THE G AME R EMADE

A new con­sole gen­er­a­tion has given some older ti­tles a sec­ond bout in the ring. Not that GTA V or The Last of Us were about to be for­got­ten any­time soon.

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GRAND THEFT AUTO V THE GRAND THEFT AUTO GAMES HAVE AL­WAYS GIVEN US THE OP­POR­TU­NITY TO IN­DULGE OUR DARKER IM­PULSES. WANT TO STEAL SOME­ONE’S CAR AND DRIVE IT OFF A CLIFF? DO IT. FANCY MOW­ING DOWN PEDES­TRI­ANS AS YOU HOON ALONG THE PAVE­MENT? BY ALL MEANS. FEEL LIKE KNOCK­ING SOME­ONE OUT, DOUS­ING THEM IN PETROL AND SET­TING THEM ON FIRE AS THEY LIE DAZED? THAT’S RE­ALLY AW­FUL, BUT IF WE’RE HON­EST, WE’RE TOO SCARED OF THE PSY­CHOTIC LOOK IN YOUR EYE TO TELL YOU TO STOP. THE NEXT-GEN VER­SION OF GRANDTHEFTAUTOV GIVES YOU THE POWER TO DO ALL OF THIS, BUT YOU MAY FIND YOUR­SELF PAUS­ING IN A WAY YOU NEVER HAVE BE­FORE. THE REA­SON BE­ING THAT WHILE PRE­VI­OUS IN­STAL­MENTS AL­WAYS KEPT THE AC­TION AT A SAFE DIS­TANCE WITH YOU LOOK­ING ON IN THIRD PER­SON, THIS TIME AROUND THE IN­TRO­DUC­TION OF A FIRST PER­SON MODE MAKES EV­ERY­THING MORE IM­ME­DI­ATE AND PER­SONAL. IM­POR­TANTLY, THIS DOESN’T FEEL LIKE A GIM­MICK. IT’S NO HALF-HEARTED ADD-ON AIMED AT CON­VINC­ING GTA FA­NAT­ICS TO PART WITH THEIR MONEY AGAIN. IT FEELS LIKE A NEW WAY TO PLAY THE GAME THAT’S JUST AS VALID AS THE TRA­DI­TIONAL AP­PROACH, AND YOU’LL AD­JUST VERY QUICKLY, BE­FORE CON­CLUD­ING THAT IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE ALL ALONG. ROCK­STAR HAS RAISED THE BAR WITH THIS UP­DATE TO ITS AL­READY OUT­STAND­ING TOUR OF LOS SAN­TOS. WITH VASTLY IM­PROVED GRAPH­ICS, AD­DI­TIONAL FAUNA (LOOK, A CAT!) AND A NEW WAY TO LOOK AT AND EX­PE­RI­ENCE THE WORLD, GRANDTHEFTAUTOV IS AN EVEN MORE ES­SEN­TIAL PUR­CHASE THE SEC­OND TIME AROUND. PS4, X1, ROCK­STARGAMES.COM OUT NOW

THE LAST OF US RE­MAS­TERED HAV­ING RE­CEIVED OVER 200 “GAME OF THE YEAR” AWARDS BACK IN 2013, THE­LASTO­FUS WAS DEEMED WOR­THY OF ANOTHER GO. WITH SPRUCED UP GRAPH­ICS AND THE IN­CLU­SION OF THE LEFT­BE­HIND DLC, IT’S A VERY EN­TIC­ING PROPO­SI­TION. IF YOU DIDN’T GIVE DE­VEL­OPER NAUGHTY DOG’S MASTER­PIECE A SPIN IN YOUR PS3, SAVE YOUR­SELF THE EM­BAR­RASS­MENT AND GO GRAB A COPY NOW FOR YOUR PS4. PS4, AU.PLAYSTA­TION.COM OUT NOW

SAINTS ROW IV RE-ELECTED WHILE WE FIND IT HARD TO IMAG­INE GAMERS WERE CRY­ING OUT TO RE­VISIT SAINTSROWIV IN THE WAY THEY WERE GTAV AND THE­LASTO­FUS, THE OUT­RIGHT SILLI­NESS OF THE FRAN­CHISE CAN PRO­VIDE A WEL­COME COUN­TER­POINT TO GTA’S MORE SUB­TLY SAR­CAS­TIC RIP ON THE AMER­I­CAN WAY OF LIFE, AND THIS TIME IT IN­CLUDES THE GATOUTOFHELL DLC. PS4, X1, SAINTSROW.COM/AU OUT JAN­UARY 30

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