Seven long video games to spend time with this summer


If others take advantage of the holidays to put large books in their suitcases to swallow under the parasol, the summer holidays are also a time to give themselves time to immerse themselves in long and crowded games. in the video. The Pixels service team at world created a list by drawing from his favorites over the past twelve months.

A group trip: “Triangle Strategy”

What could be better than an epic quest to enjoy your vacation? Triangle Strategy is the worthy successor to the series Final Fantasy Tactics, with its turn-based combat and (relatively) simple progression trees. Heir to a small kingdom that has the misfortune to find itself on the border of all the geostrategic challenges of the continent, now you face war… And all the daunting choices it imposes.

Not only do you have to fight, but you also know how to convince your traveling companions, whose voices are as heavy as yours in the votes that determine every important choice in the story. Players who are in a hurry will find that it is slow and talkative; Fans of complex stories and well-considered strategic options will find what they are looking for in almost forty hours.

Available for 49 euros on the Nintendo Switch.

The main destination of 2022: “Elden Ring”

We’ve had plenty of times to say this: by going back to cinematographic codes to forget the history of the video game, FromSoftware studio has deeply marked the video game of 2010. No more games that are slowly played in a hand, the second of the bucket of popcorn, or, worse, his cellphone. With FromSoftware, the player regains control and his responsibilities, forced to learn to master his weapon, his surroundings, his enemies, if he wants to hope to progress.

The result is games that are as cult as hard as hard – sometimes too much, according to some. The latest addition to the studio, Elden Ringsame as demanded, but it sells linear adventures on Dark Souls hope sekiro against an open world, big, full of surprises, explore at your own pace, even if it means snubbing the most complex challenges. Still exciting but easier than typical FromSoftware production, Elden Ring you will remain amazed for a hundred hours.

Available for 70 euros on PC, Playstation and Xbox.

Meet the amazing tribes: “Total War: Warhammer 3”

With its magicians, knights, ogres and other evil creatures, this video game adaptation of the board games at Games Workshop lacks fantasy. Don’t ignore it, though, it’s very strategic. Leading a large army and conquering new territories cannot be improvised, in this last part of the trilogy Warhammerfrom the Creative Assembly studio, renowned for compulsive frankness Total War.

However, this game remains welcoming for beginners thanks to a prologue that reminds the basics point to point. Despite the aging graphics (with the exception of some cinematics), the campaigns that mix real -time fights and turn -based territory management are impressive. The subtleties of each of the eight factions make it possible to multiply the methods and guarantee high replayability.

Available for 60 euros on PC, Linux and Mac. Free with PC Game Pass subscription.

A good summer read: “The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles”

If the rhythm is too slow visual novels (or animated novels) can be discontinued, the atmosphere of the late 19th centurye century, the polished soundtrack and the theatrical animations come together very well here. The most famous of the avocado saga has thus returned with a new opus, combining two volumes that are only available in Japan to date. With this truly interactive book open on your couch, you’ll be amazed, despite lengthy dialogues and a scenario that is sometimes a bit thin, invisible over time.

The game will take you through ten magnifying glass investigations, where you have to pay attention to the smallest details in order to successfully unlock the culprits and bring the truth to light. In general in English, the opus remains accessible to most beginners, especially since the difficulty is moderate and the academic instructions accompany you from the beginning.

Available for 40 euros on the Switch.

To enjoy the beautiful scenery: “Horizon Forbidden West”

Do you dream of wide open spaces? Travel to a futuristic American West with Horizon Forbidden West. From the valleys of southern Utah to the Pacific coast of California, passing through the Yellowstone mountains or the Nevada desert, this open world game immerses us in impressive settings inspired by realistic scenery. repeated in postapocalyptic mode. Along with its epic story and terrifying robotic wildlife battles, the sequelHorizon Zero Dawn fulfills all its promises.

Those not lured by the first opus will respond to its same criticisms: slow starts, dialogue tunnels and troublesome player assistance. However, we far exceeded the thirty hours required to complete the main story, discover its universe and complete its quests, without restricting ourselves from finding surprising points of view. aw to capture it using photo mode.

Available at 70 euros on the Playstation 4 and 80 euros on the PlayStation 5.

For those who still have the Clever Bison card: “Crusader Kings III”

Everyone (this is a mistake) is not sensitive to the beauty of a dusty card table which opens up multiple menus full of numbers and multiple choice questions. Quite unsexy in absolute terms (and the new extension, which increases the possibility of decorating a three-dimensional palace to your liking, doesn’t change much), this device is nonetheless the most terrible simulator medieval history: Crusader Kings IIIthe game that offers us to take the reins of any European, Asian or African dynasty, and lead it for six centuries and hundreds of hours.

Far from a simple illuminated Excel spreadsheet, the Paradox Interactive studio title is actually a kind of “strategy game where you are the hero”, an interactive equivalent of Iron Throne to be written before our eyes, and where we can pick up the pen at any hour.

Available for 40 euros on Xbox Series, PlayStation 5, Mac, PC and Linux.

For those who like nightlife: “V Rising”

The most exciting video games don’t have to be the most Homeric or the most moving. There are experiences where happiness is obtained in a homeopathic way by performing seemingly small actions that add up. V Increase thus asking to help a vulnerable vampire survive in an enemy world. Collect resources, build your castle to protect yourself from the sun’s rays, find the blood of new victims and fight monsters …

The slow discovery of this universe full of magic allows us to strengthen the powers of our nature, to explore new places. The addictive and time -consuming nature of resource management is thus balanced with the adrenaline of combat. This surprising achievement from the beginning of the year, which is now in early access, is also a great social experience: it’s even better when you meet friends.

Available on early access for 20 euros on PC.

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