World War Z is one of the biggest surprises this year so far. It's a ton of fun, especially with a good group of friends. There's a decent amount of content on offer for the game's lower than average retail price, some super impressive zombie horde tech and a beefy progression system. It's not without its flaws though, with numerous areas in need of tightening up such as gunplay feedback and movement, but despite that the game is absolutely still worth picking up.
Priced at $24.99 / £22.49, SteamWorld Quest provides brilliant value for money. The genre blending turn-based RPG meets card game mechanics serve as a refreshingly addictive change of pace. It's all wrapped up in a polished, quirky and light-hearted adventure featuring fun characters and a beautiful hand-drawn art style. The game is a blast from beginning to end, and is well worth your time and hard earned cash.
One of 2019's biggest surprises so far. Outward brings a whole slew of unique and interesting mechanics together to create a sub-genre of its own. With 30-40+ hours of content alongside a lower than normal $40 / £28 price-tag, it's hard not to unequivocally recommend the game. It's admittedly not perfect, but there's certainly a whole lot to like here.
Generation Zero offers glimpses of a superb game - it has brilliant atmosphere, a vast world, plenty of intrigue and some fun combat opportunities, particularly when played in co-op. However the package as a whole feels grossly incomplete, with an incredibly rough UI, copious amounts of bugs and a huge list of issues. This could be great one day, but right now it's hard to recommend.
The Division 2 feels like a new benchmark for the looter shooter genre. The game feels surprisingly well refined at launch, with a wonderful amount of content, solid endgame and great gameplay changes coming from the original. The combat feels both tactical and fun, particularly when played with others, and D.C. is teeming with loot around every corner. Whilst there's some bugs here and there, and the game's narrative could be significantly better, The Division 2 provides a fantastic base for Ubisoft to build upon moving forward.
The OlliOlli series offered some of the best skateboarding games you could buy back when they released many years ago. Fast forward to 2019 and both games still hold up brilliantly. OlliOlli: Switch Stance is a fantastic port of a superb set of games, and it's priced fairly to boot. This slick yet brutally addictive gameplay loop is just as much of a blast to play as it was 5 years ago.
Hyper Jam harkens back to the golden era of Xbox Live Arcade. A low priced no-frills arena brawler that oozes style and nails what's important, whilst offering a brilliant amount of hidden depth for higher level players. It's easy to pick up and play, and full of hilariously enjoyable moments thanks to the incredibly tight feeling moment to moment gameplay. A true indie classic.
Genesis Alpha One is a fairly unique and interesting mix of genres that offers a lot of promise initially. Despite some enjoyable base building mechanics, the overall gameplay loop is a little too repetitive and the combat is disappointingly weak throughout. With updates, improvements and more content this could turn into something that's both memorable and great, but right now it's an ambitious title that just misses the mark in some all-important areas.
Jagged Alliance: Rage offers a lot to like for fans of XCOM and other similar titles. It's one of the few games in the genre to provide a genuinely great two player co-operative experience. Whilst the game suffers from numerous bugs, a rough UI, plenty of smaller issues and overall low production values, it still manages to feel like a diamond in the rough. Don't sleep on Jagged Alliance: Rage - you might be surprised just how much fun there is to be had here.
Darksiders 3 shifts the series in a new Souls-like direction. Whilst not all of the new elements are a home-run, the game's combat is fantastic throughout. Despite some frustrating difficulty spikes and performance issues here and there, the game still manages to provide a whole lot of fun from start to finish. In an era of microtransaction riddled experiences, Darksiders 3 feels like a breath of fresh air.