The Fab Four are no more. Doctor Who stars Tosin Cole and Bradley Walsh—who’ve played companions Ryan and Graham for the past two seasons—have confirmed that they’re set to depart the TARDIS after the upcoming New Year’s holiday special.
Organize and clean up your island with more storage! As long as you’re running version 1.6.0 or higher of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you can increase the capacity of your home and upgrade your storage to accommodate more items. Just speak to Tom Nook at Resident Services.
The Hyrule Warriors games are great, but they’re definitely not the standard Zelda formula fans love. And with Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamityfresh off the presses, you may be craving a more traditional Zelda experience. Fortunately, there are loads of great titles from other developers that take inspiration from the Zelda series.
RiME is a peaceful title about exploring an ancient island full of ruins and secrets to uncover. Enjoy the beautiful world while interacting with the local fauna and solving puzzles scattered about. All the while, you get to learn more about the backstory of the unnamed boy you play through the various collectibles you’ll find during your playthrough.
Taking its cues from Breath of the Wild, Pine drops the player into a massive open-world where humans are at the bottom of the food chain. You’ll explore a wide variety of biomes and structures, all while dealing with the other civilizations that inhabit the island. There’s plenty of items to collect and craft and secrets to uncover, and the story plays out in an interesting way while making sure you play an active role in it.
In this beautifully pixelated tale, you get to play a mysterious drifter exploring a diverse world full of intrigue. The storytelling is cryptic and told solely through the environment, and the Zelda inspiration becomes clear when you see the gameplay. The combat is fast-paced and based around quick sword strikes and smart dodging. All of this comes together to deliver a satisfying game with some of the best pixel art in gaming.
Hob follows the Zelda formula pretty faithfully, but it has enough of a unique flair to differentiate itself. The cartoony 3D visuals give the world plenty of character and also open the door for more vertical movement than most top-down games. In this game, you’ll explore, solve puzzles, and fight enemies—what could be more Zelda than that?
While the Darksiders series certainly has a different tone than Zelda, it still takes plenty of cues from the series—most notably, the dungeon-based progression system that’s seen throughout the entire game. There’s also some excellent hack n’ slash combat and loot systems to keep you engaged as you progress through the game.
Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King is immediately recognizable as a Zelda inspired title, with everything from the animations to how combat works paying homage to the series. But this isn’t some cheap copycat—Blossom Tales was praised for taking the classic Zelda formula and including many new ideas, along with some all-around great dungeon design.
Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King is available on PC and Switch.
Ittle Dew 2+ (PC/Switch/PS4)
As a sequel to the already critically acclaimed Ittle Dew, it’s no surprise that Ittle Dew 2 is another faithful reinterpretation of the Zelda formula. With new items, a cutesy art style, and excellent level design, this game is sure to please fans of the Zelda series, both new and old. There’s plenty of content in the game, with seven dungeons you can tackle in any order, plus multiple unlockable dungeons that turn up the difficulty.
Moonlighter is a beautifully detailed adventure with plenty of stuff to achieve—it even throws in some roguelite mechanics for good measure. You manage a small shop, selling loot from the procedurally generated dungeons you explore every night. There’s a large variety of weapons and items that you can obtain, either from the local townsfolk or treasure chests. Even the inventory system in Moonlighter manages to be unique, with an interesting puzzle element where you have to be careful about how items are stacked.
The Mana series were revolutionary titles when they were first released, boasting impressive visuals and unique action-oriented RPG combat. And now you can play the whole series through the Collection of Mana on Switch. While the first game, Final Fantasy Adventure, is a bit dated, having originally been released on Gameboy, it’s still a solid game. And the other two games hold up excellently compared to modern top-down RPGs, so regardless of whether you’ve played these games before or not, this collection is a great pickup.
If you don’t own a Switch, then the Trails of Mana remake (the third and final game in the series) is available on PC, PS4, and Switch. It changes things up dramatically from the original title, turning the top-down adventure into a third-person 3D one, but the heart and soul of the game are still there and as great as ever.
Oceanhorn: Monster of the Uncharted Sea (PC/Switch/PS4/Xbox/Android/iOS)
Oceanhorn: Monster of the Uncharted Sea doesn’t do much to convince you it’s not a Zelda knockoff. Everything from the level design, perspective, and even the main character’s design make that pretty clear. Despite that, Oceanhorn still manages to be a game worth playing due to how effectively it recreates the Zelda formula. For fans of the series, this is a great title to play if you want to feel at home.
A day after it teased news on an upcoming project, Hitman developer IO Interactive revealed it’s working on a James Bond game. Project 00, as it’s known for now, will delve into the origins of the secret agent. In the game, which will have an origina…
Call it a holiday miracle. Apple today announced that animated holiday classics “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” will, indeed, be appearing on television this year. The news comes after some pushback against an Apple TV+ exclusive that found the Peanuts cartoons being pulled from TV broadcast.
As we noted last month, the deal would mark the first time in 55 years the beloved Christmas special wouldn’t be broadcast on network television. Both holiday specials appeared to be resolved to a similar fate as the 1966 Halloween special, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”
While Apple’s rights had a clause that involved a window for free broadcast, it was hard to shake the feeling that relegating a holiday tradition to a premium subscription service flew in the face of the original special’s staunch, anti-consumer message.
Thankfully, in addition to appearing on TV+, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” will appear on PBS and PBS on November 22, 2020 at 7:30 pm local time/6:30 pm CT, while “A Charlie Brown Christmas” will air on December 13, 2020 at 7:30 pm local time/6:30 pm CT.
It’s a small victory, perhaps, but these days we’ll take them where we can get them. And this time without ads.
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