“Triangle Strategy” triggers on Switch
TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) – Here are three recent releases to check out:
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Bringing together several cyberpunk GRPGs from the early 2000s into a tight Switch package, the anthology is a must for series runners-up.
The developers behind the Naruto Storm series have branched out to create a pop culture-reflecting hacker spy series that has developed a strong cult following. The convoluted, hard-to-follow scenarios involve players being thrust into the eyes of a world-scale MMORPG, much like the Oasis in “Ready Player One.”
“Rebirth”, “Reminisce”, “Redemption” and “Reconnection” are all included in the collection, increasing the value proposition for the almost forgotten series. All play with much faster load times than PS2 and PS3.
While high meta games haven’t aged well, their old-school feel is welcoming. The visuals are still pop, and while the writing can be convoluted, it retains its turn-of-the-century charm.
MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS: THE OFFICIAL VIDEO GAME 5
Hanging on to the handlebars for dear life, you climb and descend dirt courses filled with hairpin turns and massive ramps in “Monster Energy Supercross.”
A blend of believable physics and arcade-style exaggeration, the game captures the spirit of motocross racing, embracing its essence of speed and deft navigation. While wipeouts abound, most runners are surprisingly shock and crush resistant.
Solid story progression gives you plenty of reason to keep coming back for more, earning sponsors and prestige as you reap the rewards.
A handy rewind function lets you return to a point in your run before you mess it up.
There’s also a robust track editor that lets you create, upload and share the courses of your dreams – and nightmares.
If you’re looking for an old-school turn-based strategy adventure based on an aerial grid, “Triangle Strategy” is a strong dose of the tried and true formula.
The plot is a take-off from the “Romance of the Three Kingdoms” and “Fire Emblem: Three Houses” setup. By taking control of one of three factions, you show strength, feign weakness, and plan your way to control of the kingdom of Norzelia. The choices you make set the stage for long-lasting tactical clashes that test your ability to gather and manage resources, saving your strikes for strategic moments.
Party selection is the key to success. Over 20 characters are available to mix and match as you fight your way to dominance.
Going beyond the battlefield, the choices you make behind the scenes set your grand plans in motion. The art of manipulating your adversaries and deploying your advisors to further your cause is what determines whether you are prepared to succeed or fail.
It’s one of those “just one more trick” hobbies that’s devilishly hard to put down. Its compelling gameplay loop and intriguing writing are as strong as the combat mechanics.
With branching paths that significantly alter the flow of the story, the game’s level of replay is high.
Phil Villarreal is the real-time editor of KGUN 9. He is also a digital producer and host of “Phil on Film” seen weekly on Good Morning Tucson, Phil moved to KGUN after 17 years with the Arizona Daily Star, where he was a film critic, columnist and journalist. He has written three books: Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel, Stormin’ Mormon, and Zeta Male. A business graduate from the University of Arizona, he has four children. Share your story ideas and important issues with Phil via email [email protected] or by connecting to Facebook, instagramand Twitter.