I don’t think it’s a stretch to pronounce 2020 a real Low and WTF of a year.
Author: Josh Tolentino
Day Of The Do-Over
HIGH A new chance to experience a game ahead of its time…
LOW …that still feels a bit dated today.
WTF It’s still nice to find the old Mass Effect 2 DLC armor, though.
The Bot That Leapt Over Time
HIGH Gorgeous artwork complements an enthralling sci-fi narrative.
LOW Gameplay needed more Vanillaware visual flair.
WTF Press triangle to consider the Hemborger!
A Short, Sweet Cuppa
HIGH Brilliant writing and characterization.
LOW What little gameplay it has tends to get in the way.
WTF “You’re not a crab, you’re a bin chicken!”
HIGH It’s the definitive version of one of the best JRPGs around.
LOW There really can be too much of a good thing sometimes.
WTF “Cats turning into buses is a very widely-held cognition!”
The Road Less Raveled
HIGH Some of the moodiest atmosphere around.
LOW It’s a bit of a chore to actually play.
WTF Third Floor: Bears?!
What We Scroll Through In The Shadows
HIGH Strong character writing. A great taster for the Vampire setting.
LOW Bare-bones features discourage repeat play.
WTF How’d it take this long to get some good Malkavians in a game?!
All Systems Phenomenal
HIGH The mech combat is the best it’s been in decades.
LOW Rough edges and jumbled systems dilute the Battletech identity.
WTF What .INI file do I have to edit to get my joystick to work?!
2019 has certainly been a year, and while it’s had its ups and downs, I’d like to think it’s been a pretty strong one for games — in part because the expected crop of sequels, franchise entries, and long-anticipated debuts fell surprisingly flat, clearing the field for new and unusual titles to have time in the spotlight.
A New Life Awaits You
HIGH Excellent writing, dialogue, and visuals.
LOW Superfluous combat, hard-to-read UI.
WTF Please give the man in the moon mascot head a hug.