Hit or Miss June 2017

By Melvyn Tan on Jun 30, 2017

Image source: Steam
Image source: Steam

While our monthly "Biggest Games of" series looks at the biggest game releases of an upcoming month, in Hit or Miss we look back to see whether the more recent ones succeeded in earning the praise of critics or received scorn instead.

This time, we take a look to see if games like Tekken 7, Arms and Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood managed to hit the mark or ended up missing it.

Tekken 7

Release Date: June 2

Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

What is it: The conclusion of the long-lasting conflict of the Mishima clan. Powered by the Unreal Engine 4, the final chapter of the popular fighting series features over 30 playable characters, from Mishimas Heihachi, Kazuya and Jin to newcomers like Katarina Alves and Josie Rizal. New features like Rage Arts, Rage Drives and Power Crushes join the retained 3D battle system to make things more accessible for new players.

How is it: It’s not a reinvention of the fighting genre or even its own franchise, but Tekken 7 is a fighting game that has most critics well-satisfied and considering it a great new Tekken title. Most liked the Mishima-centric story mode, despite its brief length and many other characters getting even shorter separate chapters. The action was found to be both satisfying to engage in and to master, with diverse characters and a high skill ceiling; opinions on accessibility are slightly mixed however, and there is no tutorial mode. There is also gear to equip on characters, but these are only cosmetic and, better yet, don’t involve micro-transactions.

Metacritic score: 81 (PS4), 82 (Xbox One), 84 (PC)

Hit or Miss: Hit

 

WipEout Omega Collection

Image source: PlayStation website
Image source: PlayStation website

Release Date: June 6

Platform: PS4

What is it: Containing sci-fi anti-gravity racing games WipEout HD, WipEout HD Fury and WipEout 2048, this collection offers enhanced graphics while retaining the original gameplay formula. 2-player splitscreen and online multiplayer are featured.

How is it: Fast, fun and challenging, the gameplay of the WipEout titles remains great to critics. Meanwhile, the gorgeous visual update only serves to make the experience better. The main downside here is the lack of new content.

Metacritic score: 85

Hit or Miss: Hit

 

Dirt 4

Image source: Steam
Image source: Steam

Release Date: June 9

Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

What is it: The fourth numbered entry in Codemasters' Dirt series. This rally game seeks to mix the "thrill and realism" of 2015’s Dirt Rally with the "fearless excitement, accessibility and adrenalin-fuelled races" of Dirt 2 and Dirt 3.

How is it: A simulation that caters to both casual gamers and hardcore ones, thanks to the choice of either “Gamer” or “Simulation” as the handling mode. It’s difficult to summarize critical opinion of the game but Dirt 4 has done pretty well score-wise. The driving was considered to be pretty strong, but there was some varying opinions on the handling modes - PC Gamer found “Gamer” to be too easy and recommended playing on ‘Simulation”, while GamesRadar had an unenjoyable experience with driving buggies, trucks and cross karts on that setting. A more commonly shared opinion was that the game is more accessible than Dirt Rally.

Metacritic score: 84 (PS4), 87 (Xbox One), 80 (PC)

Hit or Miss: Hit

 

Arms

Image source: Nintendo Everything
Image source: Nintendo Everything

Release Date: June 16

Platform: Nintendo Switch

What is it: A colourful and cartoonish third-person fighting game involving a variety of characters and extendable arms, hence the name Arms. Some arms are slow but hit hard, while others are fast but hurt less, and there are attributes like Stun and Explosion to consider as well.

How is it: A fun and accessible fighting game with a good amount of creativity and depth. Instead of punches making contact instantly or near-instantly, here they take a while to reach the target and can be arched or dodged along the way. Both characters and arm types add variety to the action, with arms that can blow away or freeze enemies to characters who can jump frequently or simply hover with jet boosters.

The motion controls were mostly well-regarded, though not necessarily superior to a standard controller, but a number of critics noted that single-player-minded players may find the existing content to be somewhat lacking, and the upcoming free updates may or may not change that. Also, while characters can unlock arms belonging to another character, grinding in single-player is required.

