Returnal is extremely difficult, and that might drive some casual players away, but there’s very little reason to say no to a game with such an intriguing story, beautiful visuals and engaging core gameplay in the first place. Returnal is a blast and, to be quite honest, I can’t wait to get back to it.
New Pokémon Snap is best consumed in short bursts — while waiting for a bus, during downtime between appointments, or tucked up before bed — and it’s sure to hit the spot for those with fond memories of the original or who enjoy a wholesome palate cleanser to savour in small bites.
Rise snatches the torch from World and runs on ahead, further streamlining every aspect of the Monster Hunter series. While I’m sure there are broader issues beneath the surface, as always, and hardcore fans will be frustrated by some of its many changes, Rise is exceptional where it counts. Capcom has finished off what World started and succeeded where it didn’t.