It’s been awhile since Team Ninja has been in the action game spotlight. After the amazing Ninja Gaiden series, the company disappeared into the background following Itagaki’s departure. Working in partnership with other developers since then, Nioh is their first in-house developed game in some time. With Nioh, we have a return to form from the company and perhaps the next serious contender to the Soulsborne throne.
Alwa’s Awakening was developed with the intent of releasing a classic 8-bit title in the modern era. Unlike other modern retro games, Alwa is entirely unique in its design without referencing other games. Standing apart, the game is a good example of how old school design can still work, but it’s not without some polish issues.
The Witness is the latest game from Jonathan Blow who designed the hit game Braid. Even though it is somewhat more conventional in a sense, the game is as every bit as unique. With that said, what makes the Witness stand out for some is the very same thing that can drive you away.
Cursed Castilla is the enhanced version of the game Maldita Castilla EX and another modern take on old school platformers. Similar to Shovel Knight, the developers wanted to make a game just like classic 8-bit titles. Instead of going for an elevated take, we have essentially the spiritual sequel to one of the most infamously difficult games around.