Black Friday is here, and with it comes some epic sales over the next couple of days. We’ve rounded up some of the most impressive games from the past year that you should keep an eye out for.
Ratchet & Clank – R473 (Raru)
Ratchet & Clank make their PS4 debut with a rebooted iteration of the beloved galactic adventurers, and while it also ties into the recent animated feature film, it avoids the trope of becoming a terrible licensed adaptation. The platforming is fun and fresh, the weapons are as bizarre and satisfying as you would expect from an Insomniac game, and it’s one of the best-looking games on the PS4. Ratchet & Clank is a triumphant return for the duo and a must-play for anyone familiar with the franchise or looking for something with a little colour, humour, and some impeccably tight gameplay mechanics.
Recore – R349 (BT Games)
While it has a few shortcomings, ReCore is one of the most interesting games to come out this year. Designed by one the creators behind Mega Man and Metroid Prime, ReCore is a third-person action adventure, which stars Joule — one of the last surviving humans — who’s fighting her way through a destroyed desert world, working with a series of quirky mechanical pets to help her fight robotic villains. It’s got interesting combat, platforming, and puzzle elements, which wrap up tightly into a fun and rather beautiful campaign.
ReCore is available from BT Games for R349. (Special ends 27 November)
Gears of War 4 – R499 (Loot)
The Gears of War franchise returns with new characters, new enemies, a new mission, and a new developer on board, and manages to remind us exactly what made Gears so damn likeable in the first place. It doesn’t diverge too far away from the cover-shooter formula that made the original trilogy a hit, but does introduce new gameplay twists thanks to some great environmental changes and snazzy guns that mix up the chainsawing carnage. Gears 4 is also spectacular to look at, and is a shining flagship for the Xbox One at this point. This is as high-quality as a triple-A release comes, and it’s expansive multiplayer and Horde 3.0 modes give the Gearsseries legs that will outlast until the next outing.
Gears of War 4 is available from Loot for R499. (Special ends 28 November)
Destiny – R149.90 (BT Games)
Even with its stumbles, the initial release of Destiny was a colossal achievement in interactive design, integrating a number of differing genre elements into a smart and unified game. Story-based campaigning, co-op comradeship, or adversarial annihilation – Destiny delivers on all fronts.
- Destiny (Xbox One) – R149.90 (Special ends 27 November)
- Destiny (PS4) – R149.90 (Special ends 27 November)
Mafia III is one of the unsung heroes of 2016 – being an incredible action experience, but one which released alongside some much “bigger” games (*cough* Battlefield 1 *cough*). Mafia III tells the story of Lincoln Clay, who has just returned from the Vietnam War. He’s taken in by the “Black Mob”, but just as he starts to believe he’s found somewhere he can belong, the Italian Mob wipes them out. Clay vows to have his revenge – and that’s when the car chases, shady dealings, and bloody gunfights kick off. The game is absolutely spectacular in motion and the 1968 New Orleans cityscape is a refreshing setting for the chaos that you can unleash in Mafia 3.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – R299 (Makro)
The last couple of Assassin’s Creed titles have left us wanting a little more, but the most recent entry into the series, Syndicate, delivers in spades. Set in 1868 London, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate marks the first time players can switch between two main protagonists freely throughout the game, and the first main game with a playable female character. The two Fryes have specialised uses like Jacob being better in close combat and Evie excelling in stealth maneuvers. Syndicate also includes a new means of transportation in the rope launcher that allows Evie and Jacob to rappel up buildings and use a zip-line between them, and carriages and trains can be used to get around London.
Grant Theft Auto V – various prices (BT Games)
By now, either you’ve played Grand Theft Auto V and have appreciated its brilliance, or you’ve yet to indulge in one of the best games ever made. GTA V on PS4 and Xbox One is still a better game than most of the other games released on the new consoles so far. A must play for newcomers, and a great reason to return to Los Santos for veterans. (Special ends 27 November)
- GTA V (PC) – R499.90
- GTA V (Xbox One) – R499.90
- GTA V (PS4) – R499.90
- GTA V (Xbox 360) – R299.90
- GTA V (PS3) – R299.90
*All prices and availability are correct at time of posting.
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