[Games Around the Corner] Week 19, 2021 – Outlaws, Detectives, and Shepard
This week, players get the chance to be sneaky Robin Hood-esque thieves in a new PvPvE multiplayer experience. Meanwhile, a certain sci-fi RPG trilogy makes a return in remastered form, while the Switch gets remakes of a couple of old adventure games that were originally released for the Family Computer Disk System.
Hood: Outlaws & Legends
Hood: Outlaws & Legends is a medieval PvPvE stealth-action game in which two four-player teams take on the role of Robin Hood-like thieves and attempt to pull off a heist. Aside from competing against each other, players will have to contend with AI guards that patrol the map.
The matches see teams attempting to steal a vault key, retrieving a chest from the vault, and making a getaway with the chest. Players will be able to choose from four classes - Ranger, Hunter, Brawler, and Mystic - with each class having its own unique weapon, trait, ability, perk, and gear. For instance, the Ranger has a longbow, tags enemies, and blinds targets with their Flash gear, while the Brawler has a hammer and can complete objectives faster with thanks to his perk.
Hood: Outlaws & Legends will launch on May 10 for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC.
Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir/ Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind Remakes
Originally released in the 80s, the Famicom Detective Club adventure games – The Missing Heir and The Girl Who Stands Behind – have been remade for the Switch and finally feature English text. The first game is set in the Japanese countryside and sees an amnesiac Detective Assistant from Utsugi Detective Agency investigating a murder mystery involving a wealthy family, while the second game is a prequel that sees the protagonist being recruited by a private detective called Shunsuke Utsugi to investigate the death of a high school student.
In both games, players will find themselves pressuring suspects by picking the right question out of several, using a magnifying glass to discover clues in the environment, and collecting information to get access to new areas and suspects. The remakes have new Japanese voice-acting and feature upgraded visuals, music, and sound effects, but include the original 8-bit soundtrack as an option. They will be out on May 14.
Mass Effect Legendary Edition
The Mass Effect trilogy is making a return with Mass Effect Legendary Edition, which compiles the base content and DLC from all three games and provides 4K optimization, remastered visuals, and other modernization tweaks like DirectX 11 compatibility and native controller and 21:9 support. Additionally, the choice of a female Commander Shepard is no longer limited to the third game alone.
For newcomers, the Mass Effect trilogy is a third-person sci-fi action RPG experience set in a future where mankind has discovered and interacted with sentient alien species. The trilogy’s protagonist is Commander Shepard, the first human to be selected as one of the elite Spectres. The first game sees Shepard and an elite squad pursuing a traitor called Saren and attempting to stop the return of an ancient threat known as the Reapers. Players get a ship called the Normandy as their means of transport and base of operations, and the gameplay will see them exploring planets, levelling up their selected class, making decisions with noticeable consequences, romancing characters, and partaking in conversations and combat.
Mass Effect Legendary Edition will be released on May 14 for PC (Origin and Steam), PS4, Xbox One, and PS5 and Xbox Series X/S via forward compatibility. The next-gen consoles will receive “targeted enhancements”.