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.