Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 — the most expensive battle Royal

Genre: Shooter

Developer: Treyarch, Beenox

Publisher: Activision

Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4

Release date: October 12, 2018

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will definitely be one of the most unusual games in the series. At least in the fact that the next “Call of duty” will do without the single player campaign. And it was a crazy and explosive in the literal

sense of a linear story of the first part at the time and became famous. Creative Director from Beenox Rob Smith (Rob Smith) did not tell almost nothing new about the game, but rather summed up a kind of summary, because the project will go on sale next week.

He began his speech with a story about the great heritage of the franchise, accompanied by a pathetic thread highlights from previous releases. Let the series again went to the future, we, however, will be a very down-to-earth gameplay, without the jet packs and jumping on the walls. The developers want to shift the focus on tactics. Although, it would seem that Call of Duty has always been about something else. Classic multiplayer no span between struggling teams of five people. And it’s not just faceless soldiers, but full-fledged characters with unique abilities and story the ins and outs (I take this opportunity to convey greetings to Overwatch). For each character there is a special mission, telling their stories and allowing them to understand

Black Ops 4 wants to become a full service with a huge amount of content for multiplayer. The scope and detail of the “Royal” mode Blackout we have already described in detail in the impressions of the beta. Zombie mode right on the release will offer not one, but three cards and the two teams of fighters against the undead. All this, as the creators say, just the beginning of a long journey, where we are waiting for all sorts of additions, new characters, changes in the card for the Royal rumble and more. Apparently, Black Ops 5, we still long to see.

Hitman 2 — the killer improvisation

Genre: Stealth action

Developer: IO Interactive

Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4

Release date: November 13, 2018

Agent 47 continues to faithfully do his job. Hitman 2 develops the ideas of the first releases of the previous Hitman (in fact, ignoring only Absolution). Each map is a huge sandbox with plenty of opportunities to indirectly influence events and lure the target there, where it is the easiest way to get rid of. The core mechanics remained unchanged, growing only the scale and added different things, thanks to which the play becomes only more interesting. For example, characters will be able to notice the protagonist even in the mirror.

A map with a track that I have been able to test, contain about two thousand NPC. The size is really surprising, and once you get to the level first, even I didn’t know what to do. It remains only to go to the targets marked on the map, and in the process, to discern possibilities: yeah, it would be nice to form the General, he looks like an important person, uh, and this building is exactly opposite to the VIP area where the rest of the goal — great spot for a sniper. The plan of action is born on the fly, and from its execution have greatly enjoyed.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice — the best killer of nerve cells

Genre: Action, adventure

Developer: From Software

Publisher: Activision

Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4

Release date: March 22, 2019

The main question regarding Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice: is this a variation on the theme of Dark Souls, From Software, or is it something really new? Reply uniquely difficult. If you are familiar with “natural” series, then get comfortable pretty quickly. But not because the mechanics are copy of the previous Studio projects, but rather, you yourself instinctively understand the danger each enemy and kept carefully. But the fights have to get used again. I do not get to go on the defensive, but behind his back more or less serious opponent to come in. The basic idea is to Deplete the opponent’s defense, followed by a spectacular rebound. This focus makes Sekiro in a series of rapid, but intense duel, in which you alternate stealth sections and flying over the chasm using the grapple.

Devil May Cry 5 — the most stylish extermination of demons

Genre: Action

Developer: Capcom

Publisher: Capcom

Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4

Release date: 8 March 2018

The press was allowed to try the same version as on the last Gamescom. However, time was more and get a better understanding of the combat system. Devil May Cry 5 is really little opportunity for protection. No block no as the classic evasion. It is only possible to revert to the side (if you keep the focus of the enemy), or to try to jump back from the blow. Only have to consider what impact the animation cannot be canceled — will have to wait for the attack before you go away. It makes you think before you mindlessly press the attack button, and correctly pick a window to attack.

Fans of slashers in any case be satisfied, because in the genre haven’t been as major releases. Devil May Cry 5 — expensive top-class game, and it looks fantastic. Sorry, not so wonderful sounds. Still Devil Trigger — battle theme for Nero — not enough drive, especially after the adrenaline zapilov Combichrist.

Resident Evil 2 — the best remake, unlike the original

Genre: Action, horror

Developer: Capcom

Publisher: Capcom

Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4

Release date: 25 January 2018

Resident Evil 2 is very easy to describe one simple formula: a story from the sequel to the 1998 release, gameplay based from the fourth part and stunning graphics on the verge of the next generation. Capcom has done a fantastic job on the visual design. Incredible detail as the characters and the environment, hundreds and thousands of things on screen, realistic lighting and physically feel the darkness — a rare case, when the grim horror I want to admire.

