Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War finally sees the return to the setting and characters we’ve been waiting for since the first installment. With Black Ops III, there was a lackluster story that never amounted to anything worthwhile. Then we got Black Ops 4, which was great on all fronts, but it didn’t have a campaign – which was probably for the best after the prior entry. Treyarch takes us back to the 1980s, reuniting us with Mason and Woods along with some new faces and names to stop a Cold War gone hot. Cold War offers a blend of nostalgia-fueled gameplay with next-generation visuals for a true sequel to the original game.
The next generation of games is being ushered in, and leading the pack is The Falconeer. While my experience has been solely on PC, it offers a fresh and exciting feeling I’ve not had in the prior generation. The game has incredible sound design, a sensory overload in visuals, and satisfying combat that is a soft mix between Crimson Skies and Panzer Dragoon. There’s also a careful balance of exploration and combat that drives the game in a direction we haven’t seen before. The sense of wonderment while playing The Falconeer is unparalleled.
After a year away from the franchise, Ubisoft is back with another Assassin’s Creed title, Valhalla. It’s Ninth century England, and the battle between the Assassins and the Templar is just as fierce as it has ever been. Building upon and fine-tuning the gameplay seen in Origins and Odyssey, Valhalla is the best in this trilogy of RPG centric Assassin’s Creed games, but is it the best Assassin’s title so far?