Brown: Top ten biggest game releases until spring break

By Jeremy Brown, Arts & Entertainment Editor

Plenty of students are ready to start the semester focused on their next academics or extracurriculars. Good for them!

For some planning to only leave their room for class and food (or perhaps just leave for food,) here are the biggest game releases up through our spring break. If nothing else, at least you know when spring break is now.

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe – January 11 (Switch Exclusive)
Price: $60
This is a re-release of Nintendo’s 2012 New Super Mario Bros. U for the Wii U. This Switch version comes with New Super Luigi U, a more challenging remix of the original levels.New to the Switch version is Toadette, who can get Peach’s crown to become Peachette.

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes – January 18 (Switch exclusive)
Price: $30 (Digital) $40 (Physical)
While not a mainline title for No More Heroes, series creator Goichi Suda returns to direct this smaller spinoff in which protagonist Travis Touchdown gets sucked into a game console with his nemesis Badman. Travis and Badman have to go through a variety of different video games together, which luckily means it’s also a two-player co-op game. Suda said hopefully if this game does well, his team at Grasshopper Manufacture can begin development on a No More Heroes 3, but nothing is confirmed at this point.

Resident Evil 2 – January 25 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Price: $60
Capcom’s remake of the PS1 classic Resident Evil 2 isn’t some basic texture update. Apart from the story being near identical to the original (with a few changes to surprise fans of the original,) this is a brand new game.  It uses the same RE Engine as 2017’s Resident Evil 7 to great effect. The rendering software allowed the developers to make character models so no two zombies are the same. If you’re skeptical, the 30 minute demo is out now for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Kingdom Hearts III – January 29 (PS4, Xbox One)
Price: $60
Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts II came out in 2005. While there have been spinoffs since then, fans have been waiting for the proper conclusion to the series for 13 years. It’s a Final Fantasy meets Disney role-playing game, with a few original characters as the main tether for the crossover. While the story will probably have your head spinning when jumping in with this installment, there is a $100 edition for both PS4 and Xbox One that includes every game in the franchise. If you’re willing to make the investment, the total package will give you over 200 hours of playtime.

Crackdown 3 (Xbox One, PC) – February 15
Price: $60
Another long distance sequel, Crackdown 3 was announced in 2014, four years after Microsoft’s Crackdown 2. It’s an open world playground where you, as a superpowered soldier voiced by Terry Crews, use tons of guns, abilities and explosions to defeat the Terra Nova organization.
When it was originally announced, Microsoft’s Head of Xbox Phil Spencer said the game would use a new cloud technology so during multiplayer, the entire city is destructible- every single building.

Far Cry: New Dawn (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – February 15
Price: $40
Spoiler alert: The premise of Ubisoft’s Far Cry: New Dawn spoils the end of Far Cry 5.
After the nuclear explosion in Hope County leaves the area nearly wiped out, new Mad Max style villainous sisters Mickey and Lou emerge years later to take over the region. Far Cry: New Dawn uses the same template as previous games. It’s an open-world first-person shooter where you take down enemy camps using stealth, anarchy or anything in between. Expect lots of graffiti-style art with bright colors, and weapons like a literal buzzsaw launcher.

Metro Exodus (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – February 15
Price: $60
4A Games grim, Russian, post-apocalyptic dystopia is coming to a close with Metro Exodus. The people living under Moscow in its subways are now leaving for the Russian countryside by train, but it’s just as dangerous as ever. The Metro series has always had a realistic approach to its FPS gameplay, where enemies die quickly from bullets and so do you. Stealth is important in approaching situations, and even more vital when you go against the demonic flying monsters or mutants. To see what the story is up to now, the re-release of Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light are packaged as PS4 and Xbox One as Metro Redux.

Anthem (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – February 22
Price: $60
After 2017’s mostly negative reception of Bioware’s Mass Effect: Andromeda, Bioware’s latest is a vast departure for the studio. Anthem is a new IP set on a distant planet, which Bioware calls an “unfinished” world. Players team up online in Iron Man style suits called Javelins to investigate the mystery of where the gods went after they built then abandoned your planet. Anthem is designed for a multiplayer experience, but can be played solo. Similar to Bungie’s Destiny franchise, Anthem has you taking down big aliens for different weapons and gear so you can… take down more aliens. Look, if you weren’t already sold on the Iron Man suits, I don’t know what to tell you.

Devil May Cry 5 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) March 8
Price: $60
Alright, enough of the tame stuff. Capcom’s Devil May Cry 5 takes place after Devil May Cry 4 (Go figure, but in games you never really know.) And you play Nero, Dante, and new protagonist V.
In Devil May Cry 4 Nero had this demonic arm, which has now been cut off and replaced with swappable robot arms that can grapple, explode and electrocute demons. Dante can use his classic series staples, but the new edition is that he literally swings his motorcycle around as his weapon. He can split it in half to dual wield. Come on, that’s hot. The series has metal music for its soundtracks, but in this new game the songs are mixed so the better combos you do in combat, the more complex the music becomes, adding in new instruments and sounds.
While there is no demo currently, there will be one coming Feb. 7. The game releases the Friday before spring break, so it should give you something crazy to do in your downtime.

The Division 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) March 15
Price: $60
Ubisoft’s latest sequel to their Tom Clancy open-world, third-person shooter moves to a new setting- Washington D.C. More of the surrounding area has gotten overgrown with plant life, while the government crisis has left much of D.C.’s streets abandoned for the looters and terrorists.
The Division 2’s gameplay hook is similar to Destiny- players can team up on missions for more powerful guns and high-tech abilities, like drones, turrets and electrocution mines. Even though it’s a cover shooter these tactics are vital to keeping enemies at bay from overwhelming you.
As a plus side for your wallet, Ubisoft has promised that unlike the first game, The Division 2’s planned story expansions will all be 100 percent free.

Arts & Entertainment Editor Jeremy Brown can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter at @JeremyBrown_DE.

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