As exciting as it is to venture through nature’s toughest terrains in a high-octane action-adventure title or exploring uncharted territories in open-world RPGs, nothing quite thrills like immersing yourself in a competitive multiplayer match. Win or lose, each round is a blood-pumper, and MOBAs have become the poster children of some of the most intense gaming sessions around.
Suspending time and disbelief
HIGH The environmental designs
LOW The garbage story
WTF Can we stop saying "countermeasure" every ten seconds, please?
Halo again, Spartans
HIGH The beginning of chapter thirteen is cool, and Exuberant Witness is awesome.
LOW The suicidal conveyor belt of failed AI revives. I wouldn't trust these braindead Spartans to open a tin of peaches without adult supervision, let alone save humanity.
WTF Spartans engaging in poorly directed hand-to-hand fisticuffs.
Bet They Can't Stick It
HIGH Hoarding Mantis requisitions and going mech-crazy in a random Warzone match.
LOW The Warden Eternal… and the Warden Eternal again… and again…
WTF Isn't living on a planet made of glass kind of hazardous?
My Childhood On A Disc
HIGH I still know the Battletoads jetbike level by heart, 20-ish years later.
LOW Gunfright. The entire thing.
WTF Battletoads Arcade? There are a bunch of better Battletoads games out there, Rare.
Real World of the Dead
HIGH Watching zombies congregate around a beacon that's leading a missile right to them.
LOW Seeing my truck go flying because the physics engine decided the zombies I was plowing through were made of iron and anchored in concrete.
WTF To unlock a character, I have to make another character gravely ill and then execute them?
Gliding Over All
HIGH The first ten minutes.
LOW The stomp attack is a bit wonky.
WTF It's hard not to see Naru as a furry Baymax.
A Tuneless Mess
HIGH The main character can buy and wear a Jason mask. So that's good, I guess?
LOW Sometimes buttons stop working! In a 2-button game!
WTF How is the music in this music-themed game so awful?
HIGH Executing the perfect dance of leaps and switches required to kill the snake boss without losing a life.
LOW Some of the multiplayer levels straddle the line between 'fun' challenging and 'I hate life' challenging.
WTF Dear Advice Bear—I can read faster than you can speak, okay? So stop whining at me about advancing your text bubbles!