The best games of the beginning of 2018

| February 24, 2018

The year 2018 has just begun, and we have literally been overwhelmed with good game projects. And what is especially nice – games come out for every taste: from a simple arcade fighting game to a harsh historical role-playing game.

DRAGON BALL FIGHTERZ

Platform : PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC

Dragon Ball FighterZ – another game based on the famous anime “The Pearl of the Dragon.” Developers managed to convey, first of all, the visual atmosphere of the series, creating an amazing three-dimensional graphics in the style of cel-shading, which (especially in cut scenes) looks like a real cartoon.

The main features of the game are stunning visualization and an abundance of special effects, a story mode for anime fans (and network – for everyone else), and overall low complexity. Start playing and win in a single mode Dragon Ball FighterZ can literally everyone, and special moves do not require tricky combinations of buttons.

Rating:

Graphics : 9/10

Management : 8/10

Gameplay : 8/10

Overall Rating : 8/10

DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS

Platform : Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4

In general, this game was released in 2016 for PlayStation gaming systems, but in the beginning of February it finally reached Nintendo Switch. Dragon Quest Builders is a Minecraft-like game in the universe of role-playing games Dragon Quest. And, unlike Minecraft, she has a story. Actually, the plot is the main mode of the game – initially the player can only start the first chapter, other modes are not available to him. After passing through the first chapter, the “Terra Incognita” mode appears, where you can freely build and study the big world.

The main feature of DQB is that all buildings have functional significance (hotel, armory, kitchen) and the more your city grows, the more residents come to it and these people can even do something for you: prepare food or potions, create different items of equipment . Of course, if you have already built a suitable room.

Unfortunately, the multiplayer game is not here. Only one person can play on one console, and on the network one can only exchange part of their buildings – they need to be built in a certain area, limited to special blocks.

Rating:

Graphics : 7/10

Management : 8/10

Gameplay : 8/10

Overall Rating : 8/10

MONSTER HUNTER: WORLD

Platform : PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC

For a long time the games of the Monster Hunter series were exclusive first PlayStation (PS2, PSP), then Nintendo (Wii, 3DS, Wii U, Switch), but now the choice of platforms has significantly expanded. MHW is the first game of the main Monster Hunter series on PC and Xbox.

The game Monster Hunter: World still offers players to fight with huge monsters in a fantasy setting, but this time the emphasis on multiplayer has become even more obvious, and many game mechanics have simplified. For example, you can now heal wounds even without the help of potions – it is enough to find a healing wasp or plant (it can be found by your partner partner).

In general, the game became “monotonous”, and if in the past, in addition to a long hunt for one big and powerful monster, you could entertain yourself by collecting and crafting items necessary for survival, but now there are only battles left. Which, by the way, even with the improvement of graphics did not get rid of the problems with animation: parts of monsters pass through the stones, trees, walls, hunter and his arms passes through monsters … So, the sensations are mixed. But the fans of the series should like it.

Rating:

Graphics : 7/10

Management : 8/10

Gameplay : 7/10

Overall Rating : 7/10

SHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS

Platform : PlayStation 4

Localization : text

The original game Shadow Of The Colossus was released on the PlayStation 2 in 2005 and quickly became a hit. Later it was re-released on the PlayStation 3 as an HD-remaster, although the rest (except for permission) in the game did not change anything. Now the completely updated version comes on the PlayStation 4.

Of course, compared to many modern games SotC may seem empty, but the world of the game really has an incredible atmosphere, and the remaster is very high quality – the graphics are simply stunning.

According to the story (which is mainly presented here only with long introductory and final cut scenes) – the protagonist, Vander, comes to the forbidden lands to ask the spirit called Dormin to resurrect Mono’s girlfriend. The spirit agrees in exchange for a favor – Vander needs to kill 16 colosses living in these lands. Colossi are huge and very different creatures, which, incidentally, are not that hard to kill, the main thing is to understand how to climb on them and hold on (this is not easy – unfortunately, many claims to management).

