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.
Author: Josh Tolentino
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.
HIGH Affecting dialog and top-flight world-building.
LOW Rough edges can undermine the narrative impact.
WTF Put on your seatbelt, lady!
HIGH A brilliant concept and a charming aesthetic.
LOW Not much in the way of “traditional” puzzles.
WTF Not sure how to feel about organizing things as entertainment
It Makes A Village
HIGH Expanded scope leans into building communities than structures.
LOW Combat’s worse, new focus may not satisfy involved builders.
WTF DQB2 feels like a spoiler minefield for 1987’s Dragon Quest 2.
A Link To The Future
HIGH Refined systems, upgraded graphics, and the same sense of speed.
LOW Perfunctory multiplayer and poorer performance on Switch.
WTF What future Fate games will be colonized by Fate/Grand Order?
Walking the World Line
HIGH A brilliant sci-fi story backed by high-quality visuals…
LOW …at times undermined by minor technical quibbles
WTF This looks good, but I do miss the old art style.