Oh God. Could this week be more stacked? Horizon: Zero Dawn. Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Torment: Tides of Numenera. The third season of The Walking Dead. And the Nintendo Switch.
It’s a busy week. Let’s break it down.
Torment: Tides of Numenera (PC, PS4, XBO)
What is it? The spiritual successor to Planescape: Torment, more or less, and the latest modern take on oldschool RPGs from inXile.
Should you care? If you ever loved Baldur’s Gate, enjoyed Wasteland 2 or had fun with Divinity: Original Sin, then yes.
What is it? An Aussie-made FPS where you clear levels by killing enemies with as much style as possible.
Should you care? Think a neon version of Bulletstorm. This game could get buried this week, but it shouldn’t be forgotten.
Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)
What is it? A post-apocalyptic open-world adventure with Aloy, who fights to survive a world of corrupted men and machines.
Should you care? Yeah, you really should. Especially if you own a PS4 Pro.
What is it? Nintendo’s latest console.
Should you care? A lot of people really, really do.
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Wii U/Switch)
What is it? The latest adventure in the Zelda universe.
Should you care? If you don’t, read Stephen’s first impressions and reconsider. I’d wager that Breath of the Wild is probably the best launch title for a game since the PS4/Xbox One launched. (If you can think of a better launch title, though, please let me know!)
Just Dance 2017 (Switch)
What is it? Ubisoft’s dancing franchise graces the power of the Switch.
Should you care? People either hate it or love it.
1-2 Switch (Switch)
What is it? A collection of 28 minigames showing off the various hardware features of the Switch, ranging from cracking safes to eating contests to invisible table tennis.
Should you care? I don’t mind the bundles that come with 1-2 Switch for an extra $30 on top of the console. That’s not bad value given all the games at hand, but I wouldn’t pay $60 or more for this. It’s no Wii Tennis, after all.
The Walking Dead – The Telltale Series: A New Frontier (PS4, XBO)
What is it? Telltale returns to The Walking Dead with a third season.
Should you care? This is a retail re-release; the episodes have already been available digitally, and the reception hasn’t been too bad. If you hadn’t gotten on board already though, or you’re not a Walking Dead fan, I’d wait until Telltale’s engine gets a serious upgrade. Even users on PC are complaining of abysmal frame rates, which seems an absurd thing for a Telltale game.
Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch (PS4)
What is it? The PS4 port of the top-down XCOM-esque strategy game.
Should you care? It’s a re-release of an iOS game, which launched on Steam back in 2015. Based on all the problems users complained about, I’d recommend playing the mobile version instead.
Tethered (Vive, Rift, OSVR)
What is it? A God-like game in VR akin to Populous.
Should you care? It’s a very relaxing game. Worth a look if you want something that doesn’t need fast reactions for VR.
A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy 15 (PS4)
What is it? Remember the retro side-scroller that came with Final Fantasy 15 if you pre-ordered? Yup, it’s that.
Should you care? Maybe not this week; there’s plenty out as-is.
Super Bomberman R (Switch)
What is it? Bomberman returns for the Nintendo Switch.
Should you care? Sure, but maybe when it goes on sale. Kogan, Dick Smith and EB Games are all selling this for $89.95 or more. I mean, really?
Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride (PS4)
What is it? A hidden object puzzle-adventure.
Should you care? There’s a level of quality to this that justifies it being on consoles, but it’s still something that you might as well play on mobiles instead. And there’s better puzzle games abound, anyway.
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing Extended Edition (PS4)
What is it? A Diablo-esque hack and slasher inspired by Dracula.
Should you care? Enjoy Reaper of Souls on console? Or Gauntlet Helldivers? Then Van Helsing is absolutely worth a look. It supports co-op too, which is the most important part. Might not be worth a look this week, with everything out, but definitely worth picking up at some stage.
WRC 6 (PS4)
What is it? A digital release of licensed rally racing.
Should you care? DiRT Rally has a lot more going for it, and it supports PSVR now as well.
Total War: WARHAMMER Old World Edition (PC)
What is it? A boxed release of Total WARHAMMER with a bundled novella, the Bretonnia DLC (which is free) and extra artwork.
Should you care? No. Buy Total WARHAMMER from Humble Bundle for $US12 instead and then you can spend the money you save on the Wood Elves DLC.
That’s not it, of course. There’s also a bunch of other titles hitting the Switch this week: Fast RMX, Human Resource Machine, Snipperclips, I Am Setsuna, Skylanders: Imaginators, Little Inferno, and World of Goo. They’re all digital releases, however, so we don’t have pricing details on those.
So those are all the big hitters out this week. Picking anything up? (Of course you are.) Which games will you get now, and what ones will you hold off on for later? Let us know in the comments!