The aerial dogfights are the best that this generation has seen, and the individual missions will last long in the memory of those that play it. Players hunting for some extremely engaging gameplay should look no further than Ace Combat 7.
Even when it’s bug-free, the camera is so obnoxious and the movement speed so slow that nearly any activity feels spoiled. Simply soaring through the air as a bird should be more enjoyable than it is here.
There's fun to be had as a social experience, and PUBG is certainly better than the sum of its many subpar parts, but the resources earned through the record-breaking success of PUBG have not translated into a game that holds up in the current climate of high-end shooters, and we can only hope that if major updates (or a sequel of sorts) are on the way, that PUBG's success supports a triple-A experience instead of a frustrating one that looks and feels dated.
For the right age and type of gamer there's a lot to enjoy in Double Cross. As an introduction to the platformer or adventure game, Double Cross does well enough but it only works as an introduction. Anyone looking for a challenge or unique gameplay should probably let Double Cross pass them by for the moment. There are far better and more interesting indie game to find and play especially on Nintendo Switch.
There are better Mario games out there than New Super Mario Bros. U. Super Mario Odyssey is far more impressive and the 2D Mario games that inspired New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe are far more satisfying to complete. There's also not a whole lot of new things to explore for anyone who did play the game in its original form on Wii U. But for newcomers or those looking for any solid platformer, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is worth the investment if you can get over the full retail price for a game that's six years old.
There's a tacked on feeling permeating throughout the game's skeleton that it's hard to shake the feeling that maybe even after six years in constant development by Capybara, Below was simply unready for its time in the dark.
RIDE 3 can’t quite go the distance. Although still fun in bursts and with a variety that racing fans of the wider sport will no doubt appreciate, there’s a lack of depth that sells the game short, and it is unable to quite muster up the magic to take that final push.
From heat-pumping action centered around its extreme weather system to a traversal system that will keep players entertained for hours, Just Cause 4 delivers an experience that's likely to make any fan of the series up to this point happy. More importantly, it's far better than the lackluster affair that was Just Cause 3 and sets the series back on the right track, even if both games still don't do multiplayer.
Abzu doesn't reinvent the wheel when it comes to slow-paced adventure titles with interesting art designs. The world is what makes Abzu special not anything about how it plays or the game's ambitions. That was the case in 2016 and it's certainly the case now. Yet even if Abzu doesn't offer a brand-new experience it still accomplishes its goals very well.
Ashen is not only a revelation for indie games, it's an example of the uniquely creative worlds and stories that game developers can craft when passion and love for the medium are used in equal measure.
One of the biggest complaints about the original game had to do with issues regarding the graphics. The remastered version not only fixed those issues but makes this classic game look pretty good, much better than it did in 2009. However, it doesn't look quite as good as most games released in 2018, so a remaster can, apparently, only do so much.
GRIS is best experienced as single-sitting five-hour adventure and after that there's nothing more to do really do with the game. The puzzles are a lot less engaging on repeat and the world is very linear. In every other aspect though GRIS is a masterpiece in visualization and atmospheric storytelling.
The post-apocalypse has seen its fair share of heroes; unique as they may be, their world is always about survival. In Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, the concept is the same, but the approach makes the journey well worth it. Fans of turn-based combat will want to make sure to add this to their collection.