When gamers hear the word “sports,” they tend to let out a little groan. A fair amount of the disdain of these physical contests comes from the sentiment that they’re “boring,” and the marriage of sports and the medium of video gaming has been patchy at best. Some sports games, however, like to spice things up by adding in a special ingredient, and in the case of Super Beat Sports, it’s the universal language itself, music. Super Beat Sports by Harmonix Music Systems is a rhythm party game exclusive to the Nintendo Switch that promises colorful charm and addictive mechanics. If you are a fan of the rhythm game genre and its consistently frenetic gameplay, chances are that you’ll want to pick this up.
Developer, Gears for Breakfast, has brought the lovechild A Hat In Time to consoles after over five years of development and surpassing a Kickstarter goal by tenfold. Director Jonas Kaerlev saw a depletion of 3D platformers in the gaming market, and wished to revive the Nintendo 64 magic with a modern whimsical journey which did not devolve into a collect-athon. The result is a jovial game packed with meta moments and sneaky dark spells.
Max: The Curse of Brotherhood was a sequel to Press Play’s Max & the Magic Marker. Originally released for the Xbox One and Xbox 360, Flashbulb Games has taken this spectacular game and brought it to the PlayStation 4. Now PlayStation players can experience this fun puzzle-platformer.
Twin-Stick shooters have been a ripe genre for downloadable games ever since we got our first taste of games like Geometry Wars, Binding of Isaac, Hotline Miami, and countless others. This genre’s strengths are in its ability to flood the screen with enemies as you strafe and shoot while avoiding attacks and tight, satisfying shooting. Assault Android Cactus from Witchbeam delivers these in spades with equally fantastic level design and a varied cast of player characters who cater to different playstyles. The game was originally released for PC in 2015, but it has just arrived for Xbox One and there has never been a better time to dive in.
Hyakki Castle, developed by Asakusa Studios and published by Happinet, is an RPG dungeon crawler set in ancient Japan. Battling enemies, exploring the castle, and solving puzzles are some of the few tasks you can accomplish in this game.
After being fired from a trucking company, you and your partner decided to open your own business. Only having your partner’s truck you decide to open your HQ in your hometown. From there you must manage your logistics and resources to continue to grow, while keeping the US economy running. If you enjoy management games and trucks then you’re in the right place! TransRoad USA by Deck13 Hamburg and astragon entertainment is listed at $24.99 on Steam for PC.
120 players. An island filled with weapons and vehicles. A playing ground that shrinks in size with every passing second. Hyped by PlayerUnknown Battleground players, NetEase Games’s new creation, Rules of Survival, succeeds in bringing tense warfare to the mobile platform. However, it both fails at constructing a fully immersive atmosphere and can sometimes crash, which ultimately tempers its replayability.
Card games, never thought would be so interesting to play on Video games. I never played the previous Hand of Fate game. Hand of Fate 2 is developed by Defiant Development. I did played Gwent in Witcher 3 and Hearthstone. I thought they were just card games, but Hand of Fate 2 has changed my way of thinking about board-card games like Dungeon and Dragons. Hand of Fate 2 has been designed really well in term of gameplay and design.
Rejoice, fellow twin-stick shooter fans, as the genre seems to be enjoying a sort of renaissance at the moment thanks to passionate indie developers and the consoles that help facilitate their creativity. Originally planned for release on the Wii U, RIVE: Ultimate Edition was shrewdly moved to the Nintendo Switch by developer Two Tribes. And thank goodness for that, because RIVE is one of those arcade titles that feel tailor-made for the Switch, especially in handheld mode. Not only is it easy to pick up, but its polished mechanics and charming platform areas will keep you wanting more. Word of warning however: this game can be brutally challenging and is not for the faint-hearted!
Skyforge by Allods and My.com is an action-oriented MMO. In it, you play as a demigod—one of several—tasked with defending the world from invaders.