Occasionally we’ll be posting quick impressions on games we’ve played throughout the year that were in our backlogs. It’ll be a combination of good to bad, three at a time.

Good to Great

What Remains of Edith Finch – I cannot rave enough about this game. Walking simulators, as they’ve been defined, are a drag most of the time… but this game nails it. I guess it deserves a better genre description than others like it, so we’ll go with the more proper “Narrative Adventure”. An excellent story, with actual gameplay elements mixed in, makes this something everyone can – and should – play. It’s based on short stories of different individuals from the Finch family tree. Each one is unique and almost all of them are powerful. There are great messages hidden in the game, and a sense of discovery and wonder lingers from beginning to end. Don’t miss this one.

Decent to Average

Deadlight – Originally released on Xbox 360, Deadlight is a side-scrolling platform/action game in a post-apocalyptic setting. I remember liking this a lot more back when it came out. The controls are clunky, the voice acting is bad, the main character is unlikable, and the new mode is not worth playing. I still think the game itself has decent value for what it is, but it has not aged well.

Don’t Bother

Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour – I get that the original Duke Nukem 3D was wildly popular, and its significance in gaming history matters. That’s great! That doesn’t mean this 20th-anniversary remake deserves to be held to the same standards. It plays decently, it’s an FPS, and the humor is there. The problem is that the only target audience is those that adore the original. The gameplay is tedious, and is only fun when messing around with the cheat menu. Meh.

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Written by Shawn Ryan

I've been gaming for almost 30 years, with a vast array of knowledge (and Gamerscore) under my belt. I play everything, and tend to find the good even in bad games. There will never be a game better than The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

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