In Fast Forward each month we take a look at a handful of up-and-coming games that have us excited, and hopefully have you excited too!
If your trigger finger is itching for a bout of sci-fi RPG shooting, then you’ll be hanging out for this one. A co-op experience from People Can Fly, whose pedigree includes work on Bulletstorm and Fortnite, as one of up to three players you embark upon a journey across a hostile planet, following a signal that you hope will help save mankind. Cooperation is the key, but then so is the intense gunplay and the increasingly weird, wild and wonderful weaponry.
PS5, Xbox Series X, PS4, Xbox One – Shooter – Multiplayer? Yes – Release date: 2/2/21
The Nioh Collection
Two of the most celebrated – and challenging – games of the PS4 era are celebrating the franchise’s fourth anniversary with a trip onto new-gen. Revisit – or assail for the first time – both Nioh and Nioh 2 in stunning 4K, running at up to 120 frames per second (if you have a supporting screen). PS4 game saves will work if you never made it right through, and all DLC expansions will also feature – including the shiny new conclusion in The First Samurai.
PS5 – Action RPG – Multiplayer? Yes – Release date: 5/2/21
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
All the classic Mario platformer action and multiplayer madness finally makes its way from the Wii U to Switch – wahoo! Whether you hook up online or locally, there’s plenty of action to be had as you’ll pounce and climb through dozens of colourful stages. Plus, Mario – and his friends – can use the brilliant ‘Super Bell’ power-up, which grants catlike abilities like climbing and scratching. With the Bowser’s Fury DLC also included, there’s lots to do – let’s go!
Switch – Platformer – Multiplayer? Yes – Release date: 12/2/21
The successor to extreme sports open-world game Steep is set to up the action ante, via a massive multiplayer playground featuring activities such as biking, skiing, snowboarding, wingsuit and even rocket wingsuit. All of this action will take place in a mashup of iconic American national parks, including Bryce Canyon, Yosemite Valley and Mammoth Mountain, with a focus on up to 50-player social competition – and extreme, wild fun!
PS5, Xbox Series X, PS4, Xbox One – Sports – Multiplayer? Yes – Release date: 25/2/21