This is one of the most polished AAA releases we have in recent memory. I encountered no major bugs, major performance issues, or even visual pop-ins. Final Fantasy 16 feels like a game that was made the way the creators intended it to be with the utmost care. There are no compromises made here for artificial extensions or hidden profit-making agendas. Final Fantasy 16 is a complete experience from start to finish and it is one that I’d say is worth taking.
The Devil In Me is a highly enjoyable thrill ride down a madman’s castle of horrors with impressive-looking visuals that elevates the subtle yet effective atmosphere. If you can tolerate a lackluster cast and a choppy first act, this is one horror experience that’s worth having.
Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival has the same core gameplay as other Taiko titles, but it continues to be a fun rhythm game that's easy to learn and hard to master (especially in the higher difficulties). Though the highlight of this new release is the various game modes that it has, including the story mode.
Modern Warfare 2’s campaign looks, feels, and sounds fantastic with the IW 9.0 engine flexing its capabilities with much success. Characters feel a bit more fleshed out with added personalities that help the player connect and believe in their relationships with each other. However, the narrative is bogged down by tedious mission design, technical bugs, and an overreliance on sequel-baiting that doesn’t feel earned at all.
Valkyrie Elysium feels like it should’ve been released more than two console generations ago. The flashy combat system barely uplifts the experience from bland characters, uninteresting story, and outdated level design that borderline on feeling like it could’ve just belonged to a mobile game.
Steelrising isn’t just another forgettable soulslike experience. Its familiar gameplay is elevated by the stellar look and feel of the weapons alongside a visually striking reimagining of 1978 Paris. There is a lot to love her and a lot more to look forward to in terms of what Spiders can do with a future entry.
The Last of Us Part 1 Remake features massive improvements over the PS4 remaster when it comes to graphics, gameplay, and accessibility. While it may not feel like a full-blown remake at times given how well the original holds up to this day, the game is still highly recommended, especially for those who have yet to play the original.
Soul Hackers 2 takes some of the good parts of its parent series but makes it more forgiving for new comers, enough to give them a good foothold as they get introduced in this series of games. It follows a somewhat streamlined story that people might find cliched, but it has its own intrigue with its great characters that are lovable in design and personality.
The Saints Row reboot really brings the franchise back to when it was just a street gang trying to rise up the ranks. While the story does have its moments with a large variety of fun activities to do alone or with a friend, it’s unfortunately bogged down by outdated gameplay mechanics and technical issues.
Digimon Survive felt like a game that wasn’t supposed to be one in the first place. The glimpses of brilliance being presented in the narrative are tainted by a tactics-based combat system that felt like it belonged to a forgettable mobile game rather than a release that was meant to celebrate 25 years of a long recognizable brand.
Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered is a solid PC port of a great game. While it may not be a groundbreaking open-world title, it still packs entertaining gameplay and a great story that will make for a fun experience. Plus, the PC version runs well on both high-end and low-end hardware that we tested.
Two Point Campus delivers the same quirkiness and gameplay as its predecessor, but it's more than just a reskinned version of Two Point Hospital. It has its own unique personality that will delight during hours of gameplay. Though the gameplay itself could be confusing for the uninitiated to the genre, the pacing is good enough to let you understand the mechanics so that you don't get flooded with too much information.
MADiSON is a great horror experience that will make your skin crawl, your heart pounding, and your eyes and ears begging to be covered. Developer Bloodious Games does an amazing job at building up tension through simple game mechanics and immersive environments. While some of the puzzles could use some tweaking, the game is still technically impressive and terrifying in all the right ways.
MX vs. ATV Legends feels outdated, out-polished, and outran by some of its competitors in the motocross genre. There are tidbits of fun to be had in the experience but it feels more frustrating to play with the number of technical flaws present.