The Fisherman – Fishing Planet is a fishing simulator developed by Fishing Planet LLC and published by Bigben Interactive. The game boasts 140 species of fish with specific behaviors, 19 lake and river locations around the world with photogrammetric backgrounds, dynamic weather and seasons, thousands of tackle combinations, authentic gear, and online competitions with trophies and rankings.
Notably, Fishing Planet has been available as a free-to-play title with paid DLC for several years. The upcoming installment combines all 35 DLC into a single package and adds exclusive content on top: a new map of Creuse in France, the trolling technique, four new fish species, and two motorboats.
My Time at Portia is a role-playing and life simulation game developed by Chinese studio Pathea and published by Team 17. The protagonist arrives at the charming town of Portia with the intention of taking over their father’s old workshop. Countless activities are available in the game including crafting, farming, fighting monsters and dungeon crawling, romance and marriage, befriending pets, and so on.
My Time At Portia is already available for PC via Steam and other digital storefronts; this article is concerned specifically with the upcoming launch on consoles and the associated pre-order bonus.
Tropico 6 is a construction and management simulator that puts the player into the role of a dictator of an island nation, and tasks them with building up the economy, keeping the citizens happy, and staying in power. It is the first entry in the Tropico series to be developed by German studio Limbic Entertainment.
New in Tropico 6 is the ability to manage an entire archipelago of islands, and connect them with bridges starting in later eras. The citizens are now fully simulated, each having their own life and expectations, resulting in a more realistic simulation.
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is a combat flight simulator developed and published by Bandai Namco. It is the first installment in the Ace Combat series to use the Unreal Engine 4, and is said to boast the most engaging aerial battles in the franchise’s history. Some of the game’s missions are developed exclusively for the PlayStation VR.
Like its predecessors, Ace Combat 7 features modern and near-future weapons, but is set in an alternate universe, where a war has broken out between the Osean Federation and the Kingdom of Erusea. The player takes on the role of an Osean pilot bearing the callsign “Trigger”, who fights against against Erusea’s drones.
Farming Simulator 19 is developed by GIANTS Software and published by Maximum Games. It is said to feature the series’ most extensive vehicle roster to date, including the largest agriculture machinery company in the world, John Deere, as well as Case IH, New Holland, Challenger, Fendt, Massey Ferguson, Valtra, Krone, Deutz-Fahr, and many others. The graphics engine is overhauled to offer more immersive visuals.
The game offers three distinct American and European environments in which to develop and expand farms, and introduces new farming activities including new machinery and crops. The players may, for the first time in franchise’s history, explore their lands on horseback. There is also online play for up to 16 players.
Football Manager 2019 is a soccer management simulator developed by Sports Interactive and published by Sega. Like its many predecessors, the game puts the player in charge of a club of their choice, tasking them with defining the tactics and style of play, recruiting and developing the ultimate squad, and watching the matches play out in 3D.
FM19 allows the player to take control of any of the world’s top 2,500 clubs with origins in 50 countries, recruit more than 500,000 real players and staff, and offers 26 fully-licensed league competitions from 11 countries, as well as a host of individual club licenses.
Developer Dovetail Games calls their upcoming Fishing Sim World “the most authentic fishing game ever made”. Boasting a plethora of officially-licensed tackle from companies like Bass Cat Boats, Bill Lewis Outdoors, Duckett Fishing, Korda, and Delkim, it will let you test your angling skills on seven unique lakes including a glacial Lake Boulder in upstate New York, the sun-drenched Lake Johnson in Florida, the Gigantica Main Lake in France famous for its big carp, and a challenging stretch of UK’s Grand Union Canal.
There is a total of 18 different fish species, each with its own behavioral patterns and AI. Fishing Sim World also boasts dynamic weather and a realistic physics system for an authentic fishing experience. You can show off your skill in competitive tournaments, including multiplayer for up to 4 players.
Overcooked! 2 is a family-friendly co-op cooking game for one to four players. It is developed by a British indie team Ghost Town Games, and published by Team17. The game puts the players into the roles of chefs, and tasks them with preparing a large variety of meals for hungry customers under a time limit.
Compared to its predecessor, Overcooked! 2 brings online multiplayer, dynamic levels with new gameplay mechanics, the ability to throw ingredients to fellow chefs, an interactive world map, and of course new recipes and chefs.
Jurassic World Evolution is a business simulator developed and published by British studio Frontier Developments. The game charges the player with building and managing their own Jurassic World park on the islands of the Muertes archipelago.
Among the game’s features is researching new species, bioengineering dinosaurs to give them new traits, balancing three distinct gameplay paths (science, security, and entertainment), and getting up close and personal to the dinosaurs from behind the wheel of a 4×4 or a helicopter cockpit.
Harvest Moon: Light of Hope is a farming simulation and role-playing game developed by Natsume Inc and published by Rising Star Games in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the series. To reiterate, Natsume Inc was only the publisher of the series, but thanks to owning the rights to the name went on to develop their own Harvest Moon games, while the original developer, Marvelous, now uses the name Story of Seasons.
The latest game puts you into the shoes of a young man or woman, who is stranded in a small harbor town after a monsoon damaged their ship. They now have to make friends with the villagers, tend livestock and crops, and gather materials to rebuild the villagers’ homes as well as the town’s lighthouse.
