TRISTAN OGILVIE GAMES IN REVIEW
PC / $18.99 / OUT NOW
The year is 1888, and London has been dragged down into a sunless underworld called the Neath, on the coast of a vast ocean — the Unterzee. The player must sail the blackened waters discovering new lands, trading goods and completing various quests as the captain of a steamship. Though the naval combat is simplistic, the game really shines thanks to its superb writing and individuality of its locales.
THE ORDER: 1886 [R18+]
PS4 / $99.95 / OUT NOW
Another alternate history adventure, The Order: 1886 sees the player stalking werewolves in a Victorian-era London. Games don’t get much better looking than this: this third-person shooter is crammed with detail and awash with dazzling lighting effects. But the beauty is only skin deep — the gameplay meanders between sub- Gears of War shooting and brainless interactive cutscenes.
DEAD OR ALIVE 5: LAST ROUND [M]
PS4, XBOX ONE / $69.95 / OUT NOW
Last Round is the final iteration of a fighting game that has been released in multiple forms over the past three years. As a result, this version is overflowing with characters, stages and modes, and the visuals have also been enhanced for the PS4 and Xbox One — albeit in a fairly minimal manner. It’s a robust package, but it’s probably time the series moved on.