There was once a time when we all thought it was impossible to make a good Batman game. Then Rocksteady gave us Arkham Asylum, and suddenly we were living in a world where someone had finally managed to do right by the Dark Knight. Despite this, I'm sure many people weren't sure what to expect when Telltale announced they were going to Gotham for their next graphic adventure series. Thankfully, I can confidently say that Telltale has done justice to Batman (and Bruce Wayne) over the course of five episodes, and I can't wait to see what they do next.
Mankind Divided has the unenviable position of having to top 2011's stellar Human Revolution. And for the most part, it does. The gameplay is a lot of fun, it has the same awesome, atmospheric music, and everything looks prettier—even if the animations still aren't terribly up to snuff. The story is a bit of a let down from Human Revolution, but it's still a good tale that sets up for an even better one in the inevitable sequel.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions is a game that sounds crazy on paper. It's a crossover between the Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem series, where the characters are members of a talent agency who use their acting and singing skills to defeat monsters trying to suck the creative energy out of the people of Tokyo. Okay, so the story isn't the star of this game, but the endearing cast, bright and colorful world, catchy music, and addictive combat more than make up for the zaniness of the plot. The Wii U may be finished, but at least it got one more great JRPG before throwing in the towel.
To say that this game has been heavily anticipated would be an understatement; the wait for the next chapter in the Cold Steel saga was almost painful with the cliffhanger the first game ended on. Suffice it to say, my expectations for Trails of Cold Steel II were sky high, and luckily, the game has met or exceeded those expectations in almost every way. The story of the civil war wracking Erebonia and Class VII's role in it is engrossing, the colorful cast we grew to love from the first game are all back, the combat is better than ever, and the music — in true Falcom fashion — is an aural treat. If you've been looking for a quality JRPG experience on PS3 or Vita, look no further than Trails of Cold Steel II.
Uncharted 2 set a high bar for the series, and after the disappointment of Uncharted 3, I wasn't sure Among Thieves could ever be topped. But Uncharted 4 managed to do the impossible, delivering a thrilling globe-trotting treasure hunt and a moving personal story about family at the same time. The sendoff to the characters and their adventures is perfect, and I found myself liking new arrival Sam Drake a lot more than I originally thought I would. Consider the bar officially raised.