We’re into that crazy fourth quarter of the year when all the big-name releases swamp the market, but before things get a bit too overwhelming, we’ve highlighted 5 recently-released games worth checking out.
Resident Evil: Revelations (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Despite being a port of a handheld game originally, RE: Revelations is a great horror experience that doesn’t feel dated or out of place on today’s consoles.
The game takes place between Resident Evil 4 and 5, following franchise staples Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield as they infiltrate a seemingly abandoned cruise ship. Things go south as you might expect, and all sorts of nautical nasties emerge from the depths to try and murder Jill and Chris.
The enemy variety is a little on the recurring side of things, but Revelations throws a unique setting, interesting scenarios, and the classic Resident Evil cheese you love and expect from the series.
Marvel v Capcom: Infinite (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Even though MvC: Infinite a cut-down roster (the X-Men do not make an appearance in this particular sequel), the mechanics, speed, and new additions to the beloved but ageing formula have done wonders for Marvel v Capcom: Infinite.
The story mode is actually incredibly enjoyable and entertaining, with some spectacular cut-scenes, but the inclusion of the Infinity Stones (which are the main macguffins in the story) in the gameplay mix things up excellently. Players can attach Infinity Stones to their character in order to give them a booster in fights, making the diversity and unpredictability of playing your friends or online an exciting prospect.
If Knack was the appetiser, Knack II is the main course. The sequel takes the concepts of the first game and improves upon them in multiple ways. Rather than a mish-mash of scenarios to show off the PS4’s physics rendering capabilities, Knack II is a far more story-orientated and focused game, providing a more enjoyable and familiar 3D platforming experience that fans of Crash Bandicoot would enjoy.
Two-player co-op has also been added, giving those who love the LEGO games something akin to play. It is still targeted at younger audiences, and veteran gamers will find some of the puzzles and challenges easy, but it’s a fun distraction if you’re looking to play something with a partner or younger sibling.
Between the explosions, twitchy-movements, and colourful bursts on screen, Matterfall is incredibly overwhelming experience, but one which stands out from other games at the moment.
It’s incredibly tough and requires a lot of responsive thinking, and while it’s not too long or drawn-out (coming in at about 6 hours), fans of Strider and the likes will feel a sense of nostalgia around Matterfall.
Cuphead (Xbox One, PC)
If you think old-school side-scrollers of yesteryear were down and out in the modern age of gaming, Cuphead will prove you wrong, it’s a solid platforming action game with tight controls and great co-op that stands out amongst this year’s other releases.
It’s also the most unique-looking games you’ll see in a while, as everything from the visuals and audio have been painstakingly created with the same techniques of the era, i.e. traditional hand drawn cel animation, watercolour backgrounds, and original jazz recordings.
Cuphead is a challenging and testing experience, but a beautiful one too which is just forgiving enough that everyone can enjoy it.