Games of the Month: Sniper Elite, Mario Strikers, Turtles and Monster Hunter | NOW



At the end of the month, NU.nl will discuss the biggest games that have appeared. With this month Sniper Elite 5Mario Strikers: Battle LeagueTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge and Monster Hunter Sunbreak

Sniper Elite 5

  • Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series
  • Score: 4 out of 5 stars

War game enthusiasts have probably stormed the French coast dozens of times, but now have the chance again. This time the honor goes to sniper Karl Fairburne, who after his time in Italy in the earlier parts is now allowed to make Normandy unsafe. Fairburne gets a freedom that you feel in call of Duty won’t find soon. That alone makes this game worthwhile.

Each level feels huge. The first area, part of the Atlantic Wall defense line, immediately makes a strong impression. You arrive at the beach with the mission of unearthing important information, but along the way you come across other things that could also use your attention.

You can always walk straight to your goal. Sniper Elite 5 does not oblige you, but constantly lures you to far corners of the map to see if you can find important documents there, kill an important target, or frustrate the Germans.

The game is a bit buggy at times. Thus we experienced the game continuing to insist that we were still in the midst of battle, when we were long down the road in a quiet empty bunker – leaving the autosavefunction stopped working.

Mario Strikers: Battle League

  • Platform: Nintendo Switch
  • Score: 4 out of 5 stars

FIFA has been the market leader when it comes to football games for many years, but Nintendo is also joining that battle this year with Mario Strikers: Battle League† Strictly speaking, this is a football game where Mario and his friends compete against each other on the turf in teams of four.

The rules of the classic football game are taken very loosely here. power ups make things more chaotic, tackles are almost always allowed and with so-called ‘Hyper Strikes’ you can score two points in one go, if you find the time to charge this special kick.

The game is reminiscent of Mario Kart: that game does not take traditional racing sport very closely, but it does manage to create a more enjoyable video game. On the other hand Mario Strikers a bit thin in terms of content. Once you’ve figured out the tricks in the game, the formula doesn’t really change – and you just play endless games against the computer or friends.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge

  • Platforms: PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Score: 4 out of 5 stars

The latest Turtles game looks like it came out in the 1990s. Two-dimensional pixelated characters ram their way through the streets of New York, trying to stop the classic villain Shredder. That makes it an old-fashioned beat ’em upjust like the Turtles games that were popular over thirty years ago.

The game looks old-fashioned, but manages to modernize that style effectively. For example, despite their grainy pixels, characters are much more detailed, there is more to see on the screen at the same time and characters move much more smoothly. You can also perform more types of attacks, because modern controllers simply have more buttons.

You can Shredder’s Revenge play alone, but the game is at its best with a group of friends – with up to six players online, or on the same couch. You can also join a random group of online players. We also recommend that, because the hectic pace of that makes the game a little more fun, even if you don’t know those people.

Monster Hunter Sunbreak

  • Platforms: PC, Nintendo Switch
  • Score: 4 out of 5 stars

Last year we already wrote about Monster Hunter Rise, which turned out to be an extraordinarily elaborate action game. Players go out in groups of up to four to hunt gigantic dragons and other monsters with big weapons as well, where your reflexes and quick thinking are more important than how strong your character is.

The Monster Huntergames have long been a hit in homeland Japan and are quickly gaining ground in the West. The now released by Capcom sunbreak is an expansion pack for risewith which the long game now has twice as much to do.

You trade with sunbreak from the Asian areas rise to for a western medieval environment. You have been called to another land to solve the mystery surrounding the dragon Malzeno, whose presence has disrupted all other monsters in the ecosystem. It is a somewhat simple story, which mainly serves as an excuse to let you hunt all new monsters as quickly as possible.

sunbreak does something to shut down the systems rise refine them, for example by letting you use twice as many special attacks. But at its core, the game is what we already knew from the original base game. By the way, you should have almost finished it when you see the new content of sunbreak wants to achieve, which makes this pack interesting only for veterans of that game.