STAR WARS™: The Force Unleashed™ II

STAR WARS™: The Force Unleashed™ II

The Force Unleashed 2 is set a few months after the original game but offers a very disappointing continuation of the story. Playing as an overpowered Jedi that can annihilate everything in sight is quite fun initially, but once the novelty wears off the game becomes quite repetitive. Even worse, despite being very short the game has very limited environments and features lots of unnecessary padding. Worst of all the PC port is rife with bugs and annoyances that sap even more fun out of the experience. Hardcore Star Wars fans might still enjoy the game, but it definitely does not live up to its potential.

Gameplay: Fun at times, but ultimately very repetitive.

Graphics: The game can look great, but has a lot of technical issues.

Sound: The soundtrack and sound effects are very authentic

DEATH STRANDING

DEATH STRANDING

Death Stranding is an open-world, third-person title where Hideo Kojima had free reign with his artistic vision. The result is a title that mixes complex story elements with rather straightforward gameplay. Simply carting packages from one point of the map to another might not sound like fun, and frequently it isn’t, but somehow it ends up being very compelling. The story will also keep players guessing and just when you think the game can’t get any stranger something new happens that leaves you shaking your head in disbelief. It’s not a game for everyone, but players who get hooked are in for the ride of their life.

Gameplay: Bewildering and frustrating at times, but also addictive, rewarding, and unlike anything else.

Graphics: The port from PS4 to PC has resulted in a game that looks even better than before.

Sound: Great voice acting and an incredible soundtrack

Lollipop Chainsaw

Lollipop Chainsaw

Lollipop Chainsaw features a lollipop sucking, chainsaw-wielding cheerleader taking down hordes of zombies with the head of her boyfriend tied to her waist. The best part is that’s not even the weirdest things you’ll encounter in this game. Fans of over the top and action-packed hacking and slashing will have a blast with Lollipop Chainsaw, but it might just be a little too weird for some.

Gameplay: Lots of fun, but a few more levels would have been great.

Graphics: Plenty of variety and some nice animations.

Sound: Features an incredible soundtrack and good voice acting

Gears of War 2

Gears of War 2

Gears of War 2 builds on the success of the original game with more action, better visuals, tighter controls, and plenty of other improvements. Players once again take control of Marcus Fenix and battle against the scourge of the Locust Horde, but this time the levels open up more compared to the claustrophobic original. This results in plenty of scenes that are way more epic than anything in the original. As far as sequels go this is one of the best.

Gameplay: Action-packed, over the top, and filled with memorable set pieces.

Graphics: Better looking than the original thanks to much bigger and more open levels.

Sound: Great voice acting, sound effects, and music

Horizon Zero Dawn™ Complete Edition

Horizon Zero Dawn™ Complete Edition

Horizon Zero Dawn started as a Playstation 4 exclusive a few years back but makes the transition to PC in this complete edition, which includes The Frozen Wilds expansion. Apart from the technical issues affecting some players, it is a beautiful looking game with a stunning open world to explore. The combat against the many different robotic foes remains thrilling throughout and the game is also not lacking in terms of things to do and places to visit. It can become a little repetitive at times and some of the design elements are a little dated, but overall we had fun from start to finish with this game.

Gameplay: The game world is huge, but it’s fun to explore and more than enough to keep players busy.

Graphics: With the right hardware this game looks downright amazing at times.

Sound: Decent voice acting and a great soundtrack

Tomb Raider: Anniversary

Tomb Raider: Anniversary

Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a homage to the original game that does far more than simply slapping on some high-resolution textures. Instead, it makes use of the Legend engine to ensure that the game looks and plays much smoother than ever before. Most levels retain the spirit of the originals but have been redesigned to accommodate Lara’s new move set and grappling hook. Unfortunately, the game does have some technical issues and the controls, as well as the camera, doesn’t always cooperate, which makes it an occasionally frustrating experience.

Gameplay: Stays true to the original game, but gives everything a modern makeover.

Graphics: Makes use of the Legend engine to give the original game a visual revamp.

Sound: Decent music, sound effects, and voice acting

NieR:Automata

NieR:Automata

Nier: Automata allows you to fight for the glory of mankind as an android locked into a war with the alien created machine lifeforms that have driven humanity to the moon. It’s a stylish 3rd person action game with a semi-open world and fluid combat, but the story is really what makes the game so memorable. It’s full of surprises and plenty of heart-wrenching moments that make it easier to look past some of the shaky technical aspects of the game. It’s also undoubtedly a very quirky game, so it might not appeal to everyone, but if you are a fan of the genre then it is a must.

Gameplay: Action-packed, entertaining, engrossing, and over the top.

Graphics: Great designs for everyone from the environments to the characters and enemies.

Sound: The voice acting is really good and the soundtrack is amongst the best in the business

Bayonetta 2

Bayonetta 2

With Bayonetta 2 Platinum Games has not just crafted one of the most enjoyable and impressive games on the Wii U, but also a title that can stand with the best of any system. The action is ever bit as over the top as the original game and fans of the character are in for a treat. If you enjoy action games then Bayonetta 2 is simply one of the best titles available.

Gameplay: Bayonetta 2 focuses even more on the in-depth combat that has made the first game such a hit.

Graphics: Impressive for any system let alone the humble Wii U.

Sound: The soundtrack is great as is the sound effects and voice acting

Bayonetta

Bayonetta

Bayonetta was already a hit on consoles, but despite the years it took to reach PC, this is by far the best version of the game. It looks great, runs smoothly and retains all of the over the top action and excitement. The story is perhaps a bit too convoluted for its own good, but it does provide players with plenty of unique enemies to pummel and some hilarious scenes that have to be seen to be believed. If you like hack and slash games, then you can’t go wrong with Bayonetta.

Gameplay: Stylish, over the top and a lot of fun once you hone your reflexes.

Graphics: This is the best that the game has ever looked since its release on console.

Sound: Everything from the voice acting to the soundtrack is top-notch

Control

Control

Control is an over the top third-person shooter with a very interesting story and setting. Unfortunately, while the combat can be a lot of fun, thanks to your supernatural powers, it can also become a bit repetitive after a while. We also found that the main story didn’t manage to grab our attention in the same way as some of the things described in the classified file collectibles that are scattered about did. Nevertheless, if you are looking for something that is a bit out of the ordinary, looks great, and offers more replay value than any of Remedy’s previous titles, then Control is worth a try.

Gameplay: Sometimes boring, sometimes chaotic, sometimes repetitive, but also filled with a few great sections.

Graphics: The game looks great if you have the hardware to do it justice.

Sound: The soundtrack could have been better, but the voice acting is top-notch