Videogames highlights - October 2016
Being a fan of video games of every age and for every platform, yours truly is always open to the idea of buying disks, cartridges or hardware units which have spent more than a season in the houses of strangers. Unlike many of those experiencing the same sickness as me, however, the idea of spending a lot of money for something that someone else treated with no care, cleaning or attention to personal hygiene is rather disgusting to me. In an ideal world retro-new hardware would be always available and affordable, and maybe its sale would be managed by companies a little less rotten to the core than your regular GameStop.
Twenty five years after the release of the original Civilization, the turn-based “4X” (”eXplore, eXpand, eXploit and eXterminate”) strategy series created by Sid Meier is still bringing out the warmonger Gandhi that dwells within each one of us: Civilization VI provides again a formula well-known by fans of the genre while modernizing it here and there, an offer that was well received by critics and purchasers alike with more than one million copies sold in two weeks. The worst enemy to the player, in this case, happened to be the Windows operating system. Available on PC since October 2016.
Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom
Development of Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is going well, and to show the stage reached by the project the publisher FDG Entertainment released a super-detailed screenshot just in time for the past Halloween: the spiritual heir of Wonder Boy is now more crisp than even, and the largest amount of work left to do concerns levels, bosses and quality of animations. The musical part is almost ready as well, while the platforms where the game will launch include now Nintendo Switch. To be released in 2017 for PC and consoles.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Right now Red Dead Redemption 2 is a big unknown, and yet the mere idea that the western-themed action-adventure by Rockstar is about to come back was already enough to fuel the relentless hype engine. Maybe it’s because of Westworld’s long wave, the well-deserved reputation of the New York-based studio or who knows what, players are clearly ready for a new “open world” adventure riding a purebread beast and with a Colt in the belt. Coming to PS4 and Xbox One.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
After having decided to follow the path of worlds open to exploration with what was defined as the first true RPG of the saga, Nintendo recently showed what an open world approach means for the corporation: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a game that “breathes” and let the player breathe, allows to freely follow its several quests and sub-quests and to interact in the weirdest ways with foes and the game’s world itself. To be release the 3rd of March on Wii U and Switch.
For once evil has already won, and rather that playing the role of the hero the main character of Tyranny is just a henchman of the new world evil overlord: as a Fatebinder, the aforementioned character will travel the game’s map far and wide to enforce the tyrant’s will (Kyros). The choices about how to manage the several situations will affect party members, skills to choose from and everything. Available since November on PC (Windows/Linux/OS X).
Yomawari: Night Alone
When horror wants to be kawaii it brings the nightmares of Yomawari: Night Alone, an isometric adventure where a (super-deformed) little girl goes searching for her sister and dog in a city full of monsters, ghosts and other very evil things. Easing her quest there will be a torch with a dim light and other items found on the way, and as the survival horror tradition dictates the best game strategy will be finding the ideal place to hide. Yomawari: Night Alone is available on PC Windows and PS Vita since October.
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