Metacritic score: 77

Hit or Miss: Hit

 

Final Fantasy XIV: StormBlood

Image source: Square Enix Store
Image source: Square Enix Store

Release Date: June 20

Platform: PC, PS4

What is it: This second expansion to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, brings players to the new lands of Ala Mhigo and Doma and provides a level cap increase to 70, along with two new jobs - Red Mage and Samurai. There’re also new dungeons, a new 8-man raid and alliance raid, swimming and diving, more gear and crafting recipes, the new residential district of Shirogane, an expanded item inventory and increased furnishing limits and changes to the battle system.

How is it: If you’re looking for a great story in an MMO, it seems that Final Fantasy XIV’s newest expansion has got you covered, with favourable comparisons made to single-player RPGs and even other Final Fantasy games. Gameplay-wise, the two new jobs, Red Mage and Samurai, are enjoyable to play as while the new Asian-inspired environments are a joy to behold. The addition of swimming doesn’t make much of an impact however, and the side quests aren’t much to shout about especially in comparison to the main quests. On the other hand, the Primal boss fights are memorable and fantastic to engage in, and the dungeons are well-crafted too.

Metacritic Score: 90 (PS4), N/A (PC)

Hit or Miss: Hit

 

Valkyria Revolution

Image source: PlayStation Store
Image source: PlayStation Store

Release Date: June 27

Platform: PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One

What is it: A spin-off of the Valkyria Chronicles series that swaps turn-based combat for real-time action. It also takes place in another universe that is inspired by the European industrial revolution instead of World War 2. Familiar aspects like the mineral ragnite and the Valkyria race remain however, and the hybrid battle system still retains the need for tactics.

How is it: This shift in genre for the series did not turn out well, although some reviews noted that Valkyira Revolution has interesting ideas on paper. Many critics found the combat to be overly simple and repetitive while the tactical elements weren’t necessary for the most part. Outside of the action, there is an abundance of dull and overly-long cutscenes with plenty of exposition, and the writing is weak as well. However, PlayStation LifeStyle and Destructoid did find some satisfaction with the combat, with the former also liking the story if not the characters, while Hardcore Gamer enjoyed the game in general.

Metacritic score: 61 (PS4), N/A (PS VIta), 62 (Xbox One)

Hit or Miss: Miss

 

Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultimate Despair Girls

Image source: Steam
Image source: Steam

Release Date: June 27

Platform: PS4, PC

What is it: Originally a PS Vita title, Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultimate Despair Girls is a third-person shooter spin-off of the Danganronpa series. It follows the younger sister of Makoto Naegi, Komaru, as she is rescued after more than a year of imprisonment in an apartment to end up in a city overtaken by children called the Warriors of Hope seeking to exterminate all adults and has to deal with an army of Monokumas. Luckily, Komaru gets a Hacking Gun that can equip various bullets as well as help from a familiar character who provides hack and slash gameplay.

How is it: Despite landing on new platforms, many critics still found the third-person shooter combat to be hampered by troublesome controls, while some found the combat itself to be repetitive. Meanwhile, the puzzles got a bit of a mixed reception, but the visuals were seen as an improvement over the PS Vita version. The biggest strength of the game is the story, with many critics enjoying it and finding it to be especially worthwhile for fans of the series.

Metacritic score: 68 (PS4), N/A (PC)

Hit or Miss: A decent hit

 

Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy

Image source: PlayStation Store
Image source: PlayStation Store

Release Date: June 30

Platform: PS4

What is it: The first three Crash Bandicoot games are jumping to PS4 in a single game collection. Featuring Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: Warped, the N. Sane Trilogy will let fans reexperience their favourite challenges and moments with new HD graphics. Although Vicarious Visions is the studio handling this compilation, it still offers newcomers the chance to see what Naughty Dog was up to before their work on the famed Uncharted franchise.

How is it: The presentation is strong thanks to the modern update, but the core PS1-era platforming gameplay has remained untouched. For a number of critics, the gameplay aspect hasn’t aged fantastically and is blemished at times by the difficulty and/or controls. But despite the dated aspects, the games retain their variety and charm. The addition of Crash’s sister Coco is welcome too, providing different animations but playing the same. Nostalgic gamers will likely enjoy this remastered collection, while newcomers might still enjoy it.

Metacritic Score: 81 (PS4)

Hit or Miss: Hit

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Melvyn Tan
About the Author
Freelancer for Gamehubs since 2015, who enjoys various forms of entertainment including gaming (naturally). Since watching Dunkirk, he now plays Day of Infamy more than usual.
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