Y’s Geek Squad gets geared up for autumn with a slew of slick, sporty and scary offerings guaranteed to keep you stuck to the sofa. Here are three of the best.
Promises of a fun-filled September are headlined by premiere titles that we’ve been dying to try out – and fortunately rank among the best releases of the year – thereby, infusing the ‘cool’ factor that has long been missing in an industry chock-full of drab (and gory!) zombie assault missions.
There’s no easy way to put it: FIFA has endured as the unrivalled champion in football simulation games for the past decade or so (sorry, Pro Evolution Soccer fans) – and its latest take is its best yet, throwing shade on a rival that has long tussled for a share of the action in vain. The game keeps all its original elements – the 1v1 and 2v2 matches, Ultimate team, and career and online multiplayer modes, but an additional VOLTA Football mode – a gameplay reminiscent of that of FIFA Street last seen in 2012 – makes its way to the game, bringing some Futsal action to the mix. Gaming dynamics and the online transfer market is believed to be unchanged; meaning, you’ll still find yourself belligerently smashing your controller into bits. However, the developers say that this is their greatest take on the game so far. We’d like to believe Electronic Arts, but we’ve been stung before.
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
New cars, new tracks, and new rivals; Grid 2019 packs in the best of arcade gaming with the pizzazz of simulation racing to create a fun little title fit for casual gamers who don’t want the miseries of playing fiddle with an army of complex controls. The result is a fun-to-play game that lets you put your skills to the test against an AI engine (Nemesis System) that can exact revenge on you if you play dirty. Speaking of which, F1 racing driver, Fernando Alonso takes the role of your Racing Consultant, before finally challenging you in the single-player mode’s final event. If previous titles are anything to go by, this will be a great game with plenty of hours’ of gameplay under its belt.
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Google Stadia
A lot can go wrong when you trail the paths of Jurassic Park alone; if anything, all the movies have taught us that. Dare enough and you may just come face to face with some killer dinosaurs from a bygone era that have been kept alive through breakthroughs in science. This forms the crux of the Lego game that was released on PC and consoles in 2015. This minor remaster of the game for the Nintendo Switch adds 20 dinosaur species, nearly 100 characters to play as, and faster loading times to complement a fine title that’s worthy of being in the Jurassic world (unlike the last two flicks!).
Platform: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS Vita, Wii U, Mac OS, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch