Where else can you kill Nazi Zombies, save a princess, or wrestle as your favorite WWE superstar after paying $60 and possibly an additional $110in DLC? A video game, of course!
This is definitely the year of sequels and reboots (new and old), which can make it easier to buy a game if familiar with its predecessors or how many hours of an investment you’re putting into a series. These issues always arise when looking into the new batch of games coming out for the console you may have waited 12 hours to purchase. Hopefully, these suggestions help weed out what games deserve your money and what developers want your money (and, thus, should avoid).
Final Fantasy X (PS4, XOne)
Although the title could feel like an oxymoron, considering the fact that we’ve made it to 15 sequels, there is an abbreviated telling of the story in a video (keeping its 8-bit roots) explaining the almost three-decade run of the franchise. This premise is based on saving souls so they may be brought to a new world with a catch: there’s only 13 days but you can’t save everyone. Keep in mind, 13 days in a game can equal a month in gamer time, so taking a few sick days to complete the newest addition to the saga may not be a bad idea.
Strider (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox ONE, Windows)
Strider is, in fact, a reboot and considered a re-telling of the original story, which is great, although we know how difficult it can be to take a beloved side-scroller and having it in a sleek environment (but the environment is the only improvement when the actual game suffers). The first attempt at this remake was thwarted in 2009 by financial difficulties that bankrupted the company, which will keep us wondering how this re-telling is going to be. Thankfully, the gods at Capcom have been listening to requests and hopefully don’t charge an additional $110 for on-disc DLC.
Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze (WiiU)
Mr. Kong and friends are staying with their roots as a side-scroller, even as the days have since passed when he was throwing barrels at Mario (which would make Mr. Kong a scientific miracle if he was real.) This review will have a significant lack of banana jokes, but the animation and worlds look consistently sleek with the series we’re used to. It also promises some old additions (inspirations going as far back as Super Mario Bros. 2), as well as new, which will have something to offer fans familiar to the Donkey Kong series over his three decade plus run.
Rayman Legends (PS4, Xbox ONE)
Can someone find this character a console to be the face of or is there a rule mascots need limbs? Rayman is back and you know he’s bringing his friends along for the ride. You may be familiar with his antics due to the fact that this is a re-release for some of the newer consoles. Hopefully the gameplay is prettier so that the newer consoles are more than just a Blu-ray player.
Hopefully these suggestions can help you make an assessment regarding what you will be working on once you get out of your job (if that’s something that manages to get in the way of enjoying these upcoming titles).