Well I hope you’re all rested up from four day weekends and family time, because this year isn’t going to let up. The big one this week is Prey, and fans of Magic will be happy to see the new Amonkhet block. There’s also something for AFL fans. And next week, we’ve got Strafe and more…
Prey (PC, PS4, XBO)
What is it? FPS with strong role-playing elements and a continuous structure without levels or missions.
Should you care? Arkane is saying this is a spiritual successor to System Shock. I don’t know if it’s good, but one should care.
Skyrim Monopoly (Board game)
What is it? One player buys up properties in the Elder Scrolls universe while the majority of players struggle to pay rent. For those who haven’t had enough of Australia’s housing crisis, and want to drag its themes into their escapism.
Should you care? No. Even if you like Skyrim, Monopoly is objectively bad.
Magic: The Gathering Amonkhet block (Card game)
What is it? The latest block in Magic: The Gathering, with strong Egyptian themes and a few new systems to master. Officially released yesterday.
Should you care? It’s pretty decent from what I’ve seen. Characteristically cool art and the three new systems are interesting. I especially like Exert. The Egyptian theme brings lots of graveyard play, with mummies, embalming, and synergies with zombies.
AFL Evolution (PC, PS4, XBO)
What is it? An AFL video game to sit alongside the FIFAs and the NBA2Ks of the world. Also features a Be A Pro mode.
Should you care? Footy and games aren’t traditionally known for quality, but it might still be fun. There was a demo out earlier in April, but it turned out to be just for the player creation tools.
Outlast Trinity (PS4, XBO)
What is it? A physical collection of the Outlast horror series.
Should you care? Review scores seem to be a pretty consistent “Meh, it’s kinda good I guess.”. Despite the name though, there are two games in this package.
World to the West (PC, PS4, XBO, Wii U)
What is it? Norwegian action adventure with a few different characters exploring a wilderness to solve a mystery.
Should you care? If you played and enjoyed Teslagrad, this is in the same universe. It looks like there’ll be lots of puzzle solving and combat, though you can also choose to negotiate or sneak your way past conflict.
Topsoil (iOS, Android)
What is it? Mobile game about harvesting crops and rotating your soil.
Should you care? It’s super addictive. My new jam.
What is it? Horror game with puzzle solving aiming to create the feeling of being watched all the time.
Should you care? It promises a different playthrough every time, but whether you’ll want to play it again and again is yet to be seen.
Royal Offense (PC)
What is it? Top-down tactics with heroes that battle monster tribes for money.
Should you care? This one looks a bit Fire Emblem-ey, which is a good thing. A smaller, simpler tactics game ain’t a bad thing at all.
So that’s it for this week: did I miss anything major? Are you grabbing anything new? Let us know in the comments!