Videogames highlights - April 2017

August 12, 2017 · Filed Under In Depth, Videogaming 
This entry is part of the series Videogames Highlights

In Depth - A merciless lens pointed on the hot topics, passionate and detailed retrospectives, reflections beyond the appearances Evolution of PC gaming hardware never stops, dedicated GPUs are reaching new performance records every few months and VRAM chip standards are running fast to try and keep the pace with all this endless improvements. And yet there is a significant amount of players still spending their time on an MS-DOS racing game released 27 years ago, or that goes purchasing a title like Bayonetta when it gets finally released on PC 8 years after the original version. Why, someone will ask? For Bayonetta the fact that the game runs wonderfully well even on old hardware surely helps, while for the rest reaching xkcd can be helpful in finding a possible answer to the riddle.

Dead Cells

Dead Cells

Where is death there is also life, even though in Dead Cells “life” means a corpse hijacked by a clot of seemingly sentient cells which go around (clearly inside their deceased host) a prison to fight, get upgrades (in the form of new cells) and to unlock previously unavailable level sections. The developers stated they want to put together the exploration of the Metroidvania genre and the randomness of rougelike, moreover implementing Dark Souls-style fights with permadeath, secret areas and everything. The early access version of Dead Cells is already available on Steam, while the full game will be released for PC Windows, OS X and Linux.

Friday the 13th: The Game

Friday the 13th: The Game

Someone in Hollywood thinks that 12 films and an endless stream of merchandising aren’t enough to deplete the usefulness of an old franchise like Friday the 13th. No, it seems that a modern survival horror video game with a first-person perspective was missing, and Friday the 13th: The Game is the potential answer to the great question everyone asked themselves at least once in their life: is Jason Voorhees really that evil or his preys are just so irredeemably stupid? The game will put Jason against seven counselors of Camp Crystal Lake, 8 roles that in multiplayer mode will be played by 8 gamers in their effort to pile up as much corpses as they can (for Jason) or to avoid the otherworldly fury of the monster with the hockey mask. Available since May on PC Windows, PS4 and Xbox One, Friday the 13th: The Game should soon get a single player mode designed to recreate the scenes already seen in the original film saga.

Little Nightmares

Little Nightmares

Children’s imagination can give life to really horrible nightmares, and for the little girl featured in Little Nightmares (Six) bad dreams are very real and extremely dangerous. The strange and uncomfortable ship where Six is wandering around is inhabited by monstrous or even repulsive characters, and the goal for everyone - including the girl wrapped in her yellow raincoat - seems to be the same: eat, or end up being eaten. Tarsier Studios‘ puzzle-platformer is available since April on PC Windows, PS4 and Xbox One.

Sonic Forces

Sonic Forces

Even if Sonic’s classic side-scrolling gameplay is returning with Sonic Mania, Sega is pleased to tell fans that the spirit of the hyper-accelerated hedgehog will live on in Sonic Forces as well. In this case graphics is tridimensional, but the engine can render both game sessions with the “modern” version of Sonic (those completely in 3D) and “classic” levels in two dimensions and half. Needless to say, the classic Sonic is always hungry for golden rings and speed. To be released on PC Windows and consoles during the forth quarter of 2017.

Syberia 3

Syberia 3

After the Youkol people saved her from certain death, Kate Walker decided to help these nice dwarves with weight issues in their migration through Siberia. And the journey, in Syberia 3, will be more dangerous than ever with enemies and obstacles coming out everywhere. The game as a whole is seemingly spiced with a questionable English dubbing, several bugs, a suggestive soundtrack and graphics that would have been a real hit on the PlayStation 2. Available since April on PC Windows and consoles.

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap

Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap

It seems that 2017 will be a particularly happy year for fans of the Wonder Boy saga, which will be able to feed on the release of Monster Boy but also on Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap. The latter is a remake of that Wonder Boy III released in 1989 for Sega’s Master System, a restoration effort so accurate to make the developers busy in reverse engineering the original code and that will let the player freely switch between the game’s modern version and the classic one. The story begins where Wonder Boy in Monster Land ends, with the young hero forced to once again wander through Monster World in search of a cure for the shape-shifting curse cast by Mecha Dragon. Available since April on PC and console.

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