Episode #1120 - Although the graphics are a little plain and the difficulty spikes at the very end, I had a lot of fun fighting through the swarms of Bug-Eyed Monsters. Zangeki Warp has a cool gimmick that I want to see more of in shoot-em-ups, and I like the way they incorporate the teleporting into the level designs. It's short and the cheap hits hold it back, but Astro Port's newest shooter is great twist on the old school formula.
Episode #1121 - In an era when many first-person adventure games are meant to be terrifying, I like that All the Delicate Duplicates is more about blowing your mind with science than jump scares. This is incredibly effective storytelling that will stick with you long after the credits roll, and may end up being one of my favorite gaming experiences of the year. All the Delicate Duplicates is a must-play.
Episode #1119 - I suppose the good news is that the story is interesting, even if the gameplay and world isn't. I like Copoka's bright and colorful graphics, and the political turmoil is genuinely gripping. But this is a painfully repetitive game that never fully marries the gameplay to the open world. It's an interesting twist on the walking simulator genre that left me wanting more depth. And when it comes down to it, this game never manages to take flight.
Episode #1118 - Sniper Elite 4 may be more of the same, but it improves on the theme enough to be a worthwhile sequel. The new stages are large and diverse, the story is more engaging, there's more variety to the kill cam and the game looks better than ever. Both fans of the series and gamers looking to kick Nazi ass will find a lot to like in Sniper Elite 4. Now if only they could give Karl more of a personality.
Episode #1117 - While it often treads on familiar ground, I can't deny the level of quality found in Alwa's Awakening. This is a lengthy adventure full of bosses to fight and secrets to unearth. I spent nine hours fighting and dying, and I still haven't unlocked 100% of the map. This is more than just a loving homage; it's a damn good action game that completely understands why we're nostalgic for 8-bit adventures.
Episode #1116 - Despite the deliberate pace and simplistic look, I enjoyed the horror and mystery in Uncanny Valley. It has some great twists and turns, as well as an intriguing story you'll want to see through to the end. I do think the price point is a bit high for what you get in this package, but you'll need to replay it a bunch of times to see all the gruesome endings. This is a fun horror/adventure with an interesting setting and compelling premise. I'm not sure I really enjoyed Uncanny Valley, but I definitely admire what it's doing.
Episode #1115 - If you're able to look beyond some baffling technical issues and are willing to save frequently, you'll find an incredible adventure with two of the best new characters of the year. The alien world they explore is full of surprises and the mystery is genuinely intriguing, especially as you learn more about the people who used to inhabit the planet. Phoning Home is only a patch or two away from being a game I truly love.
Episode #1114 - As a fan of the series, this long-overdue follow-up left me completely cold. At best, Double Dragon IV recycles too many elements from previous installments, giving us a product that never feels fresh or original. It's painfully short, hard to control and filled with the frustration of cheap deaths. It's also inexpensive and does feel a lot like those older NES games, so some gamers may get a kick out of it based solely on nostalgia. Personally, I think you're better off replaying Double Dragon Neon.
Episode #1112 - Much like the old school games that inspired it, The Videokid is a short and straight-forward action game where all you do is dodge obstacles and throw VHS tapes into mailboxes. It doesn't have any hidden depth or greater meaning; it's just a fun arcade-style time-waster. And at $4, that's all it needs to be. With an almost absurd amount of cameos and a great sense of humor, The Videokid is not just a fun update to Paperboy, but also a real crowd pleaser.
Episode #1113 - This is a game that took me by complete surprise. It doesn't have car chases or shootouts, but every element of spying is just as thrilling. It's a game where all you do is manipulate operating systems and hack websites, yet it tells a compelling story that feels like it was ripped straight out of the headlines. Mainlining is one of the best point and click adventure games I've played in years.