It’s infamously quiet in the gaming world at this time of year. However, Damien Lucas says relief is on the way in the form of Little Nightmares 2 and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury.
Three months after two consoles were unveiled, it all feels a bit flat right now.
Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of games out there to keep the masses entertained. However, there’s a distinct lack of new releases on the horizon.
As a PS5 owner who has completed Spider-Man: Miles Morales; Assassin’s Creed Valhalla; the Call Of Duty Cold War campaign; and is starting to get bored of the terrible online match-making system on FIFA 21, I’m starting to feel short-changed at the moment.
There could be some much-needed relief on the way soon, however, in the shape of two new, very different platform games – Little Nightmares 2 and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fry.
Mario fans: Switch-ing back and forth
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury was released on Nintendo Switch on 12 February. It combines one old and one new Mario game.
3D World launched on Wii U to critical acclaim. It’s a linear game with traditional levels in line with the usual brilliant Mario fayre.
Bowser’s Fury, however, is the first truly “open world” Mario game. Gone is the level-by-level format of every other Mario entry. Instead, we get a sandbox of platforming challenges to play with.
I suspect many lucky enough to own a PS5 or XBox Series X and a Switch will be switching back (see what I did there) to their trusty Nintendo machine until the gaming landscape becomes more interesting on the next-gen consoles.
Little Nightmares 2: Distinctly darker dreams
Also launched this week – on Switch, PS4 and XB1, and following later this year on PS5 & XBSX – is a platformer with a distinctly darker theme, Little Nightmares 2.
The puzzle-platformer horror adventure game, developed by Tarsier Studios and produced by Bandai Namco, was announced at Gamescom in 2019.
It has been brought to life in spine-tingling style with a trailer involving none other than TV illusionist and author Derren Brown.
Little Nightmares 2 features a new character, Mono, while the protagonist from the previous game, Six, is now computer controlled.
The trailer makes it look as creepy, scary, gross and graphically excellent as the first game.
Derren Brown will take you down
Set within the warped and twisted reality of the Little Nightmares world, Brown takes you on a journey through your deepest fears and nightmares. He explores the depths of what you fear as you try to escape the dark void you’ve been thrown into.
Can you confront your own nightmares and find the answers to important questions? Is the nightmare a dream or is it reality?
Right now the great gaming void is a nightmare, especially as we’re stuck in our own horror – lock-down.
But I’m confident these two games (three including Bowser’s Fury) can ease our dreams – at least for a month or two.
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