Game news Deathloop, Asterix & Obelix … the best French games of 2021
Among the hundreds of video game productions published this year, some Made in France creations have managed to stand out from the crowd. Here is a selection of eight French favorites.
Difficult to talk about the French video game landscape of 2021 without mentioning Deathloop. Arkane’s latest production, much more action-oriented than a Dishonored, is based on a trendy concept: the time loop, here caused by a sophisticated installation protected by an army of warriors. On Blackreef Island, Colt and Julianna clash relentlessly. The former aims to break the never-ending cycle, while the latter seems to flourish there fully. To survive and put an end to this nightmare, Colt must play it low-key, hack a bunch of items and learn from the multiple deaths he faces. Rated 16/20 in our columns, we recognized the game’s first-rate level design, a great range of powers and improvements to develop a clean style, as well as a truly exhilarating rise to power.
Narrative road trip inspired by the films of Tarantino and the Coen brothers, Road 96 is the work of Yoan Fanise (Unknown Soldiers: Memories of the Great War, 11-11: Memories Retold) under the aegis of his studio DigixArt. A procedural adventure, the game slips into the shoes of a handful of young runaways, determined to flee the land of Petria under the yoke of President Tyrak. Over the course of fateful encounters on American roads, political choices are posed to you: join a small radical opposition group to bring down the government, take a progressive position, or abstain. Also your choice of locomotion will determine the outcome of the adventure between taking the bus, the taxi, hitchhiking, or walking. Rated 15/20 in our columns, we felt that the game enjoys a solid storytelling, a singular structure and a great atmosphere.
Buy Road 96 on Nintendo Switch for 34 $ at Amazon
Asterix & Obelix: Slap them All!
Freshly published by Microids, Asterix & Obelix: Slap them All! invites us to find the irreducible Gauls in a 2D Streets of Rage beat’em up. This new video game adaptation of the famous comic book series by Goscinny and Uderzo illustrates the emblematic environments of the saga in the grip of hordes of Romans. The hand-drawn decorations are the work of Philippe Dessoly, author of the Mr. Nutz and Toki games. Lovers of challenge will find their account in parallel in the Free mode, available once the story is completed through its 50 levels. We gave the game a score of 16/20, in particular for its artistic direction which hits the mark, its well-found balance between strategy and release, or even its cooperation mode which changes the experience.
Buy Asterix and Obelix: Slap them all! at Fnac
Appreciated by 4X enthusiasts this year, Humankind entrusts you with leading humanity to the conquest of the stars. Here, no fixed conditions of victory in the program, but rather the possibility granted to the players to leave the imprint of their cultures on the evolution of the human race. The player chooses in each era (ancient, prehistoric, modern …) one culture among others, knowing that it is possible to associate up to 60. It will then be a question of making moral decisions, of achieve great scientific breakthroughs or relive emblematic historical events. Rated 16/20 on HelloSolar.info, the game offers a real good idea with the change of culture by era, a very well thought out nomadic start to the game, the possibility of a purely peaceful approach and narrative events that work well. A game by Amplitude Studios, owned by Sega.
Solasta: Crown of the Magister
Concocted by the small passionate team of Tactical Adventures, Solasta: Crown of the Magister is a tactical CRPG that invites you to create a team of 4 adventurers, selected from a range of classes and races. Everyone naturally has strengths and weaknesses that should be taken advantage of. The title relies above all on its vertical and dense turn-based combat rather than its narrative. Rated 16/20 on HelloSolar.info, the game turns out to be a very good tactical D&D based RPG. We recognize him deep fights, a very well exploited verticality, a very complete character creation and difficulty parameters à la carte. Mathieu Girard, Founder, CEO and Creative Director of Tactical Adventures said he “always dreamed of creating Solasta and translating my passion for these games that are played with pencil and paper in video game format.“
Just released on PC, Wartales is an open-world role-playing game in which you take a whole group of mercenaries through a vast medieval universe. It has been 1000 years since the Edoran Empire fell due to a devastating plague. Mercenaries, bandits and thieves must survive in lands that have become hostile. Your goal is only to keep yourself alive; an objective which passes by the exploration, the recruitment of companions as well as the collection of bounties. You will also need to pull out your weapons to counter the wild animals and bandits that get in your way. It will finally be possible to accept contracts asking you to deliver nice villagers or other characters with much less pure souls. A production by Shiro Games.
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