While the year isn’t over yet, this week marks the last week with a major game release for 2021. We got some beautiful indie games launching alongside the latest entry in the Halo franchise.
Let’s check out what video games are hitting stores this week.
Heavenly Bodies (12/7)
Heavenly Bodies promises to be a unique puzzle game that can be enjoyed solo or via co-op with a friend. Players are tasked with maintaining a space station using their “sharp mind and dexterous limbs” in a gravity-less environment. The gameplay trailer does a good job of showing off the game’s controls and how it’ll play. The thumbsticks, triggers, and bumpers on either side of your controller control the corresponding arms, hands, and legs of the astronaut. The learning curve may be steep — I can’t think of another game with such a control scheme — but Heavenly Bodies looks to be a fun take on the traditional puzzle platformer.
Indie developer Alientrap Games’ third game releases this week. Wytchwood is a crafting adventure game with a gorgeous storybook-style design and a wonderful soundtrack. Players take control of an old witch of the woods as she collects, grows, and gathers ingredients to create spells and enchantments. Wytchwood is “set in a land of gothic fables and fairytales.” with Sleeping Beauty and Little Red Riding Hood being two of the most famous fables shown in the gameplay trailer.
Halo: Infinite (12/8)
One of 2021’s biggest games is also one of its last. The full version of 343’s Halo Infinite drops this week after the multiplayer released a couple of weeks ago. The gameplay was received positively, but the battle pass progression was criticized heavily. In response, 343 tweaked it to make leveling up less of a slow grind. For offline players, the campaign will presumably be in the 8-10 hour range as Master Chief and his new AI both search for Cortana and battle The Banished who are waging an assault on humanity. Buckle up, be Halo Infinite looks to be a wild ride.
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