XCOM Enemy Unknown is the closest a modern game has gotten to being the perfect game for me. The main reason was with the addition of the Enemy Within expansion that just made everything better. XCOM 2 was another amazing title; this time with Firaxis having complete freedom to grow it. Now with War of the Chosen, XCOM 2 gets even closer to perfection than the first game.
Developer Locomalito has become one of my favorite developers in recent years. His MO is creating elevated takes on classic game designs, with his last full release Cursed Castilla being a love letter to Ghost and Goblins. This time around, we head into the shmup genre for one of the best retro throwbacks this year.
Hypernova Escape from Hadea is an interesting mix of tower defense in an open-world format. Mixing elements of city building and tower defense together works for the most part, but can the game escape from repetition?
If there’s one thing you can say about Ace Team is that you never know what you’re going to get from them. The original Rock of Ages was a tower defense/Marble Madness game ran through a Monty Python filter. With the sequel, Ace Team has gotten the winning (and weird) formula down.