CrossCode is the very definition of a passion project as it was painstakingly developed over a span of seven years, and it really shows. The game is filled to the brim with content, including a lengthy story campaign, diverse enemy designs, and many side quests. It really has a lot of bang for your buck.
Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan
Nimble gameplay, luscious aesthetic values, wise storytelling and truly understanding the principles of its genre make Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan a breath of fresh air amidst Western games with often are marred by needless drudgery. Quite an achievement for a 2D side-scrolling action-RPG with a very modest price tag coming from an untapped territory in the world of gaming.
Dragon's Dogma Dark Arisen
Dragon’s Dogma Dark Arisen should be played by every fan of action RPGs. There’s much to do and discover, and from exploration to character interactions to the exciting combat, everything is fun and genuinely interesting. It looks great, it sounds great -- the musical score is outstanding -- and refreshes the genre with some innovative ideas and masterful variations on old ones.
All in all, I found it to be a rather fun game, Though that's not to say it wasn't rough around the edges in spots. With plenty of loot to grab, a nice variety of weapons, big bosses, scaling difficulties, and the ability to craft powerful gear, I'd definitely say it would be worth looking into for fans of the genre.
Transistor isn’t perfect, there are issues with the combat system and sometimes the art gets in the way of the combat itself but that isn’t enough to deter this masterful execution of storytelling. Supergiant Games is quickly becoming a studio that can regularly tell a great story without having to compromise with cheap thrills and predictable plot threads. Subtlety is Transistor’s greatest strength and it uses it well in both its story and its combat at times.
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II
Van Helsing II is very much the same game as its predecessor, just with “more.” While still as fun as the first, there's a lack of actual overall progress, just a reshuffling of used ideas. Given the ending, it's assured that we'll see a third game. Hopefully “more” becomes better before The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing becomes just another monster amidst the fray.
Rogue Legacy bridges the gap between the old classics of the SNES days and newer indie titles of this generation. Its old-school graphical look and amazing soundtrack mesh with its clever gameplay concepts to create something truly unique. While boss battles can create a bit of a grind and the occasional glitch is fairly noticeable, I truly enjoyed my time with Rogue Legacy. Its fluid mix of combat, platforming, and smart humor made me enjoy each of my 100+ run throughs just as much as any other. After spending nearly 20 hours with the game I can honestly say I’d love to jump right back in, if only to conquer the castle just once more.