Game Reviews for May 2023
Good evening! Many new games are coming out in June, so let’s cover everything that was released in the Spring. It was a surprisingly quiet season. Maybe it felt empty to me because I never jumped on the Zelda bandwagon. Tears of the Kingdom and Breath of the Wild look excellent, but I’m not getting started with that universe. I digress. It’s time to check out my latest reviews. Happy reading!
The Spring season was kicked into gear with the remake of Resident Evil 4. Personally, I don’t think the original RE4 holds up very well on today’s standards, but the remake is a great experience. It has plenty of creepy environments with a wealth of enemy variety. Leon is a fun protagonist who has an impressive arsenal of weapons. The violence is visceral and gross in a delightfully entertaining way. I’m not sure if the animation has a next gen appearance, but it’s still very good and well crafted. This remake ditches the annoying elements and dead weight of the original RE4, such as the unbearable U3 boss sequence. The action is over the top and it stifles the horror elements, but the overall experience works quite well. You can combine treasure pieces and sell them for a lot of money. Players also have more opportunities for exploration and extra boss fights.
What are my complaints? I find this game really difficult. Even the easy mode is oddly challenging. Resident Evil 4 is fun, bit it’s also frustrating. I wish the Merchant’s store had more inventory, such as better weapons, ammo, and crafting supplies. Also, I don’t find this game very frightening. It has spooky moments, but the action sequences dominate the gameplay. RE4 is pretty buggy. For example, the ground was invisible through the entire third act on my save file. I was literally walking on air above the ocean, which was super distracting and it made the gameplay more difficult. Plus, Ashley is still a damsel in distress who you’ll rescue constantly during some of the most difficult sequences.
Take my criticism with a grain of salt because the remake of Resident Evil 4 is absolutely worth playing. It’s not a perfect game by any means, but that’s okay. I recommend playing it a chapter or two at a time. Otherwise, you might get frustrated and burned out. I’m already noticing price drops from major retailers, so check it out.
Call me bored, but I tried Fight Crab: Shella’ Awesome Edition. Nonsensical games can be a lot of fun, including titles like Catlateral Damage Remeowstered and Untitled Goose Game. Sadly, Fight Crab is a slog with poor gameplay and minimal replay value. Basically, it’s a fighting game with crabs and lobsters. As displayed on the case, you can wield a bunch of weapons, ranging from swords, crowbars, hammers, javelins, guns, etc. It might sounds like a fun and zany idea, but the weapons break quickly and the entire game only has six stages. Fight Crab becomes repetitive right away and the various crabs have very little difference in terms of stats. Technically, you can upgrade your crabs or lobsters, but I didn’t notice major improvements. Here’s the worst part. The controls barely work. It’s almost impossible to move around efficiently and fight confidently. Maybe that issue was part of the game design. It’s probably supposed to be an awkward experience.
I believe all developers work hard on these games, although you should avoid this one. Fight Crab might be creative and entertaining on paper, but the actual gameplay is awful. Don’t spend money on this game. It’s not particularly expensive, but that’s not the point. Perhaps, we’ll have a better game with crabs and lobsters some day.
It seems like Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is receiving major criticism on PC, but it plays quite well on consoles. I thought the map design in Fallen Order was really bad. However, Survivor makes large strides in the right direction. This long awaited sequel is the quintessential Jedi experience with fun combat, excellent platforming, interesting world building, well crafted characters, and five types of lightsabers. You heard me. Five! The story is middle of the road, but it’s a lot better than anything in the recent Star Wars movies. It takes many influences from the soulsborne genre, although the experience is still accessible to a wide variety of audiences. The map design is much easier to understand and the game includes several skill trees to enhance the combat.
I thoroughly enjoy Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, but it has many problems. They might be a deal breaker for some people. I wish players could explore more planets and environments. It only includes a small number of locations and you revisit them several times. Survivor promotes exploration, but the side quests aren’t very entertaining. Similarly to Fallen Order, it’s really easy to get lost and that issue dampens the motivation for exploitation. Some of the puzzles are confusing and the Force powers are a bit underwhelming. It showcases the standard force push and mind control, but they only have a notable impact in certain areas. This game has way too many bugs and glitches, along with big drops in frame rate. I also experienced a handful of hard crashes, which set back my progress sometimes.
Is this sequel the right game for you? On one level, I believe Survivor is a worthy entry in the Star Wars franchise. It’s very entertaining and a great AAA experience. However, I see a lot of criticism online, which is understandable. Between the repetition and unpolished presentation, it might sour the gameplay for some players. I definitely think you should play it at some point. If you’re skeptical, wait for a sale or a debut on EA Play via Xbox Game Pass some day. I still believe you could purchase the game now and enjoy the experience, but that’s just my opinion.
This looter shooter was supposed to launch Xbox into competition with PlayStation and Nintendo regarding exclusive titles. Instead, Redfall was an embarrassing flop with endless problems. Why can’t we have good games with vampires? It’s like a curse! Redfall was delayed for a year and it was probably very expensive. However, it doesn’t have real cutscenes, the animation looks cheap, the missions are repetitive, the game runs at 30 FPS, the combat is clunky, and it’s super buggy. Where on Earth did the money and development time go? I must say, the gameplay is somewhat better than people are saying online, but that doesn’t mean Redfall is good. Honestly, I think it’s a typical Arkane game. I never understood the appeal. Arkane always has marketing with misleading elements. I remember promotions for Dishonored 2 and Deathloop showcasing a flurry of amazing powers and abilities. None of that is true! Arkane games only give players a small number of skills points for upgrades, which mean you can’t unlock all of those abilities in a single run. This game is the same, but it’s getting more criticism for some reason. Like every Arkane title, you’ll die with one or two hits on any difficulty setting. It’s ludicrous! Much of my time was spent wandering around, searching for specific items that were difficult to find. Furthermore, the map is terrible and the overall gameplay isn’t enjoyable. It just feels like I’m checking boxes.
Obviously, I’m not recommending Redfall. I suppose you could play it on Xbox Game Pass, but you probably won’t like it very much. Xbox needs to do better. Their exclusive titles are rare and many of them are quite poor. If they want to compete with PlayStation and Nintendo, games like Redfall can’t be the standard.
That’s all for now! I had mixed results with these games, which is typical in the modern era. It seems like the new generation of consoles debuted too early. I couldn’t tell you why we have new consoles with the exception of corporate greed. The new consoles can’t even run games with this much power yet. Be prepared for a very buggy and unpolished generation of gaming. I don’t think it will get better. We need to wait for the PlayStation 6 and the next Xbox to have games that run properly. Those are my two cents, but modern games are still worth playing. I think perfection is overrated anyway. It’s all about the entertainment factor. Have you played any of these games yet? Are you waiting for different games later in the year? Leave your thoughts and complaints in the comment section. Summer Game Fest is almost here, so keep watching for updates. Thanks for visiting my blog and game on!
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