There were a ton of games worth trying last month. Some of them were on Games with Gold and at a glance, they honestly didn’t seem worth trying. I love when a game proves me wrong though, as with the case for two entries in this article. The other three were all indie gems that players should absolutely give a fair chance to as they are well worth the money.

Trials of The Blood Dragon (Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 4)

When working on sequels developers typically try to stay true to the formula that made that game work. Ubisoft decided to take that formula and cram it down the sink with the garbage disposal, in a good way. Trials of The Blood Dragon took the motorcycle gameplay from the Trials series and fused it with the story and style of Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon to deliver a wonderful conglomeration of the two games. The gameplay stays in the 2.5-dimensional Trials style, but switches between motorcycle riding and a few shooter based missions often switching between Rex Powercolt’s kids for the respective play styles. The story continues after the events of Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon, except this time they are in Vietnam War 4 ( I believe) and Rex’s kids are trying to stop a ton of happenings in the world. Including a drug based shootout in Miami, and even fights with Ninjas. The plot twist is super cheesy in typical Blood Dragon fashion but for fifteen bucks and several hours of gameplay, it’s a worthwhile time.

Brave: The Video Game ( Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, DS, Wii, PC)

Disney games are generally not my forte. They tend to be a generally off-putting experience when compared to their movie counterparts. Brave: The Video Game manages to take some of the charms from its movie and bring it to the video game universe quite well. It sort of felt like a game you have a friend play that is just getting into the RPG genre. It did a fantastic job showing elements like a skill tree and different elemental abilities in a way that made it really easy to pick up. Speaking purely as a content creator, it was a really fun game to sit down and play while talking to my chat. It honestly sparked some of the best and most genuine back and forth between myself and my chat. Yes, we could sit there and make jokes about the game and say Disney should spawn a battle royal game based on Brave’s mechanics and gameplay but it was also a genuinely enjoyable experience. Fighting waves of enemies and having to change up my bow elements and using the different combos was a pretty solid time killer. It isn’t the best game in the world nor is it going to change anything, but for a movie based game, you can do a lot worse than spending around ten bucks for Brave: The Video Game.

 

Past Cure (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC)

Past Cure is an indie title that impresses as much as it falters. It delivers on its promise of being a thrilling game, telling the tale of a man whose tormented by nightmares and whose fragile grip on reality comes more and more in to question. During the daytime sequences, players are often faced with typical cover-based shooter mechanics that sometimes rely a little too much on the main characters time-based powers, but the nightmare sequences are a very pleasant counter to that often requiring the players to solve puzzles and sneak to avoid enemies. If you are on the fence about the game feel free to check out our full review of the game right here. If you want to buy the game it will run you about thirty dollars.

Pick of The Month: Darwin Project (Xbox One, PC)

Scavengers Studio has created a truly superb experience with the release of its battle royal venture. Darwin Project scales the battle royal fight down to just ten players and one director allowing for matches to take place at a much faster pace then it’s counterparts. Players spawn with a bow, a few arrows, and a melee weapon and must scavenge from there for supplies needed to have a successful game. The director roll allows a player to shut down areas, buff players to keep them in the action, detonate a nuke in one area, and the roll gets even better with Twitch/Mixer integration. If the person in the director seat (or hosting private lobby) has stream integration enabled their chat can vote on what happens and help influence the game. There’s so much more that makes Darwin Project stand out as a new game, you can check more of it out here or go grab the game now for fifteen bucks.

Pick of The Month: Deep Rock Galactic (Xbox One, PC)

Imagine if the fun of mining and crafting in Minecraft decided to have a baby with the chaos and shooter elements of the Left 4 Dead franchise. Playing alone or in a full team of four, player of Deep Rock Galactic, go out each mission to grab a specific amount of certain material. Once that material is fully gathered players can choose to go back to the ship for the escape sequence or keep mining for extra material. Once they choose to head back a timer begins for the players to haul ass back to the ship or risk getting left behind. Instances like that are where the game gets super chaotic. Players trying to find the way back can get knocked down by the attacking alien arachnids, can fall to their doom and potentially get left behind by players. Not to mention at any moment players can have waves of enemies attack during the mission, almost like the crescendo events in Left 4 Dead where a ton of enemies swarms the survivors. The game will run you close to thirty dollars but it is well worth it for a multitude of reasons. The character customization, the different classes, the developers doing a stellar job updating the game and engaging with the community it’s all amazing to see.

Alright let’s salt the body, burn the bones, and lay this article to rest so to speak. Try a few of these titles out now and let us know in the comments below how you liked them. Feel free to drop your own recommendations as well. Darwin Project and Deep Rock Galactic, are the two I recommend the most. They are both really well done for being early access games, and I can’t wait to see how they change in the months to come.