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Code Vein, Grid & Tropico 6 – Should You Buy Them?

Game review Code Vein Tropico 6 Grid

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:

Code Vein

Available on: Xbox One, PS4, PC

What is it? A Dark Souls-like action game, with an injection of Japanese high-intensity action, following a vampiric clan in a post-apocalyptic earth.

Is it any good? While it’s difficult to not make comparisons between Code Vein and the Dark Souls series, the game does a fantastic job at carving out its own identity. Faster action, super powers, beautiful anime-style visuals, and an AI teammate make Code Vein a lot more accessible and immediately exciting than From Software’s infamous franchise. Code Vein does retread some enemy types and environments, but as an action-RPG alternative, it’s a blood-sucking good time.

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


Available on: Xbox One, PS4, PC

What is it? A soft-reboot of sorts to Dirt developer Codemasters’ lesser-known racing franchise, bringing a mix of different on-street disciplines for racing fans to indulge in.

Is it any good? If you like your racing on the more arcade side of things, but do enjoy some simulation elements, Grid should be on your radar. It avoids the pacing pitfalls of being an out-and-out real-life racer by returning the franchise’s ‘rewind’ mechanic, introducing a fun Nemesis system (making the AI aggressive if you prod or bump them), and adding a fun aesthetic to the way you progress through the career mode. There isn’t much to dive into off the track, with the efforts clearly being put into the moment-to-moment racing gameplay, and thankfully that delivers, with some great diversity in the different race types.

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

Tropico 6

Available on: Xbox One, PS4, PC

What is it? The latest instalment in the Tropico construction and management sequel, that’ll definitely appeal to aspiring tyrants or peaceful leaders.

Is it any good? As with previous games in the series, players are able to build their cities across colonial, modern, and wartime eras on the tropical nation of Tropico, along with a new feature letting players build on an archipelago of smaller, connected islands. It’s a tried-and-tested gameplay formula that’s incredibly addictive, and far more satisfying for those Sim City and Sims fans who are looking for a more direction and fun. There is quite a lot to learn and get to grips with as you begin the game, but once you’re deep into your reign and your colony is running smoothly, the game does a great job at always giving you something to strive for or an opportunity exploit your power.

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


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