Pokemon X/Y

“Pokemon X/Y is a welcome evolution in this long-running franchise. It’s a great-looking game whose visuals can finally match the inherent charm of its many potential pokemon protagonists, and its engrossing core has been enhanced by the new additions to its gameplay.”

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask

“How Level-5 could make Layton feel all-new is a puzzle in itself. One thing’s for sure though: they’ve made a huge effort to improve on the existing template in every way possible. The adventures of Layton and Luke are as charming, funny, head-scratching and engrossing as they’ve ever been, and five games into a series which has stuck to the same structure throughout, that’s an impressive achievement.”

Project X Zone

“If you have a fondness for a fair number of the 50-plus game characters featured in Project X Zone (and there’s a good chance you do), then those appealing characters, their sometimes-humorous interactions, and the locations, music, and attack animations they bring with them can make Project X Zone a worthwhile nostalgic endeavor.”

Shin Megami Tensei IV

“Shin Megami Tensei IV is saved by the lure of the dark and mysterious world and the trials of fighting its inhabitants make Shin Megami Tensei IV a great role-playing game worth seeing through to the end. The excellent combat and the almost never-ending quest to explore the compendium of demons should keep you coming back for more, even if you have a fairly good assumption of what the other endings might entail.”

Steamworld Dig

“Perhaps the game’s brief length and unfulfilling conclusion wouldn’t be issues if everything else about SteamWorld Dig weren’t so good. Exploration and augmentation are a lot of fun, the setting is interesting, and the resource management adds some challenge and tension.”