Hello post-spoopy month! With the chills and thrills of October gone, we figured it was time to move on to feeling thankful. However, here at TechRaptor, we had to leave you with one last scare. Perhaps the scariest thing of all: our opinions.
Yes, it's the TechRaptor Game Review Roundup! Here we collect all of our reviews and previews into one easy to digest article. So let's dive right in and show you what we hit up in the spooky month of October.
Mega Man 11Summary: Mega Man 11 marks some minor changes to the classic platforming formula. While nothing is wrong with the gameplay, it's feeling tired at this point. 7.5/10. Read the full review here.
The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows DeepSummary: The poor save system and technical issues combine to create something more frustrating than the sum of its parts. Combat is decent and the music is fantastic, but overall not worth the time spent in the rest of the game. You can instead just listen to the OST. 4/10. Read the full review here.
Life is Strange 2 - Episode 1: RoadsSummary: Life is Strange 2 excels on many levels but also has its evident flaws. Following the Diaz brothers through traumatic and unnecessary events will have you empathizing with their circumstances. However, Daniel's supernatural powers are a whole other conundrum. 8/10. Read the full review here.
Unforeseen IncidentsSummary: Unforeseen Incidents is a smart, well-written adventure game that keeps you hooked from start to finish. 8.5/10. Read the full review here.
The Council - Episode 4: Burning BridgesSummary: Burning Bridges manages to keep The Council's plot going and introduces an interesting new mechanic. However, it is also glitchy and fails to deliver the puzzling fun of the past few episodes. 6/10. Read the full review here.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4Summary: Black Ops 4 pulls together three distinct parts to create an incredible and dense whole. The action is tight, the changes are smart and well-executed, and Blackout may be the most exciting thing out this year. This is the best Call of Duty has been in years. 9/10. Read the full review here.
Super Mario PartySummary: Super Mario Party brings back the classic formula, and while there are some features that haven't made the return, great new additions like Partner Party and River Survival make this one of the best Mario Party games in at least a decade. 8/10. Read the full review here.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2Summary: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 adds more characters, references, and story to the previous entry while remaining to stand still is most other regards. Plenty of fun with friends or hunting down that last objective, but when left to your own devices, you might find yourself deviating. 6/10. Read the full review here.
The Jackbox Party Pack 5Summary: The Jackbox Party Pack 5 has a game for almost anyone. While including one false start the rest of the games included in the bundle will be a great addition to any kind of gathering or party. Jackbox Games has done an amazing job with this bundle showing they're still consistently coming up with bigger and better ideas. 8.5/10. Read the full review here.
SoulCalibur VISummary: SoulCalibur VI as a fighting game is all style over substance. While it retains most of its tactical combat it is easily the most user-friendly title in the series and for some longtime fans, that may be more discouraging than a return to form. 7/10. Read the full review here.
Shadows: AwakeningSummary: Shadows: Awakening doesn't do much that is new or interesting, but it does achieve a mostly enjoyable ARPG experience that will appeal to diehard fans of the genre. 6/10. Read the full review here.
Red Dead RevolverSummary: Red Dead Revolver used to be an interesting, if not particularly great, third person shooter. Time has not been kind to its mechanics, frustrating design, poor voice acting, or forgettable story. 4/10. Read the full review here.
The Walking Dead: The Final Season - Episode 2: Suffer the ChildrenSummary: Suffer the Children is a fantastic second episode for The Walking Dead: The Final Season. Unfortunately, the reality is that it's also probably the final episode, and it just doesn't cut it as a finale. 8/10. Read the full review here.
DamselSummary: Damsel is an engaging, challenging platformer that has a little something for everyone. It may get too hard too early for some people, but mastering the mechanics is incredibly rewarding. 8/10. Read the full review here.
Return of the Obra DinnSummary: Return of the Obra Dinn breaks the mold of the gaming medium as an enthralling first-person mystery adventure with overtones of Edgar Allan Poe. This is an extraordinary conjunction of cerebral puzzle, supernatural nautical tale, and ornate art direction. 10/10. Read our full review here.
Call of CthulhuSummary: I struggle to call Call of Cthulhu a good game, thanks to its crummy stealth, bad puzzles, terrible graphics, and wasted mechanics. However, its fantastic story and tabletop-styled mechanics sure made it one of the most interesting games I've played. 6/10. Read our full review here.
Luigi's MansionSummary: Luigi's Mansion for the 3DS isn't a perfect game, but it provides plenty of fun for a decent price. The main issues with the game boils down to the controls and how it impacts the rest of the experience, but at least it looks good and has plenty of bonus content with the port. 7.5/10. Read our full review here.
Assassin's Creed OdysseySummary: I’m still only twelve hours in, so I can’t give a final judgment on Assassin’s Creed Odyssey for a while yet. However, the new focus on role-playing elements, refined combat and stealth system, and wonderful exploration leads me to believe this is shaping up to be the next big RPG. Combining high-quality elements from several different Assassin’s Creed games while still managing to forge its own unique identity, Odyssey is genuinely a triumph. I’m excited to keep putting hours into it and seeing where this Odyssey will lead me next. Read our full impressions here.
Weedcraft Inc.Summary: Suffice to say, cannabis has always been a big business. The tides are turning for making that business legal, and both Devolver Digital and Vile Monarch are confident that this is the right time for a game like Weedcraft Inc. to be making its debut. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on it when it’s out. Read our full preview here.