This Week In Games: Oh Nioh, My Nioh

Next week some of the bigger names of the first quarter will land, including For Honor and the Nazi slaughterbox that is Sniper Elite 4. But for this week, there’s just one big title: Nioh. And if you’re in the market for something different, there’s quite a few interesting indies hitting various platforms, including the ASCII-dungeon crawler Brut@l and the re-release of the arcade racer Ignition.

Nioh (PS4)

What is it?Samurai Bloodborne, basically.
Should you care? Absolute yes if you’re a fan of Team Ninja games (think Ninja Gaiden). Definite must if you like the thought of a splash of Diablo with your Bloodborne, or you’re a huge samurai fan.

WWE 2K17 (PC)

What is it? The PC release of 2K’s wrestling franchise.
Should you care? WWE 2K15 and WWE 2K16 both had pretty poor receptions on Steam. Like the NBA 2K series, this is probably better played on console.

How To Survive 2 (PS4, XBO)

What is it? An isometric 3D zombie apocalypse survival game with crafting, multiplayer and local co-op.
Should you care? Looks fun enough, but don’t expect to be converted if you’re not a fan of the genre.

Ping Pong VR (PSVR)

What is it? Ping pong in VR, with a “fully animated audience” to boot.
Should you care? The Vive version looked fun enough.

Ignition (PC)

What is it? A re-release of the retro top-down arcade racer.
Should you care? Ignition was fun as all hell. Definitely, especially if you were a fan of Micro Machines back in the day.

Brut@l (PC)

What is it? A dungeon crawler reimagined in ASCII graphics.
Should you care? The aesthetic alone makes it worth a look.

Induction (PC)

What is it? An abstract puzzler about time travel.
Should you care? The aesethetic and music, the latter of which was produced by the Melbourne-based Tim Shiel, are pretty captivating.

Uncanny Valley (PS4, Vita, XBO)

What is it? A pixel-art survival horror game that blends puzzles, exploration and narrative.
Should you care? One of the main problems on its PC release was the interface, so if that’s fixed this could be interesting.

8Days (PS4)

What is it? A top-down dual stick shooter starring a mercenary.
Should you care? Some echoes of Nuclear Throne in this.

Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book (PC)

What is it? The 17th game in the Atelier JRPG series.
Should you care? Can’t really say. The last couple of years of Koei Tecmo games on the PC have been a bit mixed, though.

So Many Me! (PS4)

What is it? A ridiculously cute platformer.
Should you care? It’s a very family friendly game.

Kitty Powers Matchmaker (PS4)

What is it? A dating simulator where you manage your own matchmaking agency.
Should you care? Just watch the trailer.

Alone With You

What is it? A pixel-art puzzler featuring the sole survivor of a space colony.
Should you care? The art style is fantastic, but it’s not the most cheerful game.

So those are most of the key titles out this week. Did I miss anything you think should be on there? See anything you like? Grabbing Nioh? Let us know in the comments!

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