Videogames highlights – November 2015
What’s up with your head, you people wasting money on extra contents or DLC for Electronic Arts’ mutilated games funding a dishonest money machine that should burn out rather than thrive? And what are the motivations driving you, who turned a tiny obsessive-compulsive crap like Candy Crush in a business Activision is willing to spend 6 BILLION dollars for? Or you recording your embarrassing and boring Let’s Plays, what kind of profit you get from annoying YouTube visitors to death with your ridiculous voice that would sound bothersome away from the mic too? Really: you are all sick. Go get cured.
The year is 1996, the Iron Curtain between Western countries and the Soviet block fell down a few years ago and the Cold War veterans from both fronts are being killed around the world. A spy conspiracy is underway, and the protagonists of Clandestine will have to use weapons, hacking systems and stealth raids to deal with the new threat. This indie game by Logic Artists gives the chance to face the challenge in single-player or in co-op mode, with a player aiding the actions on the ground by the other one from behind a screen. Clandestine is available on PC as digital download since November 2015.
Just Cause 3
In theory the physics stunts featured in Just Cause 3 should be justified by a weak and rather ridiculous plot (the dictator of a Mediterranean island wants to conquer the world, the hero wants to stop him), but the new action-boom-boom game by Avalanche Studios has no need for a plot: the game’s raison d’etre lies in making things explode, together with people, houses and the entire world. Or at least the part of the world included within the 1,000 square kilometers available to walk on – or to fly over with the wingsuit embedded in the leading character’s clothes – on the island of Medici. Just Cause 3 is available since December on PC Windows, PS4 and Xbox One, it was programmed like shit and contains a really nasty DRM technology.
Saint Seiya: Soldiers’ Soul
The Japanese versus-beat’em up experts of Dimps have updated a game released in 2013 (Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers) to create Saint Seiya: Soldiers’ Soul, the new retelling of the never ending cosmic battles between the armored knights loyal (or hostile) to Athena. Besides being the first title based on the Knights of the Zodiac to be released on PC, Soldiers’ Soul includes all the main narrative arcs of the saga and a huge amount of contents with 40 stages, 72 playable characters and 144 different costumes/armors. Including the bronze, silver, gold, God ones and everything. Saint Seiya: Soldiers’ Soul burns the cosmos and awakens the seventh sense on PC Windows and PlayStation (PS3/PS4) since November 2015.
Sonic Lost World
When the world is in danger, Sonic and Doctor Eggman will have to join forces to face the dull and colorful threat of the Deadly Six. Sonic Lost World offers the usual gameplay of the Sonic saga, with that blue bullet speeding wildly through the screen, while it tries to update the formula with parkour elements, a cylindrical level design and alternate paths ready to be discovered. Available since two years ago on Nintendo’s console, Sonic Lost World has finally arrived on Windows PCs on November 2015. Not that its lack was particularly felt here.
Star Fox Zero
There are a fox, a bird, a rabbit and a toad, but instead of a Aesop’s fable we are in space fighting aboard spaceships. Star Fox Zero is the new dress of the adventures of Fox McCloud and his comrades, and in some circumstances the aforementioned spaceships will be able to transform to vary the action a bit. A title with a troubled development and a controversial control scheme, Star Fox Zero should be released on April 2016 exclusively for the Wii U console.
The Pillars of the Earth
After becoming a board game and a TV mini-series, the pages of the historical novel The Pillars of the Earth will now give life to a multi-platform adventure game developed by Daedalic Entertainment. The German studio vows to tell the story of Ken Follet’s best-seller in a new and “interactive” way, an adaptation that is seemingly being followed by Follet himself with his collaborators. The Pillars of the Earth will come out in 2017, just on time for the publishing of the concluding book in the trilogy by the Welsh writer.