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Gerda, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pac-Man World… What are we playing this week? – Forest Inrox

World War II drama, buildable model and updated glutton: this is our selection of video games of the week.

Touching Gerda takes us to 1945 occupied Denmark, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles acquire a museum, and the world of Pac-Man rises from the ashes.

Gerda: Fire in winter

By opening the publishing department of Don’t Nod (Life Is Strange), Gerda dares to tackle a topic unusual for video games that goes beyond strategy simulations and heroic first-person shooters – first-person shooters – World War II and Nazism. occupation, view of the devastated Danish village. But almost subdued, in a comatose mood as the snow continues to fall. Entrusting us with the fate of nurse Gerda Larsen, the adventure takes the form of a lightweight role-playing game in which everything is based on choices that are rarely undeniable. Should we support the collective or the individual – Gerda’s husband is detained by the Gestapo – resist head-on or make compromises, like helping this Jewish mother and her runaway daughter? What dominates, even when key elements of the RPG genre are used (scoring, dice rolls, etc.), is not a sense of mastery, but rather the ability to do what you can – which is not enough – accurately. make people feel guilty. A strong and daring experience.

On Switch and Windows, PortaPlay/Don’t Nod, about 20 euros.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection

The retro anthologies will have Cowabunga before and after. This compilation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is not only worth thirteen games (released on NES, SNES, Mega Drive or arcade) that show how TMNT has become a series of video games (such as beat’em up) in itself (with its evolution, its constants or its deviations, as in the amazing Game Boy shutters), but also the numerous elements that accompany them. Reproductions of boxes and manuals, advertisements, catalogs or comic book covers, works of art and production documents… In this way, the Cowabunga collection looks like a real (playable) museum to the glory of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And the perfect addition to the recent Shredder’s Revenge.

On Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Windows, Digital Eclipse/Konami – about 40 euros.

Pac-Man World Re-Pac

With the release of Pac-Man Museum+, we regretted a bit that Pac-Man World didn’t show up there. Now we know why: Bandai Namco was preparing a 1999 remaster of this game that marked the release of the yellow glutton on the 3D platform. Like the Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series, Pac-Man World Re-Pac is a hybrid game, plastic today but playfully dated. A laboratory game that is under research and development, which makes it interesting. Movements in depth in addition to horizontal progression, work on verticality, efforts to integrate the transformations and occupations of the past… Not to mention the diversity of the universes, because when Pac-Man goes to explore the ruins, he seems to be asserting Tomb Raider, a phenomenon of that time, that he still belongs to his time. Pac-Man for all time.

On Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Windows, Namco Bandai, €30 to €40.

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