If you’re the proud owner of a SHIELD device and a member of NVIDIA’s cloud-based GeForce NOW game streaming service, it’s going to feel like Christmas has come around all over again. Square Enix is delivering no fewer than five games to GeForce NOW as part of the basic membership package (free for three months and just $7.99 a month after that). The first Square Enix game to hit SHIELD, 2013’s Tomb Raider, will arrive on February 18 with the rest of the games to follow soon. Here’s what lies in store for SHIELD owners soon.
Tomb Raider (Available February 18 on GeForce NOW)
With Lara Croft’s latest adventure, Rise of the Tomb Raider, now gracing the rigs of discerning PC gamers it’s perhaps the perfect time to pay a visit to the 2013 game that rebooted the franchise and reinvented Lara’s origin story. Tomb Raider is a spectacular and cinematic reimagining of the iconic series that manages to retain the classic puzzle solving gameplay of the early games while bringing a fresh open-world action-packed sensibility to the proceedings.
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (Coming Soon to GeForce NOW)
If you can’t get enough Lara Croft, Square Enix is also giving GeForce NOW members the chance to enjoy this little gem. It’s an isometric platform puzzler in which Lara and 2,000-year-old companion Totec are cooperatively working to retrieve the Mirror of Smoke while fighting off the evil spirit Xolotl. What follows is a series of missions that see Lara using her pistols and whip, and Totec using his spear to solve a series of physical puzzles.
Sleeping Dogs (Coming Soon to GeForce NOW)
In the open-world action romp, Sleeping Dogs, players take on the role of Hong Kong detective Wei Shen as they traverse the streets of the city while working undercover in order to infiltrate a triad gang and bring them down. In doing so you have the open-world opportunity to engage in any number of legal and illegal activities. As an athletic individual you can use your parkour-style skills to run, jump and climb you way around Hong Kong’s environments as well as use cars, bikes and boats to navigate your way through the adventure. The focus here is on combat with Wei using a combination of weapons, attack moves, grappling techniques and counter attacks to work his way through the dangerous streets of Hong Kong.
Quantum Conundrum (Coming Soon to GeForce NOW)
What happens when a mad professor’s experiment goes wrong and he becomes trapped in a pocket dimension with no recollection of how he got there? Well, he gets his nephew to navigate the various rooms of his mansion in a bid to rescue him, of course. The former Valve designer responsible for Portal delivers a physics-based first-person platform puzzler that will leave you delighted.
Murdered: Soul Suspect (Coming Soon to GeForce NOW)
Detective Ronan O’Connor is murdered by a serial killer known as the Bell Killer. Ronan comes back as a ghost with the intention to bring the Bell Killer to justice and at the same time lay his soul to rest and be reunited with his dead wife. Yep, it’s not a regular video game. Murdered: Soul Suspect is a unique and well-written experience that will stay with you long after you have finished playing it.