Spinning nets with Spider-Man
Probably the biggest new PS4 title of the year, Spider-Man, arrived Sept 7. The open-world game lets players slip into the role of the web-spinning superhero, but also that of his alter ego, Peter Parker.
The focus is on battles against well-known villains such as Kingpin, Rhino, Vulture or Scorpion, and involves all sorts of spider skills, such as spinning webs around foes and swinging between buildings.
It's even possible to create new Spider-Man suits with special capabilities. For now, the game is exclusive to the PS4.
Hunting for monsters with Pikachu
The yellow, red and blue Pokemon games for the Gameboy were a must for fans around the year 2000. Catching and training Pokemon, fighting duels and many little adventures made for hours of fun.
Now with Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee! and Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! Nintendo wants to build on the tradition – though, of course, with the far better technical capabilities of the Nintendo Switch.
Among other things, the games differ depending upon which Pokemon you start out with – Pikachu or Eevee. Players begin as junior trainers in the Kanto region, finding and capturing Pokemon and training them for duels in the leagues.
The two games make use of the Switch's modular form, so two players can play against each other on one device or online.
Both games will be released later this year.
Two brothers on the run
In the episodic game Life Is Strange 2, Sean Diaz, 16, and his brother Daniel, 9, go on the run after a dispute with the police, following the West Coast of the United States down to Mexico.
Players slip into the role of Sean as he explores the country and takes care of his little brother.
Each decision has an impact on later gameplay and the behaviour of Daniel. For example, if you steal a chocolate bar for him, this can later influence his attitude towards other people's property.
As with its predecessor, music and dialogue play an important role in Life Is Strange 2. Conversations between the two brothers add much to the atmosphere of the story and give insight into the game world.
Supernatural abilities are again part of the plot, as they were in Life Is Strange, but the exact details haven't been released yet.
The first episode of Life Is Strange 2 was released on Sept 27 for PCs, Xbox and PS4. A free preview, the mini-game The Awesome Adventures Of Captain Spirit, is also available for download.
Become a football manager
Football Manager 2019 is a simulation games that lets players take on the role of football manager in leagues from around the world.
With a huge player database to choose from, managers get to pick players, forge squads and choose the right tactics. They can't, however, directly influence games – except, of course, by skillful substitutions.
The game comes out for PCs, Macs and Linux computers, as well as the Nintendo Switch, on Nov 2. There will also be two scaled-down versions for mobile devices, Football Manager Touch and Football Manager Mobile. – dpa
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