Videogames highlights - May 2017

September 6, 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 Lately there is a lot of chit chat about Nintendo, and not just for the commercial performance of the new Switch console (about which I hope to write a post soon). After all the Japanese company boasts a history like very few other players of the gaming business can match, and let’s not forget the missed opportunity of the Nintendostation and the potential parallel universe without a Sony PlayStation that could have stemmed from the machine. Nintendo’s censoring behaviour against unofficial “tributes” and fan games like Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2D is also the same, just like the corporation ability to treat its most passionate fans - at least the ones paying for the software and not using emulators - in a much more human and sensitive way than many other companies.

Formula Fusion

Formula Fusion

If Sony seems to have forced WipEout into just Ultra HD remakes for the PS4, some of the series original creators have gathered in a new studio (R8 Games) to revive the splendor of the former Studio Liverpool: Formula Fusion, their first creation, claims to be the spiritual heir of the aforementioned Wipeout saga and its “vision” of futuristic races to the rhythm of high bpm electronic music, an experience that includes both a single-player campaign and a multi-player mode against other human pilots. Available since the first of June on PC, to be released on gaming toys for the living room within 2017.

Lost Sphear

Lost Sphear

After revisiting the golden age of JRPG with I Am Setsuna, the Tokyo RPG Factory team is now busy working on a new project which seems to follow the same path with some visual changes here and there: Lost Sphear tells the story of a world that is disappearing, and the party put together by the player will have the duty to face the threat by “manifesting thoughts into matter” through the power of Memory. Everything so JRPG, indeed, even though the developers promise an improved formula compared to I Am Setsuna and an all-new world to explore. To be released on October for consoles (PS4, Switch) and PC Windows (in 2018).

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

After being praised by players and critics in 2014 for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, the Monolith Productions team (Blood, Tron 2.0, The Matrix Online, F.E.A.R., …) returns to walk the lands laying beyond the swamps of Mordor in their new open world action-RPG set in Middle-earth: Middle-earth: Shadow of War follows once again the deeds of Talion, the human ranger which fused with the spirit of the elf Celebrimbor, forged a new Ring of Power and waged war against Sauron with an army of ogres, trolls and other evil beasts subdued to his will. The Nemesis System is coming back too, with an advanced AI that should provide diverse and variegated experiences to every player, and the Tolkienian settings popularized by Peter Jackson’s film adaptations. Middle-earth: Shadow of War is coming for PC Windows and consoles (PS4, Xbox One) on October.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

Rockstar’s new western adventure has already become the most anticipated game of the last years, and to better highlight the idea the New York studio revealed that Red Dead Redempiton 2 will arrive at a later date than the launch window initially expected for the second half of 2017. The developers stated they need some additional months to adapt the epic of the Colt and horse-riding outlaws to new generation consoles, apologized to fans and said to believe that a game should be released only “when it’s ready”. The new launch window has thus been moved to the second quarter of 2018, while the release of the PC version will possibly happen after the arrival of the PS4 and Xbox One versions.

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RiME

RiME

RiME, the 3D puzzle-platformer that should have been a PS4 exclusive, has finally been released just everywhere letting players on PC, PS4 and Xbox One enjoy its peculiar atmosphere and the interaction with the things and creatures of the weird island the young protagonist was shipwrecked on. Available since May on the aforementioned platforms and coming on Nintendo Switch, RiME suffered a not particularly happy debut on PC with several issues and controversy about the use of anti-crack (and always cracking) bullshit known as Denuvo.

The Surge

The Surge

The German folks at Deck13 went from the fantasy settings of Lords of the Fallen to the dystopian sci-fi scenario of The Surge, where the world has gone bad and the bravest men are forced to put an exoskeleton on, get a job in a mega-corporation as a mechanic sweeper and go hunting for ugly and evil foes to increase their kill count, recover new parts to upgrade the exoskeleton and face mega-bosses in a bad mood. The new Tube celebrities-proof game is available since May on PC Windows, PS4 and Xbox One.

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