Y Geek Squad’s resident gamer Alvin Thomas takes an in-depth look at some of the best new games coming to a console near you!
Red Faction: Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered Edition
The good old days of exploring Mars is back… and this time, it’s on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Originally released back in 2009 (thus the wordplay ‘Re-Mars-tered’), the new game can be enjoyed in 4K resolution! The third-person shooter will feature a largely unchanged storyline: It’s up to you to liberate the colonies on Mars from the oppressive government by destroying their outposts in each sector. The plot may sound a tad generic, but the gameplay is nothing short of high-octane.
Platform: PS4 and Xbox One
This turn-based, role-playing game has no reason to be on our list – but with its classic 2D game design that hearkens back to the Final Fantasy games – Ocopath Traveler brings the element of nostalgia back into gaming. Of course, things are a bit more sophisticated now: You get striking visual effects with 2D sprite animation and polygonal 3D backgrounds, and modern effects like motion blur. You also get to choose between eight playable characters – each with their own unique abilities.
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Sonic Mania Plus
Our favourite supersonic hedgehog, Sonic, is making a comeback – and this time, you can enjoy the experience on all leading gaming consoles. ‘Plus’ stands for the two additional characters in the title: Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel – both of whom we absolutely adore. Apart from that, Sega also adds a new four-player competitive multiplayer and stage remix modes that should keep you occupied.
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
No Man’s Sky
It seems the trend is all about remastered games. No Man’s Sky – which was released in 2016 – will now make its way into consoles, albeit, with four new updates, including a live multiplayer version and additions on the space exploration front. The game will revolve around four segments: exploration, survival, combat, and trading. Players are also free to perform within the entirety of the 18 quintillion planets (!) that are a part of the open universe.
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
The Banner Saga 3
Strategy game meets art: That’s what The Banner Saga 3 is all about. Those familiar with the series will know of the intricate, yet captivating, storyline. But, for those of you simpletons (like me) who don’t know, the game revolves around a band of humans and mythical beings taking turns to sustain their race from extinction. The third installation of the game will also mark the end of the long-running series, so make sure to grab your copy while you can.
Platform: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS