For some reason I didn't quite get into Civilization VI, which was good but not quite as engaging as that cinematic trailer narrated by Sean Bean. Well, that's changed thanks to the excellent new expansion Rise and Fall. Which not only makes a bunch of improvements to core elements, but introduces new mechanics and features that now feel essential to the Civilization VI experience.
Kicking off the year in style comes Capcom's classic Monster Hunter series, this time rebuilt from the ground up for modern console hardware. How does it fare? Well, we sent Adrian Haas deep into the Ancient Forest with nothing but his wits and the sounds of giant creatures to keep him company. Several hours later and he's dispatched of several high profile monsters. And cooked up a mean feast to boot.
Of course, day one patches are digital and don't really weigh anything in the traditional sense. But feel like they do when they're huge. As is the case with the new patch for the very cool looking medieval RPG Kingdom Come: Deliverance. Which makes improvements to every aspect of the game, from bug fixes to new abilities like being able to use a bow in stealth.
Touted as the "world’s most powerful graphics on a desktop processor", and starting at the very reasonable $139 AUD for the Ryzen 3 2200G with Radeon Vega 8 Graphics. Of course on-board video can't really compete with dedicated graphics, but that being said you can expect 720p and even 1080p performance across a number of titles.
One of the great things surrounding the success of the Nintendo Switch is the fact that indie games are performing extremely well on the console - across the board. From past-hits finding new audiences through to debuts performing better on the Switch than on other platforms. And now celebrated indie dev/publisher tinyBuild is planning to bring 6 titles to the Switch this year.
Taking home a $100,000 USD bonus after a thrilling five-game victory over the New York Excelsior. The match took place over the weekend in front of a sell-out crowd at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles where the top three teams faced off in a semi-final and final match-up. What was even more impressive is that London Spitfire managed to come back after being down two games to win the series 3-2.
And so here we are, with the final part in our countdown of the greatest videogame soundtracks of all time. Perhaps something you were hoping to see made it into the list. Finally! Or missed out. Screw you Kosta! Which is to say that this list is subjective, and as a life-long fan of music in general why not chime in with your alternate top five. I'd love to read about/hear them.