XBOX ONE, PS4, PC / MA15+ / $99.95 / OUT NOW
Though the Battlefield series has built its name upon large-scale skirmishes in sand-blown warzones, Hardline swaps the military for the police force in a more urban assignment. The episodic campaign drips with just the right amount of cop-show cheese, and the multiplayer offers neat cops and robbers twists while maintaining the traditional Battlefield tropes such as the heavily destructible environments.
PC / $29.99 / OUT NOW
Inspired by the classic SimCity series, Cities:
Skylines is a powerful, flexible and stunningly beautiful city-building simulation. It’s a more meditative experience than SimCity as there are no random events or major disasters, instead Skylines is focused on building massive metropolises with a dizzying number of moving parts. Impressive.
MARIO PARTY 10
WII U / G / $69.95 / OUT NOW
Not a great deal has changed since the previous instalment. Each board is still comprised of numerous mini-games which vary wildly in quality. The support for Nintendo’s Amiibo toys adds some novelty. The new Bowser mode tasks a fifth player with spoiling the fun for the others. Fun, but not essential.