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10 New Games & Whether You Should Buy Them or Not

Game reviews October 2017

We review the biggest games out there and whether you should be dedicating some time to them this month!

From big-name sequels to smaller indie titles, there have been some massively exciting and highly-anticipated games hitting shelves recently. We’ve got our hands on the biggest new games and put them through the ringer to give you everything you need to know about the current releases in one handy feature:

Destiny 2

Available on: Xbox One, PS4, PC

What is it? Arguably one of the biggest games of the year, Destiny 2 aims to take the MMO-FPS hybrid formula of 2014’s shooter and up-the-ante in all departments.

Is it any good? The result is a far more polished and cohesive experience, from the shooting itself right down to the match-making portions of the game. A greater emphasis on story is here for those looking for a single-player experience, but there’s more than enough meat on the bone for multiplayer gamers too. Destiny 2 looks gorgeous and plays even better. It still struggles with its learning curve and overwhelming set-up which plagued the first game too, but if you’ve got the patience to really tuck into what’s below the surface, it’s well worth the price of admission.

How much does it cost? Find the best price here.

Ark: Survival Evolved

Available on: Xbox One, PS4, PC

What is it? Ark: Survival Evolved takes the popular survival genre of games, and throws in a ton of dinosaurs (a guaranteed way to improve anything — fact!).

Is it any good? Like Minecraft meets Dino Riders, Ark: Survival Evolved manages to deliver the practicality of building and construction with the novelty and awesomeness of dinosaurs and guns. The AI can often be a bit clumsy and the gameplay-loop does become noticeable after a couple hours, but thanks to the great MMO-esque component of Ark, there’s always unpredictable dino-raids and enough shooting, evolving and exploring to keep you entertained for a long, long time. If the idea of starting out stabbing small dinos and working your way up to riding a T-Rex with a machine-gun in tow, give Ark: Survival Evolved a look.

How much does it cost? Find the best price here.

Resident Evil: Revelations

Available on: Xbox One, PS4, PC

What is it? An HD remake of Resident Evil Revelations, which first launched on the Nintendo 3DS back in 2012, and tried to emulate the tense resource management and dark atmosphere of the original RE trilogy, resulting in one of the better spin-offs in the franchise.

Is it any good? Surprisingly, yes. Despite being a port of a handheld game originally, RE: Revelations is a great horror experience that doesn’t feel dated or out of place on today’s consoles. The game takes place between Resident Evil 4 and 5, following franchise staples Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield as they infiltrate a seemingly abandoned cruise ship. Things go south as you might expect, and all sorts of nautical nasties emerge from the depths to try and murder Jill and Chris. The enemy variety is a little on the recurring side of things, but Revelations throws a unique setting, interesting scenarios, and the classic Resident Evil cheese you love and expect from the series.

How much does it cost? Find the best price here.

WRC 7

Available on: Xbox One, PS4, PC

What is it? The official World Rally Championship game, which is now in it’s seventh instalment.

Is it any good? The WRC series doesn’t have the spiff and spark of its rival Dirt series, but what it does have is a meticulous attention to details when it comes to the feel of racing. There are some truly scenic stages that real rally fans will recognise and appreciate, and the selection of official cars is satisfying too. It’s not the most accessible games for casual racing fans, but rally enthusiasts will get their share of service from the title.

How much does it cost? Find the best price here.

Cuphead

Available on: Xbox One, PC

What is it? Cuphead is a classic run-and-gun action game heavily focused on boss battles and is inspired by haunting yet colourful cartoons of the 1930s.

Is it any good? If you think old-school side-scrollers of yesteryear were down and out in the modern age of gaming, Cuphead will prove you wrong, it’s a solid platforming action game with tight controls and great co-op that stands out amongst this year’s other releases. It’s also the most unique-looking games you’ll see in a while, as everything from the visuals and audio have been painstakingly created with the same techniques of the era, i.e. traditional hand drawn cel animation, watercolour backgrounds, and original jazz recordings. Cuphead is a challenging and testing experience, but a beautiful one too which is just forgiving enough that everyone can enjoy it.

