A next-gen playthrough reveals a game that doesn't break new ground, but very much tries to reach perfection with the tools Naughty Dog and the industry as a whole, really, are all very well aware of.
Valiant Hearts isn't necessarily lacking in quality or polish, just that perhaps we're looking at one game that feels like it wants to be three.
If Super Mario 3D World wasn't enough to make the Wii U that much more of an enticement, this game, now the golden yardstick by which all future Mario Kart titles will be measured, just might do the trick.
We're meant to believe that solving the mystery of the Bell Killer would redeem Ronan and allow him the peace to move on, but nothing about the game gives the impression that he deserves it.
As if the first Mugen Souls wasn't niche enough, Mugen Souls Z ventures even further down into the cavernous, kaleidoscopic portal of moe lure and outlandish fetishes, rarely coming up for air.
Settling for less, in the game's case, means settling for the usual open-world bag of tricks polished to a high shine, with a downright gluttonous variety of activities to do them in.
Flagrantly misapplying the PlayStation 4's freshly unveiled Unreal Engine 4, it looks like it was slapped together overnight, with a plethora of buggy annoyances from rough edges to muddy surface textures and glitchy lighting effects.
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