Warhammer Vermintide 2 (3)

Warhammer Vermintide was developer Fatshark’s attempt at entering the co-op market alongside hits like Left 4 Dead and Payday. Separating from the gun-focused entries, Vermintide took place in the dark fantasy universe of Warhammer with an emphasis on melee combat.

While the basic idea worked, the game’s confusing persistence system and random progression made it frustrating. With a new engine and design philosophy, Warhammer Vermintide 2 is a successful course correction and a great game for friends who like to slay together.

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Mario Rabbids img.game.uk

One of the most shocking surprises of E3 2017 was the collaboration by Ubisoft and Nintendo for Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. Taking the well loved mascot and pairing him with Ubi’s attempt at a mascot, and on top of that, having tactical battles like in XCOM. With the game out, we have a game that shouldn’t work, and yet may be one of the best games to introduce new players to the design of XCOM.

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Yakuza 6 Polygon

The Yakuza series has seen a major resurgence thanks to the great Yakuza Zero and then Yakuza Kiwami of last year. With the renewed interest, it meant that Yakuza 6 had a lot to live up to in terms of pleasing old fans and keeping new ones invested. Unfortunately, while Yakuza 6: The Song of Life keeps the series’ highs, it has even lower lows.

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Resident Evil 7 Steam

The Resident Evil franchise holds the special distinction of defining the horror genre not once, but twice. The original game would create the modern survival horror genre, and Resident Evil 4 would become the standard of action-horror.

Despite the successes, the franchise as a whole has arguably had a tough time remaining the king of survival horror. After the failure of Resident Evil 6, Capcom went back to the drawing board and figuratively tore everything down to rebuild for Resident Evil 7. The good that Resident Evil 7 brings to the franchise deserves praise, but I just wish that they didn’t bring back the bad as well.

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