The new king of consoles is here in games™ 191
Another packed issue of games™ is here with our hands-on impressions and industry insider verdict on the Xbox One X leading the show. Also get the latest on Wolfenstein II, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Far Cry 5, Cuphead, A Way Out and more. Get it all in games™ 191 on sale now.
Xbox One X
We’ve called this the new king of consoles and with good reason; it’s the most powerful home console ever built. There’s no arguing that, but there’s plenty of argument to be had over whether you should buy one and that’s something we hope to guide you through in our cover feature. We’ve got our hands-on impressions, the verdict from an industry analyst and developer and some helpful guides to help you pick through the details. Forget the noise about a lack of games (there are over 100 getting improved performance and 4K around launch), this is a console that demands your attention.
Far Cry 5
We got the chance to play around in the anarchic sandbox of the latest Far Cry and found a pleasingly familiar mix of tight controls, loose structures and the freedom to do whatever we wanted. What actually impressed a lot was the weapon feel and accompanying sound design. The guns in Far Cry 5 have some savage feedback to them.
We’ve been tracking the development of MDHR’s stunning Thirties-cartoon inspired platformer since its first trailer, as you probably have too, and we finally got a chance to chat with the development team to learn more about its painstaking process. From hand-drawn and coloured animation cells to taking the game from boss-rush to full action experience, it’s quite a story you can read in games™ 191.
A Way Out
We love the Josef Fares’ unrepentant commitment to his vision. He set out to make a story-driven co-op game because he couldn’t find one to play and he is utterly refusing to compromise that pure objective. Find out why he hates seeing repeated game mechanics and how the game has gone from rough sketches on scraps of paper to one of the most innovative co-op titles we’ve seen in years.
Linking To The Past
It’s been 25 years since The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past was released in the UK, so we thought we would reflect on the impact and influence of one of Link’s greatest adventures with the developers who are still inspired by the SNES classic. We got together with the creators of Hyper Light Drifter, Songbringer, Moonlighter and Mayhem In Single Valley to see how they were inspired by and have sought to build on Nintendo’s template.
The legendary Halo composer parted ways with Bungie some time ago now under a bit of a cloud, but he still holds the work he completed there very close to his heart as we found out. We learn about his start in the business, the last-minute insanity that lead to Halo’s unique sound, how he had to fight for the piano music in Halo 3 and what it was like to work with Paul McCartney on Destiny.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
We have to say, Jens Matthies, the creative director of MachineGames, might be one of our favourite people to talk to in the games industry. Various members of the games™ team have crossed paths with him over the years, dating back to his days at Starbreeze working on The Darkness and Chronicles Of Riddick. Now he’s creating a new kind of dark chaos with Wolfenstein II and has much to say about bringing some real story weight to this new game without losing the gloriously gruesome action the series is known for.
Detroit: Become Human
It’s been a little while since we’ve taken a look at Detroit up close so we thought we would catch up with what’s been happening at Quantic Dream to give you an insight into one of Sony’s most ambitious and complex titles. Spider-Man and God Of War have been grabbing the headlines, but Detroit remains one of our most anticipated titles.
Access: Crash and the weaponising of nostalgia, No Man’s Sky looks to the future, The Evil Within 2, become a slave to fashion in Echo, The best Evo Championships fighters, Assassin’s Creed Origins, World Of Tanks goes single-player, Fortnite finds early access footing, and making the soundtrack to Life Is Strange: Before The Storm
Reviews: Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, LawBreakers, Pyre, Sonic Mania, Agents Of Mayhem, Matterfall, Serial Cleaner, Behold The Kickmen, Sundered, Dream Daddy: A Daddy Dating Simulator, Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle And The Millionaire’s Conspiracy
Retro: Complete guide to Nintendo 64, Behind the scenes of The Bard’s Tale, Game Changer: Star Fox