Actually, there is nothing more in the game – you just need to find another colossus with the help of a ray of light reflected by Vander’s sword, kill him, and then Vander’s body automatically returns to the temple – the starting location. Thus, the game is not very big, but it’s worth playing, especially if you missed the original.

Rating:

Graphics : 9/10

Management : 6/10

Gameplay : 8/10

Overall Rating : 9/10

SEA OF THIEVES

Platform : Xbox One, Windows 10

The full version of Sea Of Thieves will be released only in the second half of March, but in January we managed to play a closed beta and we just can not help sharing our impressions. It is necessary to try very hard to find at least some negative feedback about SoT on the Internet – the game was liked by virtually everyone who played it.

Sea Of Thieves is a multiplayer MMO game in which you play as a pirate. You can play alone (but still online), together or the four of them. Depending on the size of the team, you get one of two variants of sailing ships, on which you have to swim the sea from island to island, looking for treasures, fighting monsters and other players, and earning yourself money and reputation.

It is interesting that in the game there is practically no interface. Everything is minimal here, and even the cards are not really there. The only interactive map for the entire team is stored in the captain’s cabin – you can only look at it by going into the cabin and bending over the map. Accordingly, we have to interact with the team. Moreover, it is not so easy to operate the ship – it does not respond to the buttons of the gamepad, it is necessary to put sails, and even at the right angle, to steer, lower the anchor to stop … Nothing complicated, but without well-coordinated work on a large ship far away not sail away. Moreover, the helmsman does not see the map, and the sails close the view ahead.

Thanks to the successful use of network capabilities, events in SoT are not only quests with treasure hunts (also very different, by the way – from the mark on the map of an unknown island, to puzzles and capture of an island with skeletons), but also meetings with other players that may end differently. Moreover, you can fight both on land – sword or firearms, and at sea – with the help of ship cannons, which still need to be charged (you can charge members of the team – it simplifies boarding).

There is no unambiguous division into “one’s own” and “another’s”, but all but your team members can be enemies. Or not. However, if one of your team behaves badly, you can vote for his imprisonment. With a set of most votes, the joker is placed in a cage in the hold on the ship.

Finally, I want to mention just an incredible study of graphics and physics of water. What you need for a “sea” game!

Rating:

Graphics : 9/10

Management : 10/10

Gameplay : 10/10

Overall Rating : 10/10

KINGDOM COME: DELIVERANCE

Platform : PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC

“Role-playing game of dreams” from the creator of the first Mafia. Experienced players already understand what it means: hardcore and the maximum approach to reality in everything that the other games forgive the player. However, for the sake of truth, such straightforward simulation did not work: somewhere the game really requires the player to take a serious approach (with a dirty protagonist, no decent person will not want to talk, we need to wash), but somewhere, on the contrary, it is easier than Skyrim or Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild.

For example, here you can eat other people’s food (in Skyrim you can not if you are not allowed), and there is no sense of temperature (unlike BOTW), and your horse is able to teleport almost anywhere on the whistle (again, unlike BOTW ). In addition, we found several discrepancies and in historical certainty – for example, the pan our hero serves is running to the stables for two kilometers from the city only to listen to a report on the events, and then, on foot, ran away back in the rain, on a dirty road, without taking a horse.

However, from the point of view of the plot and its presentation, as well as graphics – this is an amazing game. In Kingdom Come: Deliverance recreated Bohemia (Czech Republic) during the raids of the troops of the Hungarian king Sigismund. The main character – the son of the blacksmith Indrich (in the English voice-over – Henry) – escapes from Skalitsa after his family and friends were killed by mercenaries of Sigismund. Indrich is hungry for revenge, but before that he has to learn a lot and prove to everyone that he is not a simple peasant (although at first he is such – he can not even read).

Somehow, due to the excellent staging of the cut-scenes, the game plunges into the story, and the incredible and so close views of Eastern Europe reinforce the sense of the reality of what is happening.

Rating:

Graphics : 9/10

Management : 7/10

Gameplay : 8/10

Overall Rating : 8/10

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