In the game for Christ­mas

THE LAT­EST GAM­ING, COMICS & TECH TRENDS

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THE first doors on the ad­vent cal­en­dars have been opened, and the tasty choco­late hid­den be­hind have been de­voured. And as Santa pre­pares his pre-flight checks, we take a look at the hand­ful of games hit­ting con­soles very early this month.

There’s a fresh Just Cause out­ing, Hello Neigh­bor gets a pre­quel, and Plays­ta­tion fans can en­joy a wave of nos­tal­gia as the clas­sic con­sole gets a makeover.

PLAYS­TA­TION CLAS­SIC

Re­lease: Out now

IF YOU’RE old enough to re­mem­ber the joy of buy­ing your first PlayS­ta­tion way back in the 90s, then you’ll un­der­stand why I’m so ex­cited about get­ting my hands on this lit­tle beast.

This mini PS clas­sic comes pre-loaded with 20 games, a vir­tual mem­ory card, and two con­trollers so you can share the fun.

Among the ti­tles on the con­sole are De­struc­tion Derby, Cool Board­ers 2, Fi­nal Fan­tasy VII, Grand Theft Auto, Mr Driller, Twisted Metal, and Tekken 3.

My thumbs are al­ready aching.

OVER­RIDE: MECH CITY BRAWL

Re­lease: Out now

BAT­TLE some of the cutest ro­bots you’ve ever seen and ‘mech’ (see what I did there) a name for your­self in this giant brawler.

Each 80-sec­ond bat­tle takes place in dif­fer­ent cities which you can lay waste to as you mar­malise your op­po­nent.

There’s a ros­ter of 12 mechs, each with their own fight­ing styles and fin­ish­ing moves – and you can cus­tomise your giant ro­bot to add your own style and flair. Along­side the solo cam­paign, you can play in lo­cal co-op with up to four friends, or go on­line for more mul­ti­player fun.

With the 3D lo­ca­tions mapped on real cities how­ever, you will get a pang of guilt when you flat­ten a na­tional land­mark..

JUST CAUSE 4

Re­lease: Out now

RICO Ro­driguez is back, and this time he’s try­ing to un­cover the truth about his past. This is the se­quel to 2015’s Just Cause 3, and is set on the is­land of Solís, which is as deadly as it is gor­geous.

Avalanche Stu­dios de­vel­oped Just Cause 4 on a new ver­sion of its Apex game en­gine, and as such it claims that the AI char­ac­ters are smarter and more tac­ti­cal than the last out­ing.

The new en­gine also means that the game has di­verse and ex­treme weather ef­fects in­clud­ing bliz­zards, sand­storms, tor­na­does and thun­der and light­ing – all adding up to make Rico’s pre­ferred mode of trans­port – the hang glider – ab­so­lutely ter­ri­fy­ing.

The game will not be get­ting a co-op mode, but the sin­gle player cam­paign will be topped up with DLC ex­pan­sion packs, which should be avail­able not long af­ter the game launches.

BAT­TLE PRINCESS MADELYN

Re­lease: De­cem­ber 6

THIS gor­geous look­ing in­die game fol­lows the jour­ney of young knight in train­ing Madelyn, and her ghostly pet dog Fritzy.

Start­ing life as a Kick­starter, teaser trail­ers show the game giv­ing off a se­ri­ous Ghosts’ N Gob­lins vibe, as

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Red Dead Re­demp­tion 2 FIFA 19 Bat­tle­field V

Spyro Reignited Tril­ogy Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Poke­mon:

Let’s Go, Pikachu! Fort­nite: Deep Freeze Bun­dle

Su­per Mario Party WWE 2K19 Madelyn races to save her king­dom and her fam­ily from the clutches of an evil wizard.

Solve puz­zles, bat­tle through cas­tles, grave­yards and swamps with retro game­play that’s bound to ap­peal to both old-school gamers and new play­ers.

HELLO NEIGH­BOR: HIDE AND SEEK

Re­lease: De­cem­ber 7

THE evil and mys­te­ri­ous mus­ta­chioed neigh­bour is back in this grue­some, and oddly touch­ing pre­quel. Hide and Seek looks at the events that hap­pened to the neigh­bour’s fam­ily, that lead to him be­com­ing the sin­is­ter recluse we’ve all come to love/hate.

Hello Neigh­bor was the sur­prise hor­ror hit of 2017, hav­ing gained an al­most cult fol­low­ing on its ad­dic­tive al­pha re­lease.

Part The Burbs, Part Rear Win­dow, you have to break into your neigh­bour’s house to un­cover the se­cret hid­den in his base­ment.

The clever AI means the neigh­bour mod­i­fies his ac­tions based on your game­play, mean­ing you have to al­ter your tac­tics ev­ery time you ven­ture over the road, or end up as a bump in the turf.

Def­i­nitely a game to keep your eye on.

WIN­TER SOL­DIER #1

WHILE a ques­tion mark hangs over his fate in the cine­matic uni­verse, in the comic realm, Buck Barnes is all about re­demp­tion.

Hav­ing es­caped death, the loss of iden­tity, and a life of mur­der, the man known as the Win­ter Sol­dier has worked hard to atone for his sins. In this new se­ries, we see the Win­ter Sol­dier work­ing hard to help oth­ers turn their lives around – giv­ing them the same chance he was given.

Writ­ten by Kyle Hig­gin, with art­work by Rod Reis, Win­ter Sol­dier #1 is out now priced £3.35.

DARE­DEVIL CAN­CELLED

THE un­think­able has hap­pened, fol­low­ing the ax­ing of Iron Fist and Luke Cage, Net­flix has canned the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen. And it would ap­pear that Dare­devil’s pro­ducer was as stunned by the de­ci­sion as the fans.

Writ­ing on Twit­ter, Sam Ernst said: “Had a last lunch yes­ter­day with the Dare­devil writ­ers. Sushi pro­vided by our Cap­tain, @ erikole­son. Mar­vel ex­ecs there too, just as stunned as we were. More than lunch, re­ally: a wake. A show gets can­celled, all those char­ac­ters we love die. Why I hate my job. Why I love it, too.”

With Dare­devil gone, fans now fear for the fu­ture of Mar­vel’s sur­viv­ing Net­flix se­ries Jes­sica Jones and The Pu­n­isher. Only time will tell.

SLEEP WRAPS

FILM­ING has wrapped on the lat­est Stephen King movie, Doc­tor Sleep.

This se­quel to the hor­ror mas­ter’s 1977 book The Shin­ing, tells the story of Danny Tor­rance who, now an adult, is still strug­gling with his gift – and the mem­ory of his fa­ther. Played by Ewan Mc­Gre­gor, it shows Danny strug­gling with many of his fa­ther’s per­sonal demons, while else­where in the world an evil force is on a col­li­sion course. Due in cin­e­mas in Jan­uary 2020.

Over­ride: Mech City Brawl Just Cause 4 Bat­tle Princess Madelyn Hello Neigh­bor: Hide and Seek

War games: Bat­tle­field V

PlayS­ta­tion Clas­sic

Dare­devil has been can­celled by Net­flix

Ewan Mc­Gre­gor

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