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As Britons, my countrymen understand year-long cold. We shiver, we dig deep and we endure. Be that as it may, we all know the real battle lies at the end of the calendar. From year’s beginning to year’s end, that season is always at the back of our minds. We, above all others, have earned the right to say it: Winter’s coming.

Fear not dear readers, for there is a solution to the bitter cold! Get inside, turn the heating on, throw on a sweater and get a cup of hot chocolate. Winter’s coming, and fantastic games with it! A title that will really get your blood pumping is the highly anticipated racing game The Crew. The game allows players to roam an open and persistent world, so open in fact that it is purported to take up to 45 minutes to drive from coast to coast. Taking advantage of the vast game area are challenges,
referred to as ‘skills’ in-game, that can be found throughout the open world that require you to perform a feat of skill for an allotted period of time. Once you complete a skill your score is immediately, allowing your friends to try and beat the score.


Speaking of friends, the co-op feature allows up eight players to participate in races and/or other modes (or maybe you just want to see who reaches  the  east  coast  first). The story mode allegedly takes around 20 hours to complete, revolving around the premise of infiltrating a criminal syndicate, working up through its ranks and eliminating its influence over the states. The Crew really is shaping up to be the next generation in driving games.

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again…Evolve could not come any sooner. After getting a taste of the 4v1 shooter with ‘The Big Alpha’ it was hard to say goodbye, even  more so as I’d just unlocked the playable monster ‘Kraken’. After running around as the Goliath, pummelling the hunters into the dust with my bare (or bear) claws it was refreshing to find that everything from your appearance to your tactics changes with the character you play. The Kraken is not as durable or ferocious as the Goliath but makes up for this with overwhelmingly cruel combat, taking flight and raining death on the unfortunate hunters. 3 monsters will be available at launch with others arriving post launch as downloadable content, yet only 2 of the 3 have been revealed. By now it is quite clear that the 3 standard monsters bear characteristics of traditional RPG classes, the Goliath being the tanky ‘Warrior’ and the Kraken being the chaotic ‘Mage’. This only leaves the ‘Rogue’ up for grabs, but what could it be? A stealthy feline monster that leaps from the shadows? A poisonous amphibian that wears down its prey with lethal toxins? An insect that drags the hunters to their doom one by one? The wait (and the cold) is killing us, be glad it’s not our mystery monster…

Of course, the game we’re all excited about is the third-person shooter, The Order: 1886. Just when you thought  the UK couldn't get more grim, Ready at Dawn decided to create an alternate history London where half-animal monstrosities battle against a morally ambiguous society of classy, gun toting gentlemen (not unlike a normal day in London). Ahem, poor humour aside, The Order: 1886 looks to put an original spin on an under-represented period. For once, characters with well-groomed moustaches and monocles are not oppressing the working classes and are, in fact, hardened werewolf killers. the player takes on the role of Grayson, the prodigy of the legendary Sir Galahad, who is a member of an ancient order founded by King Arthur dedicated to the destruction of monstrous  ‘half breeds’,  savage  things neither man nor beast. The player will face both bestial half-breeds and human insurgents, transitioning between sticky cover based shooter to survival horror elements over the course of the game. We’ll be thawing out that winter frost with gallons of monster blood, it seems.

could go on, dear readers but I fear the cold is already working its way into my hands so I shall leave you a list of what titles you should keep an eye on over the coming months.

The  Crew  (PS4,  XB1,  360,  PC) due December 2nd
The Order: 1886 (PS4) due February 20th
Evolve (PS4, XB1, PC) due February 10th
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4, PS3, XB1, 360, PC) due Q1
The  Witcher  3: The Wild  Hunt (PS4, XB1, PC) due February 24th

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