Cyberpunk 2077, one of the most anticipated games of the year, has already been preloaded for some PS5 owners. But not cyberpunk alone: in December, we have a strategy about the mafia from Father Doom, saving the Greek gods in the Ubisoft project and other interesting activities.
Empire of Sin
John Romero is not just an iconic figure for the industry, but in many ways a defining one. But, like most stars of the 1990s, he is no longer in the first roles – from time to time he sculpts some small projects. Nevertheless, he still wants to re-declare himself. On the first day of December, Romero Games and Paradox Interactive release a tactical combat management strategy dedicated to 1920s Chicago.
In one of the largest American cities, prohibition reigns, which plays into the hands of criminal structures. We have to get involved in the struggle between groups, trying on the image of some famous mafioso, including Al Capone, or a fictional character. Bootlegging is the centerpiece of a criminal empire, but you’ll also have to cover casinos, brothels and other lucrative places. Each leader will have their own set of bonuses to the operation of these establishments (say, + 5% income from speakeasy) and to the diplomatic skills needed to build relationships with neighboring gangs.
Of course, it will not always be possible to establish a dialogue with “partners” on mutually beneficial terms, and force methods will be used here. Skirmishes take place in the spirit of almost any modern turn-based tactics – with action points, full and partial cover, and other familiar attributes. The head of the organized crime group can also participate in battles along with mercenaries, and he even has a special skill (for example, the Hungarian gangster Joseph Saltis knows how to knock down poor fellows standing in his way with his shoulder).
Empire of Sin generally looks like an ultimatum computer strategy combining the brightest examples of the genre at different levels. Battles are a simplified XCOM, the management of institutions and their development – just like in the “tycoons”, and the expansion of influence on the global map of the city has something of Civilization. It looks very ambitious, but will the structure bend under its own weight?
Immortals: Fenyx Rising
Ubisoft announced another “sandbox” called Gods and Monsters at E3 2019, but very quickly hid it behind a screen. First, there was a postponement of the release for almost a year due to the commercial failure of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, then the name had to be changed due to possible legal difficulties – such stories rarely lead to something good. But Immortals: Fenyx Rising really wants to make a positive statement about itself.
It resembles a mix of a bunch of projects, from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Assassin’s Creed to colorful 3D platformers, and is heavily seasoned with humor. The game retells porridge from ancient Greek myths in its own way. Prometheus and Zeus, exchanging jokes, jokes, narrate how a simple mortal went to beat Typhon, who stole power from the gods, and Aphrodite, Ares and other epic figures constantly revolve around. Emphasizes the frivolity of what is happening and the colorful, cartoonish visual style.
The battles, on the other hand, are by no means funny. Phoenix, the main character, owns weak and strong blows, parries other people’s attacks and dodges them, accumulates energy for especially powerful kicks and weaves combinations. The game constantly poses various tasks, forcing to rush between ground skirmishes and fights in the air (thanks to Daedalus’ wings!), Between close combat and shooting enemies from a bow. And without the “bosses”, too, nowhere.
The rest of the time we freely explore the map, consisting of a scattering of islands, solve puzzles, look for treasure chests, go mountaineering, looking at the dwindling reserves of stamina – in general, “Zelda” as it is. The fact that the development is entrusted to Ubisoft Quebec, not very creative in the open world of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, is a little annoying, but in general, from Immortals: Fenyx Rising, a good deal may come out.