A Plague Tale: Innocence Review
The way the narrative and gameplay fit together to make Amicia and Hugo’s journey both compelling and emotional is an impressive accomplishment that put A Plague Tale up there with the best of them. If you are in the market for a somber, story-driven experience, I cannot recommend A Plague Tale enough.
As ubiquitous in popular culture as they can sometimes seem, vampires are seriously underrepresented in videogames, at least as fully realized leading characters. For this reason alone, Vampyr deserves some attention. Happily Life is Strange developer Dontnod has managed to deliver a vampire tale that avoids most of the cliches, camp and gothic melodrama so common to the genre.
The Surge Review
The decision to make every fight significant and potentially deadly certainly adds tension but there is rarely a sense of power or growing mastery, simply a more easily found relief at not dying. Thanks to its sci-fi setting and excellent combat, The Surge is overall a very solid, unique addition to the growing catalog of Souls-like games.
Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments
In focusing on the cerebral side of Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments manages to rise above its adventure game roots, presenting an excellent take on a classic character that, while propped on a foundation of less then interesting tropes, manages to feel fresh and captivating. While the physical act of moving around the environment left a lot to be desired, especially when a good portion of the game is spent looking for clues, it shouldn't be a deterrent to any fan of the great detective or adventure game fans in general. Trust when I say that missing this game would be drawing the wrong conclusion indeed.
Farming Simulator 2013
There are 42 fields in this game (over 97 hectares!) and you can own them all if you play your cards right. Approached with the right mind-set, a little planning and a lot of patience, Farming Simulator 2013 offers a true evergreen challenge for the console gamer looking for a new experience.
Magrunner: Dark Pulse
Above niggles aside, this is a game definitely worth adding to your collection. Combining elements of 3D physics-based puzzle solving with a well-established gothic horror narrative, Magrunner presents unique and addictive challenges. As a crowd funded, budget title, this is a genuine contender for Indie Game of The Year; it really is that good.
With lackluster looks and a lame story serving as ballast, the combat would have to be spot on perfect to carry this game out of mediocrity. It's good, far and away the best part of the game, with the scoring system adding challenge, thought and tension to the proceedings, but it's not enough to push this into “must have” status. To end with an appropriate pun, this Final Exam passes... but just barely.