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Video Games Selection: in May, play as you please

Posted Apr 30, 2022, 6:28 PM

On the road again… We’re back on the road with a new selection of video games to occupy the end of spring break…

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands

Imagine a game in which the heroes are a liducorne (a unicorn with two horns) called “the stallion of the ass”, a rebellious hero a bit stupid named Valentine and finally Frette, a robot former office worker (closer to C6PO than to Terminators). A game where these three rickety heroes must fight against the Dragon Lord, a necromancer who does not like heroism… Now imagine a 13-year-old girl, Tiny Tina, as the mistress of the game, with her dice, her rabbits, her sweets and its explosives. And you get a rich, colorful and magical adventure game. Funny too. It’s Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, a game developed by Gearbox Software, to whom we owe the supercharged post-apocalyptic role-playing games Borderlands.

The idea is original and gives birth to a slightly crazy game, a chaotic fantasy world where the rules are that there aren’t many of them. As long as we stop the Dragon Lord thanks to a strange troop: a group of heroes called the Hands of Destiny. On the menu: monsters, dungeons, loot and the rantings of Tina, who doesn’t hesitate to change the rules and set traps for our heroes. The epic breath of the Borderlands saga has passed through this.

The marvelous world of Tina is full of references and promises many surprises to the players, throughout this adventure sometimes a little talkative, but easy to access despite a profusion of weapons, spells and enemies. The developers have designed a nice, visually almost psychedelic and intense single-player game, but they haven’t forgotten those who enjoy cooperative or even competitive play. Tiny Tina’s can be enjoyed even more up to four people. Also expect a contest of originality in the customization of the heroes that you will be able to handle for long hours of play.

most : epic. The least : Not always easy to follow Tina in her delusions.

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is available on Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

lego star wars the skywalker saga

For several years now, the Lego license has been having fun, here with Warner Bros. Game, to adapt some of the greatest sagas of cinema into a video game. The universe of Star Wars has already suffered the plaster, but the developer TT Games had never done such a job: to put in a single game nine films from the Star Wars saga. With heroes: Luke Skywalker and all his friends, including R2D2, Leia, Rei, Chewbacca, Han Solo, Darth Vader, Lando Calrissian and so on. There are over 300 characters to unlock! The opportunity to explore the entire universe of the series in Lego mode, with many fights, removable sets and humor that is still just as devastating and well suited to the initial spirit of the film. For the scenario, it is not complicated, it is that of the films. But you can always start the three trilogies in any order you prefer.

What a pleasure in any case to relive the best scenes of the saga… between several phases of combat (on the ground, but also in space, at the controls of the Millennium Falcon or TIE fighters or X-Wings), exploration, small puzzles. For the pleasure of adults and children. The game is easy to pick up, extremely enjoyable and fun. There are 23 planets and environments (graphically very successful) to explore, enough to have a good time, alone and especially with friends. Especially since the game is not stingy with quests. It’s beautiful, it’s successful and it’s funny.

most : STAR WARS !!!!! The least : a little repetitive sometimes.

LEGO Star Wars : The Skywalker Saga is available on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation4, Nintendo Switch and PC.

The key figures

3.2 million copies

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga has sold 3.2 million units worldwide in the past two weeks

Crusader Kings III

I am the king… Well, not yet. But almost. For now, I rule over a small corner of Ireland. I have a few squires, a few not-too-fussy serfs, and not-too-intrusive neighbors. But my reign has only just begun. Mine and that of the dynasty that I intend to set up with my wife and my children. Welcome to Crusader Kings 3, which recently landed on consoles, having enchanted PC gamers. The handling is a little more complex on consoles given the wealth of possibilities in this royal simulation. A mixture of lordly life management and medieval war game.

The tutorial – welcome – gets us started in Ireland (where we won’t be long in kicking out the Scots), but once we’ve learned the basics of the game (war and movement of armies, the influence of other characters, the construction of a few fortifications etc), interactive Paradox will allow you to start your dynasty of France, England, Iceland, India, Central Africa, or goods from other more or less distant lands, taking care of the power immediate neighbours.

In Crusader Kings III, the adage is true: the king is dead, long live the king. Each decision (plague epidemic, departure on a crusade, etc.) will have an impact on the rest of History. History which will therefore not stop with the death of the king, which will happen sooner or later. Hence the importance of finding a good wife and of growing and multiplying. Each leader – and each character in the game – also has their own personality and skills. This will have to be taken into account when making decisions for the future of the Kingdom. Watch out for stress that can push you down the wrong path. Consider organizing a small tournament to decompress from time to time.

In the console version, the fights are different, supported by the game’s AI. This reduces the possibilities a little, but not the strategies to put in place to conquer territories or protect yours. Undoubtedly one of the best war games on the market: strategic, gigantic and instructive. A successful adaptation.

most : hours of history. The least : time consuming and sometimes complex.

Crusader Kings is available on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S (version tested) and on PC.

Road 96

The time has definitely come to port from PC to consoles, with the arrival of the DigixArt game. Road 96 is not an ordinary game, it’s a narrative adventure, a video game road movie imagined by Frenchman Yoan Fanise, noted for his game Soldats Inconnus for Ubisoft.

So here you are at the edge of Route 96, thumbs up. Unless you want to spend a little money taking the bus. Unless you decide to “borrow” a car. The landscapes parade, the adventure is gradually taking place. Adventure, escape and a purring engine. But the “road trip” has the air of “Thelma and Louise” and it will quickly turn into a perilous journey in a country, Petria, inspired by the United States. Country where freedom is an empty word and where the police are very insistent. In short, life is not easy for a runaway teenager in this authoritarian country, on the verge of collapse.

Multi-awarded during the Pegasus 2022 ceremony, the PC game finally arrives on consoles, without losing any of its emotional charge, its colorful universe, its strange and cozy atmosphere. Crossing the country by hitchhiking gives the opportunity to meet astonishing, endearing and sometimes disturbing characters. Along the way, the player will have to make more or less difficult decisions, which will have a more or less strong impact on the rest of the adventure. It’s up to you to write your story – there are five different journeys that you can replay at will – trying to find the means to survive. Road 96 is worth a detour for its scenery and its imagination, but also for its promise. An indie game in every sense of the word.

most : on the way to the unknown. The least : Reserved for lovers of narrative games

Road 96 is available on Playstation 4, Playstation 5 and Xbox One/Series X.

Jurassic World Evolution 2: Cretaceous Camp

I’ve never been a fan of summer camps… particularly. But I’m willing to make an exception for this DLC, this dinosaur pack of Frontier’s prehistoric park management game. For 9.99 euros, the developers of this tribute game to the Jurassic Park saga invite you to discover two new beasties: the Scorpius Rex and the Monolophosaurus. Dinos that will draw the crowd to your park. You will also discover two nice herbivores (so to speak): the Ouranosaurus and the Kentrosaurus. History to prolong a little the pleasure of taking oneself for gods.

most : Here, Rex, here. The least : a little expensive (the DLC, not the basic game, a must in this area).

Jurassic World Evolution 2 is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, Microsoft Windows (version tested).

GTA V for all

While waiting for the release of the next GTA 6, Rockstar is releasing the PS5 version of its gangster game, which has sold over 160 million copies! The main innovation is the graphic quality of this new version, more beautiful, more testosterone, crazier than ever. For the beauty of the gesture and for those who want to discover a rich and famous universe.

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