In the game for Christmas

The Sentinel - - GAME ON - With Ch­eryl Mullin

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 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.

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

Plays­ta­tion Clas­sic

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