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FIFA 17 PS4 EA reck­ons The Jour­ney, FIFA 17’ s sin­gle­player story mode, wouldn’t have been pos­si­ble be­fore FIFA’s move to the Frost­bite en­gine, since only now can it ren­der things that aren’t foot­ball sta­di­ums. Hav­ing played through our de­but sea­son as Alex Hunter, we can see what it was get­ting at, but couldn’t that pro­cess­ing grunt have been put to more cre­ative use than all these dress­ing rooms and train­ing pitches? Per­haps the drunken three­some in a Berk­shire Hol­i­day Inn comes in FIFA 18. Stardew Val­ley PC Eric Barone’s sweetly med­i­ta­tive coun­try-life sim may not have struck quite the same chord with some as it did with PC-only play­ers, but that’s a ques­tion of nov­elty; this sort of game has been part of con­sole own­ers’ lives for decades, af­ter all. But de­spite its ob­vi­ous in­flu­ences, Stardew Val­ley has an iden­tity all its of own, and when the con­sole ver­sions fi­nally ap­pear, we may not be able to re­sist fall­ing back in. Re­ally Bad Chess iPhone Con­tro­ver­sial game de­signer Dave Sir­lin once had the gall to make a game called Chess 2 which, he claimed, would fix the flaws in­her­ent in the sport of kings. Zach Gage takes the op­po­site tack, tak­ing chess and pur­posely ru­in­ing it. Our cur­rent ranked-match game saw us start with seven bish­ops and three queens, while our CPU op­po­nent had seven pawns. Things even up as you progress un­til, even­tu­ally, your foe gets the god-mode treat­ment while you suf­fer with the scraps. A de­light­fully sub­ver­sive spin on the orig­i­nal clas­sic.

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