It’s not long after starting Super Mario Odyssey that I realised how good it truly is. You are swiftly thrown into an exceptionally fun platforming adventure, focusing on creative puzzle solving surrounded by the fantastic detailed open levels. This revolves around utilising Mario's newest friend, Cappy, whose transforming ability stays fun, creative, and enhances the platforming ensuring the journey ahead is exciting at every step.
Despite its fan community already producing an excellent Sonic game this year, SEGA and Sonic Team have decided to release their own attempt with Sonic Forces. Utilising both its history and modern sensibilities, Sonic Forces hopes to capture the essence of the franchise but also offering a fun and different take on previous Sonic titles. Sonic Forces polishes up previous issues and implements some great new features, but it can’t help but feel like it’s running on the same old track with just smaller hurdles slowing it down.
Sonic games have always been a roller coaster when it came to quality with often the best ones being the games that closely related back to past Sonic games. Sonic Mania, pulling inspiration from specifically the 2D versions of Sonic planned to not only offer a compelling return to form but also showcase how excellent a new Sonic game can be. Thankfully SEGA and significant developers of the Sonic community have brought this dream to life in what quite possibly is the best Sonic game yet.
Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment is a fast-paced and agile take on Yacht Club's already brilliant Shovel Knight, taking place before the events featuring our shovel-wielding hero. This expansion sees you playing as Specter Knight, an adversary from the original game.