Gas Station Simulator is exactly what it says in the title. You’re operating a gas station. As with many others in the simulator genre, it takes the idea of running a mundane, daily activity and trying to get some entertainment out of it. Gas Station Simulator does a great job of blending in some engaging mechanics and a gameplay loop that kept me playing through multiple sessions for hours.
Where No More Heroes was a first swing at satirizing popular culture of its day, No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle feels like a proper refinement of the formula that helps it grow to meet its potential and become the game that its predecessor wanted it to be. Dropping you straight into the action from moment one and never letting off the gas, you begin the game as Travis Touchdown once more, hellbent on revenge following the murder of his best friend. Nothing can stand in the way of his quest to ascend to the top of the UAA rankings for a second time, egged on by a promise to help him seek vengeance against the person who took his friend’s life.
The top-down racer rarely appears, but is alive and well. After its stint on Steam Early Access, Circuit Superstars from Original Fire Games and the Square Enix Collective has now taken to the grid with a full release. It’s an eclectic mix of racing styles across different eras and terrain. It’s a challenging game for those who want it, yet it is still approachable for those need it. Circuit Superstars has unique handling for every car type which has a wonderful feel, and looks great while doing it.
Lake is a relaxing breath of fresh air in a saturated market of tense-filled, stress-inducing, action entertainment. Completing the simple tasks they ask of you, delivering the mail is so peaceful and soothing. But along your journey to finish this game, you get to learn more about this little town and your character Meredith Weiss.
Turtle Rock Studios not only revitalized the coop shooter, but also zombie games back in 2008. Just when things were getting stagnant, they made a game and it’s sequel that are still played to this day in large numbers. Back 4 Blood is a spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead, and the key word is successor. Taking the core formula and expanding on that, it surpasses them in every way. It’s a deeper and more rewarding experience. Back 4 Blood lets a new generation experience their gory genius.
The sixth mainline Far Cry game isn’t full of too many surprises, but it’s got the series’ greatest hits in its playlist. Tonally, Far Cry 6 is all-over-the-place: funny when it wants to be, and serious when it needs to be. They can be hard shifts, but there’s a compelling narrative in here. You’ll be rallying those around you to fight an actual army by partaking in guerrilla warfare to unseat politician hungry with power. Activities have you hunt animals, win races, and even find hidden treasures. If this all sounds familiar, I’m willing to bet you’ve never taken over a military base with a blood-crazed rooster by your side. Far Cry 6 is a joy ride without wearing a seat belt.
After receiving my monthly PC Gamer magazine with the included demo disc in the mail, I excitingly ripped it from its plastic and installed the Diablo II Demo. It was my first introduction to the isometric action RPG genre, and I was immediately enthralled. It wasn’t long until I bought the full game, and has been one of my favorite kinds of games to play. With the release of Diablo II: Resurrected, I’m able to relive those moments from 21 years ago, as it’s a complete remastering of Diablo II and its only expansion, Lord of Destruction. This remaster is everything you’d want it to be, and more; offering an uncompromising experience for veterans, and a stiff, but great introduction for newcomers.
If you’re curious, the Super Monkey Ball formula still works in 2021. There’s something to the whole puzzle-challenge aspect that tingles the right nerves, keeping me playing for longer sessions than I anticipated. Banana Mania is a remastered bundle of the first two games with roughly 300 levels in all. Top that with additional game modes and unlocks; Banana Mania will keep you entertained for quite a bit.
As a kid, I spent countless hours playing on the floor and my bed playing with Hot Wheels. I constructed tracks from official pieces with whatever I had lying around. HOT WHEELS UNLEASHED captures what our imaginations were as kids, and presents them in exaggerated and expansive ways. Milestone, a developer who’s mostly known for their work on motorcycle and simulation games have made one of the most enjoyable arcade car racers in recent memory. HOT WHEELS UNLEASHED is a game for racers, designers, dreamers, and kids from one to ninety-two.
Often hailed as one of the favorite cult hits of the Nintendo Wii, No More Heroes made waves when it first landed in 2007 for its stylish action, over the top humor and unapologetic attitude. It fit right in with the high energy, big personality titles of the era, and infused itself with enough camp, quirk and satire that you would expect from a Grasshopper Manufacture title. It also relied pretty heavily on the Wii Remote as way to immerse you in the combat, which worked well enough for the time but would be challenging to bring into the modern era. Naturally the question here is, can a beloved classic that is so much a product of its era make a successful return in 2021?
Arkane Studios has an innate ability to make believable worlds with an engrossing story, backed by excellent gameplay. That trend continues in DEATHLOOP, where the goal is simple: break the cycle. What’s not simple is actually breaking the loop, as you’ll have to become powerful and ready to reach its conclusion. The environmental richness of Dishonored meets the combat versatility of Prey, for an exceptional immersive sim. Throughout your fifteen hours or so, is a journey of memorization, growth, and controlled repetition. DEATHLOOP is a shining example of the time loop perfected.
I like birds. I don’t know why; I just do. I also enjoy Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, which I do know why. It’s fun, easily accessible, challenging to master, and it’s quick to get you into the action. SkateBIRD combines these two things and attempts to pull off a cute and wholesome Pro Skater all about trying to do your best. With birds, adorable little birds.
The Cruis’n series is something I constantly refer back to in my comparisons to other arcade racers. The original arcade cabinet and the N64 releases are what I want out of an arcade racing game. I look for cars that a very close to licensed if not licensed, fast courses, and physics that feel tight and responsive. I want the racing to be nail-biting intense, and Cruis’n Blast is precisely that, a perfect example of how good arcade racing can be when handled properly. Cruis’n Blast is incredibly fun to play, and you might say it’s a… blast.
For a headset that costs $119, there isn’t much to the EPOS H3. It’s a wired gaming headset with a 3.5mm connection, and that’s about it. But there are some nice touches to its build that make it quite a nice headset to use. So yes, the EPOS H3 isn’t perfect, but it does justify its cost.
There’s nothing like a good road movie; the thrill of a journey into the unknown, the path of self-discovery that unfolds as the characters navigate unexpected challenges and are forced to confront the very things they’re running from; unique circumstances that could only arise while winging it from one step to the next on the way to the ultimate destination. It’s a formula that makes for good entertainment, when done well. DigixArt is trying something new with the genre in Road 96, using the road movie as a medium to explore themes of government oppression, resistance, and everybody’s favorite coming of age, and giving the player the ability to influence the outcomes of the story.