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Happy’s Best New Games: April 2021

Updated monthly by the fine folk at Happy Mag, these are the best new games on offer from Australia and around the world!

IO Interactive – Hitman 3

Hitman 3 is the stealth-action conclusion to the ‘World of Assassination’ trilogy. Once again you take on the role of Agent 47, a genetically-engineered super-killer. How you go about your business is completely up to you; the game’s greatest strength being how creative it allows you to be in terms of achieving your goals.
A must play for fans of the series, Hitman 3 provides murderous thrills, creative kills and a fitting end to a much loved series.

8.8

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HITMAN 3 
IO INTERACTIVE

People Can Fly – Outriders

Outriders is the kind of game that, if you aren’t careful, could engulf your entire life. It’s addictive, fast paced, full of content, big guns, and B-movie shenanigans.
Outriders is an adventure that is not only exhilaratingly fun, but more than generous in terms of the sheer amount of content it serves up. Combine that with the fact that there are no hidden costs or subscription fees, and it’s a game that’s easy to recommended.

8.1

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OUTRIDERS
PEOPLE CAN FLY

ZA/UM – Disco Elysium: The Final Cut 

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut is truly unlike any other game to come before, CRPG or otherwise. For this reason, it’s best played with as little prior knowledge as possible.
On the surface, it’s a detective story. Solve a murder, prevent a war. Simple. Oh, except that your detective is an alcoholic, drug addicted mess of a human, and the very skill points you invest into him become the voices in his head. This unique take on the role-playing genre deserves to be experienced, and this new edition provides the perfect opportunity for those that missed it on its first release.

9.8

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disco elysium: the final cut

DISCO ELYSIUM: THE FINAL CUT
ZA/UM

Studio Koba – Narita Boy

Narita Boy is a retro indie game that leaves a lasting impression. It’s like a tripped-out Tron played through a lo-fi filter; where the game that you are playing, is actually the game within a game.
The game itself plays like a cool combination of platformers; Hollow Knight and metroidvania-style games being obvious touchstones. However, Narita Boy is noticeably more forgiving in terms of difficulty, and doesn’t feel quite as responsive as some of those titles. This actually end up working really well; allowing you to focus on the amazing atmosphere and music.

8.0

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narita boy
NARITA BOY
STUDIO KOBA

Capcom – Monster Hunter Rise

Monster Hunter Rise is a fairly simple tale that follows a well-meaning protagonist who is tasked with defending his local village from the plethora of monsters that inhabit the game’s world. But what will really get you hooked is the addictive gameplay loop of slaying these monsters.
Monster Hunter Rise is an excellent addition to the successful series, combining tried and true ideas with fresh ones, creating a breath of fresh air for seasoned players. The game’s combat is fluid and zippy, and the mobility offered by the wirebug offers new ways to approach an enemy, whilst giving some interesting options for retreat.

8.9

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MONSTER HUNTER RISE
CAPCOM

ROBI Studios – Blue Fire

Blue Fire is enormously impressive when evaluated as ROBI Studio’s first game. The art direction is appealing and winsome in a way that harks back to the classic games of the Nintendo 64.
While many of the gameplay mechanics are borrowed, and not really built upon, they are integrated very well. The platforming action, simple combat and colourful animation combine to create a rewarding gameplay experience. Even if it isn’t the most original game.

7.1

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BLUE FIRE
ROBI STUDIOS

Omega Force – Persona 5 Strikers

Persona 5: Strikers is a glorious hack and slash mash-up of Final FantasyDevil May Cry, and your most confusing wet dream. Consequently, it won’t be to everyone’s taste.
It is the seventh game in the Persona franchise, and a crossover with Koei Tecmo’s Dynasty Warriors. You will find yourself rocketed along through intensely speedy, visually explosive fight scenes, extended conversation pieces, and beautiful anime cutscenes. There is a lot to take in. But there is a lot to love too.

8.1

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PERSONA 5 STRIKERS
OMEGA FORCE

Tarsier Studios – Little Nightmares 2

Little Nightmares 2 is an example of developers knowing exactly what they’re doing. The game weaves an intricately presented story with intuitive gameplay that evokes childhood experiences of the darker variety.
The art direction is impeccable, the puzzles are captivating and the whole experience adds up to something very memorable. Also noteworthy is that it will be the final game in the series that Tarsier Studios works on. Bravo!

8.5

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LITTLE NIGHTMARES 2
TARSIER STUDIOS

Remedy Entertainment – Control: Ultimate Edition

Control is an action-adventure game that was originally released in 2019 to widespread acclaim. The story revolves around a shadowy organisation named the Federal Bureau of Control.
The whole game is trippy dive down a mysterious and dark rabbit hole. There is fantastic platforming and a really interesting take on combat that revolves around gunplay and telekinetic powers. This revamped edition is the perfect opportunity for new players to discover an often overlooked gem; and for returning players to see the game in a stunning new light.

8.6

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CONTROL: ULTIMATE EDITION
REMEDY ENTERTAINMENT

Hazelight – It Takes Two

It Takes Two is a unique co-op game that not only offers an innovative approach to gameplay, but a surprisingly touching narrative about the turmoil caused by fractured relationships.
The game’s levels are ingeniously designed, often using specific mechanics that relate to what is going on in the story. It all amounts to an experience that you won’t soon forget.

8.8

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it takes two

IT TAKES TWO
HAZELIGHT

 


 

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