SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 26 — PlayStation tentpole Horizon Zero Dawn, eagerly anticipated adventure Torment: Tides of Numenera and a bunch of launch day titles for the Nintendo Switch are among upcoming video game releases during the week of February 28, 2017.
Horizon Zero Dawn
A visually spectacular open-world expedition for human adventurer Aloy, wandering among herds of robo-dinosaurs and looking for the truth of her identity and civilisation’s fall. Presented as one of the console’s biggest upcoming releases since a first unveiling in mid-2015. Excellent reviews have put it in the company of PS4 must-have action games Bloodborne, Uncharted 4 and Nioh.
Torment: Tides of Numenera
Systems: PS4, XBO, WinPC, Mac, Linux
Date: February 28
One of Kickstarter’s biggest video game successes to date, and a return to the narrative-driven fantasy world of its outstanding 1999 predecessor that is still upheld as a titan of its role-playing genre (more accurately, a genre-blend in its case.) Backers and Early Access purchasers have been playing the game since 2016, leading to a pre-release Steam rating of Very Positive based on 330 user reviews.
Dates: February 28 (Japan,) March 7 (North America,) March 10 (Europe)
Sometimes provocative, always multi-layered, 2010 action game Nier became a cult favourite for its luscious presentation, quirky activities, and a sci-fi fantasy plot that became stranger and stranger. Fans expect more of the same even though the sequel has swapped studios — it’s coming from PlatinumGames of Bayonetta and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. Given an unusually high 39/40 score by Japanese outlet Famitsu.
Date: March 3
A new challenger has appeared! The Switch is Nintendo’s response to the Wii’s phenomenal sales (not reproduced by the more recent Wii U) and the increasing popularity of mobile devices a preferred gaming platform. The Switch is therefore a portable console that can also plug into a TV; detachable controllers mean only one console is needed for play-anywhere multiplayer. Launch games include minigame collection 1-2 Switch, expansive adventure The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, frenzied Super Bomberman R, and a clutch of re-releases including Just Dance 2017, I Am Setsuna, and World of Goo.
Systems: PS4, WinPC, XBO
Date: March 7
A worthwhile, branded evolution of the Minecraft formula that has proven itself over a lengthy early access period on PC and now arrives on consoles. Explore land and sea, build cute homes and towering monuments, play with friends on the same screen or online. Switch version announced but not dated.
lego.com/en-us/worlds — AFP-Relaxnews