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!
New Pokémon Snap
It’s 21 years since we got to go snap happy with our Nintendo 64 consoles, and Pokémon Snap is celebrating its 21st with a whole new Switch update. The object of the game is to go exploring all manner of lush islands in the Lental region, hunting Pokémon in their native habitats – then taking pics of them for your personal Pokémon Photodex. Then there’s the mystery of the Illumina phenomenon to solve – just why are certain Pokémon glowing?
Switch – Simulation – Multiplayer? No – Release date: 30/4/21
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: 1/4/21
With a canon boasting classic shooters the likes of Resogun and Alienation, Finnish developers Housemarque are always worth watching. Their latest will see players stepping into the space boots of Selene, who’s crash-landed on a barren, shape-shifting – read roguelike-styled – planet and is left in a fight for survival. Die, and it’s Edge of Tomorrow time – yep, you have to start all over again, but on your side are different item drops that you can use in every time loop that you face.
PS5 – Shooter – Multiplayer? Yes – Release date: 30/4/21