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3 Interesting Game Releases & Whether You Should Buy Them or Not

We review Sea of Solitude, Dragon Quest Builders 2, and Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled.

This past month, the gaming release calendar has quieted down a bit, but that doesn’t mean that we haven’t had a handful of titles worth your attention. We got our hands on some of the biggest games of the month to find out if they’re worth a play or pass.

Sea of Solitude

Available on: Xbox One | PS4 | PC

What is it? Much like the PS4’s short-but-brilliant Journey, Sea of Solitude focuses on story and narrative, giving you an adventure about a girl named Kay in a submerged city that has a few obstacles, but is really about telling an interesting tale and poking your emotions.

Is it any good? If you like your games with some emotional weight to them, Sea of Solitude should be a serious consideration. It’s slow and wandering gameplay style may not be everyone’s cup of tea, and there are some lacklustre enemy encounters, but to be fair, there are very few games like it, especially ones that touch on the themes of depression and anxiety like Sea of Solitude does.

Dragon Quest Builders 2

Available on: Xbox One | PS4 | PC | Switch
Price: from R724

What is it? The sequel to 2016’s highly-underappreciated Dragon Quest Builders is here, and delivers a far more fleshed-out experience to the explore-gather-build gameplay of the first game. There’s a new multiplayer component, allowing players to team up with friends to help them explore and build; but the real winning-addition is the enhanced narrative and quests of the campaign that’ll lure in fans of traditional RPGs.

Is it any good? Dragon Quest Builders 2 is a huge improvement on an already-impressive foundation. The sandbox world is far larger and more detailed than the first game, also allowing you to swim and fly which brings in a lot of new resource-gathering mechanics and traversal options. And while some building/RPGs do feel slightly vague in their direction, DQB2 gives you a clear goal to strive for, but enough room to wiggle, allowing you to make the adventure your own.

Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled

Available on: Xbox One | PS4 | PC | Switch
Price: from R549

What is it? Kart-racing fans will fondly remember Crash Bandicoot’s foray into the genre with Crash Team Racing on the Playstation back in 1999, and just like the Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy, it has received a full remake. In addition to vastly updated visuals and controls, Nitro-Fueled adds several new features, including online multiplayer and a revamped story mode.

Is it any good? Nitro-Fueled does an amazing job to bring kart-racers back to the forefront of the modern gaming scene. You get the colourful visuals, zany tracks, and competition-levelling power-ups – making it one of the best games in its category; however, it does still suffer a little bit from things that plagued the genre during its heyday: rubber-band AI and frustrating set-backs during crashes which essentially end your run. But when playing split-screen co-op (something completely overlooked with today’s game), no racing game comes close to Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled‘s fun.

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