Yakuza Kiwami is the name for the HD remaster of the original Yakuza. Released in 2005, the Yakuza series has been an almost spiritual successor to Shenmue. While the series has developed a cult following, it hasn’t achieved mainstream success, and why Sega is essentially doing a redo for new fans. If you didn’t like Yakuza Zero, Kiwami won’t change your mind, but this is definitely more than just a repackaging.
The Kingdom of Loathing has been a surprising hit in the free to play market for now over a decade. And there was some surprise on my part that the developer was interested in moving into the single player RPG genre with West of Loathing. And yet, the game not only turned out great, but may be one of my favorite RPGs this year.
The Shrouded Isle is the latest game from Kitfox Games and is certainly a big departure from their previous game Moon Hunters. Feeling like a blast from the past, The Shrouded Isle takes us back to the time where not only games didn’t tell you how to play, they didn’t even give you accurate information.
Immortal Planet by TeedoubleuGames is another challenging foray into the Souls-Like formula. The twist this time is that the game is viewed from an isometric perspective. The game is all about the word “punish,” but is having infinite lives enough to get around some frustrating design?