[Game] Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

Ys VIII

Game

A satisfying if not exactly mind-blowing action JRPG.

Positive:
Negative:
The island is interesting to explore
Silent protagonist undermines the story
Likable characters, except the protagonist
Game-play doesn’t feel as tight as 2D Ys
Interesting story inspired by evolution
Lots of cool boss fights
Good English localization (retranslation)
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[Game] Into the Breach

Into the Breach

Game

An insanely addicting and satisfying turn-based strategy game that’s a bit bare-bones on the narrative and way too short for how good it is (I ended up beating the game with all teams because I just couldn’t let it end so soon).

Positive:
Negative:
Good atmospheric soundtrack
Bare-bones narrative
Fantastic, super addicting and super satisfying game-play
Too short

[Game] Subnautica

Subnautica

Game

An survival game that focuses on underwater exploration that’s so freaking spooky it can double function as a horror game, especially in VR. It’s been a while since I was so bummed out by seeing a game end.

Positive:
Negative:
Beautiful underwater world design
The end-game vehicles become a chore to navigate
Fascinating, spooky setting full of mysteries
Achieving the ending feels more like busywork after you’ve explored everything
Effective, atmospheric music that pumps you up
Buggy VR support that can cause motion sickness
An absolute treat to explore
Surprisingly involving plot
Addicting survival game-play

 

[Game] Metroid Prime

Metroid Prime

Game

Sometimes I wonder if my internet connects me to a parallel dimension where Nintendo games are different from the ones I’m playing, but my version of Metroid Prime was a fairly dull experience comprised mostly of backtracking and running in circles interspersed with some enjoyable boss fights here and there.

Positive:
Negative:
Relatively well-designed maps to explore
Dull colors and similar looking rooms make it too easy to get lost and miss things
Good boss fights
Tedious scanning mechanic obscures the story
Wii controls blow some fresh air on the FPS formula
A fairly slow and dull experience overall

[Game] Serious Sam: Last Hope

Last Hope

Game

It’s just a standing shooter, but dodging bullets and blowing waves of monsters to smithereens is an absolute delight in VR.

Positive:
Negative:
Awesome, immersing VR experience
Short
Simple, but challenging and satisfying game-play
Health kits are overpowered, unbalancing the game

[Game] Sacrifice

Sacrifice

Game

Sacrifice offers a completely new approach to real time strategy which actually works… except for the camera.

Positive:
Negative:
Novel, good strategy game-play
Third person camera doesn’t work with real time strategy that well
Entertaining god characters
Regardless of branching, the story always leads to the same conclusion
A branching story that can take many directions
The story and plot aren’t all that special and don’t do a great job at building the world

 

[Game] Beat Saber

Beat Saber

An addicting VR rhythm game that’s genius in its simplicity, but also has no progression and relies on fan content that tends to be of varying degrees of quality. I wish it at least had some sort of challenge mode.

Positive:
Negative:
Addicting rhythm game-play
No progression
Awesome, immersing VR
Relies on fan content which varies in quality