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Coming eight years after its predecessor, Red Dead Redemption 2 is exactly what we thought it was going to be and more. Living up to the legacy of the first game was a tall task for Rockstar to undertake, but they have delivered with one of the best games of not only this console generation, but of all time.
Wolfenstein II is a beautiful blend of classic and modern first-person shooters. It masterfully combines emotional distress and comedic relief with unrelenting violence. You would be hard-pressed to find a more stellar FPS on the market than the comprehensive offering contained here. Single-player is alive and well; MachineGames have proven that.
Mario is as synonymous with Nintendo as the company is to gaming and Super Mario Odyssey is the best adventure yet for the red and blue suited plumber. Exploring the masterfully designed kingdoms is a pure joy and how can you go wrong with possessing a giant T-Rex? Super Mario Odyssey is yet another system seller for the Nintendo Switch already and is honestly one of the greatest and most joyful games I have ever played in my life.
Shadow Of The Colossus is a rare solo cinematic experience that, when originally released, many praised and loved. Years later, it still holds up favorably against the test of time in a remake that gives it a fresh coat of paint. And what a sparkling, pristine coat it is, while not changing anything that made the game so highly touted back in the day. New features like photo mode and next-generation technology allowing for smoother frame rate only improve upon the formula that made the game an instant classic. Now, an entirely new generation is able to enjoy this masterpiece in what is a new benchmark for future remakes to achieve.
Yakuza Kiwami 2 is the culmination of the greatest parts of the franchise. Utilizing Yakuza 6: The Song of Life’s Dragon Engine and physics-enabled combat pairs beautifully with the high stakes tale born on the PlayStation 2 over a decade ago. I might even go as far to say that this recreation could be an even more fitting send-off for Kiryu before the series embraces its new protagonist. Simply put, Kiwami 2 is the peak of Yakuza.
Playground Games could have put out a near carbon copy of Forza Horizon 3 with a new setting and fans would have been happy, but they were not satisfied with simply doing that and instead provided us with the most ambitious and best entry in the series to date.
Destiny 2 is the culmination of two years of Bungie learning what players want, enjoy, and love about the world of Destiny. It is the evolution of the team’s previous shortcomings and an improvement upon what is already working. It is everything that makes Destiny great, but better in nearly every way. A game of this quality is teetering on the edge of perfection and it’s likely Bungie’s ongoing commitment will soon find a way to give it that final push.
Yakuza Kiwami is positioned as a perfect jumping on point for newcomers just now discovering Sega’s gang-centric criminal drama. Series veterans will still find plenty to love in the carefully handcrafted remake of Kazuma Kiryu’s first appearance, with a wealth of new and enticing content. Regardless of which category you find yourself a part of, Yakuza Kiwami is hands down one of the finest remakes ever made of an already extraordinary game and provides an experience that you would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life brings Kazuma Kiryu's long-running tale to an end and does so on a high note. This is the wacky-yet-serious Yakuza vision fully realized, or at least it is damn close to it. Newcomers and established fans alike will find plenty to love in this father figure's quest for answers and revenge in a world where everything can be resolved with shirtless brawls. This powerful conclusion to the Dragon of Dojima's story must not be missed.
With a cast of charming characters and captivating story that areinterwoven with downright fun gameplay, Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is without a doubt going to be right in the thick of the Game of the Year races at the end of the year as one of the next modern classics.