The best releases of the week and the biggest discounts in online stores.

Hi Igromania is with you and reading the next issue of “What to play this week”. This time:

  • combat xenophobes in strategy XCOM: Chimera Squad;
  • learn how to ride responsibly and safely in a motorcycle simulator MotoGP 20;
  • open the hunting season for foreign deer Predator: hunting grounds;
  • build business empire in flying ship captain simulator Air merchant;
  • and finally play Mana tasting – remake of the spin-off tip sheet Final Fantasy.

XCOM: Chimera Squad

Developer: Firaxis Games

Editor: 2K Games

Platform: Pc

Let’s face it: the XCOM series was very unfair to poor foreigners. People treated them at random: they shot them without trial, they disrespected their legal rights and did not even try to establish a dialogue between the races. Fortunately, the developers decided to fix it and released XCOM: Chimera Squad.

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Five years after the expansion event War of the elect finally peace was on earth: people and extraterrestrials live happily together. But there are those who don’t like this state of affairs. Xenophobic terrorists are trying to destroy the current way of life – and to prevent them, a special “Chimera” detachment has been created, made up of both humans and aliens. Its job is to restore order and punish those who do not agree. In addition to the intriguing complications, the project offers a lot of gameplay changes – read more about that in our review.

By the way, until May 1, the game will be sold at a 50% discount for only 500 rubles – it seems that the developers did not initially position the game as a full-fledged project, but rather as another. addition.

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MotoGP 20

Developer: Milestone Srl

Editor: Milestone Srl

Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4, Switch, Stadia

Fans of the MotoGP series fall into two categories: some believe that the series reaches a new level of quality every year and the second always grumbles, which was previously better. However, the latter is getting smaller and smaller. The past year has been particularly difficult for them: MotoGP 19 became the most popular and highest rated game in the series. Almost 90% of the reviews positive on Steam – despite the fact that there were some serious issues at the start of the project.

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This year, the Italian team will clearly build on this success. The main feature of the new game is manager mode. Here you can hire a team, find profitable contracts, search for new spare parts. Even the costume design and bicycle coloring can be customized. At the same time, of course, the studio continues to improve graphics and physics, add new animations and much more. Overall, of course, the superbike racing simulator is a niche, but in this niche the MotoGP series is the real queen.

Predator: hunting grounds

Developer: IllFonic

Editor: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Platforms: PC, PS4

What to play + the best discounts of the week.  XCOM: Chimera Squad, MotoGP 20, Predator: Hunting Grounds, Trials of Mana

Asymmetric network shooters are becoming more and more popular, but they have a problem: They are too difficult to balance. In Predator: Hunting Grounds, one player controls the Predator and four others take on the role of elite commandos. And the developers seem to have come up with a great flexible task system. If you have a weak team, you can just complete the mission objective, fight the Predator, and fly in a helicopter. But if you are an experienced and well-coordinated detachment, you can score a mission and chase a guest from space yourself. The Predator also has a choice: get valuable trophies or just kill the whole team. Plus, even if you lose, you can still limit the round to a draw by simply blowing yourself up and grabbing all of the otherworldly opponents.

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Unfortunately, that timeline didn’t work out very well during the beta phase: playing for the Predator was fun, but not so much for people. Special powers are strong with the coordinated play of the four, but not many people knew how to play on a team early on, so the Predator’s advantage was obvious. We’ll see if this is fixed after release.

Air merchant

Developer: Coldwild Games

Editor: Coldwild Games

Platform: Pc

What to play + the best discounts of the week.  XCOM: Chimera Squad, MotoGP 20, Predator: Hunting Grounds, Trials of Mana

A wonderful indie project Merchant of the Skies has come out of early access – some compare it to the famous Space Rangers. Only here you are the captain not of a spaceship, but of a flying ship. Your main task is to act, to move your ship between many flying islands and to float the clouds above the ocean. And along the way, you have to explore the world, move along the plot, get into trouble, and try to build your own business empire. The project has 92% positive reviews, and among the serious complaints one can only note that the game is not endless: it takes ten hours to complete. The high replayability and the sandbox mode, in which there are no targets, no restrictions, mitigate this disadvantage.

