The sights and sounds of the forest keep you unsettled, Ellis’ flashbacks and conversations slowly unravel his past, puzzling and combat is nicely interspersed with exploration, and Bullet is one of my new favourite animal companions in a video game.
At this stage, PlatinumGames have a reputation for making fast-paced, stylish action games, and while Astral Chain is a bit slower than their previous efforts, it still has that deep and engaging combat system that these developers are practically known for.
It's the quintessential way to experience Catherine, especially for those who may have missed out on this gem of the decade. The story, a relatable one of regret, commitment, and facing the music, should resonate with those looking to get emotionally invested in a great, timeless romance.
MXGP 2019 is a fantastic motorcross experience that caters to both simulation fans, as well as arcade racers. The visual details, physics engine, and performance optimisation have all been improved, making MXGP 2019 one of the best Milestone games so far.
I see this more as a VR add-on to the franchise as opposed to a fully developed game, with the team experimenting with VR concepts - however, the price point reflects this as it is a relatively inexpensive title when compared to other VR-based experiences.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood is a great coop experience that manages to retain several elements of the prior Wolfenstein games – the gunplay, the characters, the excellent writing, and presentation – but changes up the mission-flow, enemy encounters, and the levelling mechanics to better facilitate a faster-paced game.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order doubles down on the formula that made the franchise so successful in the first place. It doesn’t try to win you over with a crazy story, nor does it reinvent the wheel, but it gives you a healthy serving of the Marvel roster and leaves the rest up to you.
I certainly enjoyed my time with Sea of Solitude. Kay’s journey through the abandoned city had the right tone, and the amazing visuals of the world changing around you seamlessly as her and the other denizens’ emotions fluctuate throughout, was always something to behold.
They Are Billions on console is still a great survival RTS, but is let down by poor controls and variable performance. Despite those issues, I’d recommend it to RTS fans craving new content (it's not as though we get many RTS games on console), but take note it still requires some work.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is one of those masterpieces in gaming that only comes once every generation. With responsive controls, great combat and a massive list of weapons and items, it will keep you coming back for more.
Like the previously released Resident Evil 2 Remake, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is another shining example of how to do a remake of a beloved game. Adding a new coat of paint and some quality of life changes is all an old, and already great, game needs.
In the end what will make or break Super Mario Maker 2 is the online community and the quality of content it provides. Super Mario Maker 2 is both a homage to the games from the past that we know and love and a creative addition to the franchise.