Game reviews: Resident Evil Village, New Pokemon Snap, Hood: Outlaws & Legends and Simon’s Cat put to the test – Wales Online

In this week's video game reviews, PA's Jamie Harris tries Resident Evil Village, New Pokemon Snap, Hood: Outlaws & Legends and Simons Cat Story Time.

Resident Evil Village

Platform: Xbox, PlayStation, Google Stadia, PC

Genre: Horror

Price: 54.99

Age rating: 18+

Resident Evil is a hallmark for survival horror games, and Village is a jumpy, fast-paced, adrenaline-driven follow-up to 2017s Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. It continues on with Ethan Winters, who finds himself in a disturbing village brimming with mutant creatures not least of all the now-infamous towering vampire Lady Dimitrescu as he tries to find his baby daughter. There are even some familiar faces in the form of Chris Redfield. Its very much in line with previous Resident Evil games, blasting your way through villains you encounter, but thats fine. Some of the boss fights are a bit lacklustre, but that doesnt detract from the overall horrific beauty of the Village, especially on a next-gen console.

Skip to the end: A fitting continuation for Biohazard, with all the things we love to be scared of.

Score: 8/10

Platform: Switch

Genre: Simulation

Price: 49.99

Age rating: 3+

Fancy yourself as a photographer? New Pokemon Snap is a more relaxed type of gaming, with photographing Pokemon in the wild for your Photodex as the main mission. As the name suggests, this is not the first time weve had a Snap-based Pokemon title; we were first introduced to it on the Nintendo 64. You find yourself in the Lental region, and get ratings from Professor Mirror on your shots, based on factors like capturing two Pokemon in the same image we felt some of our snaps deserved higher scores but maybe Professor Mirror has tough standards. You can also share your pictures online and apply special effects to them. It can all get a little repetitive after a while though, due to a lack of rewards pushing us to snap on.

Skip to the end: A chilled gaming moment that hits the right nostalgic tone, but almost a bit too slow to keep us hooked.

Score: 7/10

Platform: Xbox, PlayStation, PC

Genre: Multiplayer

Price: 24.99

Age rating: 18+

This Robin Hood-inspired multiplayer-only heist title is officially classed as PvPvE yes, rather clunky. By that, we mean, player vs player vs environment. And by that, we mean, two teams of four players battle it out to steal treasure from an oppressive rich regime, so you not only have a live rival gang to worry about, but the AI baddies too. You need to find the sheriff to get the key, then locate the vault and get away safely. All the while, the rival team could ambush you at any moment, as they want exactly the same thing. It is a good premise, but when you do win, there is no real sense of progression making you long to play much more. Enjoyment is kind of dependent on your company.

Skip to the end: Despite a well-designed art style and interesting concept, lack of longevity pulls Hood: Outlaws & Legends down slightly.

Score: 7/10

Platform: iOS

Genre: Puzzle

Price: 4.99 per month with Apple Arcade

Age rating: 4+

Based on the animated series, Simons Cat Story Time is a simple match-3 type puzzle title that begins easy before progressively becoming a lot harder. Its a formula weve seen time and time again complete puzzles to earn stars that enable you to unlock the next phase. But rather than being a basic puzzle with a theme, here you get a decent story that goes along with it a building site threatens the local area, but each level Simon and his cat face helps restore the mysterious wasteland before the diggers destroy it.

Skip to the end: Simons Cat Story Time quickly becomes challenging, but not frustratingly so, providing a good brain tease puzzle game.

Score: 7/10

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Game reviews: Resident Evil Village, New Pokemon Snap, Hood: Outlaws & Legends and Simon's Cat put to the test - Wales Online

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