Even with some complaints, Will is still worth checking out. If you love story-driven games or creative puzzle experiences it will be right up your alley. It tells many powerful and thoughtful stories that can haunt you or just leave you thinking.
Eden Tomorrow feels like a new developer's first outing. The gameplay is basic, repetitive, and just plain boring. The narrative would be solid, were it not shoved in your face by your flying robot companion. Aside from the music, I found myself almost completely uninvested in the game past the first hour or so. Even the occasional towering visual set piece wasn't enough to elevate the experience. And with so many deeper, more involved experiences on the PSVR platform, Eden Tomorrow feels like a step back.
It’s not the hardest tower defense game ever, but X-Morph will definitely challenge you in ways you never imagined. What little shortcomings it may have is made up for in concept, execution, and sheer style. Now admit it, you know you’ve always wanted to play as the bad guy and wreak havoc…I know I have!
It’s quirky and beautiful, but isn’t revolutionary by any means. The story is predictable, but the voice acting, art, and dialogue more than make up for that. If they made any sort of spin off short film to this game, I think it would be a great idea and I’d support it 100 percent.
Despite the game’s flaws, I had a great time with Pokémon Let’s Go. The atmosphere was charming and inviting, and the details created a fun visual experience. The new capture method was engaging, and made no two encounters the same. This game is the perfect way to ease Pokémon GO players into the console Pokémon games, and offers challenges to old and new players alike.
Although it’s not without its faults, Rainswept was a powerful story to me. With its artwork, soundtrack, and intimate themes and characters, the game was able to grab my attention and hold it the whole way through. Fans of mysteries, thrillers, and, yes, Twin Peaks will probably really enjoy this game. Those of you who enjoy well-crafted narratives may also be interested. Overall, I think it’s an impressive debut for Armaan Sandhu and his company, Frostwood Interactive.
Complaints aside, I’d wholeheartedly recommend Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight to fans of the original game. The character interactions and song selections took me back, and I remembered why I loved this game so dearly. It took me around eight hours to unlock most of the social links, and while that doesn’t sound like a lot, the experience itself is well worth the money. For those who haven’t played Persona 3 however, it’s hard to justify the price and the length.
Nonetheless, “Rules” can be called a mostly successful entry in the Life is Strange catalog. The plot uses the newly introduced characters very well, each of them fulfilling an important role in Sean and Daniel’s adventure. No moment feels wasted, with every action leading to major changes in the story. Above all, after I finished the episode, I knew I immediately wanted more from Dontnod. It’s just a shame that it could take another four months.
Despite some underwhelming puzzles and unused potential in its mechanics, GRIS is a charming platformer. It has some of the best art seen in indie games, and its soundtrack is brilliant. GRIS succeeds at creating a mesmerizing, enchanting experience that is sure to pull on your heartstrings. The length of the game is incredibly short and shouldn’t take more than a few hours to complete, but the other great elements of the game more than make up for this. It is a must play for fans of atmospheric titles such as Fe, Aer, Abzû, and Journey. On those quiet, rainy days when you just want to relax, GRIS is a perfect accompaniment.
Reverie doesn’t break too far from the mold of the games it’s based off of. It is, however, an homage to well-loved classic games that makes some interesting deviations and has its own bit of charm. It doesn’t do anything revolutionary, but I had a blast playing through it just as it seems the developers had a blast making it. I’m excited to see what the future holds for this small team out of New Zealand.
Tango: The Adventure Game is an average experience. Even if you're interested in the history of tango, you won't get much substance out of this game. It's a shame it turned out to be a letdown. There are some good ideas here, especially the art style and character designs. However, this game fails to be a competent comedy and does not offer enough challenge for an enjoyable playthrough.
Overall, Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight is an entertaining game. Anyone looking for a good, fun rhythm experience should check it out. It does have its flaws, but is fun nonetheless. It is great to see the Phantom Thieves together again, tearing things down like they always do.
Now that my journey is over, though, there’s a part of me that misses that tedium. I want to go back and hunt all the animals, explore every mountaintop and winding river. There were so many little easter eggs that I’ve missed in Red Dead Redemption 2, and I want to take my time to find them all. Maybe it’s Stockholm syndrome. Or maybe Rockstar has built one of the most realistic depictions of life itself.
Despite the ending, there are a lot of other things that I think this game did masterfully well. Its beautiful artwork, brilliant use of symbolism, and skillfully implemented sound effects make an excellent RPG narrative. Even in the moments where The Other Half falters, it remains as graceful as the flickering flames I lit along my pathway up the mountain.
The first episode of Life is Strange 2, which took me roughly three hours to complete, is an emotional experience that shouldn’t be missed this year. It’s a strong start to a series that exceeds all expectations. It lays a lot of promise for the next four episodes that I hope Dontnod delivers on, and I want the political commentary to continue. This sequel has a lot of ambition and lofty goals, but if it succeeds, it has the potential to be crowned one of the best titles in the episodic narrative genre.
If, like myself, you prefer story-driven titles to present the game world and characters in a way that’s possible to connect with them, then Lucah: Born of a Dream is nothing short of disappointing (unless you’re only interested in the combat). But if you can relate to the proposed themes and the way they’re presented, then this can be a special experience which warrants multiple playthroughs, especially as NG+ offers additional content.
I was concerned with the game’s ability to establish its own individuality, and while I find that it has succeeded in doing this, that’s not enough to outweigh its many flaws. By the time I died at the end of the second chapter and realized I had to restart the game, I completely lacked any motivation or reason to do so.