The first DLC for Prey is a surprise, because not only is it an expansion, but one that has a twist you wouldn’t expect out of Bethesda or Arkane. Titled, “Mooncrash” this is an infinitely replayable DLC – akin to roguelikes, but done in that very Arkane way. This expansion takes place after the events of Prey, and expands the lore and possibilities of what Prey can offer. ♫ You spin me right round, baby ♫
MotoGP 18 serves a reboot of the series for Milestone. With Unreal Engine 4 now powering the game, the game was built from the ground up. MotoGP 18 looks photo realistic with how light and shadows work to the way physics and handling are done. MotoGP 18 sees a lot of other improvements over prior entries that no longer compare, namely the career mode. But in a lot of ways this reboot exposes how serious and sterile the experience is. Though I have to say, this the most authentic and best simulation of the sport to date, making it all the reason you should own this.
Gunheart from Drifter Entertainment is a VR game first and foremost, but it isn’t exclusionary as it allows for desktop players to get in on the action as well. Gunheart is incredibly social, approachable by anyone, funny, and constantly adding new missions to extend its lifespan. Drifter Entertainment has made a well-rounded game that if you’ve got friends with or without VR, you’ll have a great time where no one will be left out.
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life marks an end to the tale of series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu. As sad as those words are to write, the sixth mainline title in this franchise leaves me with a gigantic grin on my face. Coming off the incredible Yakuza 0 and the first Yakuza remaster, Kiwami, Yakuza 6 is at a high point in the series popularity here in the states. Thankfully this latest entry in the series will continue that high as it gives fans more of what makes these titles great.
Inspired by an episode of “One Thousand and One Nights” (also known as “Arabian Nights”), the City of Brass is Uppercut Games’ twist on the tale. While the original was a story that meant express the downfalls of wealth, the game is about survival and reversing a curse. You won’t find Aladdin and Princess Jasmine here, but you will find a rich, luxurious world to explore that’s conversely incredibly ruthless. City of Brass is captivating as it incites curiosity and the desire to see more with each return trip through the gates.
If you didn’t think you’d hear the words BATTLETECH or MechWarrior in 2018, or 3018 for that matter, rejoice. Harebrained Schemes and original BATTLETECH creator, Jordan Weisman have made a tabletop experience on PC. MechWarrior is known for being a shooter series, and BATTLETECH is thought of as a tactical game. Each embrace the space opera in different ways, but BATTLETECH‘s return sees events unfold with exciting twists and turns. BATTLETECH sits well in the house of Paradox, and cements its place as being the premier tactical series that’s been long overdue for a revival.
Vandals from Cosmografik and ARTE is a beautiful, historic revisit of the world of art’s most notorious form of expression, tagging. Playable on PC and mobile makes for a wonderful experience no matter how and where you play. Vandals looks and sounds like an art piece in motion. While its puzzles will keep you going, it is the underlying history lesson it quietly teaches you is what you’ll stay for.
Now this is a story all about how / My life got flipped turned upside down / And I’d like to take a Minit, just sit right there / I’ll tell you how I overcame a frown after I took this cursed sword. Minit from collaboration of developers JW, Kitty, Jukio, and Dom have something special here. It being published by Devolver Digital says something, too. But playing Minit is a unique and exciting adventure that is more than minute’s worth of enjoyment.
The return of the MX vs ATV series comes thanks to THQ Nordic and Rainbow Studios, the original publisher and developer. However, that return is met with a meh, rather than memorable. MX vs ATV All Out has just about everything that made the series what it is, but feels like a step back from where it left off. The core presentation and offerings of MX vs ATV All Out are really solid, though the things all around tend to fall apart the longer you play it.
Sea of Thieves is the pirate game I’ve always wanted. It doesn’t deliver in all the ways I would have expected, but it makes me feel like the world is my oyster. Rare nails the look, sound, and feel of being a pirate with Sea of Thieves. Where it falters though, is giving you the information necessary to get started. Once you get everything figured out though, Sea of Thieves is at its most fun with friends.