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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The witching hour? Wild Hunt will supply you with hundreds…
As mid-year triple-A titles go, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is quite rightly top of the bill. Offering a unique combination of a non-linear story and the much-loved open world environment, this is a fantasy RPG firmly focused on player choice, tactical combat and a rich, living world.
As the final episode in one of the best RPG trilogies to date, long-time fans of the series will be slavering at the prospect of hooking up with Geralt of Riva, master swordsman and monster hunter.
With real-time combat, deep strategic RPG options and a cast of simply mesmerising miscreants, there’s no doubt this is one monster challenge that you’ll happily accept.
Baldur’s Gate 2: Enhanced Edition
The original Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn, is celebrating it’s 15th anniversary this year.
It became the most celebrated Dungeons & Dragons fantasy RPG of its time, and now gamers new and old can experience the epic continuation and conclusion of the Bhaalspawn Saga in all it’s remastered HD glory.
This is a bargain that beggars belief, offering an epic story and equally exquisite characters that will consume hundreds of hours of your time in dungeons, quests and other activities that demonstrate why the RPG genre is still one of the most engrossing gaming experiences we can enjoy today.
Nintendo 3DS, £29.99
Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. presents a novel take on strategy games inspired by third-person shooters.
Like the Fire Emblem and Advance Wars games before it, here players are tasked with planning out strategic moves using a team of soldiers to do battle with enemy forces.
But this game throws a wrench into many of the conventions familiar to the genre, not least in it’s outlandish setting – a steampunk iteration of London, invaded by aliens that you must tackle with help from a super-charged superhero version of Abraham Lincoln.
Pleasurable puzzles, cunning combat challenges and a brilliantly pitched difficulty curve should be more than enough to suck strategy fans in for the long haul.
Goatz: Goat Simulator
Can you fight off the undead as a farm animal?
The original Goat Simulator was a triumph of stupidity, letting you loose in a sandbox world with a furry four-legged as the hero.
Interactions with everyday items became a hilarious affair due to the absurdly ordinary appearance and lack of co-ordination of the main character.
In Goatz, he’s back, and this time must survive for as long as possible in a world packed with undead humans and goats.
Not only must you dodge these dastardly villains, but also keep yourself fed and watered to top up your health and hunger bars.
Goatz treads a fine line between being great fun and just laugh-out-loud funny, but you’ll no doubt get enough laughs to justify the four-pound price tag.
Interstellar strategy shines bright
Don’t be fooled by Spacecom’s apparently simplistic approach to strategy. From the light geometric presentation to the pared back number of unit types that you can control in this quest for planetary domination, the game gives off few hints of the depth and difficulty that you’ll encounter.
The numbers-based conquering of territories to weaken an opponent’s base will seem pretty basic at the outset, but as the varied planet types become apparent, in addition to your own attack and defence options, you’ll realise that the slick, short single player campaign serves as a valuable lesson in all things intergalactic, before you launch into the random online exchanges with up to five other opponents on your map.
The minimalistic presentation works well on mobile and control bug-bears are pretty hard to come by, overall, Spacecom is a very decent strategy experience and one well worth launching yourself into another galaxy for.
WHAT’S HOT AND WHAT’S NOT?
A few weeks out from the gaming world’s biggest future-facing showcase – E3 – much of the hype is around what’s not going to be on show at the expo.
Nintendo have repeatedly affirmed that they will not be announcing any news about the NX, a new concept in development by the gaming giant.
Since the project was first announced in March, rumours have been flying around that more juicy details will be on show soon, but Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata told investors that specifics will not be revealed until 2016.
Meanwhile, in the charts this week, Project CARS hit pole position in the charts in its first week of release, sending Mortal Kombat X spinning into third.
Grand Theft Auto V held firm at two, while Destiny climbed back into contention, leaping six places from 16 to ten.
GAME CHART ALL FORMATS FULL PRICE
1. Mortal Kombat X
2. Grand Theft Auto V
3. Battlefield Hardline
4. FIFA 15
5. Minecraft: Playstation Edition
6. Dying Light
7. Minecraft: Xbox Edition
8. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
9. Halo: The Master Chief Collection
10. WWE 2K15
(Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (c) 2015 UKIE Ltd)