Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame is now one of my favorites from Milestone. The Italian developer knows racing, and knows bikes. Their long running MXGP series has improved with each release, which paved the way for this. To be clear, this is a supercross game, and not motocross, where the focus is more about racing, and while you can perform tricks, they are meant to be at a minimum in favor of being first and having the best lap times. That said, this is incredible racer that has incredible amounts of personality and presentation that the MXGP series sorely lacks.
Hear me out – there’s a derelict space station, and you’ve been sent to investigate what happened to it and its crew. While the plot is something you think you’ve heard and seen before, there’s enough twists and turns that make this journey worth experiencing. After a successful Kickstarter, the developers also known as The Station have worked closely with the backers to craft the game. The end result is that The Station is a carefully constructed, concise, and curious story that keeps a tight grip on you from beginning to end.
The best kind of survival games are ones where you forget you’ve been playing one, where every task doesn’t feel like a chore, where you never feel like you can keep yourself away. The best kind of survival games, don’t happen often. Subnautica is a gem, and one that we must treasure. Unknown Worlds have spent the past several years shaping what is undoubtedly the best survival game ever made. And with it being so well designed, thought-out, and presented, Subnautica should be the basis for which games of this kind should look to, for years to come.
Tikipod Ltd’s Aqua Kitty – Milk Mine Defender has seen many iterations and improvements as it has been released on other consoles. With Aqua Kitty UDX on the Nintendo Switch, it is largely unchanged from the Xbox One version, and dare I say perfected. Aqua Kitty blends Defender, Gradius, and Uridium in interesting and fresh ways that makes ownership of this title on any platform a rare treat, but the Switch benefits most from this release.
How many franchises can you name that have lasted as long as Dynasty Warriors? If you go by the number of mainline games to be released, there aren’t many to list. So with over 21 years under its belt and 8 mainline sequels before it, Omega Force and Koei-Tecmo are adding one more to their own Dynasty, Dynasty Warriors 9. With number 9 comes some changes to the formula that may entice some new players to pick it up while not alienating fans of the series.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 is more of the same that we’ve come to expect from the TT Games gang. It’s the quirky personality paired with the simple but fun gameplay. It’s the same formula used for years now, basic combat, environmental puzzles, huge casts of characters, co-op play, lots and lots of silly puns, utilizing character abilities to progress, and more. The game is like comfort food, you know what to expect and you know you’re going to enjoy it regardless.
Following a successful Kickstarter, led to further success when releasing onto multiple platforms in 2014. Now in 2018, Tribute Games brings a free update to Mercenary Kings with a healthy dose of additions and improvements to quality of life. Tribute Games has re-energized Mercenary Kings in the form of Mercenary Kings: Reloaded Edition. This is a hybrid game of platforming, shooting, and RPG that’s not to be missed.
SteamWorld Dig has resurfaced, and it has made its way onto the Nintendo Switch. The game does so, cleanly and wonderfully. By design, SteamWorld Dig is completely unchanged in its transition to the new console, so it is the same game as the other versions in every way. While I would have liked to see new features, touch controls, or enhancements from SteamWorld Dig 2, it just isn’t needed. And even though there’s nothing new to be found here, what’s here is a tightly packed game that put Image & Form on the map. SteamWorld Dig is a treasure all its own.
A person who attacks cherished beliefs or institutions is known as an Iconoclast. And in Iconoclasts there are many, and they are seen as rebellious, and of dissent. However, they are fighting for what’s right. There’s more going on than you’re led to believe, and is really satisfying from a gameplay and narrative sense, and with its impeccable visuals and complimentary soundtrack, makes the game so easy to recommend.
Flight Sim World is the continuation of the Flight Simulator series made famous by Microsoft. Developer and publisher, Dovetail Games obtained the rights to the series in 2014. The transition from Steam Early Access to full releases was made possible due to the small team’s dedication to the game, and feedback during the early access phase. Flight Sim World is by and large completed, but there’s work to be done still. As it stands, Flight Sim World is a bit light on aircraft, but provides scenarios and situations that no other flight sim is able to deliver.