December 5, 2021
A&E

Exciting video game releases

Released Titles

Whether it’s a new device released or a new game, something is always being released into the technology world. 

There are a few new titles that have been released in the last month. Far Cry 6, Metroid Dread, Jackbox Party Pack 8, and Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl were all released in October. 

Far Cry 6 and Metroid Dread are both big series that fans have been eagerly waiting for new releases of. 

Far Cry 5 was released in early 2018 to positive reviews. Far Cry 6 is a first-person shooter game where one is attempting to leave an island. Far Cry 6 has had slightly lower reviews as compared to 5; this has been attested mainly to the storyline, however, fans of the series will find that gameplay is just as fun as they remember. Far Cry 6 is available on Xbox, PlayStation, PC and Mac.

Dani Rojas, the main character of Far Cry 6, is throwing a Molotov cocktail at an army tank.
Far Cry 6 offers high-octane action. Photo courtesy of IGDB.

The last Metroid game was Metroid: Samus Returns in 2017, and it received high reviews. They are continuing with the 2D side scroller style of the past with Metroid: Dread but be aware fans have claimed it to be quite a challenge. It is available on Nintendo Switch, exclusively.

Jackbox Party Pack 8 is a big hitter for the party-game genre. Jackbox Party Pack 8 is a combination of five party games to play with friends. Fans of the series will recognize Drawful on the list of games here as well as four new games to the Jackbox series. It is available on PlayStation, Xbox, Switch and PC.

For those in the fighting game community, the release of Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl has been an exciting and welcoming release. It is a very fast paced game very similar to Super Smash Bros. Melee. 

An image is shown of the video game Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl.
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl. Screenshot by Brandon Madden.

Some fan favorite mechanics of Melee have been incorporated such as wavedashing and waveshining. However, fans are hoping to see a lot more added to the game in the future. At its current state the game’s mechanics feel good, but the game’s style feels bland. It is available on PlayStation, Xbox, Switch and PC.

Upcoming Titles

Battlefield 2042 is a huge new release that fans have been waiting for. The last game, Battlefield V, did not sell as well as Battlefield 4, making less than half of what its predecessor did. 

However, fans are very excited after thrilling trailers of the new Battlefield and the open beta that has allowed players to try the game out for free for a short period of time. 

The game is not without its bugs and flaws still, which is why the release date has been pushed back to Nov. 19 for PlayStation, Xbox and PC. It was originally intended to be released on Oct. 22.

Call of Duty: Vanguard has been overshadowed quite a bit by the new Battlefield release, but it is highly likely that fans of the series will still buy this iteration of the series. 

Call of Duty is continuing with its WWII time frame it has returned to recently, and the new series will include the fan favorite zombie game mode, although many fans have voiced their displeasure over the removal of round-based gameplay for it. The release date is set for Nov. 5 for PlayStation, Xbox and PC.

Finally, racing fans will be pleased to see that a new Forza game is releasing in November. Forza Horizons 5 is the new iteration of the arcade-style racing series Forza. This time around, the map is over 50% larger than Forza Horizon 4. 

Fans will be disappointed to hear that the landscape will not change as drastically with the seasons as it did in the previous version, but there are supposedly still mechanics such as rivers flooding in certain seasons. The release is set for November 5 for Xbox and PC.  

Upcoming Titles

For the mobile gaming scene, there are a ton of games that have been announced, but not many will be released in the immediate future. 

Games such as Valorant, Apex Legends and Frostpunk are a few that still have no current date for their mobile release.

However, there are still a couple of notable titles that have been released recently. 

Pokémon Unite released for mobile in July for free on the iOS and Android app stores. It’s a MOBA style game like Dota 2. So far, it has received very high reviews.

Townscaper is another very casual game where you build a town on a large body of water. It has reached overwhelmingly positive reviews on its PC release and should translate very well for its mobile release. At the time of writing this, it will be released October 20 on iOS and android for $3.99.

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