Have you been eyeing that new game but aren’t sure that you want to commit to buying it? Video games have arrived at A.K. Smiley Public Library! As our collection grows, here’s a quick look at just a few our recently acquired titles.
Get ready to bash Bowser once again in the new Super Mario Bros. Wonder (Rated E for Everyone) for Nintendo Switch. Mario and his friends have arrived in the nearby Flower Kingdom and are ready to explore. Bowser arrives as well with a very different goal in mind. Help Mario and his friends save the kingdom in an adventure that returns Mario to the traditional side-scrolling format of the original games. Play by yourself in single player mode or team up with friends in co-op mode. Find new power-ups and use them to stop Bowser and his henchmen.
Looking for a cute and quirky roguelite that relies heavily on stealth? Try out Nintendo Switch’s Haunted House (Rated E10 for Everyone 10 and up). Lyn Graves must brave a mansion full of ghosts and ghouls in order to rescue her uncle and friends. Players must solve puzzles and defeat bosses with their sneaking skills at the forefront. With such limited combat, players must rely on critical thinking skills instead of brute force. And due to its roguelite elements, every time a player is knocked out, the levels change, bringing unpredictability to the gameplay.
Spider-Man returns in Spider-Man 2 (Rated T for Teen) for the PlayStation 5. In this action-adventure, play not only as Peter Parker but also as Miles Morales as they take on villains in New York. Taking place around a year after the events of the first game, Morales and Parker are both trying to cope with the realities of being Spidermen and adults. The game’s open world format allows for hours of exploration as well as the chance to try out new abilities for both. Use your new powers to fight enemies like Kraven the Hunter, Lizard, and a new iteration of Venom while trying to find balance of life both inside and outside the suit.
Fulfill your prime directives in RoboCop: Rogue City for Xbox Series X (Rated M for Mature). Play as the titular character as you try to snuff out corruption in Detroit by any means necessary. Arrest criminals, investigate crimes, and issue parking tickets. But be warned, the choices you make will have consequences. This first-person shooter with a linear storyline will appeal to fans of the movies with cameos and Easter eggs. While this might be a brand-new story, Peter Weller reprises his role from the original movies to voice the game. Action abounds as you protect the innocent and uphold the law.
Interested in helping us expand our collection? The Library accepts gently used copies of games from the following systems: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Switch, and Wii. Games will be added to the circulating collection for patron use. Have suggestions for the collection, let us know! Happy Gaming, Gamers!
-Ciara Lightner is a library specialist at A.K. Smiley Public Library who is currently playing Barbie’s Dreamhouse Adventure…because it’s fun.