And exhale… We’ve barely caught our breath from the incredible week of gaming last week, with the likes of Horizon: Zero Dawn, Zelda: Breath of the Wild and the launch of the Nintendo Switch keeping us way too busy, but we’ve got ourselves another blockbuster week ahead. Here’s the games you should take note of this week, 6-10 March 2017:
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
Release date: 7 March 2017 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
What is it? Ubisoft is ditching the advanced tech you might typically associate for the Ghost Recon franchise, making Ghost Recon: Wildlands a more rugged, down-to-earth take on team-based military ops. The tactical warfare takes place in modern-day Bolivia this time around, as you and your elite squad of specialists work to systematically take down a drug cartel in a giant open-world setting.
Why should I play it? It’s arguably the most ambitious and large-scale Ghost Recon game to date, full of weapon customisation, player choice and the fact you can once again team-up with your friends over online co-op multiplayer is an exciting prospect.
Release date: 7 March 2017 (Xbox One, PS4, PC); TBA (Switch)
What is it? Essentially LEGO meets Minecraft, LEGO Worlds throws you into a playbox-type building sim that allows players to construct whatever they want – in either single or co-op play. Players can also explore each unique procedurally-generated World in the game and unlock new discoveries: from cowboys and giraffes to vampires and polar bears, to steamrollers, race cars, and colossal digging machines! Also available to the players’ arsenal is the multi-tool, which can help shape environments and alter any World to your liking: raise the terrain to create vast mountain ranges, or enter the Brick-by-Brick editor to build anything you can imagine.
Why should I play it? If you want a change from shooting enemies in the face, it’s a great option, and the humour and creativity Traveller’s Tales put into their games is always worth indulging in. World sharing over online (which will be added in a later update) will also allow users to share their creations with friends.
Release date: 10 March 2017 (PS4, PC)
What is it? Offering a fresh blend of action and RPG gameplay styles, NieR: Automata is the follow-up to the 2010 cult hit NieR, and combines the design talents of Drakengard designer Yoko Taro in collaboration with development team Platinum Games (Bayonetta, Vanquish). The game tells the story of androids 2B, 9S and A2 and their battle to reclaim a machine-driven dystopia overrun by powerful weapons known as machine lifeforms.
Why should I play it? The team behind Nier: Automata has made some pretty spectacular games, so there’s an expectation of quality; not to mention it features a very interesting combat system and some gorgeous environments.
What game are you most excited for this week? Let us know by tweeting@MenStuffZA and commenting below.