We’ve got another big week of gaming excitement ahead of us, as a sequel to Halo Wars finally emerges from the shadows, along with an indie title worth your attention, and a love-letter to anime fans. Here are our picks for the games releasing 20-24 February 2017:
Halo Wars 2
Release date: 21 February 2017 (Xbox One, PC)
What is it? It’s been a long time coming for Halo Wars 2. Sequel to the 2009 real-time strategy game Halo Wars, the game brings a new threat to the UNSC crew. Instead of the Covenant, the human will be facing against a new alien faction known as the Banished. It’s a fun, frantic, and strategic RTS that throws you into the role of a commander in the Halo universe.
Why should I play it? The first game was a massive success and there’s some serious pedigree going into this one, as it’s being developed by the studio that helmed the acclaimed Total War series. It’s also a strategy game built for console, and there’s not a lot of those going around, so yeah.
How much does it cost? R859 (Xbox One)
Night in the Woods
Release date: 21 February 2017 (PS4, PC)
What is it? Night in the Woods is an adventure game focused on exploration, story, and character, featuring dozens of characters to meet and lots to do across a lush, vibrant world. After a successful Kickstarter it’s being made by Infinite Fall, a teamup of Alec Holowka (Aquaria), Scott Benson (Late Night Work Club), and Bethany Hockenberry. The game follows Mae, a cat who returns home from college to her beleaguered rust-belt town, but something is amiss.
Why should I play it? Night in the Woods looks jam-packed with lavish visuals and dense dialogue, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Players can run, jump and use astral projection to explore the many sides of town of Possum Springs and the surrounding environments. It’s a clever concept that shows us there’s more than meets the eye to what you’re seeing in Possum Springs.
Beserk and the Band of the Hawk
Release date: 24 February 2017 (PS4, PS Vita); 21 February 2017 (PC)
What is it? The legendary manga series, Berserk, is getting its own Dynasty Warriors spinoff from Musou developer Omega Force. Players will encounter a smorgasbord of fearsome foes throughout Berserk and the Band of the Hawk. Evil Spirits, Ogres, Kelpies, Golems, Trolls and Demonic Knights are just a handful of the many enemies that players must annihilate during their adventure.
Why should I play it? It features the familiar one-man-army hack-‘n-slash gameplay that has made Dynasty Warriors such a beloved franchise, but Berserk will feature some pretty grotesque violence – something that is synonymous with the original anime. Also, for fans of the anime, The game will cover quite a bit of Berserk’s massive storyline, starting in the Golden Age arc (following a prelude mission that temporarily skips ahead to the Eclipse) and going all the way up to the Falcon of the Millennium Empire arc.
How much does it cost? R960 (PS4)
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