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.
Strip away all of Transistor's cool neon-noir sci-fi trappings and the game's a love story between a woman and a sword.
An oddball mixture of zany visuals and anomalous personas that pays respect to both hardcore fans and Hirohiko Araki's singular vision.
Lackluster battle mechanics, glitchy AI issues, and uninteresting, half-baked narrative passages make the roughly seven-hour initial playtime feel like double the length.
Wolfenstein: The New Order is the Inglourious Basterds of Nazi-killing video games. All the requisite violence of the genre is there, but there's a well-considered style and grace that elevates it beyond its mindless, dime-a-dozen brethren.
The game appears to be a product of magical thinking, as if throwing together watered-down tropes from games like The Witcher might somehow yield a finished product.
Those who lost many hours to Mario Golf 64 or Toadstool Tour will find qualms with the blanket changes made to the formula, but, much like golf itself, once the learning curve is passed, contentment can be found in unsuspected places.
Someone will likely prove this statement wrong, but there hasn't been a game that's run this far with the storybook conceit, and if there is, it's a near-certainty it wasn't executed with this much beauty, heart, and care.
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