Today’s roundup of the hottest upcoming games hitting stores next week should have something for everyone. There are tire-shredding racers, mind-controlled orcs, murder mysteries, strange JRPGs and mascot-sponsored brawling.
Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments (PS3, PS4, 360, XO, PC)
More murdery investigations are afoot! Fingers crossed there are less maths puzzles than the previous game in the series, The Testament of Sherlock Holmes. With sleuthing adventures being mightily thin on the ground on consoles, we’re quite looking forward to this one. Stay tuned for our review.
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (PS3, PS4, XO, PC)
It’s been years since we had a decent Lord of the Rings game, but we’re cautiously optimistic about this one. Sure, some of the combat and traversal mechanics look very Assassin’s Creed-like, but if you’re going to copy from someone, that’s not a bad place to start. What looks really interesting though is the nemesis system that sees enemies remember you and you’re able to exploit their weaknesses to manipulate the world to your liking. If we enjoy the game enough first time around, the replayability value could be exceptional. Not so sure about that season pass though.
Natural Doctrine (PS Vita, PS3, PS4)
This turned-based strategy title hasn’t exactly been particularly noticeable on our radars if we’re honest. It took three video searches for me to find any gameplay on YouTube instead of cutscene/J-pop montages and boy is the Vita not the way to go if you like your games pretty. Check out the PS4 trailer for a look at the tactical gameplay style to see if it catches your interest.
Forza Horizon 2 (XO, 360)
While the PS4 is yet to release an exclusive racer, Microsoft has released two Forza titles on the Xbox One. Horizon is a more laid back affair than the main entries, with a festival atmosphere and an open world design that looks absolutely stunning and may have beaten The Crew before it’s even got off the grid. We’ll have a review for you very soon.
Cheapest XO Pre-Order: Game Collection £39.75
Super Smash Bros. (3DS)
Tired of waiting for that Wii U version? Not to worry, the portable version of the brawler is out on Friday. Coming packed with a host of old favourites and plenty of new characters, this will let you have pint-sized rumbles throughout the coming months.
Cheapest Pre-Order: Game Collection £29.95