Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

In the Game for Christmas

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

In the Game for Christmas

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THE first doors on the advent calendars have been opened, and the tasty chocolate hidden behind have been devoured. And as Santa prepares his pre-flight checks, we take a look at the handful of games hitting consoles very early this month.

There's a fresh Just Cause outing, Hello Neighbor gets a prequel, and Playstation fans can enjoy a wave of nostalgia as the classic console gets a makeover.

PlayStation Classic RELEASE: OUT NOW IF YOU'RE old enough to remember the joy of buying your first PlayStation way back in the 90s, then you'll understand why I'm so excited about getting my hands on this little beast.

This mini PS classic comes pre-loaded with 20 games, a virtual memory card, and two controllers so you can share the fun.

Among the titles on the console are Destruction Derby, Cool Boarders 2, Final Fantasy VII, Grand Theft Auto, Mr Driller, Twisted Metal, and Tekken 3. My thumbs are already aching.

Override: Mech City Brawl RELEASE: OUT NOW BATTLE some of the cutest robots you've ever seen and 'mech' (see what I did there) a name for yourself in this giant brawler.

Each 80-second battle takes place in different cities which you can lay waste to as you marmalise your Classic opponent. There's a roster of 12 mechs, each with their own fighting styles and finishing moves - and you can customise your giant robot to add your own style and flair.

Alongside the solo campaign, you can play in local co-op with up to four friends, or go online for more multiplayer fun.

With the 3D locations mapped on real cities however, you will get a pang of guilt when you flatten a national landmark..

Just Cause 4 RELEASE: OUT NOW RICO Rodriguez is back, and this time he's trying to uncover the truth about his past. This is the sequel to 2015's Just Cause 3, and is set on the island of Solis, which is as deadly as it is gorgeous.

Avalanche Studios developed Just Cause 4 on a new version of its Apex game engine, and as such it claims that the AI characters are smarter and more tactical than the last outing. …

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