Published on February 1st, 2016 | by Don Parsons0
On the Radar: February 02, 2016
Don asked me if I wanted to write up this week’s intro. He did that before he showed me the list of games coming out. Sure there is XCOM 2. And Dying Light is getting an expansion. But really, can either of those compete with American Truck Simulator or Cat Simulator? I think not. And I haven’t even mentioned that the Wii U is getting the biggest release of all, Peg Solitaire. This week, without a doubt, is the pinnacle of gaming releases. Pack it in folks, games are done for 2016. -Chris S.
Several of us at Critically Sane have listed the reboot of the XCOM series as a Game of the Year candidate, if not our GOTY itself. Now I know I’m the only one who had to restart at some point because the aliens devastated me late in the game, and it was that playthrough that spawned the sequel, XCOM 2 (PC). XCOM 2 is a direct sequel based on Earth’s forces losing the original war 20 years prior (ie XCOM). Firaxis Games has tweaked the details of the game, adding some briefer missions that require speed, procedurally generated maps, and sadly, PC-exclusivity. But I think that’s a ruse, and us console gamers will get it this Fall, but in the mean time, PC gamers should absolutely check this game out.
Last year Dying Light was one of my favorite games. It was the polished culmination of everything that developer Techland set out to do with Dead Island. Now a year later and Techland has more Dying Light for us in the form of an expansion, The Following. Dying Light: The Following (PC. PS4, and XBOX One) sees players once again take on the role of hero Kyle Crane, this time as he goes outside the quarantine zone to take on the zombie horde and a sinister cult. Boasting a land mass as big as the base game and the addition of drive-able vehicles, this could be just what I’m looking for after Fallout 4 left me wanting a bit.
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