Enter the Gungeon
In fact, 30+ hours in, I still find myself riding the giant bullet elevator down its depths, struggling with my own skills to see if I can find the gun to kill the past. Hosting a bevy of secrets and an even greater number of items to find and unlock, there is nothing short of an army of gundead that could stop me from recommending this.
The game’s tight shooting mechanics, customization options, and procedurally generated levels keep the gameplay challenging without becoming repetitive. As long as you can look past a few design flaws and don’t mind slightly dated graphics, Neon Chrome is a game for anyone who wants strategy and destruction in a single package.
Those few returning flaws aside, XCOM 2 is an experience. Much like its predecessor, Firaxis again delivers a fantastic mix of tactical combat and strategy, held together by an almost scarily stressful bow bathed in the blood of your fallen warriors. If you have any interest at all in turn-based games, you owe yourself this game as a gift, and honestly, even if you have little to no interest, playing this may just get that engine started. I think this may be the first unmissable game this year.
I had a lot of fun learning the ins and outs of each character and weapon and, like a good fighting game, I found the character I’m going to stick with. I played many hours of Nuclear Throne and I expect it to be the game I come back to the most in 2016. Nuclear Throne knows what it is and makes no bones about it. It’s a difficult, stylized roguelike with a clear vision of what it’s trying to achieve. Everything from the unique art style to the tough-as-nails gameplay makes it a rollercoaster of emotions whether you’re playing it for 15 minutes or 15 hours.
The difficulty of explaining Year Walk without giving its secrets away is self-evident at this point. Anyone reading this who has already played it knows what I mean. For the laymen though, and those who are merely curious, I’ll just say that it’s one of the best adventure games I’ve ever played, and also one of the most terrifying horror experiences in recent and bygone memory.
Skulls of the Shogun
The game is at its best when the witty dialogue is making you laugh before each match only to have you bearing down once the game starts in anticipation for the oncoming battle. Skulls of the Shogun can be a difficult game and many people will find it frustrating, a few specific levels come to mind, but that's part of the appeal. It's not that the game is unfair or "too hard" but it is instead giving you all of the knowledge you need to overcome your obstacles. It's up to you to adhere to that knowledge and use it wisely to take out your enemies.