From samurai to superheroes, fighting to farming, and everything in-between, the latest video game releases offer a huge variety for any gamer to log on to...

Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut

With intricate combat set to a spell-binding story and a surprise multiplayer mode post-launch, Ghost of Tsushima was easily one of the best gaming releases of 2020.

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And whilst you may think the game already had it all, developers Sucker Punch are not ones to rest on their laurels – releasing additional story content, new features, and more, with the release of Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut.

Iki island is a brand new area for samurai Jin Sakai to explore, a place bursting with new quests, side missions, and jaw-dropping scenery.

But Iki island is also home to something else... Jin’s most traumatic memories – memories he will have to confront head-on if he is to succeed in freeing the island’s people.

Once you reach Act II of the main story, the invitation to travel to Iki presents itself. The new content blends very well into the already established storyline, continuing the dilemma Jin faces about the true values of the samurai and his problematic relationship with his father.

Aside from Jin’s personal dilemmas, the over-arching enemy of Iki island remains the same – the advancing Mongol army determined to conquer all of Japan. Whilst I won’t spoil the specifics, Iki introduces a new range of Mongol enemies, offering new strategies and tactics that must use to survive fighting even the most basic enemy unit.

In true Tsushima fashion, Iki is home to an abundance of collectibles, folklore quests, minigames and you’ll be happy to know – more animals to pet. Jin can increase his legend status further and learn and level up new abilities, including charging with his horse to bash into Mongols before fights have a chance to begin.

The PS5 version of the director’s cut comes with welcomed new features that help amplify an already world-class game. The signature DualSense controller offers a tactile way of playing the game, which is noticeably from the very beginning.

Early on in Iki island for example, as Jin goes through a traumatic childhood memory, the controller mirrors his rising heart rate with vibrations as you travel further into the nightmare. You’ll also feel adaptive trigger resistances like the strain of your bow as you aim, pulsating vibrations as you near collectibles – and much more.

The game also now offers accurate lip-syncing for the Japanese version, for gamers choosing a truly authentic samurai playthrough. And with near non-existent times near non-existent, and you can expect to fast-travel from places in the blink of an eye. The game will not only look beautiful but run smoothly too, with dynamic 4k resolution options and frame rates of 60 FPS.

Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut is a worthy extension to an already phenomenal game. It offers newcomers a complete picture of the game – and adds more bites for fans of the title to revisit the story. And if the growing multiplayer mode s anything to go by, and Sucker Punch and Sony's ambitious plans for Jin, we can expect even more content in the future.

Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut is available on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

Kitaria Fables

Equal parts action-adventure and farming simulator, Kitaria Fables is a charming escapade that sees you take up arms in a furry world descending into darkness.

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Filled with a world of anamorphic characters that would give Animal Crossing a run for its money, you play as Nyanza. Alongside your friend Macaron, you're originally tasked by the Empire to protect Paw Village from nearby monsters who’ve suddenly decided to become aggressive and violent.

But as you progress throughout the island, you’ll slowly realise the world isn’t as cute and cuddly as the setting lets on. A ban on magic and overly suspicious characters on the empire’s 'true intentions’ sets the scene for over 20+ hours of story and gameplay to tackle.

There’s no job class in this game – equip whatever you want and fight whatever way you wish. Combat in Kitaria Fables is fast, fun, and straightforward. Use a variety of weapons like swords and bows to hack and slash, or fire spells from your book for added oomph. Most often you’ll be dodging enemy attacks in quick succession and repositioning yourself to attack as a good nimble cat warrior should.

Needless to say, if you ever do grow tired of the main storyline, there is still plenty to do in this game, most notably farming and crafting. Plant, grow and harvest an extensive list of crops beside your home to expand your resources, prepare rations for your next journey, and put a pause on an otherwise active game.

With charming characters, stunning artwork, and a tranquil soundtrack that ties together the experience, Kitaria Fables is a delightful story from start to finish. If you enjoy games like Harvest Moon, Stardew Valley, or even Zelda, this is a ‘purfect’ pickup to make.

Kitaria Fables is available to play on PlayStation 4 & 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series x/S, PC, and Nintendo Switch.

MARVEL Future Revolution

With an original storyline and featuring our favourite heavy-hitters from across several Marvel franchises, MARVEL Future Revolution is a mobile game that could well be a superhero smash-hit.

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Booting the game up, you'll be met with a lengthy tutorial that showcases how to play the game, and the first thing that will strike you is how well it all looks. Cut-scenes are detailed and go to some length at explaining the 6BG download size.

Controls are very straightforward and will see you control a myriad of superheroes including Captain America, Black Widow, Storm, and Iron Man with relative ease, spamming attacks to fry your enemies.

You can cycle through a list of signature moves of your chosen hero, each one flashier than the last, and at times your screen will look incredibly busy. Hordes of players and mobs will dot your screen, where you’ll button bash to keep up.

Move your character with a virtual joystick on the left side of the screen, typical of many mobile games. And if that all sounds too tedious, you can let the game itself do the controlling by selecting the auto-play option which not only moves you, put heads to objectives, cycles through dialogue, and more.

The auto-play option offers a nice, accessible way of playing the game without being hampered by the mobile setup, and if you’re too busy to grind for levels, you can let the game take up the slack.

Playing as an RPG, you can level and customize your character in Revolutions, including equipping armour for special stat buffs and aesthetics, as well as new abilities that deal more damage. As a free-to-play game, Revolution does have microtransactions, but you can play this game for hours without having to reach for the wallet.

Altogether, MARVEL Future Revolution has enough storyline and action to warrant a download from even the slightest Marvel fan.

MARVEL Future: Revolutions is available free-to-play on both iOS and Android now.