Plenty of gamers have been stung by games based on famous movie franchises. However, Mad Max is a title that totally delivers. A grand open-world adventure that mixes brutal hand-to-hand fights with extensive on-road combat, Mad Max is a non-stop thrill ride from start to finish. It probably would have made much more of an impact if it hadn’t released on the same day as Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
Being stuck on Mars with a terrifying creature is perfect video game fodder. But Moons of Madness also features intricate Lovecraftian themes and interesting sci-fi puzzle mechanics to bolster its excellent premise. Perhaps what makes Moons of Madness so successful though is the lack of weaponry. In this horror game, it’s very much mind over matter.
If any sports fans reading are fed up with Madden, FIFA and all the usual sports sims, try Mutant Football League. The game uses familiar EA-style controls, but changes out human players for exaggerated tyrant monsters, and it's a blast.
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Life-simulation games are huge right now, but with the likes of Animal Crossing and Stardew Valley hogging the spotlight, sometimes smaller indie life-sims get overlooked. The criminally underrated My Time At Portia tasks players with managing a post-apocalyptic farm, and building up your town’s central hub by helping other characters in the charming world. It’s a relaxing game and one that deserves a lot more attention.
For fans of arcade racers, Onrush is pretty much the perfect game. It’s fast-paced and chaotic, with a variety of modes and detailed tracks right down to day, night, and seasonal cycles. But, most importantly, Onrush delivers exactly what it promises: a non-stop rush to the finish.