It’s December, which means the holidays are well underway! To those of you looking for video games to give as gifts, we have a great list of them compiled right here! Do note that this list is mostly geared towards casual gamers, though there are a few exceptions here. We also won’t be using any affiliate links — we’re writing our honest suggestions and nothing more! With all of that out of the way, let’s get right into it.
Nowadays, it seems the Pokémon Company can’t get away with showing off any new video games without significant backlash and criticism from the Pokémon community. In some cases, this is justified — of course, you have scenarios like Sword & Shield’s infamous Pokédex cut and such. Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl were criticized for a different reason, though: its graphics. Rather than going with a fully-upscaled remake of Diamond & Pearl in a modern style, ILCA (the developers this time around) decided to remain “faithful” to the original games by sticking to a strange chibi style.
Though Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl absolutely looked rough in the first trailer, they’ve been cleaned up quite nicely for the final release. I’d go as far as to say that these are the best main series Pokémon games on Switch — but perhaps that’s just new toy syndrome speaking. Please note that this review is aimed at trainers who have played the original Diamond & Pearl and are on the fence about the remakes. For more information on how the region and Pokémon are designed, please check out our review of the original games!
Welcome to our Metroid Dread review! To start off, I’ve never been a fan of Metroidvania-style games. That’s not to say I dislike them — I just get lost very easily and more often than not I wind up wandering around for hours, completely stumped. By all means, I thought that would remain the case for Metroid Dread – and I was right – but I wound up very much enjoying this game nonetheless. Please note that this review is directed toward newcomers to the series; those of you who have played a Metroid game will absolutely love this one. We won’t be going over any spoilers, either, so no need to worry!
Editor’s note: this is a user-contributed review. Special thanks to Hazel Whitlock for writing this up!
Characters in video games are just that, characters. Whenever I play an RPG, this always stays in my head, especially considering how even the most interesting characters will often just be flat personifications of a single personality trait or trope. However, OMORI was different for me. The events of the story felt like my own, and I had the feeling that I had known Kel, Aubrey, Hero, and Basil for my whole life. OMORI sucks you in, painting a disturbingly real picture of the ideal childhood that feels like one you remember, or at least one that you wish you had. It feels close to you and is executed in a way that only exponentiates the pain of having this ideal image ripped from you, and torn into a million shreds over and over and over. OMORI is a game that will send you through every emotion in the book in a few different ways, and it’ll certainly be an experience I never forget.
Wario’s latest outing has arrived! WarioWare: Get It Together! was first announced during Nintendo’s digital E3 2021 presentation, and has been recently released in September of the same year. It promises frantic microgame fun, and let me tell you — this game delivers on that promise and more. You might have a bunch of questions, then: is story mode worth it? Are the minigames fun? Is there online play? We’re going to answer all of these questions today! Please note that this review is completely spoiler-free. And yes, there actually are spoilers in this game worth avoiding if you’re a fan of the series!