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    Control: Ultimate Edition

    Control by Remedy Entertainment

    Control’s Ultimate Edition more than lives up to its name. The game looks as stunning as ever, and the story is even more mind-bendingly crazy with the addition of both The Foundation and AWE DLC packs. The controls have been tightened up and a few of the more difficult parts of the game have been tweaked to avoid treading through hostile zones over and over again. There’s no better way to experience this must-play game.

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    Marvel's Avengers

    Marvel's Avengers

    With a plethora of bugs, constant frame rate issues, poor teammate AI, repetitive objectives and maps, and paid cosmetic items, it’s hard to love earth’s mightiest heroes. There’s enough enjoyment to squeeze out of the game’s combat and disjointed, uneven story to keep the experience above water but just barely.

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    Mafia: Definitive Edition

    Mafia: Definitive Edition

    While Mafia: Definitive Edition is visually stunning and features some of the more innovative in-world navigational elements I’ve seen in a game of this style, it suffers from issues with controls as well as both enemy and pedestrian AI that hold it back from being a truly amazing remake. The updated story and dialogue go a long way to push the original forward but the game’s length keeps things a little too brief.

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    Xenoblade Chronicles 2

    Rex, Mythra, and Nia

    While it wasn’t without a bit of cringe — the game’s relentless focus on the power of friendship is a little much at times — I really enjoyed my time with Xenoblade Chronicles 2. The combat, character design, and the sheer amount of content to get through was more than enough to outweigh any weird moments of dialogue. The game wrapped nicely and even had nods to the original game in the later chapters.

    I’m a little late to the party here but it’s definitely one of the better JRPGs I’ve played and a future classic when we look back at the Switch library years from now.

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    Final Fantasy VII Remake

    Aerith and Tifa from Final Fantasy VII Remake

    The return to Midgar is a welcome one. Visually, Final Fantasy VII Remake is stunning, particularly the pre-rendered scenes, and the scale of the in-game world feels huge. Looking up at the plates from the slums, or climbing topside is surreal. The soundtrack was perfect and the combat is smooth, fun, and incredibly satisfying.

    While the ending wasn’t quite what I expected, having played the original many times, I understand the reasons for the updates and was satisfied with the changes they made. I’m hopeful we’ll hear more about the second chapter sooner than later.