The biggest thing this week isn't a game so much, but hardware. PlayStation VR, to be precise. And because it's PSVR, that means I get to reuse this derpy shot of Mark.
VR reactions, still great. Incidentally, if you want to get an indication of how PSVR plays right now, we broadcast about an hour of gameplay through Facebook Live with some of the launch titles — Battlezone VR, PlayStation VR Worlds and Until Dawn: Rush of Blood.
We'll have more as the week rolls on. But let's get to the games!
WWE 2K17 (PS3, 360, PC, PS4, XBO)
What is it? Virtual wrestling! Should you care? It's virtual wrestling. You already know if you care.
Valkyrie Drive Bhikkuni (Vita)
What is it? A third person action-slasher where "the girls literally transform into weapons when they receive pleasure from the other girls". Should you care? Yeah. Probably not.
PlayStation VR (PS4)
What is it? The last virtual reality headset to be released in 2016. Should you care? You should. The specs aren't the best, but it's the best engineered headset so far.
Shadow Warrior 2 (PC)
What is it? Lo Wang returns to quite literally slice every demon in his path. Should you care? Depends on whether you want a throwback to 90's shooters or not.
What is it? A side-scrolling platformer with a heavy dose of steampunk. Should you care? Looks promising but not enough to inspire people who aren't huge on platformers.
Disney Magical World 2 (3DS)
What is it? A world where you can have Donald Duck or Winnie the Pooh as your neighbour. Should you care? The official trailer basically has zero gameplay. I'm going to assume this is like Disney meets Animal Crossing.
Gears of War 4 (PC, XBO)
What is it? Think chainsaws. Big dudes with biceps. Giant worms. Bullets. Should you care? It's a Gears of War game — and it's a good Gears of War game.
Skylanders Imaginators (PS3, 360, PS4, XBO, Wii U)
What is it? Next phase of the Skylanders saga. Should you care? You can create your own Skylanders in this one, which is a cool twist.
Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits/Fleshy Souls (3DS)
What is it? The latest in the adventure that is supposedly like the new Pokemon. Should you care? You probably know if you do already.
Mantis Burn Racing (PC, PS4, XBO)
What is it? A top-down racer featuring huge drifts. Should you care? Liked Death Rally but hated the guns? This might be your cup of tea.
Rise of the Tomb Raider 20 Year Celebration Edition (PS4)
What is it? The long-awaited PS4 release of Rise of the Tomb Raider. Should you care? Yes. Yes. Yes.
WRC 6 (PS4, XBO)
What is it? The console launch of a new rally game. Should you care? DiRT Rally hasn't gone anywhere.
Reus (PS4, XBO)
What is it? A god game where you control giants that modify the nature of the planet. Should you care? The reception on Steam wasn't bad. Good if you want a super chilled building game.
Dragon Quest Builders (PS4, Vita)
What is it? Imagine Dragon Quest and Minecraft shacked up. Should you care? You know what? Yes. This looks really, really cool.
Moto Racer 4 (PC, PS4, XBO)
What is it? The latest in the line of arcade motorbike racers. Should you care? Pretty hard to this week.
Yesterday Origins (PC, PS4, XBO)
What is it? A point-and-click adventure featuring immortality rituals and the occult. Should you care? Enjoy dark humour? Then yes.
And As For The PSVR Games
Given that it's the launch week for PSVR, there are a lot of games coming out. So rather than go through them one by one, here's a big list:
- PlayStation VR Worlds
- 100ft Robot Golf
- Super Stardust Ultra VR
- Aragami Collector’s Edition
- Batman: Arkham VR
- Tumble VR
- Ace Banana
- The Assembly
- DriveClub VR
- Here They Lie
- Eve: Valkyrie
- Star Wars Battlefront: X-Wing VR Mission
- Rigs Mechanised Combat League
- Rez Infinite
- Harmonix Music VR
- Loading Human: Chapter 1
- Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
- Hatsune Miku: VR Future Live
- Job Simulator
- Rollercoaster Dreams
- Super Hyper Cube
- Waddle Home
- Wayward Sky
- Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
Phew. What a mouthful.
So that's a list of most of the things coming out this week. I know there's a few I've missed. Keep in mind a few of the PSVR games are coming out for PS4 as well (like Castle Invasion, Thumper, Rez Infinite and 100ft Robot Golf).
So: are you picking anything up? Grabbing PSVR? Or playing something from your back catalogue? Let us know in the comments!