Games that continue to hold our attention
Neo: The World Ends With You
Jess Kinghorn is back in the ’Buya
I’ve been waiting over a decade to re-enter the Reaper’s game and Neo has more than delivered. I’ve cleared the main story (plus a few post-game chapters) but there’s plenty left to do. I’ve got pins to collect, food to sample, and pig Noise to send squealing all the way home. All TWEWY nerds know how satisfying the post-game is; you can revisit earlier chapters and blast foes on hard mode for rare pins. But besides all that, it means I get to spend more quality time with my new bestie Nagi.
Oscar Taylor-Kent tips the scales of justice
With Lost Judgment imminent, it’s a good time to call Judgment to the stand, decked out in its PS5 best, to give evidence. And consider this jury impressed. Yagami’s acrobatic fighting style really benefits from the extra smoothness. I appreciate how it’s different to Yakuza all the more. This feels like a game built for Dragon Engine, rather than how Yakuza 6 felt, forced to shove a decades-old fighting system into its bones. Hopefully there’ll be many more verdicts to lay down in future.
Milford Coppock returns to Codies’ rally good racer
The July update to Codemasters’ PS5 launch title has put me firmly back behind the wheel of its off-road, on ice/ dirt/gravel arcade racer. Two new tracks and an abundance of new events and cars, coupled with tweaks to the already impressive haptics and adaptive triggers, have led me to spend a crazy amount of time getting sideways and generally doing anything but driving in a straight line. After returning to this, the release of Grid Legends really can’t come soon enough.
Yagami’s acrobatic fighting style really benefits from the extra smoothness on PS5.