FIFA 18

Available on: Xbox One, PS4, PC, Switch

What is it? It’s FIFA.

Is it any good? While we love the franchise, FIFA‘s gradual changes over the years haven’t managed to impress us too much, but we were pleasantly surprised when going hands-on with FIFA 18. The game takes a much slower approach to football, and for the better. Taking queues from its Japanese counterpart, the Pro Evolution Soccer series, FIFA has a new look and feel to it this year, where the ball is more free-flowing with far batter physics and dynamic movement from players. This results in a much more realistic and difficult game, which is exactly what FIFA needed. The story mode is enjoyable albeit a bit predictable, but rating FIFA on its story mode is like critiquing a salad for having average bacon — the fact it even has bacon is a win in itself.

How much does it cost? Find the best price here.

Matterfall

Available on: PS4

What is it? A fast, frantic bullet-hell side-scroller inspired by the likes of Metroid and Castlevania.

Is it any good? Between the explosions, twitchy-movements, and colourful bursts on screen, Matterfall is incredibly overwhelming experience, but one which stands out from other games at the moment. It’s incredibly tough and requires a lot of responsive thinking, and while it’s not too long or drawn-out (coming in at about 6 hours), fans of Strider and the likes will feel a sense of nostalgia around Matterfall.

How much does it cost? Find the best price here.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2018

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox 360,PS3

What is it? Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer is back for another season and looking to increase its dent in a market that has come to be dominated by FIFA in recent years.

Is it any good? The franchise has made great strides to deliver a more comprehensive and well-rounded gameplay experience, and bringing some spectacular visuals to match, possibly even toppling EA’s offering this year. In terms of actual gameplay improvements, the existing model has been tweaked and refined to create a more realistic game speed. There is a new strategic dribbling mechanic that gives players that extra bit of control on the ball, along with some new skill moves. However, not too much has changed since last year’s instalment, and FIFA has made a bit of a leap ahead of PES for this year’s football battle. While they are different animals, it’s hard to recommend PES 2018 over FIFA 18 at the moment.

How much does it cost? Find the best price here.

Knack 2

Available on: PS4

What is it? The sequel to the PS4’s launch title, Knack, which introduced great physics-based puzzles and platforming, but couldn’t help leaving gamers feeling they had just played a tech demo rather than a game.

Is it any good? If Knack was the appetiser, Knack II is the main course. The sequel takes the concepts of the first game and improves upon them in multiple ways. Rather than a mish-mash of scenarios to show off the PS4’s physics rendering capabilities, Knack II is a far more story-orientated and focused game, providing a more enjoyable and familiar 3D platforming experience that fans of Crash Bandicoot would enjoy. Two-player co-op has also been added, giving those who love the LEGO games something akin to play. It is still targeted at younger audiences, and veteran gamers will find some of the puzzles and challenges easy, but it’s a fun distraction if you’re looking to play something with a partner or younger sibling.

How much does it cost? Find the best price here.

Marvel v Capcom: Infinite

Available on: Xbox One, PS4, PC

What is it? A 2.5D super-powered fisticuff bonanza featuring a huge roster of Marvel and Capcom characters.

Is it any good? It’s very good. Despite a cut-down roster (the X-Men do not make an appearance in this particular sequel), the mechanics, speed, and new additions to the beloved but ageing formula have done wonders for Marvel v Capcom: Infinite. The story mode is actually incredibly enjoyable and entertaining, with some spectacular cut-scenes, but the inclusion of the Infinity Stones (which are the main macguffins in the story) in the gameplay mix things up excellently. Players can attach Infinity Stones to their character in order to give them a booster in fights, making the diversity and unpredictability of playing your friends or online an exciting prospect. Fans of Mortal Kombat and Injustice should give it a shot.

How much does it cost? Find the best price here.

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