Far Cry 5 Take me home, country road.

If you’re familiar with the premise of Far Cry–the idea of a one-person army taking on overwhelming hostile forces in large, unpredictable surroundings–then you know exactly what Far Cry 5 feels like. You’ll engage in different styles of offensive conflict; attempt to tame the wild, natural environment to your advantage; and slowly build a guerilla resistance in…

Assassin’s Creed Origins

ike so many big-budget extravaganzas, Assassin’s Creed Origins is an attempt to perfectly triangulate the three corners of open-world game design: environment simulation, storytelling and gameplay. The problem for developers like Ubisoft Montreal, which cleave closely to the ideals of open-worldness, is that those three things are in a constant state of tension and opposition. The trick…

ATTACK ON TITAN 2

With its first Attack on Titan game in 2016, developer Omega Force laid down a rough but promising groundwork for what a game based around the anime phenomenon should be: fast-paced and thrilling aerial battles against gargantuan Titans with a unique control scheme that allows you to zip around effortlessly using Omni-Directional Mobility Gear. Attack on…

PUBG review: Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is imperfectly perfect

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, colloquially known as PUBG(pronounced pub-gee), is if nothing else conceptually efficient. 100 players parachute onto an island. The last one alive wins. An unoriginal idea executed in an original fashion: That’s the merit of Battlegrounds. Battlegrounds is the culmination of years of genre experimentation by designer Brendan “Playerunknown” Greene. Where contemporaries polish the graphical and technical edges of…

FINAL FANTASY

The wait for Final Fantasy 15 on PC has been long, following lots of talk about optimisation, mod support and nicer-looking hair. If you’ve waited fifteen months to play this roadtrip-themed action RPG, though, it looks fantastic, and arrives in a more complete form than it did on consoles. Final Fantasy 15 represents a big…

FORTNITE BATTLE ROYALE

Stiff arming its way through the crowded battle royale genre, Fortnite   Battle Royale sets itself apart by trading the traditional, bland military simulation vibe with vivid colors and an outstanding, freeform building system that’s unlike anything else in competitive multiplayer games.As its name suggests, Fortnite Battle Royale fits so neatly into the battle royale genre…

YAKUZA 6: THE SONG OF LIFE

It’s curious that what will be the first Yakuza game for many is also the last for longtime series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu, making Yakuza 6: The Song of Life a new introduction and final farewell for the character all at the same time. But balancing these kind of contradictory tones has always been something Yakuza…