Weekly videogame releases: 'XCOM 2,' 'Cobalt', more


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  • Tuesday, 02 Feb 2016

Side-scrolling action game Cobalt finally arrives, a second project from current Minecraft designer Jens Bergensten, XCOM 2 takes an unexpected turn while promising to plunge its players into a world of strategic alien swatting, and American Truck Simulator

Cobalt
For: Xbox 360, WinPC, XBO
Available: Feb 2
A side-scrolling action game featuring slow-motion, rolling, an eight-hour campaign for one-two players, online multiplayer for up to eight participants, and a slew of modes including original concepts as well as old online multiplayer favourites. Published by Mojang (Minecraft) and co-developed by Minecraft staffer Jens Bergensten with his Oxeye studio.

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The American Truck Simulator experience starts with California and Nevada. — SCS Software

American Truck Simulator
For: Linux, Mac, Windows PC
Available: Feb 3, 2016
Building on the experience gained from 2013's cult hit Euro Truck Simulator 2, this free-form long-hauler provides players with the state of California (and as an unexpected bonus, Nevada) to roam around in. Additional states and truck marques are to arrive via optional expansions – with plenty of support for community contributions. 

Fortified
For: WinPC, XBO
Available: Feb 3
Save the world from a Martian army in this blend of 1950s sci-fi aesthetic and tower-defence formula. Command troops and get involved yourself (and with up to three friends online) as a jetpacking heroine, shotgun-toting cowboy, government agent, or US Marine captain.

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Uncover the truth in Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders. — Microids

Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders
For: Mac, PlayStation 4, WinPC, Xbox One
Available: Feb 4 on Mac and PC, Feb 5 on PS4 and XBO
One of Christie's best-known crime classics receives the videogame treatment for the second time (the first being 2009's Nintendo DS title), players assume the role of Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in following the trail of travelling salesman and murder suspect Alexander Bonaparte Cust. Includes the original story and an alternative ending.

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Free the world from its alien overlords in XCOM 2. — Firaxis Games/2K Games

XCOM 2
For: Linux, Mac, WinPC
Available: Feb 5
Sequel to 2012's acclaimed XCOM, but here the once proud earth defence force is now struggling under alien occupation – it's up to the player to mount a resistance movement. Recruits have more sophisticated training options, maps contain random elements to keep things fresh. — AFP Relaxnews

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