The Yakuza series has been a cult hit from Sega and a spiritual successor to Shenmue. The series is a similar mish-mash of designs and genres just like Shenmue was. While Yakuza 0 is the latest in the series design-wise, it’s a prequel in terms of the story. If you like or dislike the series already, then I’m not going to change your mind, but new players will find an interesting, and very Japanese-styled game to get into.
Shadow Warrior has never been a serious series; if the title character “Lo Wang” didn’t clue you in. When Flying Wild Hog took over the series, we weren’t expecting to get a dumb, but fun shooter. With Shadow Warrior 2, they have taken things further both in terms of design and humor. Even though it’s not firing on all cylinders like Doom, Shadow Warrior 2 actually elevates FPS design in a different way.
Rise and Shine is a 2D action game with an amazing art style. The developer: Super Awesome Hyper Dimensional Mega Team put in a ton of work to make the game looks as awesome as possible. Unfortunately, the game’s art style can’t hide a cumbersome control scheme.
Owlboy is the very definition of the dedication that can come from the Indie space. The game was in development for about 10 years from D-Pad Studio. While the gameplay doesn’t fly as high as I would have liked, the story and animation do help to pick it up to some extent.