God of War
There’s been a lot of changes made to the new God of War when compared to the original PlayStation 2 and 3 games. More inspiration has been taken from RPGs, with the addition of side quests a branching world map and more upgrades for weapons and armour, Kratos’ son joins the fight with his own abilities, and the Greek setting’s been swapped for a chillier Norse one. Happily, Santa Monica Studio have made it all fit together well. The game looks and feels great, especially the combat with its diverse range of abilities and powers. Read WIRED’s review of it here.
With only 60 seconds to act each day before you are sent back to the start, Minit could be enormously frustrating. Instead, the Devolver Digital published title is in fact a fun little puzzle game in the guise of a retro RPG. The important events are permanent even after death, and there are shortcuts and alternative routes which let you save time or find a different goal to pursue. It’s understandably a short experience, but one that doesn’t waste your time.
Most city-building games don’t have obvious moral choices to make, but circumstances in Frostpunk are desperate. As the last city on a snowcovered Earth, it’s your responsibility to keep the citizens alive by any means. 11 Bit Studios, who previously made the war survival game This War of Mine, have once again created a morally grey world with the potential for players to make horrific choices in the name of living another day. It’s more limited in scope than its rivals, and repeat playthroughs are less enjoyable, but the steam-power and survival themes make it a novel experience.
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Sea of Thieves
Rare Studios’ pirating adventure is a bit of a short voyage at the moment, as it lacks enough varied content for long-term appeal. What is there, however, is enjoyable both on your own or with a crew of friends. The game puts a lot of effort into making what could be just another competitive multiplayer game stress-free and fun, with plenty of opportunities for nautical nonsense as well as serious objectives like attacking sea monsters or rival buccaneers. There are also some interesting new ideas of how to punish trolling players, and keep the community shipshape and Bristol fashion.
Available on Xbox One and PC.