This summer, video game producers are not going on vacation and are offering us some great outings like stray, the feline adventure game from a small Montpellier studio that could be one of the “indie” nuggets of the year. The big teams are also out with F1 22. We also do not forget the Ninja Turtles who made a surprise appearance in mid-June, nor of course the opening of the crazy university of Two Point Campus. Finally you can groove to the frenzied rhythms of Figure 2, or lose yourself in the dreamlike world of Xenoblade Chronicles 3. At your controls!
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Shredder’s Revenge”: old-fashioned fight
You may have missed it, but the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles made a resounding comeback at the start of the summer. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge “is a love letter to the old (video games) Beat Them up Turtles.” according to Eric Lafontaine the marketing director of the Quebec studio Tribute Games. Made in Pixel Art, the title mixes nostalgia and modernity, in homage to the games of the 80s and 90s which were then “almost 3D”. The sets are teeming with references to Ninja Turtles and will delight fans of Michelangelo and his masked friends. No big difficulty expected in terms of gameplay, the objective is clearly to have fun by chaining easy combos. Even if the title is inspired a lot by its ancestor of 1991 Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles: Turtles in Timeboth nostalgic and newcomers should find their account in this funny and crazy outburst of violence.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge / Tribute Games / On Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC since June 16.
“F1 22”: pit opening
F1 22, the Formula 1 racing simulation game from Codemasters has moved into the Electronic Arts stable and intends to broaden its field of potential players. Intoxicated by the success of the series Pilots of their destiny on Netflix, which scripts the racing seasons by making them more attractive to young people, F1 22 is preparing to welcome rookies not really accustomed to the paddocks. The new version, which obviously includes all the official circuits and drivers of the current season, provides difficulty levels adapted to newcomers and veterans alike.
As for what’s new, EA wants to emphasize multiplayer with more customization and is looking to further improve immersion with redesigned artificial intelligence and revised cutscenes. A priori the level of the teams will not be indexed to reality in order to offer more open championships, Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull should therefore not monopolize all the podiums. Finally, if you play on PC, the immersion inside the cockpit can be even greater because you will be able to drive your car with a virtual reality headset.
F1 22 / EA Sports / On PS5, PS4, Xbox One and Series and PC since July 1st.
“Xenoblade Chronicles 3”: warrior poetry
A wind of magic could blow on the Switch this summer with the release of Xenoblade Chronicles 3. This Japanese role-playing game that has already enchanted many players returns with an ambitious open world whose first images suggest a universe as gigantic as it is poetic. The story takes place in a time after the previous episodes and takes us to Aionos world in which two enemy nations are waging a merciless war. Keves has made technology his spearhead and has hand-piloted mechanized combat units. The people of Agnus meanwhile bet everything on magic and use small mobile and autonomous weapons powered by Ether. Six soldiers from these two warring nations will have to learn to get along to discover the truth behind this conflict.
As usual in the series, the story promises to be full of surprises and twists. The game gives pride of place to fights in which it will be necessary to take advantage of the abilities of each member of the group to hope to triumph. The Monolith Soft studio adds that certain character duos will be able to merge during clashes in order to transform into a gigantic Ouroboros with its own combat techniques. Undoubtedly the key to victory against certain bosses.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 / Monolith Soft / On Switch on July 29.
“Stray”: a cat’s life
The first pictures of stray published in 2020 set the web alight and many players expressed their impatience, curious to be able to embody this young cat lost in the meanders of a futuristic city populated by humanoid robots. Because it is indeed a feline that you direct in the creation of the small Montpellier studio Blue Twelve. Nimble jumps, kicks or purrs, you have an arsenal that is not very classic for a video game and you will have to be clever to allow your alley cat to find its way home. The environment with a cyberpunk atmosphere is all the more disturbing as no living being seems to inhabit this place, only robots with human behavior come to interact with you, some friendly, others more aggressive. But rest assured, a drone quickly comes to the aid of our clawed hero and allows him to develop his abilities. To practice between two naps of course, because a cat remains a cat.
stray / BlueTwelve Studio / Coming to PS5, PS4, and PC July 19.
“Two Point Campus”: abnormal sup
After the success of Two Point Hospital which proposed to manage a care establishment whose patients had rather surprising pathologies, the British studio Two Point is tackling higher education. Fans of management games have probably already pre-registered at this university, which risks giving secondary education a real facelift. In Two Point Campus you have to build everything from classrooms to living quarters to the outdoor environment. The ergonomics of the creation tools have been redesigned to give more freedom to budding architects. The recruitment of teachers is also your responsibility and the program risks being loaded with innovative subjects such as chivalry or giant gastronomy.
More than in hospital, Campus emphasizes the social aspect and asks the players to take care of the students who will constantly have new desires to satisfy in order to be able to express their full potential. Two Point Campuswhich has already been postponed, is normally scheduled to open on August 16.
Two Point Campus / Sega / On PS5, PS4, Xbox One and Series, Switch and PC on August 16.
“Figment 2 – Creed Valley”: rock spirit
figure 2 – Creed Valley is a puzzle adventure game that shines with the quality of its scenery and its musical environment. We find dusty, already present in the first episode who must again fight the nightmares invading the human mind. The Danish studio bed time Digital Games has brought out its guitars and brushes and offers us a trailer in the form of a music video rather tantalizing.
Figure 2: Creed Valley / Bedtime Digital Games / On Switch and PC August 19.
“Soul Hackers 2”: the salsa of demons
In this Japanese role-playing game, you play as the agents of a particularly well-informed artificial intelligence who has foreseen the end of the world and intends to oppose it. A cyberpunk atmosphere where you will be able to summon demons to face your opponents in turn-based battles. Several humans have developed these abilities and can access a kind of parallel dimension where demons are legion. They have forged secret clans, some of which operate illegally. This episode is the direct sequel to the first Soul Hackers and the fifth in the series of Devil Summon.
Soul Hackers 2 / Sega / On PS5, PS4, Xbox One and Series and PC on August 26.