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3 New Games & Whether You Should Buy Them or Not

Review NBA 2K21 Project Cars PGA Tour 2K21

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:

Project Cars 3

Available on: Xbox One, PS4, PC

What is it? Racing veterans Slightly Mad Studios release their third instalment in the Project Cars franchise, bringing more customisable cars that are available to race on 140 global circuits.

Is it any good?  While the first two Project Cars games took more of a simulation angle which fans of Gran Turismo or Forza Motorsport would appreciate, Project Cars 3 tries to cut out the fluff and make a fun and exhilarating racing experience, but one that’s still true to the authenticity of the sport. Funnily, this feels like the real spiritual successor to the brilliant but under-appreciated Need for Speed: Shift spin-off, with a meaty career mode, tons of vehicles, and some amazing visuals. If you’re a racing fan and want to try something a little different, this is the welcome surprise of 2020.

PGA Tour 2K21

Available on: Xbox One, PS4, PC

What is it? The officially licensed PGA Tour game, developed by the team at HB Studios, who have been working on The Golf Club franchise for the past few years.

Is it any good? PGA Tour 2K21 is a great blend of a solid gameplay foundation with the licensed associated with 2K’s sporting franchises. It’s not perfect, as there are some visual shortcomings, but there’s a lot of good to enjoy too: there’s a comprehensive career mode to keep you occupied for months, a create-a-player to build your own pro, the ability to customise your equipment, and online matches to challenge your friends in. This is the golf game for real golf and gear nerds, and the fact that there are 15 licensed courses in total, and pros like Sergio Garcia and Justin Thomas to play as or alongside, makes PGA Tour 2K21 the best golf experience you’ll find at the moment.

NBA 2K21

Available on: Xbox One, PS4, PC

What is it? The next entry into 2K Sports’ usually-brilliant NBA 2K series, which did hit a bit of a speed-bump in 2019 due to some poorly implemented monetisation elements.

Is it any good? While the core basketball gameplay of NBA 2K21 is just so darn good (passing, running, and shooting just feels solid), it can’t be ignored that the game is still littered with microtransaction opportunities being thrust onto you. They’re obviously optional, but you’ll often find yourself working through pop-ups and menus regularly trying to get away from them. The emphasis on these pay-to-gain mechanics is relatively bizarre for a game that prides itself on such stellar gameplay. However, even with the obnoxious microtransaction elements, 2K’s latest entry is still the best b-ball game out there. There’s a few tweaks to shooting and AI reactions, and while newcomers might find it slightly overwhelming, but once you pass the initial learning curve, there’s a lot of fun to be had.

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