This version of Resident Evil 2 does what every remake should do; it retains what made the original great while rethinking the aspects that didn’t age as well. The remake gives players a chance to explore an absolute classic that definitely hasn’t aged all that well, and it’s a great nostalgia trip for fans of the series.
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is a title that’s not afraid to take some risks, and the result is a very unique –if sometimes flawed – tactical action game. It’s a great title for casual fans of the genre, although more discerning tactics fans will probably enjoy it more for its stealth and its storyline.
Katamari Damacy Reroll is a great chance to explore one of gaming’s most revered cult hits. The gameplay might not be all that creative after a while, but it’s still a whacky, whimsical game of colors and shapes and rolling around that definitely merits a playthrough.
Just Cause 4 doesn’t make a lot of changes to the core gameplay of the series, but then again it doesn’t have to. It does make some welcome tweaks and additions, most notably to the grappling hook. The fourth installment in the series may not be as visually appealing as other titles in 2018, but it’s just as explosive and entertaining as ever.
Battlefield V delivers yet another epic, chaotic warfare experience while managing to bring the theatres of the Second World War to life. Its intense firefights and pitched battles will result in many a hurrah, but you’ll also have to brave some balance issues and a couple of bugs that haven’t been ironed out. At the end of the day though, there’s no better way to experience all-out war.
While Civilization VI on Nintendo Switch lacks online multiplayer, it's amazing to see how well it runs on the handheld console even with its limited technical abilities. With brilliantly adapted UI elements and controls for the Nintendo Switch, Civilization VI almost feel as native to the hybrid console as it is to the PC.
Fallout 76 is a weird, broken, messy, self-contradictory game. It’s as boring as it’s exciting, as mundane as it is haunting, as uninspired as it is unique, and similar to previous games as it is different. Sometimes when the lighting, the music, and your own mood align just right, for just a fleeting moment, it feels like the Fallout game I really wish it was, but the sheer shoddy quality of the product means I would never recommend this game to anyone. Even beyond the bugs and technical issues, it’s a poorly designed, janky-as-hell game. It has all the wonky combat and gameplay of Fallout but very little of the storytelling and world-building. As a budget-priced Steam early access game released on the down low, this could have been a fun little experiment. But as a tentpole Fallout release at full price with a collector’s edition that was shown off at multiple E3 conferences, Fallout 76 is beyond unacceptable.
If you heard of Traveler's Tales, then you probably know it as the company behind the infamous LEGO videogame series… And yes, they are back with yet another edition (the 28th if our math is correct), this one called LEGO DC Super-Villains, a spin-off to the LEGO Batman Trilogy. Despite the Lego formula being tired at this point, Traveler's Tales manages to make the best out of their DC license deal, ending up with a charming quirky videogame that keeps you entertained throughout the story, and overshadows its faults.
Spyro Reignited Trilogy is the best kind of remaster, striking a healthy balance between nostalgia and innovation, aiming to make the game look and play as good as your memories of it, rather than how it actually was. It’s a great time for everyone regardless of the more nostalgic among us, or people like me who never played the originals.
While the first title was a great start for a genre long forgotten, NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 fell into the modern day trap of microtransaction schemes. A shame considering it's a solid game, accessible for all, and visually correct on all consoles with an upgrade to its multiplayer mode.
Overkill’s The Walking Dead has some great, challenging gameplay that’s held back by lots of technical issues and poor design choices. It has the potential to be a great co-op action game, but at the moment it’s better at frustrating than it is at entertaining.
Bandai Namco set a goal to adapt My Hero Academia into a video game, and the overall result is quite decent in My Hero One's Justice. It's not a groundbreaking game for those that played other 3D brawlers from the same publisher, but then again the Naruto game franchise didn't become what it is today from just one released title.
Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales offers beauty in a very unexpected genre, mastering the art of storytelling combined with amazing RPG elements, to memorable characters and gut-wrenching decisions that challenge your values and morale. It presents a card game we’ve previously been introduced to, GWENT, that sucks players in, even those who are not fans of card games.
Diablo III: Eternal Collection on Switch introduces gamers to perhaps the most refined version of the game, and it offers an immersive dungeon-crawling experience that you can play on the go. It runs very smoothly and looks great, but expect to sink a ton of time in if you want to get good.
SoulCalibur VI is a good fighting game with a great combat system, friendly to a newcomer but hard to master. There are enough modes to capture the interest of the mass and a wide list of characters to choose from. Bandai Namco has done a good job bringing this series back to life in this subtle restart to the franchise. They managed to take the best from the previous instalments and adapt to the new era of fighting games.
Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise is, in many ways, the ultimate power fantasy videogame. Every aspect of it has been designed from the ground up to make the player feel like the biggest, baddest guy on the block. Sure, its core structure and gameplay loop borrow judiciously from the Yakuza series, but its combat, writing, and overall tone strike enough of a difference to make it its own thing. If you’re a fan of the manga on the lookout for a great videogame adaptation, this is absolutely the game for you. Although, I think Yakuza fans, or even people who just enjoy damn good videogames will have a hell of a good time with Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise.