LiquidSky’s @maniacalmorgan

This year is shaping up to be a great year for gaming. There are so many great titles on the horizon that I can hardly wait. There’s no better example of what’s in store for 2019 than the releases from this week alone. If you’re like me and want to do your research before pulling out your wallet, here are this week’s releases.

2/14 – Civilization VI: Gathering Storm (DLC)

Most gamers who are familiar with Sid Meier’s Civilization series won’t find it a surprise that there’s yet another DLC pack for a game released in October 2018. While the base game received a lukewarm reception, Gathering Storm seems to be turning a corner. If you are looking for an involved, world building, historical experience, this might be for you. One thing to note is that this expansion requires the base game to go along with it.

Metacritic Score: 84
Platforms: PC
Buy it on Steam

2/15 – Crackdown 3

Many, including myself, have been waiting oh-so-long for the third installation of the Crackdown series to move from the rumor mill to a living, breathing, game. With a series of delays pushing this game’s release back almost 3 years, we finally have our wish.  The real question is: was it worth the wait? The consensus so far is… “Ehhhhhh.” While its reception has been less than stellar, there is one very cool thing that Crackdown 3 has going for it; its use of cloud technology. The game uses cloud computing to provide real time destruction in this open-world action game, taking the computational load off your local machine. Despite the reception so far, it might be worth picking up this game for nostalgia’s sake.

Metacritic Score: 54
Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Buy it on the Microsoft Store

2/15 – Metro Exodus

Following in the footsteps of titles like Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light, there were high expectations for Metro Exodus to knock it out of the park. How does the newest title stack up? Pretty well! This open world FPS sandbox has been well received by critics in a genre that is becoming more and more crowded. Developer 4A Games appears to have successfully passed the torch to the next game in the Metro franchise and given fans an experience they’ll enjoy.

Metacritic Score: 84
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Buy it on Epic Games Store

2/15 – Far Cry: New Dawn

Despite it being less than a year since the release of Far Cry 5, Ubisoft has launched the next game in the series. The best way I can describe Far Cry: New Dawn is as a stand-alone expansion for Far Cry 5. The story takes place a number of years after the nuclear destruction of Hope County, Montana. The map will be quite familiar to those who played Far Cry 5 because, well, it’s the same map. While it follows the same basic formula as the last game, this installment expands upon the world shaped by Joseph Seed his band of fanatics. If you enjoyed Far Cry 5, you’ll enjoy continuing the story and feel right at home with the gameplay. Bonus points: This game is selling for $40, rather than the standard $60 seen by most titles these days.

Metacritic Score: 74
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Buy it on Steam

2/15 – Jump Force

We live in a world where mashups of IPs aren’t that uncommon. Franchises like Kingdom Hearts and Smash Bros have seen great success over the years. Where Jump Force stands out is with the collection of IPs under its belt. Characters from shows like Bleach, Dragon Ball, One Piece, and My Hero Academia make up the roster of 42 playable characters.  Ever wondered what a fight between Naruto and Ichigo would look like? Then this fighting game might be right up your alley. It looks like there might be some bugs and balancing issues that need to be worked out after its launch, but at the very least, Jump Force is worth keeping an eye on as the kinks will likely be patched out soon.

Metacritic Score: 58
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Buy it on Steam