thing you were framed for. You climb the ranks of a dangerous assassin in attempt to reveal the truth behind your false incrimination.
Birthdays the Beginning stumbles on some aspects, but overall delivers an enjoyable "god sim" experience that I've been craving. While I did hope the PC port would have been better, the overall experience is enjoyable and recommendable to those with an interest in sandbox simulators.
If you’ve been hankering for a platforming collectathon like I have, you’re more than likely going to have a good time with Yooka-Laylee. This is the game I’ve been waiting for since I beat Banjo-Tooie all those years ago. Playtonic Games has done a fantastic job capturing what made their work at Rare so great, while also building upon that formula.
Senran Kagura: Estival Versus is definitely an improvement from the last entry, in terms of streamlining the way you play as characters and visually. It looks absolutely gorgeous at the highest settings and running at a locked 60 frames per second. The story doesn’t take itself too seriously for the most part, but they aren’t afraid to tackle some darker tones like death and coping with it.
Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters Daybreak: Special Gigs is a mouthful to say, but it's a solid visual novel ghost hunting experience that's mainly held back by a shoddy PC port and unexplained mechanics.
At the end of the day Dragon Ball Fusions is a fun little game, although its likely to get more mileage out of Dragon Ball fans than anyone else. I found myself “fused” to my 3ds for the whole 50 or so hours I played before setting it down.
Hollow Knight set the bar in terms of visual fidelity and craftsmanship in what an indie game can achieve with the proper allocation of time and attention to detail. With playtime taking anywhere between 20 to 40 hours to complete and dozens of more hours to attain 100% completion on top of an added difficulty mode, Hollow Knight is an absolutely breathtaking feat and Team Cherry has earned my dearest devotion.
Building upon the original release, Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force includes new characters, combat and endings. While there are some typical anime tropes and cliches, you'll find a great cast of characters who offer witty banter on a lighthearted journey.
Rise & Shine aspires to be like the NES classics it's inspired by, but ultimately falls flat with a short campaign and uneccessary difficulty padding. While the visuals are jaw-droppingly gorgeous, it doesn't make up for the overall lackluster package.