Fade to Silence

Fade to Silence

Fade to Silence initially has interesting ideas in a world that should be interesting, but the story just doesn’t captivate or take advantage of that setting. It also doesn’t help that taking back infected areas is as simple as holding down X to cleanse the area. Sure, you’ll fight a few creatures and dodge a few incoming attacks, but overall, the way in which you save the land is quite simply boring.

Mortal Kombat 11

Mortal Kombat 11

While Mortal Kombat may owe much of its awareness due to the controversies that came from the fact you could punch someone’s head off or rip out their spine, back in a time when video game violence was nowhere near as gory as it’s become, the series has always looked to reinvent itself with almost every iteration. That sense of rebirth is why the series has remained so fresh, so unique, and so beloved.

World War Z

World War Z

While World War Z follows the same route Earthfall took by following incredibly close to Valve’s tried and true design, it does so in a way that captures the essence of what made Left 4 Dead so addictive in the first place. This might be the closest we ever see to Left 4 Dead 3.

My Time at Portia

My Time at Portia

Among its cartoony visuals and charming setting, you’ll embark upon a journey to make the most of your new life in the small town of Portia. Surrounded by long abandoned skyscrapers and ancient relic’s, you’ll meet new friends, expand your ever growing workshop, take on an adventure or two, and become the number one builder across the land.

Generation Zero

Generation Zero

While the title has some interesting ideas and moments of intense combat, its wide open world can leave a lot to be desired, despite how absolutely gorgeous it can look. For a game that follows the trend of environmental story telling, it just doesn’t tell an interesting or captivating narrative among the evacuated Swedish setting filled with an army of robotic creatures that are intent on putting you down.

The Division 2

The Division 2

What Division 2 gets right, more so than its predecessor, is that it has included significantly more varied content to tackle once you’ve pushed through the story, delivering what I feel is the best endgame content that any Live Service game has had during its launch.

Devil May Cry 5

Devil May Cry 5

Devil May Cry 5 releases some 11 years after its 4th entry, a game that doesn’t necessarily feel that old, yet when compared to the visual fidelity of what Capcom has been able to do here with this latest sequel, and its impressive RE Engine, makes it look almost ancient by comparison.

Dead or Alive 6

Dead or Alive 6

The Dead or Alive series has always been a fighting franchise more known for its female combatants than its fighting mechanics or various aspects of its core design. The series is now in its 6th main entry, while various spin-offs have seen the franchise dig deep into its sexualization and treated its fanbase to its cast putting aside their differences for a few rounds of bikini-clad volleyball and some pool-side antics.

Anthem

Anthem

With the pedigree of a studio like Bioware at the wheel, many were looking to Anthem for incredible storytelling and complex and deep RPG systems that would place the title alongside the studio’s best. While it’s clear that Anthem did not perform to the expectations of some, it’s still a title that has enormous potential, and a game that I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with, regardless of a crash or two, or six, or twelve..

Crackdown 3

Crackdown 3

If more of the same Crackdown experience is what you’re after, then this latest and long-awaited sequel will whet the appetite of those who have grounded their expectations into not expecting any real innovation from the series. For those who expected at least some growth to the series, well…

Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus is a game that I can understand that there will be people who are not going to enjoy it. It’s a series that has a very unique feel and pacing and I can see why some people may find the series boring. Metro Exodus ticks all the right boxes for me as a Metro title while also evolving the core concepts the series is based on.

Apex Legends

Apex Legends

Apex Legends is a Free-to-Play Battle Royale game from Respawn Entertainment that was essentially announced and released on the same day and was also noted as being a spin-off of the Titanfall series. Taking place some 30 years after the events of the stunning Titanfall 2. Apex Legends also happens to be the best Battle Royale game on the market, bar none.

Kingdom Hearts 3

Kingdom Hearts 3

For fans of the series, especially those that have consumed each of the near dozen Kingdom Hearts games, Kingdom Hearts 3 is a celebration of the series, a culmination of nearly every plot thread the series has left untold. For newcomers, it can often be confusing in knowing who is who and the overall narrative at play, often having to sit through story recap videos or having your friends get you up to speed, or at least, attempt to.

Resident Evil 2

Resident Evil 2

With a heavy emphasis on intense gore and moody atmosphere, the remake of Resident Evil 2 is more horrifying than its ever been. While there is much of the original’s DNA here to satisfy those who grew up playing the now 21-year-old classic, Capcom has made some significant changes to make it feel like a completely new experience

Onimusha: Warlords

Onimusha: Warlords

Originally released on the PlayStation 2 back in 2001, Capcom has splashed a new coat of paint on the original Onimusha. While I would have preferred to have seen a remaster of the superior version that released a year later on the original Xbox, it is still an absolute delight to revisit one of Capcom’s greatest, and yet lesser known, franchises.

Darksiders 3

Darksiders 3

When Darksiders 2 was released, it was better in nearly every way, It was a stellar sequel that paved the way for future installments to adapt and innovate upon. However, Darksiders 3 feels like lesser of a sequel than its predecessor, and more of a step backwards for the franchise, despite being a fairly enjoyable experience.

Fallout 76

Fallout 76

While certain aspects of the game work extremely well and can be a very enjoyable time with the right group of friends, Fallout 76 is a technical mess that lacks polish in nearly every moment to moment experience the game offers. Fallout 76 is most certainly a good game, it just doesn’t feel anywhere remotely finished.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

Where Red Dead Redemption 2 excels so perfectly is in its storytelling. It’s not a far off assessment to say that this might very well be one of the best written games ever crafted, not only in its main quest, but in its side activities as well. In fact, the side quests are probably my favorite moments I’ve had during my 60+ hours with the game.

Assassin's Creed: Odyssey

Assassin's Creed: Odyssey

While I was quite taken with Origin’s use of Egyptian history, albeit a mostly fictional one, Its mechanical flaws and mediocre side-quests held it back from being a truly remarkable game. While some of those flaws still exist here in its follow-up, Odyssey improves greatly on its open world, its quests, and offers us a better game overall.