This week’s video game releases: ‘Dauntless’, ‘Team Sonic Racing’, ‘Total War: Three Kingdoms’
“Grand Theft Auto” gets a modern retro makeover in “American Fugitive” and a space-station thriller is turned on its head in “Observation”, while “Dauntless” makes a play for becoming the next big cross-platform hit, “Team Sonic Racing” prioritizes teamwork over solo speed and “Total War: Three Kingdoms” takes place on Ancient China.
“Dauntless” for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC (Epic Games Store)
Go hunt giant Behemoth monsters in teams of up to four in this free-to-play game that has full cross-platform multiplayer and a season pass system. It wears its “Monster Hunter” influence for all to see while integrating elements from “Fortnite” and its contemporaries.
“Observation” for PlayStation 4 and Windows PC
A marooned-in-space thriller in which roles are reversed. Instead of the lone astronaut on board, you are the space station, helping the passenger figure out what’s happening.
“Team Sonic Racing” for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Windows PC
An arcade kart racer in the style of “Mario Kart” (as was its predecessors in the “Sonic & All-Stars Racing” franchise) but with a focus on “Sonic the Hedgehog” characters and for better or worse, race-winning points allocated according to teamwork rather than purely by position.
“Total War: Three Kingdoms” for Windows PC
This is a first for the “Total War” strategy series. It is set in ancient China and inviting players to choose among 11 legendary Warlords on a campaign to unite the nation through fair means or foul, through battle, technological advancement, political maneuvering and trade.
“American Fugitive” for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Windows PC
Taking the approach of the very first “Grand Theft Auto” games and framing their birds’ eye perspective within rural United States, this retro action adventure has players escaping prison with revenge in mind and the cops soon on their tail. HM/JB
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