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TRIS­TAN OGILVIE GAMES IN RE­VIEW

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SUN­LESS SEA

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.

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