Tag: Jarrod Johnston

Jarrod’s Top Ten of 2021

I don’t know if 2021 (as a year) was better or worse than 2020 — they were both pretty rough! — but I find myself feeling a tad more optimistic than I did before. We could hem and haw about it until the cows come home, but I do believe that ’21 was a much better year for new releases in ’20, so I don’t feel the need to go overly snarky and make my list entirely out of remasters. This was a great year for games, and I want to recognize the wide variety of brand-new, original releases that captivated me throughout the year.


Jarrod’s Top Ten PS5 Upgrades Of 2021

Last year I was feeling a bit snarky after what I thought was a pretty underwhelming year for new releases, so I populated my top 10 list with nothing but remakes and remasters. I still stand by this choice, as it allowed me to somehow award Dragon Quest XI my Game of the Year three times in a row. Thankfully, 2021 has proven to be a much stronger year. I’m also feeling less dour than I was at the end of 2020, so I wanted to do the inverse and focus this year’s GOTY list on only truly new releases.


Crysis Remastered Trilogy Review

Energy Critical

HIGH The original Crysis is still both a technically and mechanically exceptional shooter.

LOW Way too much content missing to be considered a true “collection.”

WTF …Boy howdy, centering the series around a pandemic was a bad call in hindsight.


Lost Judgment Review

I’m Out Of Lawyer Puns

HIGH It’s still the best way to beat the hell out of people in modern gaming.

LOW Some of the original Judgment‘s nagging issues are still present

WTF …Is this series really ending because of pig-headed Japanese talent agents?


No More Heroes III Review

Point After Touchdown

HIGH There’s a move called the “Screw****er Death Kick”

LOW The open world traversal is downright awful

WTF Could we maybe get just one woman in a Suda game that isn’t a sexual fetish come to life?


R-Type Final 2 Review

Kickstarter: Nothing Is Final Any More


HIGH A respectful ode to both the source material and a dormant genre.

LOW It’s not the most welcoming of titles.

WTF …Maybe going with “Final” was a bad naming convention?


Oddworld: Soulstorm Review

A Fine Macrobrew


HIGH Exceptional production values with outstanding in-engine cinematics.

LOW It’s a franchise still defined by cheap deaths due to finicky controls.

WTF …Where’s my gotdang fart button!?!


Judgment (PS5) Review

Hold It In Contempt


HIGH Judgment is still a helluva videogame.

LOW This particular version of Judgment is a rip-off for those who already own it.

WTF At least they didn’t call it Judgment: Enhanced Edition.