Summer is over, and with it the relative calm in the gaming market. Typically, developers try to release large projects in October-November, before the New Year and winter holidays, as sales at this time are highest. However, this year September also pleased us with an unprecedented number of interesting new products, which are extremely difficult to refuse. If you don’t save up money before the release of the new Call of Duty or if you don’t have a console to plunge into a hit called Red Dead Redemption 2
, you can have a pretty good time in no less cool virtual worlds.
September pleased with a real gift from EA - American football is no longer exclusive to consoles, and PC boyars can also try themselves in a new role. In addition, Sony will release an incredible story about Spider-Man, a Dark Souls-style shooter will be released, and Lara Croft will go on her last trip. The projects are high-quality, exciting and worth the money and time spent, so this time we will have plenty of activities in front of the monitor or TV screen.
NBA Live 19 (PS4, Xbox One)
If EA with FIFA is easily doing all the competitors in the segment of football simulations, then with basketball it is much worse. Most fans agree that the NBA Live franchise is too far behind its competitor in the face of 2K, and it will be very difficult to catch up with the only opponent. It's all about physics and game mechanics - gamers appreciate realism and beautiful sports, which NBA Live does not have. This time we are promised a more advanced product, which was awarded some of the features of FIFA. This can take the basketball game to a higher level.
An important advantage of NBA Live 19
is the career mode, where the player is allowed to create his own basketball player and carry him from the bottom to the top of the podium. At the beginning of our journey, you will need to fight in the streets with other lower-level athletes, but if you play well, you will be accepted into a more famous team. Gradually you will be allowed to develop, participate in major tournaments and championships. For big fans of virtual basketball, who are not very eager to fight in multiplayer, this is really a gorgeous element. You sit in the evening and become the second Michael Jordan.
In terms of pictures, the project has also grown, but they will not show us anything fundamentally new. The Real Player Motion system is already used by EA in other games, it allows you to make the faces and animations of the characters in the game more realistic. However, NBA Live never had any special problems with the picture, but we will find out what will happen to the physics and artificial intelligence after the release. The developers promise a new experience from virtual battles, but we have heard this more than once. To win over 2K19, you need something more significant than a couple of ball-throwing improvements and beautiful faces that you hardly see.
I don’t think that Real Player Motion will conquer its main competitor, but game services are gradually flooding the market, and EA can do sports simulations. If the developers make a good convenient multiplayer, work on a story campaign and show adequate physics, then we can talk about the successful development of NBA Live. If everything remains in place, then the project will be another release for a narrow audience of ardent fans who do not want to leave the already familiar virtual world. Let's hope for a more positive scenario.
NBA Live is coming out September 7 on the PS4 and Xbox One.
Spider-Man (2018) (PS4)
Sony's presentation at the E3 2018 event turned out to be very unusual. Many even decided that the company saved money - the scenery and the process of demonstrating the project in general looked poor. This did not affect the quality of key games. However, no one expected anything from the new Spider-Man, there was a feeling that the novelty was a walk-through, for a children's audience and ardent fans. It turned out that the specialized media and game market analysts lost out pretty well, because right after the presentation it was the game about Spider-Man that was called the most interesting and fascinating. This is when you consider The Last of Us 2
with a lesbian in the lead!
Sony decided to restart the series, because of which it turned out a very ugly name. You cannot release a project under the name Spider-Man, because such a game already exists, so it was decided to add the year of release in brackets. For the updated part, they came up with a unique plot. His scriptwriters from Marvel wrote specifically for this game, although before the white part of single-player campaigns were based on comics or films. Now, fans are provided with a completely unique story with well-known characters. You do not know how it will all end, even watching the trailer has left dozens of questions. This only raised product ratings after the presentation.
And the gameplay itself was made strongly in the style of Marvel films - the main character has incredible strength and a number of abilities, while fighting with no less weak opponents. And manages to joke! This is very rare in modern games, but here developers directly burn with napalm at every turn. Passing the storyline is much more interesting and more fun - Peter Parker knows how to dilute boring flights on the web with his sharp comments in the direction of the next hefty enemy.
