V4 – stunning visuals mixed with autoplay overkill
V4 is an MMORPG mobile/PC cross-platform title developed and published by Nexon in 2020. The game is available for iOS and Android, provides content variety, more than 50 character customization options, and an open world. The gameplay is set in a lush realm, where players establish alliances and participate in various field boss battles.
If Found… – a rare & perplexing indie artwork
If Found... is a single-player visual novel developed by Dreamfeel and published by Annapurna Interactive in 2020. This adventure video game is available for Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, iOS, and macOS. The goal is to erase journal entries using the fingers or mouse cursor as a tool. The player goes through two intertwining stories, deciding the order they remove the journal elements and how fast they’ll do it.
Dreams – an experimental and imaginative experience that needs more novel content
Dreams is a game creation system developed by Media Molecule and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment in 2020. The game is available in single-player and multiplayer modes for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Moreover, it comes with another one that Media Molecule created, called Art’s Dream. Other titles are also available to players, and they can access user-generated content or build it using existing mechanics, fledged games, music, etc. Dreams consist of six principal sectors, and it enables players to interact with the in-game world and its interface using a cursor.
Creaks – a bizarre puzzle game where nothing feels out of place
Creaks is a platform single-player graphic adventure video game developed and published by Amanita Design in 2020. The game is available for Apple Arcade, Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. As the first major release by Amanita Design that’s not a point & click adventure, Creaks is a 2-D puzzle-platform game that centers around the protagonist who crawls through a hole in this bedroom and finds a world of monsters.
Knockout City – nostalgic adrenaline rush
Knockout City is a multiplayer action video game developed by Velan Studios and published by Electronic Arts in May 2021. The game is available for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. This release resembles dodgeball, and the principal goal is to attack the enemy team using a ball to knock them out.
Mass Effect Legendary Edition – appealing to both new players and veterans
Mass Effect Legendary Edition is a single-player, third-person shooter, action role-playing compilation of the video games in the Mass Effect Trilogy (Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 3), developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts in 2021. The compilation is available for Play Station 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows. All three games are remastered, visually improved, and technically enhanced. The gameplay centers around an N7 soldier called Commander Shepard and his choices as they drive the course of the game.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart – visually enthralling experience that attracts the new generation
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is a single-player, third-person shooter platform video game developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment in 2021. As the sixteenth entry in the series, this is the sequel to Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus and Ratchet & Clank (2016). The game is available for Playstation 5, and the story follows a similar formula to the previous installments. The gameplay centers around Ratchet and his robot friend Clank, but players can also play as the muscular Lombax called Rivet.
Hitman 3 – stellar design and storytelling
Hitman 3 is an action-adventure, stealth video game developed and published by IO Interactive in January 2021. This single-player game is available for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. As the final game of the World Assassination trilogy and the eighth entry in the Hitman franchise, the story centers around the plot arc players first encountered in Hitman. The gameplay follows Agent 47, who aims to take down the leaders of the secretive organization Providence.