If some take advantage of the holidays to put in their suitcases large books to devour under the parasol, the summer break is also an opportunity to free up time to immerse themselves in long and dense video games. The Pixels service team at World has concocted a list by drawing from among his favorites of the last twelve months.
A group trip: “Triangle Strategy”
What could be better than an epic quest to enjoy your vacation? Triangle Strategy is the worthy heir of the series Final Fantasy Tactics, with its turn-based combat and (relatively) simple progression trees. Heir to a small kingdom which has the misfortune to find itself at the frontier of all the continent’s geostrategic challenges, you are now confronted with war… And with all the harrowing choices it imposes.
You will not only have to fight, but also know how to convince your fellow travelers, whose voices weigh as much as yours in the votes that determine each key choice in the story. Players in a hurry will find it slow and talkative; fans of complex stories and well-considered strategic choices will find what they are looking for for around forty hours.
Available for 49 euros on Nintendo Switch.
The flagship destination of 2022: “Elden Ring”
We have already had many occasions to say it: by returning the cinematographic codes to the oblivion of video game history, the FromSoftware studio profoundly marked the video game of the 2010s. No more games that are played softly with one hand, the second in the bucket of popcorn, or, worse, on his cell phone. At FromSoftware, the player regains control and his responsibilities, forced to learn to master his weapon, his environment, his enemies, if he wants to hope to progress.
The result are games that are as cult as they are difficult – sometimes too much, according to some. The latest addition to the studio, Elden Ringis just as demanding, but it trades in the linear adventures of Dark Souls Where sekiro against an open world, gigantic, full of surprises, to be explored at your own pace, even if it means snubbing the most complicated challenges. Still as exciting but more accessible than the average FromSoftware production, Elden Ring will keep you spellbound for a hundred hours.
Available for 70 euros on PC, Playstation and Xbox.
Meet amazing tribes: “Total War: Warhammer 3”
With its magicians, knights, ogres and other foul creatures, this video game adaptation of Games Workshop’s board games is not lacking in fantasy. Do not take it lightly, however, it is highly strategic. Leading a gigantic army and conquering new territories cannot be improvised, in this last part of the trilogy Warhammerfrom the studio Creative Assembly, renowned for the demanding frankness Total War.
However, this game remains welcoming for novices thanks to a prologue which recalls the fundamentals point by point. Despite aging graphics (except for a few cinematics), the campaigns that mix real-time battles and turn-based territory management are breathtaking. The subtleties of each of the eight factions make it possible to multiply the approaches and guarantee strong replayability.
Available for 60 euros on PC, Linux and Mac. Free with PC Game Pass subscription.
A great summer read: “The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles”
If the very slow rhythm of visual novels (or animated novels) can put off, the late 19th century atmospheree century, the polished soundtrack and the theatrical animations combine brilliantly here. The most famous of the avocado sagas thus returns in an unpublished opus, which combines two volumes only available in Japan until now. With this real interactive book to leaf through on your sofa, you are surprised, despite the lengthy dialogues and a scenario that is sometimes quite thin, not to see the time pass.
The game takes you on ten magnifying glass investigations, in which you will have to pay attention to the smallest details to successfully unmask the culprits and bring the truth to light. Entirely in English, the opus remains accessible to the most novices, especially since the difficulty is moderate and very academic tutorials accompany you from the start.
Available for 40 euros on Switch.
To enjoy sumptuous landscapes: “Horizon Forbidden West”
Do you dream of wide open spaces? Travel to a futuristic American West with Horizon Forbidden West. From the valleys of southern Utah to the Pacific coast of California, passing through the mountains of Yellowstone or the desert of Nevada, this open world game immerses us in impressive settings inspired by real landscapes revisited in postapocalyptic mode. Combined with its epic story and fearsome battles with robotic wildlife, the sequelHorizon Zero Dawn fulfills all its promises.
Those who were not seduced by the first opus will address the same criticisms to this one: slow start-up, dialogue tunnels and intrusive assistance to the player. However, we have greatly exceeded the thirty hours required to complete the main story, discover its universe and complete its quests, without forbidding ourselves to go in search of surprising points of view to capture them with the photo mode.
Available for 70 euros on Playstation 4 and 80 euros on PlayStation 5.
For those who still have a Clever Bison card: “Crusader Kings III”
Everyone (it’s a mistake) is not sensitive to the charm of a dusty card table on which would open many menus rich in numbers and multiple-choice questions. Quite unsexy in absolute terms (and the recent extension, which adds the possibility of decorating a three-dimensional palace to your liking, does not change much), this device is nevertheless that of the most formidable history simulator medieval: Crusader Kings IIIthe game that offers us to take the reins of any European, Asian or African dynasty, and lead it for six centuries and hundreds of hours.
Far from being a simple illuminated Excel spreadsheet, the title of the Paradox Interactive studio is actually a kind of “strategy game in which you are the hero”, an interactive equivalent of Iron Throne which would be written before our eyes, and in which we could pick up the pen at any time.
Available for 40 euros on Xbox Series, PlayStation 5, Mac, PC and Linux.
For those who prefer nightlife: “V Rising”
The most exciting video games are not necessarily the most Homeric or the most moving. There are experiences where pleasure is gleaned in a homeopathic way by carrying out seemingly tiny actions that add up. V Rising thus asks to help a weak vampire to survive in a hostile world. Collect resources, build your castle to protect yourself from the sun’s rays, find the blood of new victims and fight monsters…
The slow discovery of this universe full of magic allows us to strengthen the powers of our character, to then explore new areas. The addictive and time-consuming nature of resource management is thus counterbalanced by the adrenaline of combat. This surprise success from the start of the year, currently in early access, is also an excellent social experience: it is much better when you meet up with friends.
Available in early access for 20 euros on PC.