Although, what kind of boredom are we talking about? The virtual world gives you so many actions and their variations that the head goes around literally in the first five minutes. Enemies can be fought on fists, their web can be tied, objects thrown. You can also study locations in a variety of ways - at least jump, even fly on the web, at least stand and look into the distance at the lights of the night city. The gameplay turned out to be as active and intense as possible, the player is only allowed to rest on cut scenes. Although, there is also no need to let the gamepad out of your hands - at any moment another fight can begin. This is one of the best PS4 games in 2018, definitely.
Spider-Man (2018) is released on September 7 on PS4.
Immortal: Unchained (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
The developers of the game Immortal: Unchained immediately announced that their project is something completely unique and special. They immediately set themselves the goal of creating a complex shooter that would force the user to not just aim at the enemy and press one button during all the shootings. As a result, it turned out something like Dark Souls
, only in the shooter genre - gamers need to constantly move and dodge enemy attacks, deceive enemies on the go, go behind their back and inflict damage with exact hits. Users who were lucky enough to get into the alpha test of the project are completely delighted with the game mechanics and a truly multifaceted combat system.
The plot is based on a cataclysm that destroyed space. They don’t tell anything to our hero anymore - during the whole single player campaign you will learn bit by bit the details of the story. This is also the idea of developers who decided that loading a ton of dialogs and stories at once should not be loaded, let a couple of hours torment themselves on the first boss to begin with. But we will be allowed to visit a lot of distant corners of space to learn more about what is happening in this virtual world. The storyline here clearly does not play the main role, but the scriptwriters honestly tried to convey to us the importance of the main character's mission.
The combat system really turned out to be quite complicated - some enemies just shoot back and hide from a retaliatory attack, but there are more dangerous guys here. Already in the first location, you will meet a character with a shield, which simply can’t “break through”. You need to get around the monster from the back, inflict critical damage and quickly run away before he gives change. And this still nobody speaks about bosses to whom it is necessary to come with a full backpack of potions and to move as efficiently as possible. For fans of difficulties and constant reboots from the last save, Immortal: Unchained is perfect.
There is a large list of little things that make the project more interesting than many might think. Here is a very interesting system for pumping character parameters - you need to literally think through every point. Some rifles require a certain level of strength or intelligence from your hero, plus these same parameters affect the damage from different types of weapons. Let's not forget about the huge arsenal of weapons, all kinds of additional items for use in battle and a decent variety of locations. The game does not attract the best shooter of the year, but it surely gets into the top five.
Immortal: Unchained is released September 7 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Dakar 18 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
In the market for game projects, there are several racing simulators that are in great demand among gamers - Need For Speed, The Crew
, Forza and so on. This is an arcade race in which the emphasis is on the entertainment element, while the realism of car behavior can be minimized. Dakar 18 is a completely different matter. The developers initially set themselves the goal of presenting to the fans the game as close as possible to real life, which will stand out from the rest. Yes, and the date for this was chosen very interesting, because this year the Dakar rally celebrates its 40th anniversary and ten years from the moment the race was moved to South America.
In real life, riders who participate in the Dakar should be as hardy as possible and be able to repair a vehicle in the field. You have to ride in completely different territories, transport then stalls in the mud, or drowns in the sand. They also promise to present the virtual world in the best possible light. The map will be fully open, you can travel on it without restrictions and loading screens. The total area of the world is 15 thousand square meters. km In fact, the rider is provided with a whole staff for exploration and exciting races.
Fans are provided with a wide selection of competition opportunities - Dakar 18 boasts a single player campaign, multiplayer online mode and a local co-op. This means that you can explore vehicles and the vast world alone, but no one bothers at any time to switch to multiplayer and drive against real people. Or you can enable screen sharing and compete with friends in front of a single monitor. It is good when the developers are so meticulous in the implementation of their gaming projects.