In gameplay, the creators do not have to reinvent the wheel, and returned to the proven formula, neatly balancing action and horror survival interspersed with puzzles. Not to say that ammunition was a severe shortage (at least in the beginning), but the mindless shooting you can bring yourself in an uncomfortable situation. Neat shooting off the undead with aimed hits to the head without causing problems. At least, as long as you stand against slow zombies (it’s amazing how these louts were able to kill the whole police station). But bosses do not give relax. William Birkin is one of the main opponents in Resident Evil 2 — I defeated the first approach.

Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones — the most crazy RPG, which no one heard

Genre: Role-playing game

Developer: Cultic Games

Publisher: 1C Company

Platform: PC

Release date: 2019

Imagine a world in which the fault of the old gods the world would end in an alternate 1920’s and you will get a rough idea of Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones. The authors make a real RPG with a complex role-playing system in the world of Lovecraft. Not just inspired the works, but use invented writer the Pantheon of mythical creatures, and even the number of specific characters. For example, one of the potential allies is the protagonist of the story “the Shadow over Innsmutom”.

The events unfolding in the city, torn from reality. This is probably the only place in the universe where there live people. Only this is a lost settlement is in such a desperate situation that the survivors can hardly be called lucky. Darkness and madness capture the mind of the population, and the inevitable end for them all closer. Yes, Stygian is a very dark play in which almost no room for hope and a happy ending (ending, by the way, eight). We strongly recommend to pay attention to anyone who cares about role-playing or the work of H. p. Lovecraft. And if you fit both criteria, then wait for Stygian is strictly necessary.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is the best simulator “co-pilot”

Genre: Role-playing game

Developer: Warhorse Studios

Publisher: Warhorse Studios

Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4

Release date: February 13, 2018

Kingdom Come: Deliverance, released in the beginning of the year, is remembered as a harsh game about the harsh and unfair life in the middle Ages. The first ten hours you have to suffer, struggle for survival, sleeping in the dirt and die of hunger. And only after going through the ordeal, slowly starting to feel Human. Against this background the second amendment to the project entitled The Amorous Adventures of Bold Sir Hans Capon looks amazing — this is a fun adventurous adventure about a typical friend-gouging that does everything through one place and gets into silly scrapes, of which we have to get him out.

If you are familiar with the original, you probably remember the quest with the crazy drunk in the bath. “Love story” actually continues that story. Jan Ptacek is in love and is determined to achieve the object of the affections. But he’s a dolt, so you’ll have to help us would-be ladies ‘ man. Fun atmosphere and black humor are included. In addition to all that Kingdom Come is much loved: charismatic characters, various quests and many ways to solve any problem, from mass murder to eloquent conversations. The passage will take about 5-10 hours.

Along with the DLC will be released and a free agent, offering to participate in knightly tournament and test how well you have mastered a martial art. The battles will be focused and the next big addition called the Band of Bastards, which we will see after the “romantic adventure”. It is, however, only in the beginning of the development, and talk about it in detail too early.

Metro: Exodus — best post-apocalyptic Russia

Genre: Shooter

Developer: 4A Games

Publisher: Deep Silver

Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4

Release date: 22 February 2019

“Metro: Exodus” will be released only four months later, however, about the game knows almost everything except the finale. But I found out some new interesting details from a conversation with the Executive producer of 4A Games John Bloch (Bloch Jon). In previous games in the series finale depended on certain decisions, but in Exodus, the consequences of your choices will actively manifest itself in the course of transmission. For example, the character you chose to save, you may receive in the future and help, or the homicide squad will spoil relations with a certain faction.

The game has become more in width and in depth. Each location where we will visit has its own story. If you study the surroundings, you will definitely find out what happened to locals and as the same children’s camp has become a haven for tough fighters. Its unique mood and Central themes will be at each location where Artem will bring adventure.

By happy coincidence managed to talk to Dmitry Glukhovsky. He is in awe of the work of 4A Games, though not quite as imagined world when he wrote “Metro 2033” and continue. Because the game somehow have to study a lot of little things that in the books farmed out to the imagination of the reader. But in the right adherence to the overall vision, no doubt — over game adaptation of history Dmitry works himself.

