“Gerda”, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, “Pac-Man World”… What are we playing this week?

A WWII drama, a compilation model and the remastered glutton: it’s our video game selection of the week.

the moving Gerda takes us to occupied Denmark in 1945, as the Ninja Turtles gain a museum and Pac-Man World rises from its ashes.

Gerda: A Flame in Winter

Inaugurating the publishing branch of Don’t Nod (Life Is Strange), Gerda dares an unusual subject for the video game, outside strategic simulations and heroic FPS – first person shooters –: that of the Second World War and the Nazi occupation, views of a Danish village that is torn apart. But almost muted, 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 lightened role-playing game in which everything is based on choices that are rarely indisputable. Should we favor the collective or the personal – Gerda’s husband is detained by the Gestapo –, resist head on or make compromises to, for example, help this Jewish mother and her fleeing daughter? What dominates, even when key elements of the RPG genre are used (scores, dice rolls, etc.), is not a feeling of mastery, but, rather, of doing what you can – which is not is not enough – to the point of making people feel guilty. A strong and audacious experience.

On Switch and Windows, PortaPlay/Don’t Nod, around 20€.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection

In retro anthologies, there will be a before and an after Cowabunga. This Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles compilation is not only worth its thirteen titles (released on NES, SNES, Mega Drive or arcade), which show how TMNT has become a series of video games (of the type beat ’em up) in its own right (with its evolution, its constants or its swerves, as in the amazing Game Boy shutters), but also for the multiple elements that accompany them. Reproductions of boxes and manuals, advertisements, catalogs or comic book covers, artwork and production documents… The Cowabunga Collection thus appears as a real (playable) museum to the glory of the Ninja Turtles. And a perfect complement to the recent Shredder’s Revenge.

On Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Windows, Digital Eclipse/Konami, around €40.

Pac-Man World Re-Pac

At the exit of Pac-Man Museum+, we were a bit sorry that Pac-Man World is not there. We now know why: Bandai Namco was preparing a remastering of this 1999 game, which marked the entry of the yellow glutton into the 3D platform. As Klonoa Phantasy Reverie SeriesPac-Man World Re-Pac is a hybrid game, plastically of today but playfully dated. A laboratory game, in research and under construction, which makes it interesting. Movements in depth in addition to lateral progression, work on verticality, efforts to integrate the transformations and pursuits of yesteryear… Not to mention the variety of universes because, when Pac-Man goes to explore ruins, it’s is as if he affirmed to Tomb Raider, phenomenon of the time, that he is still of his time. Pac-Man is of all times.

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

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