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Top game picks for 2024: Four releases to play now (Source: Unsplash)
Top game picks for 2024: Four releases to play now (Source: Unsplash)
2024 is shaping up to be an exciting year for video game releases. While some anticipated games have already been released, there are still several major titles expected later in the year without confirmed release dates. Here are our top four picks of the best games released so far in 2024 that are worth trying out.

1. Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown

The Lost Crown is an engaging side-scrolling game that merges elements of classic jump-and-run mechanics with combat sequences. It marks the arrival of a new character, Sargon, a master swordsman who employs acrobatic combat and unique Time Powers to navigate through diverse, time-warped biomes.

The options for customization are relatively basic, focusing primarily on the picture mode and resolution settings. Players can choose between edge smoothing options - FXAA or SMAA - and adjust the overall graphics quality across three standard tiers: Normal, High, and Ultra.

However, it does include options for VSync and an FPS (frames per second) limit, offering some degree of customization. A user-friendly feature is that all changes are applied immediately, without the need for a game restart.

Buy Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown on Ubisoft

2. Tekken 8

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Tekken series has marked this milestone with the release of Tekken 8. This latest chapter unfolds six months after Tekken 7, centering around Jin Kazama's intense mission to defeat his father, Kazuya Mishima, and end their familial strife.

Tekken 8 stays loyal to the series' essence, featuring the aggressive, combo-based combat that fans adore, enhanced by the new "Heat" mechanic which adds depth and strategy to fights. The game debuts with a robust roster of 32 characters, showcasing a blend of fan favorites and new faces.

A significant milestone for Tekken 8 is its technological leap, as the Bandai Namco team ambitiously leveraged Unreal Engine 5, making it the first major fighting title to utilize this advanced engine's graphical capabilities.

Get Tekken 8 now on Steam

3. The Last of Us Part II Remastered

The Last of Us Part II Remastered has arrived, specifically optimized for the PlayStation 5 (currently available on Amazon). A major highlight is the introduction of "No Return", a new rogue-like survival mode that adds a thrilling dimension to the gameplay.

Additionally, the remastered edition enriches the player's experience with the inclusion of previously unreleased levels. These new levels are accompanied by insightful commentary from key members of the development team, providing players with a unique behind-the-scenes perspective on the game's creation.

The Last of Us Part II Remastered is available on PlayStation

4. Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League

Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League faced initial challenges in 2023 due to controversies regarding its battle pass and content leaks. However, the game has since gained traction. Players take on the roles of Task Force X members, including King Shark, Harley Quinn, Deadshot, and Boomerang, on a mission to defeat The Justice League. One of the game's highlights is the opportunity to confront Superman, a prospect that has long been a fantasy for many video game enthusiasts.

Diverging from Rocksteady Studios' previous focus on single-player, narrative-driven titles, this game adopts a multiplayer "live service" approach.

Purchase Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League on Steam


Photo by Sean Do on Unsplash

Source: Ubisoft, Steam, PlayStation

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Triet Le, 2024-02-18 (Update: 2024-02-18)