Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 is a soccer simulator developed by PES Productions and published by Konami. It brings various gameplay improvements, such as more precise ball handling and improved physics, as well as graphical upgrades for increased authenticity, despite the game still running on the same Fox Engine. There also are new modes, namely the 2v2 and 3v3 online co-op, with support for local guests. The publisher also promises a PC port that is on par with its console counterpart in terms of graphics and content, which wasn’t quite the case with the two previous games from the franchise.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a turn-based tactical RPG developed and published by Ubisoft exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. Like the name suggests, it is a crossover between Mario and Raving Rabbids franchises, and features four Rabbids heroes who are transported into the Mushroom Kingdom by a mysterious vortex. Joining forces with Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Yoshi, they adventure through four different worlds filled with enemies and puzzles.
The game combines exploration with top-down, turn-based party combat. In addition to the single-player story, there is also a co-op mode with challenges for two players.
Forza Motorsport 7 is a racing simulator developed by Turn 10 and published by Microsoft. The game features 700 ForzaVista cars, including the largest assortment of Ferraris, Porsches, and Lamborghinis yet, as well as 30 world-famous locations and over 200 ribbons. There is a dynamic weather system, with weather changing every race or during one, which affects track conditions and vehicle handling. FM7 also makes the drivers more prominent, allowing the player to customize the look of their character.
On the new Xbox One X, the game runs at 60 FPS and in true 4K resolution with HDR support. PC gamers will also be able to enjoy 4K HDR graphics, as well as support for 21:9 ultrawide monitors, and an extensive list of wheels and other peripherals. Xbox Play Anywhere, which grants a Windows 10 copy, requires a digital purchase.
Assassin’s Creed Origins is an open-world action RPG set in Ancient Egypt. Like its name suggests, the game depicts the beginnings of the Assassin Brotherhood. Its protagonist is Bayek, the last warrior of the Medjay order, who have served as agents of the pharaoh and protected Egypt from threats for centuries until the Greek dynasty of Ptolemies took over.
Unlike the previous Assassin’s Creed installments, Origins features a RPG-like skill tree divided into Warrior, Hunter, and Seer categories. Bayek can wield weapons like sickle swords, dual daggers, iron spears, maces and scepters, bows, and, naturally, the signature Hidden Blade. A crafting and customization system allows Bayek to improve his gear, and the Hidden Blade in particular receives many upgrades as he progresses through the story.
Blue Reflection is a role-playing game developed by Gust and published by Koei Tecmo. Set in an all-girls high-school in modern Japan, it follows Hinako Shirai, a ballet dancer whose career comes to an abrupt end due to a foot injury. Hinako grows cold and distant after this tragic event, but her life changes when she meets the magical Shijou twins, Yuzu and Lime, who grant her the power of a Reflector. Hinako gains the ability to shape and manipulate a parallel dimension known as “The Common”, but this other world is not without dangers of its own.
Blue Reflection follows a day cycle, which should be familiar to fans of JRPGs like Persona. In the morning, the player goes to school and interacts with their classmates, and after it ends, they can roam freely and choose different activities. Battles take place in The Common, and feature a party system with turn-based combat.
Vampyr is an action RPG developed by French studio Dontnod Entertainment and published by Focus Home Interactive. Set in a fictionalized 1918 London, it follows Dr. Jonathan Reid, a newly-turned vampire, who must balance his responsibilities as a doctor with his bloodthirsty urge to feed. Reid strives to find a cure for the lethal outbreak of Spanish flu that is ravaging the city, and battles other vampires using a variety of melee and ranged weapons, as well as supernatural abilities. The player’s decisions throughout the game will trigger one of four different endings, all of which require different conditions to unlock, such as not killing a single person.
Culdcept Revolt is a multi-layered strategy title that combines a turn-based board game with fantasy-themed card battles. Developed by Japanese studio Omiya Soft and localized by NIS America, it features over 400 unique cards, online and solo gameplay, and a Free Play Mode to test your customized deck.
The single-player Story Mode follows a young man named Allen, who awakens in a sealed-off city ruled by the tyrannical Count Kraniss without his memories. Regaining his powers as a Cepter – one who can control the cards of Culdcept – he joins the Free Bats rebel group to fight against the count.