2019 Summer Top Games Chart
Hello, friends! While summer is in full swing and all your friends are resting in Ozark instant tent, girls are drinking cocktails on the beach, you’re waiting for the new game industry, right?
Anyone who believes that the summer months are a rest period for the gaming industry, with no outlets capable of jeopardizing our holiday fund, could soon change their mind. On the other hand, in July it reserved for fans some very important releases, and it was also the stage for the return of a series of great pump characterized by a noble pedigree.
Although the number of products landed on the shelves is not resounding, the quality of the works is sufficient to make up for a small amount. As usual, after having reviewed all the most interesting productions of July, the time has come to elect our personal Game of The Month. The selection, for the reasons we have listed, is slightly narrower than usual, but even in this episode you will find a pleasant mix of genres suitable for any taste.
The dances are opened by the deadly Blazkowicz sisters, protagonists of the very successful Wolfenstein: Youngblood. On the one hand, the game does not aim to compete with the main chapters of the series, but only to resume the atmosphere of The New Order and the playful structure of The New Colossus. On the other hand, however, it’s an FPS that puts on the plate a couple of novelties not to be underestimated: the first, of course, consists in the possibility of living the entire adventure in the company of another player, to cheer up dozens of Nazis. The human support, among other things, makes the phase of the endgame and the various secondary quests undoubtedly more enjoyable in comparison to solitary enjoyment.
Equally valuable was the participation in the development of the guys from Arkane Studios who, strong of their skills, have managed to model the playing areas using a vertical design totally new to the saga of Wolfenstein. The result is an experimental title that does not betray its origins, but that looks to the future in a different way.
Achtung! The reich wants to delete our review of Wolfenstein: Youngblood, run to read it, if you want to save it.
Dragon Quest Builders 2
If with the first Dragon Quest Builders Square Enix was “limited” to take its cue from the titan who responds to the name of Minecraft, leaving his unpublished spin-off away from the canons of the JRPG, with the sequel the work done by the team was nothing short of exceptional. The Japanese studio has smoothed out all the edges of the predecessor: the shallow plot has been made more substantial and interesting, the management of fighting has been taken care of in detail and there is also a new multiplayer sector. The result is a pleasant hybrid between the genres suitable for both lovers of builder games, both fans of JRPG, which will focus mainly on the campaign.
Kill the Kill IF
After working on Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time, the A+ Games team came up with a new tie-in for Trigger’s work. Kill the Kill IF is a product extremely faithful to the original work in the graphic, while offers all fans a review of the events of the anime, with a plot completely new. The result is a product not to be underestimated: a 3D arena fighter that, as far as playful depth is concerned, winks at the two-dimensional fighting games, equipped with an audiovisual sector for applause but undermined by a rather small amount of content. If we manage to turn a blind eye to the meagreness of the offer, we will be faced with a product with a solid combat system, capable of distinguishing itself with conviction from the congeners.
Lovers of spy stories and virtual reality will find their Valhalla in Defector. This cliché-rich adventure for Oculus Rift S is a direct response to the excellent Blood & Truth for PSVR, but rather than the adrenaline of unbridled inhibitory shootings, the emphasis is on an aplomb worthy of James Bond. The result is a title that perhaps remains too anchored in the canons of the genre, where you feel the imbalance between the sections dedicated to dialogue and those focused on bullets. Nevertheless, Defector offers a pleasant adventure for all lovers of the genre, and thanks to the technical skills of the viewer of Oculus is able to return a glance decidedly magnetic. Basically, a solid cinematic experience, not to be missed.
Anyone who still carries in their heart the old two-dimensional scrolling shooter, this month will have welcomed with open arms the nostalgic Blazing Chrome, independent title that pays homage to the never forgotten Contra and Metal Slug. The old school soul of this work is imperious, crowned by an excellent pixel art and full of enemies capable of sending you to the creator at every painting. A joy for old guard admirers and a surprise for newbies, JoyMasher’s work requires only a short handful of hours for the first run, but also contains several alternative ways to return to dismantle killer robots with wagons of bullets. Nevertheless, we would have preferred a slightly larger campaign. Small shortcomings aside, this is a project that has stood out well in a period favorable to the low budget market.
Game of the Month: Fire Emblem Three Houses
After the excellent Nintendo Direct of the E3 2019, the Kyoto House drops the first ace of exclusives that we will see until the end of the year. On Switch, in fact, also debuted the historic series of Fire Emblem, which with Three Houses brings on the hybrid console a really mammoth tactical role-playing game. As a mercenary, inside the monastery of Garreg Mach, you will take care of one of the houses of the Fòdland, from education to perfecting the fighting skills of his young people. Each run is centered around only one of the three houses, and the choice leads to substantial changes in the main campaign, already extremely substantial in itself with its fifty hours of longevity: an amount destined to triple if you decide to take different paths within the New Game +.
When you go down into battle, then, Three Houses marks yet another step forward in the structure perfected over the years by Intelligent Systems, imbued with a totalizing strategic vein. The only drawback is the technical sector, inherited from the Warriors spin-off, which gives finely crafted characters but stumbles into bare and unfinished environments. With no visual uncertainties, the beating heart of the exclusive Switch beats relentlessly in every single battle: that’s why, in our competition, it was the winner, winning the well-deserved Game of the Month award.
In our review of Fire Emblem: Three Houses, you’ll find out why we promoted Intelligent Systems with the highest marks.
Anyone who still carries in their heart the old two-dimensional scrolling shooter, this month will have welcomed with open arms the nostalgic Blazing Chrome, independent title that pays homage to the never forgotten Contra and Metal Slug. The old school soul of this work is imperious, crowned by excellent pixel art and full of enemies capable of sending you to the creator at every painting. A joy for old guard admirers and a surprise for newbies, JoyMasher’s work only takes a short time to complete.