Ghost Games returns with their fourth Need For Speed entry, and it resembles a mix of prior games like Underground, ProStreet, and 2005’s Most Wanted. Now, Need For Speed Heat lays the melodrama of cops vs racers on rather thick, but the dichotomy of day & night is what takes center stage. It feels like the game is running on all cylinders this time, and is such a triumph for the series. Need For Speed Heat is the most exciting racing game of 2019.
From the moment GOG had announced GOG GALAXY 2.0 back in May, I knew it was going to be something special. They promised an application that would not only be the launcher to unify all launchers, but it would also bring in your console games as well. That’s no doubt a feat unto its own, but its an achievement because they’ve done it. There’s an overwhelming sensation that there’s too many launchers to install, use, and manage — and that’s right, there are. But thankfully GOG Galaxy 2.0 handles it so well, you won’t think about the other launchers as they operate in the background. The application is in Closed Beta presently, and while it has a ways to go, all the important pieces are there to prove that GOG Galaxy 2.0 is a must-have launcher with a singular focus.
DICE returns to World War II with Battlefield V, which is a follow-up to Battlefield 1, and takes place before Battlefield 2, Battlefield 3, and Battlefield 4. Number order confusion aside, Battlefield V is the best the series has felt in a long time. Clearly the lessons learned from Battlefield 1 have come to Battlefield V in a big way, allowing you to see the improvements to the systems and mechanics that make it feel so good. With the Frostbite engine powering this thing, World War II never looked so good. Between an somewhat confusing single-player approach, and the excellent multiplayer, Battlefield V approaches war with a sense of appreciation and historical representation that we haven’t seen before.