OK, we don’t want to lie from the outset. We’re not exactly sure if this article takes 5 minutes to read, but it’s somewhere in the ballpark. We’re writers, not mathematicians here!
Anyway, with all the massive games releasing this season, it’s quite difficult for gamers out there to keep track of what’s releasing when and what’s worth picking up (for one reason or another); so, in the spirit of being as thorough as possible, we’ve reviewed 5 of the biggest titles that have released within the last month in one convinent article, rounding up exactly what games have released, if they’re any good, and which one you should buy.
Here’s our 5 game reviews in 5 minutes:
Gears of War 4
Available on: Xbox One, PC
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 Gears series legs that will outlast until the next outing.
Should you play it: Why aren’t you playing it already?
Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration edition
Available on: PS4
Following the successful release on Xbox One earlier this year, Lara Croft’s most recent adventure makes its debut on the PS4, albeit with some enhanced features and new additions. The base game itself is spectacular, expanding on the stellar 2013 reboot, which takes some pages out of Uncharted‘s book, and to good effect. The influence of crafting and survival has taken the experience to new heights, and the ever-evolving story of a young and ambitious Lara Croft is impossible to not be caught up in. The 20 Year Celebration also features two previously-unreleased segments, Blood Ties, which takes place in Croft Manor, and Lara’s Nightmare, a zombie mode of sorts, which throws you into an onslaught of creatures as you try and survive. For those who may own the Xbox One version, there’s not too much you’re missing out here, but for anyone who is yet to experience Rise of the Tomb Raider, it’s a must-play.
Should you play it: If you haven’t played the Xbox One version, yes.
Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Whereas FIFA dominates the “casual” market, PES continues its meticulous approach to football with PES 2017. That isn’t a bash to the FIFA franchise at all, but where FIFA thrives in bells and whistles, PES more than makes up for it with tactical strategy and technical abilities. Running on Konami’s Fox Engine (which powered Metal Gear Solid V), PES 2017 is visually impressive, with player likenesses and animations beginning to look frighteningly real. As for the gameplay, PES 2017 is slower, more refined, and tighter than other entries into the franchise up until now, and what it achieves is a great sense of “feel” on the ball – something football games often overlook. After some ups and downs in recent years, PES 2017 is arguably the best PES to date and will please long-time fans while also alluring newcomers to the series.
Should you play it: If you’re a die-hard football fan and want something different, yes.
Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC
WRC 6 enters the mud-splattered rally world to reclaim its crown from the superb Dirt series, but while WRC 6 is a great step forward for the franchise and can be good fun at times, the faults it contains mean that it doesn’t really put in a serious challenge to Dirt Rally for the console rallying crown. Nonetheless, there’s enough enjoyment on offer to make it a decent alternative for those who are looking for something a bit less hardcore. Outside of career mode, there are online-enabled challenges with real-world calendar entry cut-offs, which are always nice to have a stab at (even if the times at the top of the table are ridiculously fast, and an excellent online multiplayer mode.
Should you play it: Casual gamers and hardcore rally fans will enjoy it.
Dragon Quest Builders
Available on: Xbox One, PS Vita, PS3
Like a strange love-child of Minecraft and the Dragon Quest RPG series, Dragon Quest Builders is a spin-off of the long-running tradition RPG franchise. In this particular tangent to the main series, players are tasked to collect, craft, and build their own little world, but of course, any Dragon Quest game requires some combat and light role-playing elements. Gamers will have to scavenge for resources to build their own base, then having to defend it against monsters before fighting a bosses. It’s a surprisingly engaging and entertaining affair, and while it may look like a children’s game, it definitely offers up more than enough for those looking for something familiar, yet different.
Should you play it: If you’re looking for some light RPG action, yes.
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