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

Superhero League of Hoboken

Superhero League of Hoboken

Superhero League of Hoboken is a really bizarre and off the wall game, but that’s what made it so entertaining and refreshing back when it was first released. It features challenging battles and plenty of neat puzzles, which still makes it worth playing in this day and age. Some elements of the game have aged better than others, but if you missed out the first time round then you’ll still find plenty of entertainment here. Just keep in mind that the game is a couple of decades old at this point.

Gameplay: Very fun to play and quite unique for its time.

Graphics: Obviously very dated now, but still has plenty of neat elements.

Sound: Once again not bad for its time

The Longing

The Longing

The Longing is a unique title that combines elements of adventure and idle games. Playing as the lonely Shade, it is your task to simply wait 400 days in the dark caverns deep below the surface before waking up your king. Of course, nothing is preventing you from exploring your surroundings or even trying to find an escape, but 400 days counting down in almost real-time you’ll find that nothing in this game can be rushed.

Gameplay: You’ll find that patience really is a virtue when playing The Longing.

Graphics: The protagonist is certainly a memorable character and the visual style is very charming.

Sound: The soundtrack is great and the sound effects enhance the lonely atmosphere of the game

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

Seven Days

Seven Days

Seven Days is a visual novel that starts out like something straight out of a horror movie as the protagonist, Kanzaki Shuuichi, receives a cursed Blu-ray disc from a friend. However, thanks to the exorcism skills of his childhood friend, Shuuichi is saved from the evil spirit trying to possess him after watching the disc. This leads to the unexpected development of the female ghost gaining a physical human form and revealing that six other girls are trapped inside her. Shuuichi ends up with his hands full as he attempts to make the last days of these spirits as pleasant as possible, but along the way, it’s impossible for him not to grow attached them. Seven Days is a captivating and well written visual novel that will stay with you even after the credits roll.

Gameplay: The story is well written and there are enough choices for multiple playthroughs.

Graphics: Everything from the character sprites to the backgrounds look great.

Sound: Full Japanese voice acting for all the girls and the soundtrack is pretty neat too

Bee Simulator

Bee Simulator

Bee Simulator is clearly a title that is aimed at younger gamers, which means it’s not very challenging and can quickly become repetitive. Despite the open-world setting, which does look rather nice, there isn’t a lot of variety when it comes to the story or even the side missions. The robotic nature of the human characters also spoils the immersion, but players who love bees and just want to fly around exploring the vibrant gameworld will still have fun. Just don’t expect it to be a realistic simulator as the title suggests.

Gameplay: Flying around as a bee is a lot of fun, but the missions can quickly become repetitive.

Graphics: The game looks nice from a distance, but if you get too close you’ll notice how lifeless the human characters really are.

Sound: The soundtrack is decent, but the voice acting is not great

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