Out this week: Yakuza Kiwami 2, Strange Brigade, PES 2019, Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate, Donut County, more

If there’s something strange in your neighbourhood, who you gonna call? If you happen to be trapped in the 1930’s, the correct answer is the Strange Brigade. The co-op shooter sees Rebellion taking a break from Sniper Elite to give the world a new IP with a stiff upper lip. Tally ho, and all that.

The consensus is that while Strange Brigade doesn’t require much brainpower to play, you’re still in for a jolly good time providing you can convince a few other friends to tag along. Reviews scores so far are a mixture of 7s and 8s, with more than a few critics noting that it took them by surprise.

SEGA’s Yakuza Kiwami 2 is on track to become this week’s highest-rated new release, however, gaining a steady string of 9/10s. It’s a serious contender for being one of the greatest remakes of all-time – it has received a complete overhaul, including greatly revised mechanics.

Pro Evolution Soccer is back this week as well, with some critics warning of a slight lack of features, while the Switch finally gets a piece of Monster Hunter pie. While Generations Ultimate isn’t an entirely new game, it does contain the ‘best bits’ of the Monster Hunter games before it. Think of it as a greatest hits collection.

Then we have Donut County, a new indie that should please fans of Namco’s Katamari series. It’s Katamari in reverse, essentially, involving a giant sinkhole that swallows everything in its path. Who’s behind it all? A pair of sneaky racoons, of course.

All this and a new Naruto game too. Never underestimate the popularity of Naruto – don’t be surprised to see it break the top 20 next week.

New release showcase:

Strange Brigade

8.2 – VideoChums: “Strange Brigade definitely took me by surprise as it’s one of the most fun-filled cooperative online games out there. The amount of variety makes the gameplay constantly enjoyable and working together with friends is super-satisfying”

8/10 – WCCFTech: “Should you buy Strange Brigade? If you have some friends looking to invest some time in this game playing with you (and some money too, since they’ll have to buy their own copies) then yes, absolutely. With pals, this is a great ride. Looking to go solo? Um, it’s a bit more of a hard sell. You can jump in with people online of course, but it’s not the same as your friends being along for the ride”

7.5 – IGN: “While Strange Brigade can be frustrating at times, the charm of its 1930s world, the wonderfully exaggerated English alliteration of its narrator, and solid level design, combat encounters, and four-player co-op make it a strong, stylish third-person shooter”

Yakuza Kiwami 2

9.0 – GameInformer: “Kiwami 2 is more than a great remake: it’s the best this strange, wonderful series has to offer and it shouldn’t be missed by fans of action or RPG titles”

9.0 – God is a Geek: “In yet another fantastic entry, you’re treated to more fluidity in combat, a gorgeous world to explore, and so much to do outside the main story it’s ridiculous”

8/10 – GameSpot: “Yakuza Kiwami 2 is an excellent example of the series at its best, coupling its most memorable stories and characters with its most sophisticated mechanics yet”

PES 2019

8.2 – IGN: “PES 2019’s focus on individual brilliance brings players to life and gives the game an extra dimension of authenticity”

4/5 – GamesRadar: “Light on features it may be, but PES 2019 shows the proof in the pudding is, and always will be, out on the (virtual) pitch”

3.5/5 – Twinfinite: “Whether PES 2019 is a good proposition will depend entirely on the gamer. For me, I can forgive its jankiness. The football, especially going forward, is just so good. Despite this, my admiration of the series will always be stained with a bit of disappointment, wondering what it could be with just a little more evolution”

Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate

9/10 – Nintendo Life: “Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate may lack the smoothness and accessibility that made Monster Hunter: World such a smash hit, but it more than makes up for it by being a sort of ‘greatest hits’ collection of the high points of the series, giving you hundreds of hours of content to play through”

8/10 – Nintendo World Report: “If picking up World isn’t an option, or if you prefer to take your Monster Hunter with you on the go, then Generations Ultimate is your best bet for the premiere portable experience”

6.5 – God is a Geek: “It’s nice to have Monster Hunter on the Switch, but those coming in fresh off the back of Monster Hunter World may be in for a rude awakening”

Donut County

83/100 – GamesBeat: “I wished the story was longer and the game had more things to do besides capturing things in a hole. But the story was lighthearted and the gameplay was fun”

4/5 – US Gamer: “Donut County is an excellent concept executed with pizzazz, personality, and an unexpectedly salient message at its core. While the end came abruptly and left me wanting more, like an endless mode or bigger levels to swallow things in, I can’t deny the great time I had with what’s there”

7/10 – Push Square: “Serving as a bite-sized snack between bigger titles, this definitely hits the spot, but those looking for a more filling experience may be left a little hungry”

New digital multi-format releases:

Far Cry 5 – Dead Living Zombies
Shadows: Awakening
Claws of Furry
Splash Blast Panic
Shikhondo – Soul Eater
The Golf Club 2019 Featuring the PGA TOUR
The VideoKid

New on PSN

Battle Chef Brigade
Bow to Blood
Catch & Release
Code51: Mecha Arena
Domino Craft VR
Sunless Sea: Zubmariner Edition

New on Xbox One store:

DayZ (Game Preview)
Twin Robots: Ultimate Edition
3on3 FreeStyle
Bad North
Amnesia: Collection

New Nintendo retail releases:

Victor Vran: Overkill Edition

Next week: Marvel’s Spider-Man, NBA Live 19, NBA 2K19, SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy, Destiny 2: Forsaken, Ninjin: Clash of Carrots, Genesis Alpha One, Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age, Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner MARS, Super Street: The Game, Elea – Episode 1, and Arcade Islands: Volume One.

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