This week has a lot of carry-over from last week, with the notable addition of Axiom Verge, a fantastic metroidvania solely developed by one man. And I do mean “solely,” not just code; he did the code, art, and the throbbing guttural electronic soundtrack (give it a listen)! I thoroughly enjoyed Axiom Verge on Wii U and highly recommend it if you enjoy (or are curious about) the genre.
Super Bomberman R is also on sale, this week. It wasn’t reviewed well at launch, but my understanding is that Konami has continued to support it over the last year with performance upgrades, additional characters and modes – significantly improving it since launch. It received a giant update just a week ago! There are many fans of the Bomberman series. I enjoyed the multiplayer mayhem with friends on Super Nintendo but haven’t played it much since.
I’ve sorted the titles by Metacritic score, if one is available. The score is a convenient metric, but it is by no means the whole picture. When looking at the score, it’s important to consider how many reviews the score is built from. For example, DEEMO with a Metacritic score of 88, is higher than Owlboy with 87, but DEEMO’s score is only based on the minimum of 4 reviews, whereas Owlboy’s score is based on 27 reviews. Take one review from DEEMO and it wouldn’t even have a score.
Where there is a score, I’ve listed the number of reviews the score is based on in parentheses, following the score.
To get more info on a game, you can take a look at reviews of the game on other platforms, and also look at the user reviews. Often, especially for Switch, the same game on another platform will have more reviews available. User reviews do not affect the Metacritic score, but can also provide additional insight. I recommend following the link to any game you’re interested in, and doing some additional research.
Games with a Metacritic score, highest to lowest: