The new Mario game represents a huge month of games

It’s been an absolutely massive month for me video gamesincluding a new Mario game, DC superheroes and a rat-filled epic. plays some of the biggest recent releases.

The story of Amici and Hugo continues Plague Tale: Requiemwith improved abilities, amazing graphics and a record number of dirty rats.

Amici and Hugo’s story continues in A Plague Tale: Requiem. (Focus Entertainment)

Asobo Studio’s sequel Plague Story: InnocenceRequiem sees Amica de Rune continuing her quest to save her brother as they travel to a mysterious island.

If you are new to the series and hate rats and rodents, this game is not for you.

We’re talking PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X performance, Plague Tale: Requiem it can support up to 300,000 rats on the screen at once.

It’s a brilliant nightmare.

A Plague Tale: Requiem can support up to 300,000 rats on screen at any time. (Focus Entertainment)

The game features a remarkable story followed by brutal combat and stealth gameplay mechanics.

Amica has a lot of familiar tools with some very exciting new tricks.

Requiem features one of the most unlimited photography modes of any game, allowing the player to take the camera across the map and get a close-up of every detail.

Every possible moment I found myself stopping to take a picture of the scenery or the hordes of rodents ahead.

Performance-wise, it wasn’t a perfect run. I experienced occasional frame rate drops and ran into one particular bug that required restarting the entire chapter to fix.

The game has been patched since I played it, hopefully removing all those pesky bugs.

All was easily forgiven as I quickly re-immersed myself in the story.

And Plague Tale as a series is a masterpiece of video game storytelling. This game, like the first one, will stay with me for many years to come.

A Plague Tale: Requiem is out now on Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, PC and Nintendo Switch (via cloud service).

Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope

I don’t usually suffer from turn-based strategy games, but I can definitely do without a colorful mix of Mario with cute and quirky Rabbids.

Sparks of Hope is the sequel to 2017’s Kingdom Battle, one of the first major third-party titles to accompany the Nintendo Switch, which my colleague Mark Santomartino loved.

Ubisoft’s Mario+Rabbids Sparks of Hope is out now on Nintendo Switch (Nintendo/Ubisoft)

I’ve never played the original and I’ve never been too excited about Rabbids, but even I have a newfound love for the series.

Battles have changed dramatically, with much more freedom of movement and elemental “sparks” that can turn the tide in your favor.

Most can be won or lost by deciding your team composition – with healing characters like Peach and Rabbid Peach essential for battles that require “surviving” waves of enemies and multiple rounds.

Yoshi and his Rabbid counterpart have been replaced by Bowser and Rabbid Rosalina, both of whom bring something new to the table, as well as a brand new character named Edge.

Edge plays a major role in a story that begins with little or no explanation of who these crazy critters are and why they’re hanging out with Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and friends – you just have to accept it.

Your roster—and options—grow with each character and their unique abilities. (Nine)

Exploring the world is not unlike a modern day Mario game; there are puzzles and coins to collect – but you can’t jump.

The music is top notch with a huge lineup of incredible songwriters at the helm.

Gareth Coker (Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Hall Infinite) Yoko Shimomura (The heart of the kingdom) and Grant Kirkhope (Goldeneye 007, Banjo Kazooie) put everything into this game.

Mario+Rabbids: Sparks of Hope is pure joy that effortlessly offers laughter and smiles.

Now out on Nintendo Switch.

in Gotham Knights, players do not control Batman, Superman, or Wonder Woman. After the death of the Dark Knight, they are in command of the B-Team.

Robin, Batgirl, Red Hood and Nightwing are all part of this new action-adventure game from WB Games Montreal.

After an incredible opening cinematic, the game sets up how the underdogs are now in charge of protecting Gotham. (WB Games)

After an incredible cinematic introduction, the game sets up how the underdogs are now in charge of protecting Gotham.

While I haven’t beaten the game yet, I’ve had a good time wrestling around town, taking on Gotham’s best thugs, and throwing the Batcycle around town.

It’s very hard not to compare its combat system to the Batman Arkham series, and it’s not completely on par.

There are plenty of new abilities to master, but in this case it’s more about quantity over quality.

Red Hood is a big dude, but his punches (and bullets) aren’t as hard as Batman’s.

Co-op is where the game shines brightest, the combat is so much better when you have a friend to fend off. (WB Games)

Co-op is where the game shines brightest, the combat is so much better when you have a friend to fend off.

The game is only available on current generation consoles and PC, so players have higher expectations.

Is Gotham Knights the best release on the list? Not really, but still a lot of fun.

Gotham Knights is out now on Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5 and PC.

(Infinity Ward)

These three titles are the main events, but there are a few other games worth mentioning.

  • New Tales from the borderlands: A story-driven adventure set in the Borderlands universe. out now on PlayStation, Xbox and PC.

  • Overwatch 2: After a rocky start, Overwatch is back! The free-to-play online shooter is full of new characters, maps and weapons.

  • Contempt: A first-person horror adventure game exclusively for Xbox Series X|S and PC.

It’s still to come Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II on October 28.

But it doesn’t end in November, November is at the head of one of the most anticipated games of recent years, God of War: Ragnorak, as Sonic Frontiers.

God of War: Ragnarok (2022)

The most anticipated video games of 2022 and beyond has been supplied with review copies of A Plague Tale: Requiem, Mario+Rabbids: Sparks of Hope and Gotham Knights.

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