How about new games that don’t require new consoles?
Assassins Creed Valhalla And the Watch the Dogs CorpsTwo of the season’s most exciting games, On the new consoles but also on PC, Google Stadia, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Both games come from Ubisoft, the powerful publisher that made headlines this summer amid widespread accounts of sexual misconduct in the company. It resulted in the dismissal or departure of senior developers and executives. When this was revealed, crappy ranks and file developers were still toiling to create these games.
Valhalla places the player largely as a 9th-century Viking named Ivor who leaves Norway for England, where he builds a settlement, defies monarchies and swings an ax across many Anglo-Saxon enemies. It’s a visually impressive game full of short character-driven models, although it does require an audience that has the ability to play as an invading settler.
Watch Dogs lets you play as members of the resistance in fascist London in the near future as the state of watch and a privatized police force dominate the population. The game depicts a detailed and densely populated London, then enables players to recruit and control anyone from among the thousands of people that were introduced in that city. This means you can play as a sneaky old lady, a wild member of the Queen’s Guard, or just about anyone else. It’s a nifty trick that offsets the game’s seemingly well-intentioned but shallow policies.
For something smaller, there is the passage, Colorful game set amidst dreamy forests and temples. It’s now available for PS4, PS5, Apple Arcade, and PC, and it’s a game subscription service for iOS. In The Pathless, you play an archer who explores beautiful terrain with the help of a bird that can carry it across gaps. The best feature of the game is Archer’s ability to run faster if you can successfully shoot targets with arrows as they move. Its sebaceous momentum is exciting and easier to achieve than it appears, thanks to its automatic targeting system.
But what if I have a Nintendo Switch?
Unlike Carto, the Nintendo Switch doesn’t run any of the games mentioned here yet. Its biggest release in November is Hyrule Warriors: The Age of CatastropheAnd the Part of the popular action adventure The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Where Breath of the Wild was a quietly epic adventure in a war-torn world of knights, castles and monsters, the new game is a dissonant advance game that replaces the unparalleled opportunities in previous games to stroll in virtual nature and explore with combat and more fighting and still more Fighting. It’s a bit like following a great novel with a theme park tour. You should really want to see these characters again.
The best Switch game to have this season is Hades (Also for computers). Released in September, Hades might prove to be the best game on any platform of the year, so it’s still worth noting. You play as Zagreus, the son of Hades, and you must fight and talk your way out of the underworld, taking care – and powers – of the Greek gods as you go. Hades is classified as a “rogue-lite”, a type of video game that challenges players to get as far as possible, returning them to the beginning when their character dies, but allowing them to try again with any powers they have acquired on previous attempts. In Hades, this structure supports the quickly narrated story of Zagreus’ failed efforts to reach his mother in the Land of the Living. As one critic noted, the game about having to try to escape from Hell may be more than appropriate for 2020.
There is a good thing to play on any of these devices. And note that the season for the big releases is not over yet. Most Popular Game of 2020, Cyberpunk 2077, Has been repeatedly delayed and is currently expected on December 10. And it turns out, the blockbuster season is longer this year. Developers need more time. Aren’t we all?