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

Rot Gut

Rot Gut

Rot Gut is a very short platformer featuring a gun-totting agent taking down bad guys during the American Prohibition. There’s virtually nothing in the way of a storyline and each of the six levels on offer can be completed in a matter of minutes. The art style is unique, though, and the soundtrack pretty decent, but even with the cheap price-tag, there’s not a lot of value for money to be found here.

Gameplay: Lots of jumping and shooting, but it’s over before you know it.

Graphics: The noir pixel art aesthetic is not too bad actually.

Sound: The chiptune jazz soundtrack is the highlight of the game

Killing Floor 2

Killing Floor 2

Killing Floor 2 takes everything about the original game to the next level in terms of visuals, speed, and sheer fun. While the enemies remain mostly the same they look better than ever and the inclusion of new character classes, along with all the old favorites, means there’s plenty for players to master. The frequent updates with new maps and modes also contribute to the continued popularity of the game. Some players might find the wave-based enemy slaying repetitive, but once you get hooked few other games come close to the sheer visceral thrill that Killing Floor 2 can deliver.

Gameplay: Kill wave after wave of enemies while staying alive.

Graphics: Some interesting levels that can be decorated with the blood and gore of your enemies.

Sound: The industrial metal soundtrack is very fitting and the weapons all sound great

Need for Speed™ Most Wanted

Need for Speed™ Most Wanted

Need for Speed: Most Wanted might share a name with the 2005 original and feature police chases, but that’s about where the similarities end. The single-player mode feels bland and empty while the multiplayer mode has more in common with Burnout Paradise than Need for Speed. In fact, the entire game feels like an inferior Need for Speed themed imitation of Burnout Paradise, which makes it hard to recommend.

Gameplay: Very lacking compared to previous entries in the series.

Graphics: The graphics are good, but the overall style of the game is very bland.

Sound: The usual selection of licensed tunes, but nothing exceptional

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

Tesla Force

Tesla Force

Tesla Force builds on all the elements that made Tesla Vs Lovecraft so great but adds a ton of rogue-lite features. The result is a game that is more polished, more varied, and more addictive than the original. Luck still plays an important role in the game and it can become a little repetitive, but overall it is a solid title that is very entertaining.

Gameplay: Non-stop shooting action along with some strategic choices to make.

Graphics: Similar to the original game, but also has plenty of enhancements.

Sound: Great soundtrack and sound effects

Zombie Army 4: Dead War

Zombie Army 4: Dead War

Zombie Army 4: Dead War refines all the zombie sniping antics of Zombie Army Trilogy while also adding some of the refinements found in Strange Brigade. It’s a very entertaining game with plenty of action, but like its predecessors, it’s best played with a group of friends. Dead War still has a couple of rough spots and can get repetitive, but has plenty of replay value.

Gameplay: Run around in third person while shooting zombies with sniper rifles and other World War 2 era weapons.

Graphics: Detailed and gory, but the color palette can be a little dull at times.

Sound: Decent music and sound effects, but there’s entirely too much blabbering going on for a zombie game

Burnout™ Paradise Remastered

Burnout™ Paradise Remastered

Burnout Paradise Remastered is an updated version of the original release from 2008 featuring better visuals as well as all the previously released DLC. The game looks better than ever and is still a lot of fun to play, but also retains a lot of the archaic interface elements. It also lacks features such as way-points and a fast travel system that fans of modern open-world games take for granted. Nevertheless, it is still a lot of fun to play and there are hours upon hours of content waiting in Paradise City.

Gameplay: Fun and addictive, but some things have not aged so well in the ten years since the original release.

Graphics: Not a massive visual overhaul compared to the original, but the game does look pretty good.

Sound: The soundtrack is still great and the sound effects decent

The Wizard and The Slug

The Wizard and The Slug

The Wizard and The Slug is a whimsical 2D platformer with an enormously entertaining story and characters. The humor is by far the highlight of this game, but it does contain some challenging platform action as well. The inclusion of all kinds of strange encounters, goofy mini-games and laugh out loud jokes doesn’t hurt it either. Even players who are not very good at platform games will be able to experience this one due to the inclusion of an “assist” menu, so don’t miss out.

Gameplay: Decent platforming action, but it’s the small touches that make the game stand out.

Graphics: Very basic, but also very charming.

Sound: The music and sound effects are decent and very fitting

MECHBLAZE

MECHBLAZE

MECHBLAZE is a no-nonsense run and gun mech shooter with some great bosses to take down. The game does have a bit of a learning curve due to the controls, but multiple difficulty settings ensure that it is accessible to players of all skill levels. Fans of ASTRO PORT and the Astro Saga universe that they have created will have the most fun with this game, but we also recommend it to anyone who loves a good shooter.

Gameplay: Plenty of guns and more than enough enemies to shoot at.

Graphics: The enemy designs and animations look great.

Sound: Decent, but outstanding