Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
The Odyssey is the upcoming 11th core instalment of Assassin's Creed, and 20th in the overall series. The game retains the vast open worlds Assassin's Creed has become known for, but populates it with numerous quests, side quests, and what amounts to 'distractions' from the main quest. Much of the groundwork for this was laid by last year's Assassin's Creed: Origins.
Set in ancient Greece, you play as either Alexios or Kassandra, choosing one of the two at the start of the game and following their life. Either way, you're a child of Sparta and descendant of Leonidas I, who is cast out but grows up into a mercenary. However, Kassandra was the most-talked about of the two. Odyssey will hopefully break the sense of repetition that crept in a few years ago.
Be prepared to be taken back to basics with a game set in World War One, the Second World War is a natural progression. Within the game, Battlefield remains a unique shooter, especially with its single player 'War Stories' mode. There are just enough changes to make things feel fresh while acknowledging the old adage of 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it.'
IGN calls it "the most revolutionary Battlefield in the last decade.", as you can clearly see that a lot more tweaking and refinement has happened, and it's now totally engrossing and gripping in the conflict in which it's set.
Ghost of Tsushima
Not only is it jaw-droppingly pretty and inspiringly beautiful to look at, it has huge game potential! The game was the dark horse title, as little on the game was shown prior to the event.
The game was revealed as an open-world samurai epic, inspired by Japanese cinema and set during the Mongol Invasion. It's a time of turmoil for Japan, and as wandering swordsman Jin, you're caught in the middle of it.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Literally the biggest Smash Bros. game of all time, expectations are literally sky high! No doubt hardcore players will want to tear the game apart to master various new features, but so far it feels like Nintendo have again mastered the balance between complexity and accessibility that makes Super Smash Bros. so special...
This game could be the start of something great! It's full of big ideas and promises huge amounts of customisation and individuality when it comes to your character. If they can pull this all off, then it could be a standout title. Specifically, Eurogamer says it was "blown away by the level of detail in Night City".
The original Rage never really gelled with many players, offering great ideas but lacking consistency. The unexpected sequel has a much stronger identity as a game worthwhile, it has kept and refined the good features within the first game.
Hopefully, this one will get a far warmer reception when it releases.
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