In 2019, the best games took the industry’s standard operating procedure and punted it out the window.
Fallen Order is powerful in ways that Star Wars hasn’t been in video game form in over a decade.
The most powerful statement the game winds up making is that work is worthwhile, even at the bitter end.
To the game’s credit, the police presence on the track feels less like a hook than a genuine menace.
Luigi might be luckless, but he’s still a force to be reckoned with across this, the most variety-rich Luigi’s Mansion game to date.
The game is so zany and so mired in its traditional progression systems that it ceases to say anything of note.
On the Nintendo system, the game will fare its absolute best with the uninitiated.
The game offers one of the most fascinating, unique, and fulfilling portrayals of the human mind.
The brunt of the work here has gone into raising the game’s resolution and frame rate, and implementing higher quality assets all around.
There are plenty of military engagements in Breakpoint, but none of them are particularly engaging.
This expansion marks a sea change for the series, from one that keeps players begging for scraps to one that sets players up for a feast.
Each part is so overflowing with jokes, ideas, characters, and charm that you won’t want to separate from the whole game.
For all of the work that Deck 13 has put into creating an intriguing city, the actual exploration is sometimes marred by technical issues.
It’s impressive how much the simplest acts in Link’s Awakening remain so gratifying hour after hour.
Perhaps its efforts to fit in with the big dogs of the gaming world would be more tolerable if there were more variety to its challenges.
The game is boorish, infantile, and violent, and, in refusing to take any sort of consistent stand, is wildly off the mark.
All that’s cool about flying a mech has been executed in the most leaden, user-unfriendly, nonsensical manner possible.
Gears 5 is the first time the series has made the brutality of its combat feel captivating and disturbingly intimate.