The best video games released while you were too busy playing “Elden Ring”

Ring of the Elden he joined the very restricted video game club capable of absorbing all the attention of critics and audiences for several months. How gta V (2013), Zelda: The breath of nature (2017) or Read Dead Redemption 2 (2018) before him, FromSoftware studio’s latest creation was elevated to masterpiece status as soon as it was released on February 25 on consoles and PCs. However, it has eclipsed new features that also deserve the spotlight – here’s our pick.

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“Sleeping citizen”

Mix between the interactive novel and the puzzle, Sleeping citizen puts us in the shoes of a robot in which we have injected the consciousness of a human being and who must try to survive in a space station where factions and bandits of all kinds collide. Extremely talkative but extraordinarily well written, Sleeping citizen builds a successful portrait gallery and manages to fascinate throughout its short, multi-ending storyline. However, it is reserved for English speakers, in the absence (for the moment) of a French translation.

Available for € 17 on PC (Steam), € 20 on Switch and Xbox. Available for Xbox Game Pass subscribers.

“Rogue Legacy 2”

You are an albino dwarf knight. Your mission: Explore a labyrinthine dungeon and defeat six titanic monsters, before opening the golden doors that separate you from the final challenge. On the road, millions of reasons to die. And besides, you will die – that’s for sure! How surely your descendant, for example a color blind and Petomanic Valkyrie, will take over. Who will be succeeded by a clumsy narcoleptic ninja or a pacifist boxer skilled in gambling. In Rogue legacy 2you die in a loop and start all over again, but it is to better face an ever-renewed challenge.

Available for € 22 on PC and € 25 on Xbox One and Xbox Series.

“Tunic”

Adventure with a capital “A” and sweetness with a capital “M”. This is the proposal of Tunic, in which it is a question of embodying a fox dressed in green in search of a great treasure. We find the same nostalgic formula as in Gate of death (2021): a strong tribute to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1991) embellished with challenging fights al Dark souls (2011). But, with its levels full of secrets and its unforgettable universe, it is clear that we are faced with video games from the great J and a capital “V” “.

Available for € 28 on PC and Mac. Available for Xbox Game Pass subscribers.

Lego Star Wars: the Skywalker Saga “

Lego Star Wars: the Skywalker Saga reviews (and mills) three trilogies Star Wars in a title. Alone or as a couple, we alternately find ourselves embodying most of the heroes of the franchise, from the original George Lucas episode (numbered IV, of course) to JJ Abrams’ episode IX. Solve puzzles, explore scenarios that have become cult and above all fight the great figures of the Empire … TT Games revisits a somewhat tried but very effective formula with joy and good humor.

Available between € 50 and € 60 on PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series, Nintendo Switch and PC.

“Norco”

At night, the bright lights of a gigantic refinery prevent the inhabitants of the municipality of Norco from seeing the light of the stars. Thus begins the first creation of the game developer Geography of Robots, a dystopian work inspired by the city of the same name, located on the outskirts of New Orleans. After years of absence and the death of her mother, Kay returns to her hometown and discovers that her brother is missing. The atmosphere evokes the road trip meloncholy Kentucky Road Zero and the neo-noir atmosphere of Blade Runner. With a very humble device: pixel art and polls Point and click – this narrative experience has bewitched us with its poetic and political flashes.

Available for € 15 on PC.

“Gear shaft”

We thought we were definitely vaccinated against match-3, these interchangeable puzzles à la Candy Crush. However, the variant Gear shaft we managed to overcome our immune defenses by offering an unprecedented mechanism: the ability to tilt the grid by 90º or 180º to multiply the combinations. Sober graphics and unstoppable mechanics, this title – without integrated purchases or bursts of color that should hypnotize us – re-injects a good dose of strategy in this genre that we thought was trivial.

Available for € 3 on iOS and Android.

“Run: The world in between”

Nightmare difficulty, a jittery soundtrack, simple controls and an original concept, there is everything you can hope for from a platform game with Run: the world in between. The title of the studio Team Run shines with its very precise movements, its frenetic pace and the permanent tension it imposes on the player. In Run, you have to go through rather short levels made up of recurring obstacles but which change the order of appearance with each trial. This originality makes all the difficulty of the game: impossible to rely entirely on muscle memory, as can be done in a Heavenly. Devilish but effective.

Available for € 10 on Nintendo Switch and PC.

“Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe”

Stanley is back in this refined version of the inimitable Stanley’s parable (2013). Despite adding around thirty minutes of additional content, employee 427’s trajectory has (almost) not changed – this model employee sees his routine cut short by the disappearance of his colleagues. He sets out in search of them, following the instructions of an invisible narrator who will gradually lose control … Newcomers will delight in the narrative twirls and reflection on the medium that made all the salt of the original version. Nothing revolutionary, however, for those who own the title released nine years ago.

Available for € 22 on PC and Nintendo Switch.

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