Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots of food and games. Before the year is done, there are just a few more games that we still have to look forward to.
These are the notable games of the week of 12/02 and some early verdicts:
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Publisher: Nintendo Developer: Nintendo EAD Tokyo Platform: Wii U
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker puts the spotlight on a character that is usually a part of Mario’s side crew. Focusing more on puzzle solving than Mario’s acrobatics, Toad brings a fresher twist to the traditional Nintendo platformer formula.
Early Verdict: Scoring an average of 80, Captain Toad is impressing with some fun and pure puzzle-solving. The gameplay is different to many other games by any publisher, let alone Nintendo. It’s a nice side dish if you need a break from Super Smash Bros. or Dragon Age.
Publisher: Ubisoft Developer: Ubisoft Reflections/Ivory Tower Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360
An open, open racing game that takes place across a giant representation of the USA, Ubisoft has incorporated features from its other open platforms, for better or worse. Invite your friends to tear it up, from the countryside to the cities.
Early Verdict: There aren’t any early reviews because Ubisoft is treating the launch as that of an online experience that takes time to get to grips with.
Game of Thrones: Episode One – Iron From Ice
Publisher: Telltale Games Developer: Telltale Games Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
When this game was announced, an “AHA!” moment spread through the gaming public. This was the perfect developer and genre for Game of Thrones, with its plodding storyline, political machinations, and brief but striking moments of violence. A side story that follows House Forrester between Season 3 and Season 5, Iron from Ice is the start of an episodic series that many are looking forward to.
Early Verdict: The critics are liking what they see, with a 78 average posted on Metacritic at the time of writing. The first episode doesn’t take many risks with the Telltale or adventure game formula, but the superb voice acting and beautiful art style give series fans a chance to revisit Westeros during the lull between the show’s seasons. Branching choices add some consequence and replayability to the experience. Hopefully, Telltale can build on their momentum, as they have with several recent series.