Games of the week – Tell Me Why, Double Kick Heroes, Surgeon Simulator 2 and PGA Tour 2K21
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Tell Me Why
Platform: Xbox One, PC
Price: Included with Xbox Game Pass/£24.99 on PC
The only way to move forward is to keep looking back
Slow in pace but strong in story, Tell Me Why is a chapter-based adventure title with a slight supernatural twist. It follows twins Tyler and Alyson Ronan, reunited 10 years after being torn apart by the death of their mother. The pair can communicate telepathically and conjure visual memories, which suggest all they remember may not be as it seemed. It’s positive to see a transgender character, Tyler, as one of the main protagonists – developers sought advice from US LGBTQ charity GLAAD on Tyler’s portrayal. Some may find Tell Me Why too slow, with the focus on point-and-click and puzzles, which often require you to go back and revise earlier selections. Tell Me Why’s first chapter was released on August 27, followed by part two on September 3, and the final chapter on September 10.
Skip to the end: Compelling story makes for slow but meaningful game play with a unique telepathic skill thrown into the mix.
PGA Tour 2K21
Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC
The right swing
One of the most realistic and enjoyable golf simulations you’ll play, PGA Tour 2K21 is a great game, but let down by lack of polish. In terms of straight-up gameplay, it’s rewarding and challenging; get the flow of your swing wrong using the control sticks and you’ll pay the price. But there’s a lack of licensed players (including no women) and courses which leave it feeling a little light on content. The career mode has a similar feel, with its fairly uninteresting rivalry feature. Luckily there is some room for creativity with the Course Designer in particular, which allows users to build their own experience and share it online.
Skip to the end: Super fun and realistic golf experience just lacking in some extra depth and details.
Surgeon Simulator 2
Platform: PC (Epic Games Store)
The doctor will see you now
The term ‘simulator’ should be taken loosely in this chaotic but entertaining follow-up to 2013’s Surgeon Simulator, benefiting from multiplayer options entering the mix. Players can choose from various surgical missions, which can see you doing anything as absurd as getting a heart to enter the room, to sawing off the patient’s head. Be careful, as the patient’s blood will dwindle if you don’t act fast. The mechanics of your surgeon can be tricky, if a little frustrating at times, but it adds to the silly, non-serious fun of it all, making Surgeon Simulator 2 an ideal laugh with friends.
Skip to the end: A simulation game that is best played in a group for maximum fun, though the clumsy mechanics can be off-putting if you’re really focused on succeeding.
Double Kick Heroes
Platform: Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC
Genre: Shooter / Music
Price: From £15.49
Guitars at the ready
Double Kick Heroes makes your instruments your weapon, as you play a group trying to evade zombies across a post-apocalyptic USA. Through a series of levels, rhythm is key to your survival, as notes along the bottom of your screen translate to attacks, which blast from your moving vehicle on the right to the hordes approaching you on the left. You can move the car as well, but we found this far too overwhelming, so best to leave it trudging along automatically. It’s a strange take on the music genre compared to what we’ve seen in years past. Despite the great pixel-based graphics and killer tracks, it could do with something a bit extra to give it some real originality.
Skip to the end: Attempt to revitalise the music-based genre doesn’t go far enough but still makes for an entertaining play.