In addition to the huge world and three options for passing, they also provide us with a very tasty picture. Dakar 18 will definitely appeal to those who consider graphics the most important element of the game. Designers worked to make dirt, sand and water look as realistic as possible and create the atmosphere of a real competition. The physics of vehicles is also up to par - no arcade and no easy cornering control. Here the gamer will shake and toss at every bump. True, if you are a lover of rallies and everything connected with this, then such difficulties should only bring more pleasure and joy.
Dakar 18 arrives September 11 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
The continuation of the saga about Lara Croft was
first met quite cool. And the point is not that the game is bad or boring, just the developers in the year before last showed a very high level, and in the subsequent parts it is not possible to raise the bar much. Gamers very quickly got used to the good and want even more opportunities, plus an open world and a complicated storyline for a hundred hours. Unfortunately, a new round of history will not be a cut above the previous one - the developers plan to give us a new location and a new plot, but the bow, arrows and secret killings will not go anywhere.
This time our invincible heroine will be sent to Mesoamerica. We will need to study the history of the peoples who lived on this continent long before Columbus. However, no one will just wander around the pyramids and mysterious places, because an unprecedented apocalypse is coming and only Lara Croft can stop him. The developers even reported that this story will be the last in the franchise about the tomb raider, so you can expect the most unexpected development of events. Nobody will “kill” Lara, but there is an opinion that the studio will really implement a cult character in a different role, or even put the heroine on the shelf until better times.
Game mechanics have not changed much - the main weapon remains a bow with arrows. We will need to kill opponents quietly and quickly, the stealth mode remains a priority, plus new mechanics and capabilities promise with this particular type of weapon. Of course, there will also be pistols and other firearms, but Shadow of the Tomb Raider is not a game where you need to run and shoot in all directions. You need to study a new virtual world gradually, carefully and quietly, so as not to draw attention to yourself once again. And the locations promise to do much more so that no one gets bored.
In the previous parts of the franchise, there were no problems with the size of the world, but this time the fans decided to surprise the scale. Hunting for tombs and runes will be even more interesting, and parkour elements can be used literally at every step. The final story about Lara Croft promises to be very active, interesting and fascinating, like all the previous parts. If you are a big fan of such a setting and stealth mode of passage, then the new product will clearly not disappoint. But, you should not wait for the next breakthrough in the industry.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is released September 14 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Spyro Reignited Trilogy (PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch)Quite often, the reincarnation of a cult project is worse than the original. If you follow the world of games, you have already noticed such failures more than once, however Spyro Reignited Trilogy promises to break the tradition. The developers have so scrupulously approached the remake of three stories about the dragon Spyro, that even the ardent fans of the original are happy to purchase the updated version and go through their favorite levels again. The main objective of Toys For Bob studio was to preserve all the advantages of the popular project, but to bring in new graphics and simplify some points.
They worked on the graphics very tightly, this is noticeable to the naked eye even to those who saw Spyro the Dragon just briefly. Absolutely the entire virtual world was redrawn from scratch, although the “drawings” of the original were taken as the basis. Designers were simply given groundwork and given the task to draw similar locations, only more beautiful and with a large set of details. It was important to keep the geometry of each level so that the user received an exact copy of their favorite product. The task is not so difficult, because Toys For Bob studio had all the necessary materials. The result was even better than the publisher expected.
The first game about the dragon Spyro was released in 1998, then it was a real breakthrough in the gameplay, and the picture for that time looked very attractive. However, the remake developers had to modify the controls a bit so that the dragon obeyed the analog sticks more smoothly, plus they added autosaves. This will allow you to calmly fight enemies and not think about the fact that the progress of the passage will be lost due to some emergency situations. A lot of such trifles were introduced, although only an old-school gamer who still remembers the sensations from passing through the very first part will notice them.
For beginners, who first became acquainted with the franchise, Spyro Reignited Trilogy will be a gorgeous ticket to the world of incredible adventures and vivid emotions. The main character is ready to go forward and is practically not afraid of anything, he knows how to fly, breathe fire, and this is enough to punish evil. The storyline is very fascinating and you will definitely like it, although you should not expect any special drama. The game turned out to be very kind, attractive, sometimes even cute. Isn't that what you want after the next shooter with a sea of blood on the screen?