As Harvest Moon: Light of Hope is already out on Steam since last year (and is the first game of the series to be released on PC), this post is regarding specifically the upcoming PS4 and Switch versions, which are said to include brand-new, console-only features. More on its pre-order bonus after the jump.
Pure Farming 2018 is a farming simulator developed by Polish studio Ice Flames and published by Technland. According to the official website, the game includes almost all aspects of modern farming: animal husbandry, field cultivation, orchards, greenhouses, and so on. The vehicles used in the game are officially licensed and faithfully recreated, and include brands like Zetor, Landini, McCormick, Kärcher, Mitsubishi, and others.
Players may farm in four different continents and grow region-specific crops (specific locations are Italy, Colombia, Japan, and Montana, with one more available as a pre-order bonus). There are three different game modes: free farming, learning the basics of agriculture, and testing one’s skills in objective-based challenges.
Railway Empire is a train tycooon sim developed by Gaming Minds Studios and published by Kalypso Media. Set in mid-19th century United States, it tasks the player with establishing the dominant rail empire in all of North America. In order to do this, it will be necessary to create an elaborate rail network, maintain and upgrade trains, and outmaneuver the competition.
According to the officially published information, the game features over 40 historically-accurate locomotives and more than 30 different wagons. There are over 300 technologies to invest in during five different eras, and the player has to compete with three rival companies using whatever means necessary – including spying and sabotage.
Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV is a virtual reality fishing game developed by Square Enix exclusively for the PSVR. Like the title suggests, it is based in the Final Fantasy XV universe, and has the player interact with Noctis, Ignis, Gladiolus, Prompto, and other characters as they travel around picturesque waterfronts and catch fish.
The game offers a story mode which eventually leads to an action-packed showdown with the titular Monster of the Deep, as well as a free fishing mode which allows the player to kick back and relax. There also are fishing challenges and tournaments.
The Sims 4, the popular life simulation game developed by Maxis and published by Electronic Arts, is coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in November this year. While it has been out for Microsoft Windows since 2014, it has been an even longer time since a Sims title was last released for consoles.
The game is currently available for pre-order in Standard ($49.99) as well as a premium “Deluxe Party” ($59.99) editions, the contents of which are detailed after the jump. In addition to the base game, the console version of The Sims 4 will include additional content that was added post-launch, according to EA.
Football Manager 2018 is a soccer management simulator developed by British company Sports Interactive and published by Sega. It allows the player to take the reins of the most popular soccer clubs in the world and work their way up the leagues in more than 50 countries. The game is renowned for its detail and realism, and the 2018 version comes with updated player squads and kits.
All three versions of Football Manager 2018 (desktop, mobile, and tablet) will launch simultaneously on November 10. FM 18 will be out on Windows, Mac and Linux; FM Touch 2018 on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android; and lastly, FM Mobile 2018 on iOS and Android.
The Escapists 2 is a sandbox prison break simulator in which the player assumes the role of an inmate intent on escaping. In order to achieve that goal, the player can level up their character through various activities like working out or reading, do favors for the other inmates to acquire money, and steal or barter for items to be crafted into improvised weapons and tools.
Compared to its predecessor, the biggest addition in The Escapists 2 is multiplayer, which includes both online and split-screen as well as co-op and versus modes. It also brings new prisons (including ones set in Wild West, a moving train, and even outer space), more ways to escape, an improved combat system, and extensive character customization.
As the name implies, The Golf Club 2 is a golf simulator, developed by Canadian HB Studios and published by Maximum Games. It brings numerous advances compared to its predecessor, most notably Golf Societies with their own clubhouses, in-game bank balances, and the ability to compete with other Societies online and climb the leaderboards. The Player Creator with its almost limitless combinations for customizing your avatar is another significant enhancement, according to the developer. Finally, there also are gameplay improvements as well as better graphics due to the game switching to Unity 5 engine.
From Yasuhiro Wada, the creator of the Harvest Moon series, comes a new sandbox title called Birthdays the Beginning. The game allows the players to create cube-shaped worlds and fill them with mountains, forests, and seas. Altering the world’s geography and temperature gives rise to life forms, which continue to evolve and adapt to the environment, eventually resulting in the birth of an entire ecosystem.
In addition to sandbox gameplay, Birthdays the Beginning also has a challenge mode, which adds various success conditions to the game. The ultimate goals in the game include unlocking every creature in the library, and creating an environment suitable for a civilization, according to this interview.
Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns is a farming and life simulator developed by Japanese company Marvelous and localized by their American subsidiary. In this installment, players are able to visit the titular three towns, each with their own distinct culture and way of life. This is, of course, in addition to the usual farming and tending to animals which remains at the core of all Story of Seasons (formerly Harvest Moon) games that fans have come to love so much.
Ride 2 is a motorcycle racing title developed by Milestone S.r.l., a video game studio based in Milan, Italy, and specializing in racing simulators. Like its predecessor, Ride 2 aims to provide a highly realistic experience, with an accurate physics engine and true-to-world graphics. The game features over 230 licensed bikes, all of which are highly customizable using over 1,200 real-world parts and accessories. Even the rider has many options in clothing, riding style, and gear.
American fans were in an unenviable position when the game’s release was delayed in the NA, while going ahead as scheduled in Europe. However, they can take solace in the fact that nine free DLC packs will launch from February to July, and the game will also have a Day One Edition with added bonuses. Square Enix is to publish Ride 2 in the region.