Dark Souls 3

I’ve must have told myself a million times that I was going to trade in Dark Souls 3, and how much I hated that video game. But for some strange reason, I end up going back to it. It calls me. And at the end of the day, I still love it.

Although it’s incredibly difficult to play and always seems to get me angry – gee I wonder why -, Dark Souls 3’s reward for overcoming an impossible boss is just amazing. I suppose that’s why I stick around, either that or I just love to take pain in video games.

I typically stop playing a title once I finish reviewing it, but this never happened with Dark Souls 3 – at all. I haven’t exactly checked my timer on it, but i’m pretty positive that i’m well over 70 hours now.

For a game that hurts and angers me so much, I will always have a soft spot for Dark Souls 3, and I suspect that it will not leave my PlayStation 4 console for quite some time.

Peter Lopez, Editor-in-Chief

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

After a couple delays, Uncharted 4 finally landed in May 2016, bringing the adventures of Nathan Drake to a close. A Thief’s End tells the story of a man who hasn’t quite left his past behind him, no matter how much he tried to convince himself. Nate is dragged back into the treasure hunting life in order to save his presumed dead brother Sam’s life. The set pieces aren’t as memorable as earlier titles, but improved mechanics for aiming and climbing make this Uncharted the most fun to play.

The story is squarely focused on Nate and his relationships, especially with Elena and Sam. Naughty Dog zeroed in on character development, and it pays off in a big way. Uncharted 4 was the game I most looked forward to in 2016, and I can safely say it delivered.

One quick honorable mention: Vita exclusive (for now) Severed also released in Q2. This is one of the best games available on Vita and demonstrates perfect use of a touch screen. If not for the gigantic AAA release of Uncharted 4 during the same period, Severed would be my selection for these three months.

-David Quigley, Managing Editor

The Banner Saga 2

Banner Saga 2

The Banner Saga 2 is my Q2 pick because of its meaningful improvements from the first game. The developer, Stoic, found a way to add new elements to the game while retain the original’s heart and soul. The art, story and gameplay remained stellar, while the ability to play as both Rook or Alette greatly varies the story.
As I played it, I kept getting excited to see what Stoic’s next game will be.

-Patrick Okolo, Staff Writer