The first three Mass Effect games were some of my favorite games of that generation. I didn’t play Mass Effect Andromeda and I don’t feel like I need to rectify that any time soon. I’ve been wanting to play through these games again, but I haven’t found a good enough reason to until Mass Effect Legendary Edition was revealed. I really want to play it, but I’m also playing Control Ultimate Edition at the moment and there’s the spectre of EA Play and Xbox Game Pass that will likely absorb it into its fold within the next year or so.
Resident Evil 7 was pretty good! Resident Evil Village looks like it continues down the path of bringing first person survival horror action and spooks. I’m intrigued by it, but I’m very behind on my Resident Evil games. I still have yet to play the RE2 and RE3 remakes.
Wreckfest is a title that pops on my radar through its numerous deals and yet I barely know a single thing about it outside of the fact that it was a tech demo that was quite impressive back in 2018 and then it was renamed and made into a game. It’s launching next week for PlayStation 5 and will be made available as part of May’s Instant Game Collection for PlayStation Plus members.
May 2021 Gold Games
- Dungeon 3
Xbox 360 & Xbox One
- LEGO Batman
- Tropico 4
May 2021 Plus Games
- Battlefield V
- Stranded Deep
May 2021 Games With Prime
Genshin Impact is gaining proper PlayStation 5 support and it might be time that I give it a go. I was tempted to try it on PlayStation 4 Pro, but I heard performance wasn’t great. This release should be a rock solid 60FPS right? I’ll try to find the time to check it out!
I played Nier for the Xbox 360 and I recall it being strange and a bit bland in spots, but there was something about it that pushed me to finishing it. This Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139… will be very interesting considering that I technically didn’t play this version of the Nier release, but much of it would be familiar. I will miss Papa Nier, but I am somewhat glad this remake will be a new experience for me.
I guess I judge The Legend of Heroes series like outsiders judge the Shin Megami Tensei Persona series: they look like generic anime games. I’m certain they have their charms and qualities that I may even enjoy, but none of it looks particularly appealing from the trailers and gameplay snippets I’ve seen.
What do I know of Outriders? It’s a video game made by the people who brought the world Painkiller, People Can Fly. There was a demo out that folks thought were pretty good. It’s also coming out on Xbox Game Pass which means I can give it a go if it ever catches on.
April 2021 Gold Games
- Vikings: Wolves of Midgard
- Truck Racing Championship
Xbox 360 & Xbox One
- Dark Void
- Hard Corps: Uprising
April 2021 Plus Games
- Oddworld: Soulstorm
- Days Gone
- Zombie Army 4: Dead War
April 2021 Games With Prime
- The Escapists
- Move or Die – Couch Party Edition
- Before I Forget
- The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics
- Escape Machine City: Airborne
- Aces of the Luftwaffe – Squadron
- Moving Out
I think Monster Hunter Rise looks better than Monster Hunter World. Not technically, but I find it artistically superior than Capcom’s last outing with the franchise. I didn’t finish Monster Hunter World, but I had my fun with it before putting it down. It’s one of the few games my fiancee and I played co-operatively. Monster Hunter Rise looks to a very promising instalment and one that I might actually pick up once it goes on sale digitally.
Apex Legends landed very hot. It drew me into its orbit and I haven’t left it since. However, its proliferation to other platforms has been very slow. Porting the game and the Source engine over to ARM is no easy task so it’s not surprising on a technical front, but this is Electronic Arts. I figured one the biggest publishers in the industry would move Heaven and Earth to get the game out to as many platforms as possible. The Switch version runs at half the framerate that I would like, but it’s finally available on an ARM device so that’s impressive progress, I guess.
When Activision Blizzard are motivated to pull out all the stops and just execute, they do it. Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is, by many accounts, a quality platformer and a worthy sequel to a franchise that I’ve only ever played as a nostalgia piece in Uncharted 4. I can fix this oversight with the the N’Sane Trilogy which Sony included in their PlayStation Plus Collection for PS5 owners, but I’m just not that into bandicoots.