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Mana tasting

Developer: Square Enix

Editor: Square Enix

Platforms: PC, PS4, switch

What to play + the best discounts of the week.  XCOM: Chimera Squad, MotoGP 20, Predator: Hunting Grounds, Trials of Mana

Editor Square Enix released Trials of Mana – a remake of the classic 1995 role-playing game. The Mana series was originally a spin-off of Final Fantasy, but with real-time combat. The developers even tried to create their own analog THE Legend of Zelda, and at first they were very successful. The first parts are considered a cult classic of the genre, until recently it was very difficult to get to know them personally – which is why the publisher decided to re-release the series as remakes.

However, these are very budget projects so don’t expect another remake from them. Final Fantasy VII. The developers limited themselves to creating simple three-dimensional images, adding voice actors for all the characters, and updating the interface. But the gameplay, judging by the remake of the previous part, will not change at all. Fans of the original will certainly be delighted, but newbies might react differently to the standards of play in the mid-1990s.

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Gift time! In the shop Epic games hand out a bagel step by step For the kingbut beware the thing is pretty hardcore. There is still news for flight sim fans – Steam to the Russian project Digital Combat Simulator World From April 18, you can play for free for one month. Almost all content except campaigns is available.

What to play + the best discounts of the week.  XCOM: Chimera Squad, MotoGP 20, Predator: Hunting Grounds, Trials of Mana

Now let’s see what discounts there are this weekend.

The most interesting offer of Steam – a set of games from the old publisher Thq. Only nine games for only 400 rubles, including a series Darksiders, Red faction and Full spectrum warrioras well Titan Quest and some lesser known projects. Another striking collection – the whole series Borderlands with all the additions for 1430 rubles. At the top of the sale is also the Battle Royale Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds – they betray her in less than five hundred rubles.

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In the service Gog This week’s RPG sales. The most popular, of course, are the new projects launched last year. Greed trap goes for 1140 rubles, Wave 2 for 860, Appearance for 480. The cult classic of Bethesda: complete editions Fallout 3 and Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion give for 180 and 280 rubles, respectively. And don’t forget to support domestic developers – Imperial Edition Pathfinder: kingmaker You can get a 35% discount for 750 rubles.

In the shop Sony there are no new discounts and offers, but lots of old ones. Keep in mind that a major spring sale will be taking place here until April 30, which will include blockbusters as well as independent projects. This week you can notice a 70% reduction on the collection Kingdom Hearts “All in one” – the name speaks for itself. And for 1200 rubles you can buy God of the war, Devil May Cry 5 or special edition The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim.

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What to play + the best discounts of the week.  XCOM: Chimera Squad, MotoGP 20, Predator: Hunting Grounds, Trials of Mana

In the shop Microsoft a clear shortage of blockbusters, but there are many known niche projects. Double price Monster Hunter: World and the fourth part Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm – Both projects now cost $ 15 each. You’ll have to pay an extra dollar for a studio horror collection Bloober team – He understands Layers of fear and Observer. Be sure to pay attention to the cult arcade shooter Crimsonland: now they ask him for seven dollars. And for six people you can grab a space bagel Everspace – also a very good game.

At the store Nintendo Switch clearly we were going at a bad time: the old discounts were over and we hadn’t delivered any new ones yet, so we couldn’t just find great deals, but not even on some well-known games. Is this Dead cells reduced by 20% – it is sold for 1125 rubles. How much does a good action platformer cost Valfaris. And then completely dark forest: for example, a role-playing game Animus for 300 rubles – if you believe the reviews, it is quite spicy, pathetic, only very economical. Or another pixel action platformer Killed: back from hell for 350.

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And that’s all for today. What are you going to play this weekend? Maybe you noticed a discount that we didn’t mention? Tell us in the comments!

Source: Game Informer