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Happy’s Best New Games: February 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

Bluepoint Games – Demon’s Souls

Ok, so it’s not quite a new game, but the fresh coat of paint Bluepoint Games have laid upon FromSoftware’s iconic title Demon’s Souls deserves a set of accolades on its own. A PlayStation 5 Launch title, the Demon’s Souls remaster revitalises the challenging title with updated graphics, snappy performance, and a few new surprises for the secret-hungry players.
It was the game that started it all for FromSoftware, the predecessor to Dark Souls and the establishment of their winning formula. Any fan of their games should pick Demon’s Souls up – and we apologies in advance for what Flamelurker and Maneater are about to do to you.

9.5

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DEMON’S SOULS
BLUEPOINT GAMES

Nintendo – Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury 

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury are great additions to the Super Mario stable. Nintendo’s consistency seems to know no bounds and they pull it off again here.
While hardly revolutionary, these new games stick to a winning formula that is undeniable. Besides, the sight of a colossal, sludgy Bowser is worth the price of admission alone.

8.9

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SUPER MARIO 3D WORLD + BOWSER’S FURY
NINTENDO

CD Projekt Red – Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077’s launch has been riddled by reports of game-breaking bugs, poor performance on last-gen consoles, and various other issues. It’s maybe a game you should probably wait for – CD Projekt Red has clarified that they’ll be pouring a ton of forthcoming effort into making the game as excellent as it can be through updates and performance patches.
While we’d hardly recommend playing it on your Xbox One or PS4, the bare bones of a fantastic game are there in Cyberpunk 2077. For high-end PC and next-gen console players, the experience still isn’t perfect, but it’s better than most of the internet will have you believe.

7.4

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CYBERPUNK 2077
CD PROJEKT RED

Rockstar Games – Grand Theft Auto Online: The Cayo Perico Heist

The Cayo Perico Heist is here, a Grand Theft Auto Online expansion Rockstar Games are calling their biggest ever. We’ve already flagged some of the great new music coming to the game – a radio station helmed by The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas included – but this update is much more than the music.
The update brings a score of new Freemode collectibles and activities, a whole new island to explore, a massive new Heist to execute, a new underground club, and heaps more. Players are still discovering all the goods Cayo Perico has on offer.

8.5

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GRAND THEFT AUTO ONLINE: THE CAYO PERICO HEIST
ROCKSTAR GAMES

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

Team Ninja – Nioh 2: The Complete Edition

If you are in the mood for a challenge, and missed Nioh 2 when it was released, then we have the game for you. The Nioh series is famous for its level of difficulty; as are most games from Team Ninja.
Nioh 2 is set in Japan in the 1500’s and focuses on the story of a half-demon warrior that befriends an ambitious merchant. Expect loads of sword-based combat and a healthy dose of the supernatural.
And perhaps pick up a second controller…just in case.

8.5

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NIOH 2: COMPLETE EDITION
TEAM NINJA

 


 

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