From zombies and plants to new instalments of popular, well-loved games
By Samantha Francis
1. Halo 5: Guardians
Halo 5: Guardians ($69.90) is the next video game instalment of the legendary sci-fi franchise, featuring the most ambitious multi-player experience in franchise his-tory. Experience dramatic storytelling through the eyes of the Master Chief and Blue Team, and Spartan Locke and Fireteam Osiris — in a four-player cooperative epic that spans three worlds.
Available on Xbox.
2. Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2: Graveyard Variety Pack
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2: Graveyard Variety Pack is the first free content update for Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2. It comes with a new map, missions, gameplay features and balancing improvements — including the brand new Zomburbified Garden Center map: Aqua Center — as well as character tweaks, new gameplay and control options.
Available on Microsoft Windows for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
3. Quantum Break
Part hard-hitting video game, part thrilling live action show; Quantum Break ($69.90) is full of vivid storytelling, rich characters and dramatic twists. Gamers can expect a stellar cast, including Shawn Ashmore as hero Jack Joyce, Aidan Gillen as his nemesis Paul Serene, Dominic Monaghan as Jack’s genius brother and more.
Available Apr 5 onwards on Xbox.
4. Rise of the Tomb Raider
In Rise of the Tomb Raider ($69.90), Lara Croft must explore the most treacherous and remote regions of Siberia to find the secret of immortality before a ruthless organization known as Trinity does. Using her survival skills, Lara has to ultimately embrace her destiny as the Tomb Raider. There will be high-octane action moments and beautiful but hostile scenes and environments.
Available on Xbox.
Unravel ($24.90) is a unique physics-based puzzle platform-er centred around a tiny, endearing character named Yarny. Along the way, witness as he unlocks a heartfelt story about love, longing and the ties that bind.
Be amazed by the stunning game environments inspired by the nature of northern Sweden, where the game was created.
Unravel is available as digital download on Origin for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of Weekender, Issue 149, April 1 – April 14, 2016, with the headline ‘The hottest game releases of early 2016’.