Sum­mer fun the weather can’t spoil

The Chronicle - - Game On -

IT’S hard to be­lieve, but June is upon us. And, along with the sun, the heat and the en­su­ing rain, it also her­alds the ar­rival of some ex­cit­ing new ti­tles. There’s a new ten­nis game to get us in the mood for Wim­ble­don, The New Colos­sus ar­rives on the Switch and af­ter numer­ous de­lays – fin­gers crossed – Crack­down 3 looks like it’s fi­nally go­ing to land at the end of the month.

TEN­NIS WORLD TOUR PS4, XBOX ONE, Switch, PC, iOS RE­LEASE: June 1

WITH Wim­ble­don just weeks away, the re­lease of this game couldn’t have been bet­ter timed.

Ten­nis World Tour is the spir­i­tual suc­ces­sor to Top Spin 4, widely con­sid­ered the best ten­nis game ever made, so de­vel­op­ers Break­point Stu­dios – made up of for­mer Top Spin de­sign­ers – have re­ally been un­der some pres­sure.

Early re­views seem to sug­gest some prob­lems, es­pe­cially as the on­line mul­ti­player has been re­moved from the launch build of the game, to be added at a later date.

Writ­ing on the game’s Face­book page a spokesman said: “Fea­tures are sched­uled to roll out in two phases.

“The first will bring on­line quick matches and in the sec­ond phase we will im­ple­ment a ranked on­line mode with global leader­boards.”

CRASH BANDICOOT N.SANE TRIL­OGY XBOX ONE, Switch, PC RE­LEASE: June 29

AF­TER tak­ing the PS4 by storm, Crash Bandicoot is bringing his N.Sane Tril­ogy to oth­ers con­soles.

Crash’s en­dur­ing pop­u­lar­ity sees the re­mas­tered Bandicoot spin­ning, jump­ing and whump­ing his way through his first three games.

One for older gamers, the bright, car­toon graph­ics be­lie just how tricky this game can be – but that only adds to the fun.

A cou­ple of nice lit­tle ex­tras, the ad­di­tion of an on­line leader­board and a Cloud sav­ing-fea­ture, bring the games up to date.

And those lovely peo­ple at Vi­car­i­ous Vi­sions have slipped a few help­ing hands into the mix in the form of power ups and check­points – ab­so­lute life­lines for begin­ners and those of us who are a lit­tle rusty.

YONDER: THE CLOUD CATCHER CHRON­I­CLES Switch RE­LEASE: June 15

YONDER ship­wrecks play­ers on a vast is­land en­shrouded in an evil murk.

By ex­plor­ing the land, join­ing forces with the lo­cals and con­tribut­ing to the com­mu­nity through farm­ing, craft­ing, cook­ing, fish­ing and brew­ing, ad­ven­tur­ers can help the is­land.

Now, ex­plo­ration games have been around for­ever, and they can wear a lit­tle thin. Yonder claims to have put its own ‘unique’ spin on the genre – there’s no com­bat sys­tem or a pro­gres­sion sys­tem in this game.

In­stead, the ac­tion takes place in a gen­uinely open-world en­vi­ron­ment where play­ers can do any­thing they want, when­ever they want.

Ac­tu­ally sounds quite re­lax­ing.

WOLFENSTEIN II: THE NEW COLOS­SUS Switch RE­LEASE: June 29

ONE of my stand-out games of 2017, Switch play­ers will fi­nally get to go Nazi hunting at the end of the month.

Of­fer­ing a very dif­fer­ent take on his­tor­i­cal events, The New Colos­sus takes place in a Nazi-oc­cu­pied New York in 1961.

Play­ing as war vet­eran Wil­liam “B.J.” Blazkow­icz, you and your rag­tag bunch of re­sis­tance fight­ers can kick­start the sec­ond Amer­i­can rev­o­lu­tion and give Hitler’s ar­mies their march­ing or­ders.

Its dystopian vi­sion is beau­ti­fully brought to life – goos­es­tep­ping hordes cut a chill­ing swath through cheer­ing crowds.

Glo­ri­ous graph­ics, vis­ceral game­play and a com­pelling sto­ry­line com­bine to make a must-play ti­tle.

CRACK­DOWN 3 XBOX ONE RE­LEASE: June 30

FIN­GERS crossed Crack­down 3 will fi­nally get an air­ing this month as it’s al­ready been de­layed since 2016.

The first two Crack­downs were in­sanely good fun, and this threequel sounds no dif­fer­ent.

As a su­per-cop in an open-world city, you fight crime and smash up the en­vi­ron­ment in the process – de­light­ful, mind­less fun.

And you don’t have to en­joy that fun alone, as the game sup­ports on­line co-op for up to four play­ers.

The ic­ing on the cake though is the ad­di­tion of Terry Crews as a playable char­ac­ter.

Crash will be bringing his brand of wild ex­cite­ment to new plat­forms

With Ch­eryl Mullin

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