We haven’t had a good single player 40k first person shooter in such a long time. Depending on your opinion of Fire Warrior, we’ve never had one. Necromunda: Hired Gun changes that spectacularly.
Biomutant, appropriately, feels like the hybrid blend of so many existing games. But there’s more than a few evolutionary dead ends to deal with in this flawed creation.
Adios is a remarkably uncomplicated game in scope. 90 minutes of conversation and inhabiting a space as a gangster tries to convince the farmer not to give up working for the mob.
NUTS is a superb example of how a single well executed mechanic can mean an indie game punches well above it’s weight.
Hitman 3 is the pinnacle of a story and gameplay design philosophy that has defined this trilogy since 2018. At its best, this gives rise to some truly spectacular sandboxes to play in, and dozens of tools to do that with. At its worst? It becomes a quagmire, signposting the path of “how to have fun”. Hoping you’ll glean enough enjoyment from the six levels of the game to justify the story dragging them down.
A systems driven game with a cool aesthetic, filled with Eurojank, Cyberpunk 2077 should have been right up my alley. Why’s it currently up there for the most frustrating game of the year then?
If you’re already on the Dontnod adventure game wagon, Tell Me Why is the latest game to follow that trail. It just doesn’t really know how to stick to a straight path to get to anywhere satisfying.
Hades is exceptional. Supergiant Games’ latest work excels in every area possible. An absurdly polished mix of morish combat, note perfect music, humanistic writing and textbook worthy narrative design.
Star Wars Squadrons is not a sequel to the classic Rogue Squadron games. Or even the more direct inspirations and more classic X-Wing or TIE Fighter. Instead, it’s a much more simple package. A chaotic, multiplayer focussed 5v5 dogfighting game that feels amazing, when it works.
I have a lot of time for deceptively simple murder mystery games. The newly popular Among Us is an absolute highlight of the genre. Released in 2018, Among Us comes from the studio Innersloth. Following launch, it ticked along, gathering fans, mobile versions and additional maps and costumes for your tiny astronauts. This picked up with fans in both Brazil and South Korea becoming enamoured with the game, before English speaking game streamers popularised it even further. From there it’s skyrocketed. So what’s making people so interested?