In amongst things old and new, the Hex Team have pulled themselves away from their controllers and keyboards long enough to let you in on their gaming picks for April. So time to take a look at some titles you may have missed.
Any fan of Marvel comic books will enjoy this bright and expansive game and its stellar cast of all of the best superheroes – and villains. TT games provide the usual humour and good-heartedness you can find in any of their adaptations and LEGO Marvel Superheroes is nothing to be sniffed at. I’ve had hours of fun playing this shiny game and was really impressed by its interfaces, story and animation.
LEGO Marvel Superheroes is also the perfect way to meet new characters you might not have known and seeing them all fight together is wonderful. Taking inspiration from the comics and expansive Marvel cinematic universe, the game has plenty of references for fans to enjoy, from the inclusion of Agent Coulson to a very Robert-Downey-Jr-looking Tony Stark.
The storyline, although not as huge as previous LEGO games ( Lord of the Rings , I’m looking at you) is challenging, taking place all around New York in recognisable landmarks – try climbing up the Empire State Building without falling or completing the various mini-games in Central Park. There’s plenty to do in this game; we finished the main story line and had only completed about 30% of the entire game.
The game itself is expanding, and being the first game to be directly associated with Steam add-ons are quickly available, such as the Asgard character pack and others, including a formidable Groot – a hint toward the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy.
This is a ridiculously fun game that any fan will enjoy, introducing the player to a plethora of excellent characters in hilariously bizarre situations.
I always make a point of replaying all of my older games every now and again, and one of the ones that I look forward to replaying the most is Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast . The greatest entry in what is possibly the most confusingly named game franchise of all time ( Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast is the sequel to Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II , which is in turn the sequel to Dark Forces ), this game has never lost any of the appeal that it had from the first time that I played it.
Following the story of the morally grey and seriously badass Jedi turned mercenary Kyle Katarn, the game takes you into the dark and criminal underbelly of the Star Wars Universe, an element rarely seen in the films, and features one of the greatest bar brawls in computer game history. This is Star Wars as you’ve never seen it before, and it is brilliant.
At the start of the game, Kyle Katarn, not wanting to succumb to the Dark side again, has given up his connection to the Force and has left the Jedi Order far behind, and the first few missions of the game play out like an above average stealth FPS. But then a personal tragedy drives Katarn to reconnect himself to the Force and, more importantly, to his lightsaber. And that’s when things really kick up a notch. After that, the game becomes one of the greatest third-person action games of all time.
Despite coming out in 2002, Jedi Outcast features the best Force powers and lightsaber combat ever to grace computer screens and, rather embarrassingly, puts other, more modern Star Wars games like The Force Unleashed and Battlefront to shame.
Kyle Katarn is the great unsung hero of Star Wars , and this game is his finest hour.
There’s a lot to love about Team Fortress 2 (lovingly mistaken for a FPS, but is instead a hat simulator). For a start, it’s free. Second, there’s a drop system which gives you new weapons. Then there’s the balance. It’s so balanced, Nintendo could have produced it. In what way do I mean balanced?
Well, for a start the classes are balanced. Having too many or too few of any character on your team can be bad. You have to adjust your character to whatever you think the team needs at that moment – and the enemy does the same. Then there’s the weapons – each with both pros and cons, there really isn’t a mega-weapon that can do it all, just one you learn to live with the disadvantages of.
Then there’s the style. It’s sense of humour is brilliant. Just look at the videos that they’ve done over the years. Then there’s the added functionality, such as being able to capture playthroughs and even edit things together in a fully featured movie maker. It’s just an amazing game. And it has potentially limitless replay value. It’s more of a service than a game – and for this one it’s definitely true.
Just make sure you play it on steam though. Considering the game first released in 2007, there’s still a healthy community for it.
Ok, yes; it’s an obvious choice and you’re probably sick of people talking about it (Emily alone must have mentioned it a hundred times), but I’ve only recently discovered it and, besides, it bears repeating – Spec Ops: The Line is a freaking masterpiece.
It’s the tale of three american marines sent into Dubai, after a devastating sandstorm leaves the city buried and cut-off from the world. It’s a standard third-person shooter, complete with desert setting and cover system; except then it kicks your legs out from under you and it doesn’t stop kicking. It morphs and twists into something uglier, nastier, and infinitely more powerful.
The moment the penny dropped – the moment I realised what I was actually playing – was when the loading-screens started talking to me. I felt a lifetime of carefully-constructed fiction collapsing around me, and I’m not talking about the game world. I could see past all the cozy little lies we gamers tell ourselves, and it made me feel physically ill.
The thing that continues to haunt me, though, was when I glanced in a bathroom mirror, and I had no reflection. I don’t even think this was intentional – it’s likely just a way to reduce processing – but I can still feel the sickening dread as I realised I had no soul. Spec Ops had gotten under my skin, and my own guilty mind did the rest. It’s harrowing and it’s awful and it’s one of the best games I’ve ever played.
When I was asked to recommend a game – one jumped straight to mind. A game which, for some reason I foolishly missed upon its initial release. I always meant to pick it up but for some inexplicable reason – it seemed to evade me until recently. Step forward Bioshock Infinite .
A game which that just captures your entire mind and soul. Colombia is just beautiful, a world rich with Wonder that begs to be fully explored. The attention to detail has just made my mind explode with delight and wonder. I’ve found myself taking my time to soak up the ambience and atmosphere that this game just begs for you to admire. The tiny little posters, the shimmering detail found amongst the clouds. A truly beautiful game that demands your time – and boy is it a good time! Colombia is a city brought to life with great care and devotion.
If like me you’ve missed this – then I beg you stop reading and go grab a copy now. You won’t be disappointed…
The first game I played on my PlayStation 3, and the performances from Ellen Page and William Dafoe are still haunting me, even though it’s been five months since I helped Jodie on her path to acceptance. Beyond: Two Souls at first seems like a take on the story of supernatural powers accumulating in a girl and that there’s a risk she’s going to go all Carrie or similar. But the story that David Cage weaves is something more than that and one that even the likes of Stephen King would find interesting.
A lot of people were disappointed by the game upon its release, expecting something more akin to Quantic Dream’s previous PS3 title, Heavy Rain . What we got instead was something more like the paranormal tale of Fahrenheit ( Indigo Prophecy in the US), where we followed someone on a remarkable journey that involved saving the entire world from a fate more like Hellraiser than Casper .
It also came in for a lot of criticism for its use of Quick Time Events and while I hate them in almost any other game, here they felt at home, because there was no way they could of created a free-ranging series of controls that would have been suitable for helping a woman give birth or keeping your footing on top of a train cart.
Beyond: Two Souls is worth checking out if you’ve got a PS3 and love games like Fahrenheit and loves Stephen King novels like Carrie or Firestarter .