Shadowrun Returns

Shadowrun Returns

The Shadowrun license lends itself perfectly to an in-depth and complex role-playing experience, but unfortunately, it feels like Shadowrun Returns just skims the surface. The story is interesting enough and there’s a handful of great characters to interact with, but at times it does feel like the game was dumbed down a little too much for casual audiences. The 2D artwork looks great and the soundtrack is very atmospheric, but by the end of the 12-hour campaign, we were left wanting more.

Gameplay: A lot of fun, but not as in-depth as we had hoped.

Graphics: The 2D artwork looks great, but the 3D character models could have been better.

Sound: No voice acting, but the soundtrack fits the game perfectly

Pokémon Sword

Pokémon Sword

While Pokemon Sword doesn’t quite live up to the expectations of Pokemon fans, it is still a very enjoyable title. It does lack half of the Pokemon in the National Pokedex but features plenty of new ones as well as some interesting features, such as Dynamaxing. The story is a little weak, but the Pokemon battles are as enjoyable as always and the gym battles are some of the best in the series. As long as you don’t mind the fact that not all the Pokemon are present in this outing and that the game is maybe a little too easy you will have fun with this title.

Gameplay: It is still a lot of fun as a Pokemon title, but doesn’t quite live up to its high expectations.

Graphics: The game looks great but not as great as some of the other Nintendo Switch titles.

Sound: The lack of voice acting is disappointing, but the music and sound effects are good

A Plague Tale: Innocence

A Plague Tale: Innocence

A Plague Tale: Innocence is not only a great looking game with a unique setting, but the strong narrative focus makes it very engrossing too. The combination of stealth and puzzle-solving could easily have been very annoying, but barring a few frustrating sections the game is actually quite entertaining. It is also unrelentingly grim, which might deter some players, but between all the horror there’s also some heartwarming moments. Single-player narrative focussed games such as A Plague Tale: Innocence is becoming rarer, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to play this one.

Gameplay: A nice mixture of stealth and puzzles that never really veers too far in either direction.

Graphics: The visuals are extremely detailed and the environments surprisingly varied.

Sound: Good voice acting and some soaring tunes

HammerHelm (SuperSixStudios)

HammerHelm (SuperSixStudios)

Ask any fantasy fan and they will immediately tell you that Dwarves, in addition to being brave and fearless, prefer making their homes underground. HammerHelm, a game by SuperSixStudios that is currently on Steam Early Access, turns this notion on its head by casting you in the role of a Dwarf that believes his kind could live above ground. Unfortunately, the other Dwarves didn’t take kindly to such rebellious thoughts and promptly banished you. The game opens with your Dwarf finally finding some fertile lands to start a new life in the open air

Adam’s Venture: Origins Out Now On Nintendo Switch

Adam’s Venture: Origins Out Now On Nintendo Switch

While the physical release of Adam’s Venture: Origins for Nintendo Switch has unfortunately been postponed to a later date due to the COVID-19 crisis, the game is out now digitally. This adventure game, which was already available on Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Steam, was released digitally last Friday, May 29, 2020, on the Switch. This means that players who primarily stick with Nintendo finally have the chance to embark on the globetrotting adventure that sees Adam solving a series of mysteries and puzzles

Debut Trailer For One Shell Straight To Hell Trailer Revealed

Debut Trailer For One Shell Straight To Hell Trailer Revealed

Anyone looking for a completely new spin on the art of exorcism and demon hunting should take a look at the brand new trailer for One Shell Straight To Hell. This upcoming release is being developed by Shotgun with Glitters and casts players in the role of Father Padre Alexander. Padre, as he is known to friends and foes alike, is no ordinary man of the cloth as he is not only heavily armed but also has a penchant for sarcasm

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is as close as one can get to the original Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. For some fans, this will be exactly what they wanted, but the game can also feel a little too familiar at times. However, it’s an entertaining title that is packed with content, and exploring the twists and turns of the castle is certainly an enjoyable experience. The game isn’t perfect, but delivers on its promises and definitely scratches that Castlevania itch.

Gameplay: Plays almost exactly like previous Igavania titles.

Graphics: Good overall, but some things feel very out of place.

Sound: The audio is good, but the music is not quite as memorable as SoTN

Time Mysteries: Inheritance – Remastered

Time Mysteries: Inheritance – Remastered

Even in “Remastered” form Time Mysteries: Inheritance is one of the weakest titles in the Artifex Mundi catalog. The visuals are very rough and fuzzy due to the low-resolution artwork and the voice acting is spectacularly cheesy. It’s nice to travel to different centuries, but the locations in each are bland and unmemorable. Overall, there are so many other great games in the genre that this one can be safely skipped.

Gameplay: Very basic and unremarkable.

Graphics: Rough around the edges.

Sound: The voice acting is some of the worse we’ve heard for a hidden object game

SOMA

SOMA

Soma is a sci-fi, horror experience that is set deep below the waves of the Atlantic ocean. At first glance, it might seem like Bioshock without the combat but delve deeper and you will find a deeply engrossing experience that is filled with thought-provoking themes. The game features excellent visuals, great sound design, and a story that will stay with you for days. It might disappoint some players looking for a pure horror or action title, but overall Frictional Games knocked it out of the park with Soma.

Gameplay: The game draws you in right from the start and doesn’t let go.

Graphics: Detailed environments and stunning underwater locations.

Sound: Everything from voice acting to music and sound effects is top-notch

Seven Doors

Seven Doors

Seven Doors is a puzzle game that challenges players to navigate their way through several unique challenges. Each room challenges players in a different way and the developers have come up with plenty of unique scenarios. There isn’t really an over-arching story to tie everything together and the game is also quite short, but it’s an enjoyable experience while it lasts.

Gameplay: Seven Doors will challenge your problem-solving skills in several unique ways.

Graphics: Not cutting-edge, but impressive enough for a small studio.

Sound: Very good