Tom Clancys The Division 2 is the best sequel that doesn’t distinguish from the original

Genre: Action

Developer: Massive Entertainment

Publisher: Ubisoft Entertainment

Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4

Release date: 15 Mar 2018

When you look at The Division 2 is very difficult to find the differences from the first part. The game mechanics has not changed, and the world. Only instead of new York we have Washington, six months after the events of its predecessor. The structure of missions also remained unchanged. If you want more of The same The Division, the continuation can be safely taken. Of the changes are the appearance of the settlements that were to be developed similar to our own agents. Yes, and the world promise to respond to your actions and will be transformed to the final story.

This time the authors have taken care of those who quickly pass the storyline campaign and go seek other entertainment. Don’t have to wait individual add-ons, opening up new difficulty levels and raids — all this will be on release. Return “dark zone” and will be separate PvP modes for fans of online battles. That, of course, wonderful. But the sequel still waiting for something bigger…

Biomutant is the best simulator poacher (because animals against animals, and it is not considered)

Genre: Action, adventure

Developed By: Experiment 101

Publisher: THQ Nordic

Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4

Release date: 2019

Biomutant I’m watching for the fourth time, and I don’t get bored. Version of the game was the same as at Gamescom 2018, but this time I was able to test it personally. Immediately confirm the words of the developers — the weather conditions in different regions of the world are randomly generated in each playthrough. If at Gamescom level was snowy, but now the same location has turned into a toxic swamp, which was reflected in the types of enemies we encountered.

The first thing that you notice is the incredible smoothness of the movements of the protagonist-animal. The game has a lot of contextual animations: depending on the type of enemies, the hero in different ways dodging attacks, jumping over enemies and killing them. Action gently flow from one to another and look natural (well, as naturally may look bipedal ferret, which is a martial arts master).

Most Biomutant touches of his wild imagination. The developers did all that come to mind, without restrictions, and that is wonderfully developed in the whole picture. Interesting abilities, rich crafting system, customizable, piloted robot, which can use the smaller enemies as ammunition — see this splendor and already wants to play more in the full version. Unfortunately, to wait at least another six months.

Jagged Alliance: Rage! the best game that deserves a chance at understanding

Genre: Tactics

Developer: Cliffhanger Productions

Publisher: HandyGames

Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4

Release date: 6 December 2018

Yes, I’ll speak for a really unpopular idea, but Jagged Alliance: Rage! not so bad. It is worth noting the important thing — that beloved Jagged Alliance 2 I missed and never caught up. Probably why the demo version of Rage! left a good impression. Yes, it’s not super-duper-hardcore tactics. Rather, it is a tactic for those who don’t like or just don’t know how to play in projects of this genre. The authors wisely have withstood the balance between complexity and accessibility: “zaklikat” the enemy will not work, have well-positioned the fighters to come from the flank, not to shun secrecy. However, the game does not punish harshly for every mistake and still allows you to emerge victorious from many bad situations.

It is difficult to argue with is not the best visual style. Still, the game is about tough mercenaries is not a very cartoony look. Despite the fact that one of the Central pieces of the game is the “fury” which is generated during the murders. As I don’t buy it. However, the authors constantly emphasize that this is not a continuation of the series, but an offshoot. And only after that the developers want to do a full Jagged Alliance 3.

Kingdom Hearts 3 — the best children’s stories not for children

Genre: Action, adventure

Developer: Square Enix Product Development Division 1, Disney Interactive Studios

Publisher: Square Enix

Platform: Xbox One, PS4

Release date: January 29, 2019

Despite the number in the title Kingdom Hearts 3, the main series has almost a dozen games. They are all related to a single plot, to understand the intricacies of which hurriedly rather difficult (and not hurriedly, too). But the appearance did not say: Kingdom Hearts 3 looks like a bright fairy tale, where one screen contains all a little bit famous Disney characters, as well as several guests from a couple of franchises Square Enix.

The gameplay looks simple but carries no joke. No furious combo, just a simple series of attacks and special abilities like magic and joint techniques. But everything looks very colorful, whether it’s the fight in the toy store on fighting robots or the ascent to Olympus with the subsequent battle with the giant stone Titan. The soul rejoices when the hero jumps in called the toy train, flying around the giant, and the boss shoots fireworks out of a cannon.

Before the release is still a few months — there is time to try to understand the history, to the benefit of PlayStation 4 available collection of all editions of Kingdom Hearts.

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Of course, “IgroMir” — is not only an exhibition video game, but also (together with the related Comic Con Russia) event for all followers of geek culture, with the atmosphere of celebration, amazing cosplay, a bunch of Souvenirs and contests. In this regard, the event in 2018, as usual, did not disappoint. See you next year!


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