This Week In Games: Ghosts, Monsters And That Weird Aussie Game

We're not quite in the dry season yet. There's actually quite a few games out this week, including a movie tie-in of Ghostbusters, a re-release of Resident Evil and a new Monster Hunter game.

There's also a few interesting Aussie games launching on various platformers,


ArmA 3: Apex (PC)

What is it? A massive expansion for the realistic military shooter and vehicle simulator ArmA 3. Should you care? If you're a fan of the series, or you like any of the mods that ArmA 3 is built off, definitely. Another 100 km2 to play in is huge. The co-op campaign for up to 4 players is cool too, although you've got to really like patient shooters to get into it.


Ghostbusters (PC, PS4, XB1)

What is it? A movie tie-in for the Ghostbusters reboot which is also out in cinemas this week. Should you care? Should anyone ever care about movie tie-ins? I'm hearing good things about the movie, and have heard next to bugger all about the game. That's generally not good -- although the same thing happened when Shadow of Mordor launched, so maybe this could surprise people.

(But it probably won't.)


Kerbal Space Program (PS4)

What is it? The PS4 release of Squad's rocket builder. Should you care? If you like making stuff and the shenanigans of engineering, definitely. The PS4 has very, very few games like this.


Super Mutant Alien Assault (PS4)

What is it? An Aussie-made cross between a roguelike and an side-scrolling shooter. Should you care? It's still in Early Access according to Steam, so not entirely sure what state it's launching on PS4 in. But it's cool. I've liked what I've played of it so far, although I didn't go as deep on Spelunky/Downwell/Nuclear Throne as others.


Kill Strain (PS4)

What is it? A top-down twin-stick shooter appealing to the MOBA crowd. Should you care? This could actually be really interesting. The gameplay almost looks like a simplified multiplayer Helldivers, and the whole two teams of 5 humans versus one team of 2 mutants sounds neat. It's also free-to-play, which is probably the most important part.


Adr1ft (PS4)

What is it? A game about an astronaut being adrift in space. Should you care? Does Gravity: The Video Game sound good to you? Or would you like a walking simulator in space? Then buy this. VR's not required, either. Here's Luke's review if you need more convincing.


MX vs ATV Supercross Encore (XB1)

What is it? Think Moto Racer with dirt bikes for Xbox One. Should you care? I really loved Motorcross Madness back in the day. This isn't that game. Can someone just remake that game?


Resident Evil 5 HD (PS4, XB1)

What is it? A re-release of one the best games in the series. Should you care? Depends on what you buy into Resident Evil for. It's a better action game than a horror experience, but as long as you know what you're signing up you'll be fine.


Monster Hunter Generations (3DS)

What is it? The latest iteration of a hunter who runs around battling gigantic monsters for hours on end. Should you care? Most people will already know whether they want this or not. Shame this is only coming out on the 3DS -- seems like it'd be really well suited to the Wii U as well.


Leviathan: the Cargo (PC)

What is it? A visual novel about smugglers escorting a chest through some underground tunnels. Should you care? It's a narrative adventure that won't be fully released until Christmas. If you're a fan of the Telltale games, might be worth picking this up at a slight discount and then playing again when you can binge the whole story.


Push Me Pull You (PC, Mac, Linux)

What is it? One of the weirdest multiplayer games you'll play this year. Should you care? Yes. Mark's story about the genesis of the game explains why.


VIDEOBALL (PC)

What is it? A co-op sports game involving triangles and goals that supports up to six people. Should you care? You use triangles to score goals. That works for me.


Grand Pigeon's Duty (PC)

What is it? A game about pigeons forming a resistance to "restore bakery companies for their bait". Should you care? It looks like a bizarre platformer/arcade game that possibly involves dropping pigeon shit on humans? I don't know. Looks dumb as hell though. I'm on board.


Song Of The Deep (PC, PS4, XB1)

What is it? A Metroidvania game from Insomniac Games. Should you care? Seems more the style of Metroidvania for fans of Ori and the Blind Forest than Axiom Verge. It's only around six hours long though, which is probably a good thing.


Type:Rider (PS4)

What is it? A casual platformer about two dots travelling through the history fonts and typefaces. Should you care? If you've just come off the back of INSIDE, this would be a great game to fire up. The style looks great.


NECROPOLIS (PC)

What is it? A third-person procedural dungeon crawler. Should you care? It's a roguelike that comes with 4-player co-op, which is the main hook for me. It's also made by the developers behind Shadowrun: Dragonfall and Shadowrun: Hong Kong, the former of which I thoroughly enjoyed. I'll give this a go with friends.


Did we miss anything? We always miss something. Let us know in the comments below.


Comments

    MONSTER HUNTER!!!!
    I really need to getting cracking on star ocean before Saturday

    I much prefer monster hunter on the consoles, but the new stuff in four was pretty awesome. Am looking forward to this but wish for a better controller.

    Maybe I'll padhack the 3ds.

    As a note, Kill Strain has been out for Australians for a week or so already. It's also only available for PSPlus users this week with it becoming fully available next week.
    Also out this week:
    Assault Suit Leynos (PS4)
    Moon Hunters (PS4)
    Tumblestone (Wii U)
    Type: Rider (Vita)
    Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late (PC)
    Disney Art Academy (3DS)

    Resident Evil 5? It's meant to be 4 right?

      4 is end of August but 5 has been out for a couple of weeks

    Still waiting for SUPERHOT on Xbox One!

    We can add the We Happy Few preview to my waiting list too, two games the US store has and we don't.

      What about Adr1ft? That seems to be out on PS4, IIRC it was advertised for X1 also

      I think it would help if Kotaku did some sort of expose on why MS seems to follow the ACB to the letter whilst Sony appears to ignore it

      And if we can't get any help there then maybe a guide on how to make your console region free because I am seriously considering it

        The usual reason is because you can't sell a game in this country without a rating and a lot of indie developers just don't want to pay the fee the OFLC charges, this doesn't explain why Jackbox V2 is on PSN but not XBL

        Look's like I'll be getting Adr1ft on PS4 then

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