Pro Evolution Soccer 2019
For PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC
With ex-Liverpool and current Barcelona forward Philippe Coutinho its cover athlete – two of nearly two dozen clubs that have partnered with Konami for PES 2019 – this annual soccer sim continues to offer a dedication to realistic on-field soccer if not a characteristically slightly less-than-slick off pitch experience. Lacks official licences for Europe’s Champions League, Europa League and Super Cup, thanks to FIFA 19, expanding national league and club team licenses instead.
For iOS, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC from Aug 28
Swallow all in this silly physics puzzler, in which a talking raccoon (that’s you) goes around stealing not just his friends’ and neighbours’ trash but their very buildings, with help from a giant, movable hole in the ground. Like making a zen garden but in reverse.
Two Point Hospital
For PC, Mac, Linux from Aug 30
Build and manage healthcare centres all around Two Point County, facing challenges both realistic and ridiculous in nature as all kinds of bizarre conditions and equally peculiar treatments are introduced in a faithful homage to hugely appreciated 1990s hit Theme Hospital.
Yakuza Kiwami 2
For PlayStation 4 from Aug 28
The international edition of Japan’s 2017 success, itself a remake of early series entry Yakuza 2 from 2006. Barely disguised districts of Tokyo and Osaka become the stomping grounds – and distraction-filled playgrounds – for tough, noble antihero Kazuma Kiryu as he attempts to broker a peace between two violent mafia groups.
For Windows PC (Early Access via Steam)
Launching into open access with its own supermax prison twist on Battle Royale, the genre’s typical 100-person headcount is reduced to 64, does away with the constricting play area, adds survival elements and introduces a more detailed simulation of human biology in the process.
For Nintendo Switch and PC from Aug 30
Calling on retro graphics styles from the 8-bit 1980s and the 16-bit 1990s, and an effective homage to Ninja Gaiden (aka Shadow Warrior) which released on the NES and SNES respectively (among other systems). This interpretation has players switch between two eras as they seek to defeat supernatural forces and ensure the survival of their clan.
For PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch. Coming to PC later in 2018, mobile to be announced
Repel the approaching Viking hordes for as long as it takes to build a tiny fleet and escape each successive island in a search for safety. A stylishly minimalist tactical title. – AFP Relaxnews