The Outer Worlds

The Outer Worlds

The Outer Worlds combines some of the best elements from Fallout: New Vegas with a retro-futuristic pulp sci-fi setting. It features plenty of dark humor as well as great dialog and a lot of freedom when it comes to getting in and out of sticky situations. The interface could have been a bit better, but the game still had us hooked for the 30+ hours it took us to complete the main quest and most of the side missions. If you enjoy single-player role-playing games, then you are going to love this one.

Gameplay: Very addictive and while not as vast in scope as other open-world games, you are still given plenty of freedom.

Graphics: The game world is very colorful and there’s plenty of beautiful locations.

Sound: Great voice acting and a good soundtrack

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

Tank Mechanic Simulator

Tank Mechanic Simulator

Tank Mechanic Simulator gives you your own museum and workshop before tasking you with restoring World War II tanks to their former glory. It’s a pretty niche title, but surprisingly accessible and actually very addictive once you become hooked. There’s a couple of rough edges and the subject matter is not for everyone, but overall it is a very enjoyable title that is worth your time.

Gameplay: Who knew restoring tanks could be such a relaxing experience.

Graphics: The tank models and environments all look great.

Sound: All the sound effects are decent and there’s plenty of relaxing background tunes

Granblue Fantasy: Versus

Granblue Fantasy: Versus

Even if you know nothing about the Granblue Fantasy franchise, this fighting game collaboration between Cygames and Arc System Works is a beautiful, yet accessible brawler. With in-depth training modes and a massive RPG section, there’s plenty of content here for players even before sinking their teeth into the multi-player modes. It might not have the biggest roster or most original story, but it is a lot of fun and that’s what matters the most.

Gameplay: Plenty of modes to keep players busy and the game is also very accessible.

Graphics: The art and animation are great.

Sound: The quality of the music, sound effects, and voice-overs are all very high

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

Mokoko

Mokoko

Mokoko is a fun Qix inspired title that fuses addictive gameplay with some lewd visuals. It shares a lot of similarities with the Gals Panic series by Kaneko, but adds enough wacky elements of its own so that it doesn’t just feel like a cheap clone. The free nudity patch is completely optional, but even without it, Mokoko is not exactly a family-friendly game. Nevertheless, it’s a fun game and definitely offers a lot of value for money.

Gameplay: It uses the tried and tested Qix formula, so you know it’s addictive and fun.

Graphics: Nothing spectacular, but the art is decent overall.

Sound: The soundtrack is decent and the voice acting is pretty good

Dead End Job

Dead End Job

Dead End Job is a twin-stick shooter where players take control of Hector Plasm, a ghost exterminator on a mission to save his mentor’s soul. To accomplish this Hector will need a lot of cash, but luckily there is no shortage of people willing to pay him to shoot ghosts with his plasma blaster before sucking up the pesky spirits in a vacuum pack. The procedurally generated levels in this game span several distinct districts and the game is a lot of fun. Dying means losing all your perks, which sucks and the co-op is a bit of a letdown due to the limitations of the secondary character, but overall Dead End Job has a lot to offer.

Gameplay: Shoot ghosts to stun them, then suck them up in a vacuum pack.

Graphics: Very colorful and there’s a wide range of different ghosts types to encounter.

Sound: The soundtrack fits the style of the game perfectly and there’s even a neat intro theme song

Everreach: Project Eden

Everreach: Project Eden

Everreach: Project Eden is a sci-fi themed third-person shooter with some RPG elements thrown into the mix as well. It’s not a bad looking game but struggles with cumbersome controls, stiff animations, and combat that lacks excitement. The story is interesting once you get caught up in it but prepare for some frustration and lack of polish along the way.

Gameplay: Rather short and could have benefited from some more polish.

Graphics: The visuals look good, but the animations are rather stiff.

Sound: Nice soundtrack, but the sound effects are rather lacking

Dusk Diver 酉閃町

Dusk Diver 酉閃町

Take control of an ordinary girl who gains extraordinary powers and the ability to step through rifts in reality to battle vicious “Chaos Beasts.” Dusk Diver features the vibrant real-world setting of Ximending as well as it’s shadowy fictional counterpart Youshanding for players to explore. It’s a “Musou” style beat ’em up, so expect plenty of punching and kicking, but there’s also some downtime between missions for exploring Ximending, eating food and performing side quests. Despite some flaws, Dusk Diver is a very compelling game and definitely something for fans of the genre.

Gameplay: Combat can become repetitive, but overall the game is fun to play.

Graphics: The vibrant anime art style and unique setting for the game are both great.

Sound: Decent music and full Japanese as well as Mandarin voice acting

Gun Gun Pixies

Gun Gun Pixies

Gun Gun Pixies is a fan-service heavy third-person shooter where players get to infiltrate an all-girl dorm with a pair of pint-size pixies from another planet. It is a very niche title and makes no apologies for the copious amounts of ecchi content, but the story is actually very decent and running around as a tiny pixie in a world filled with giant girls can be fun. Unfortunately, the game can be a little repetitive and some areas, such as the controls, could do with improvements. Ultimately, if you are a fan of the genre and enjoy the fan-service, then you might be able to overlook the flaws and have fun with his one.

Gameplay: Fun, but it can be more frustrating than challenging at times due to the controls.

Graphics: The visuals are decent and the girls look great, but the environments are very limited.

Sounds: Average music, but the voices and sound effects are good