Spyro Reignited Trilogy releases September 21 on the PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
Life is Strange 2 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)Life is Strange
has received so many awards and prizes that you can list until the evening. The storyline was highly appreciated by both specialized media and game critics, as well as gamers themselves. The story told us about the very difficult life of Max Caulfield, who returned to her hometown after six years of absence. There she discovers a strange story about the disappearance of a girl - she has not been seen for six months, but no one knows what happened. Naturally, the heroine decides to figure out what happened. The interest of the project is that the whole plot is divided into episodes, each of which is connected with each other, but is a full-fledged mini-story.
The second part promises to be at least no worse than the original. In honor of the release of Life is Strange 2, the developers even presented fans with the free game “The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit” about a boy fighting his fears. The project turned out to be simply gorgeous - with feelings and emotions, a cool script and touching moments. How we love. The story about “Captain” is an insignificant element of the second part of Life is Strange and even takes place in the same world. If you are a big fan of the franchise, then be sure to pay attention to this product, it obviously will not leave you indifferent.
In the continuation of the story about Max Caulfield, the girl herself will no longer play a major role. So far, developers have not covered this issue, but the network has already found confirmation that three brothers will become the heroes of the continuation of the saga. They are also endowed with unique abilities, plus the second part will delight gamers with a cooperative - you can go on a campaign with three friends. For those users who have gone through the original story, the developers have prepared a separate gift. All decisions you make in Life is Strange will directly affect the events of the second part.
At Dontnod Entertainment, they decided not to change anything radically in the gameplay of the product, they simply improved and expanded what works so well. For example, now we will study the campaign in two cities at once - in addition to Arcadia Bay, gamers will also be sent to Seattle. So ardent franchise fans will obviously get what they have been waiting for so long. there is even a chance that the actions of the new protagonists will influence the ending of the story. In the original game, you yourself could do this, which slightly downplayed the meaning of all the previous actions of the characters. Probably, we are waiting for the next game of the year with a fascinating story, a beautiful story and unpretentious game mechanics.
Life is Strange 2 is coming out September 27 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
FIFA 19 (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch)EA has a rather unenviable position - you need to release a new part of the football simulator every year. And, most importantly, gamers demand something new, interesting and non-standard from the developers. It’s just that you can make graphics better and you can’t tighten up a little physics anymore, because the fans will be furious - they will again ask for money for a new part in which there is nothing new! So the creators had to work very hard to somehow attract the attention of the community to their new product on EA Play. It turned out pretty well, although there is a feeling that there are no more trump cards in the publisher’s stock.
To begin with, we were stunned by the news about the Champions League and the Europa League. Yes, before FIFA could not give PES
due to the love of players for one of the most popular tournaments in the world of football, but now EA fans have this bonus. If you do not play FIFA and in general the world of this sport is very far for you, then it will be problematic to understand the advantage of having the Champions League. Gamers exploded with flattering reviews towards the developer at the presentation, it remains only to wait for the release and try their hand at the new championship. However, this is where the bright innovations ended.
The developers again told us about the new physics and more intelligent artificial intelligence, but they tell us this every year. Something reminiscent of Apple's presentations, each time they promise improved performance and show graphics with an unrealistic margin from the previous smartphone. Something like this, users met the news about new physics. Even Cristiano Ronaldo on the cover will not be able to overshadow the disappointment of fans who just do not understand why they should buy FIFA 19. With this, by the way, an interesting story happened - Cristiano played for Real Madrid when he was photographed for the cover of FIFA 19. But only then he moved to Juventus, and the game has already been announced with the old form.
You can have any negative attitude to the next part of the football simulator, but they will play it in FIFA 19. EA managed to move the PES from the pedestal, which now plays somewhere behind the entire market, and no one makes any striking changes without competition will not be. The developers will simply update the rosters, add some new modes, talk about the Champions League and again sell millions of copies of their project. And if you are a true football fan, then you just won’t be able to pass by - back in the summer, in the eighteenth part they played sluggishly, without hobbies. The release of new items will completely destroy the already outdated game online.
FIFA 19 launches September 28 on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.