This week, a look at some new releases including the new Pokemon and an Assassin's Creed collection. But first, the single-player story in Titanfall 2 is sublime.
Releasing this week
- Pokemon Sun (Nintendo)
- Pokemon Moon (Nintendo)
- Watch Dogs 2 (Ubisoft)
Titanfall 2 single-player mode is exactly what you want
Jack Cooper wants to be a pilot. He wants to operate one of the bipedal, armoured tanks that are known as titans. While deployed on a mission on a faraway planet, circumstances force Cooper and a Titan, BT-7274 (BT for short), together.
Cooper gets his wish. And in becoming Cooper, we get our wish for a first-person shooter that gives us the solid mechanics of the first Titanfall, and a single-player experience for those of us that don't have a lot of fun playing multiplayer.
The multiplayer in Titanfall 2 is just as good as it was in the first game, so if that's what you're looking for, you'll be satisfied. You'll also have more ways to personalize your titan and your pilot abilities for the mulitplayer modes.
But it's the story campaign that sets Titanfall 2 apart. It's a smaller story, about a boy and his robot, essentially. And in dialing back the ambition of the narrative, the developers at Respawn are able to make the pieces of that narrative work much better.
Don't worry if you didn't get any of the larger world mythology out of the first game, because it's not really important. You'll learn everything you need to know while playing Titanfall 2.
It came as a bit of a surprise to me, but this is the game I've been playing more than anything in the past couple of weeks.
Pokemon Moon and Pokemon Sun bring new elements to the series
It's the 20th anniversary of Pokemon this year, and what an anniversary the franchise is having. Mobile game Pokemon Go is still popular; last week, a limited-edition, Pokemon-branded New Nintendo 3DS XL was released; and this week, there are two new games in the Pokemon franchise for the company's hand-held game systems.
Pokemon Moon and Pokemon Sun take place in a new region of the world, a tropical-island setting that is reportedly based on Hawaii.
New to the series are the ability to ride Pokemon, new Z-Moves (powerful, one-time attacks), and a new battle system that Nintendo calls Battle Royal.
The difference between the two editions is in the Legendary Pokemon that are in the game. Lunala appears in Moon, and Solgaleo is in Sun. The evolved form of some creatures differ between the games, too.
Although Moon and Sun are sold separately, they can be purchased in a dual back that includes both versions of the game.
Assassin's Creed games collected for PS4 and Xbox One/S
The Assassin's Creed games have been big sellers for Ubisoft, and none have been as popular as the three games that featured Ezio Auditore of Firenze, who learns that his family is part of a generations-long struggle.
Assassins' Creed II, AC: Brotherhood, and AC: Revelations are set in Italy during the Renaissance. All three games are collected in the Ezio Collection, which is available for PS4 and Xbox One/S.
The collection also includes all downloadable content for the three titles, as well as the short films Assassin's Creed Lineage and Assassin's Creed Embers.
A feature film based on the franchise, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, opens in theatres on December 21.