Like slicing and kicking the shit out of people? Then you’ll enjoy the range of titles on offer this week. Injustice 2 lets you (virtually) put the foot into Superman or Batman’s junk. Lo Wang returns to slice and dice enemies in Shadow Warrior 2, there’s an arena fighter between black and white samurai, PlayStation VR gets one of its biggest releases yet, and there’s an adventure involving some bloke called Mr. Pumpkin.
What is it? An adventure in space goes wrong, and you make it right by pointing a plastic gun at aliens and pretending you’re in Starship Troopers.
Should you care? Farpoint‘s campaign will set you back around five or six hours, and there’s a co-op Horde mode as well to enjoy. That doesn’t sound like a lot compared to normal games, but it’s a fair bit when you consider the fatigue from wearing VR all the time.
The Surge (PC, PS4, XBO)
What is it? A sci-fi third person robot brawler. Think sci-fi Dark Souls.
Should you care? You’ll know whether you do after seeing the video below. It doesn’t look half bad so far, although I’d wait to see if the game needs a patch or two first.
Fire Emblem Echoes – Shadows of Valentia (3DS)
What is it? A new Fire Emblem game, complete with new amiibo (although not really in Australia) for the 3DS.
Should you care? If you played Fates or Awakening, it would make sense to grab this as well.
Chroma Squad (PS4)
What is it? A turn-based RPG where you control a set of stunt actors trying to make their own Power Rangers spin-off series.
Should you care? Soft spot in my heart for this game. Definitely one to grab if it goes on sale and you like Power Rangers.
Injustice 2 (PC, PS4, XBO, iOS, Android)
What is it? Your favourite superheroes beat the shit out of each other in increasingly gruesome ways.
Should you care? Mortal Kombat was more my thing than Injustice, but the campaigns are always good fun for several hours at least.
Tango Fiesta (PS4, XBO)
What is it? A pixel-art styled top-down co-op shooter inspired by 80’s action films.
Should you care? Not sure this game does enough for what it is.
Shadow Warrior 2 (PS4, XBO)
What is it? Lo Wang comes to consoles again with even more creative combinations of magic, swords and insults.
Should you care? The campaign supports four players in co-op, which should seal the deal for anyone who enjoyed the original reboot. Those who hated Lo Wang, however, will hate him just as much in the sequel.
Black & White Bushido (PS4)
What is it? A couch co-op game involving black and white samurai, with levels designed for both to blend in.
Should you care? Looks good fun.
What is it? A “rhythm violence game” made by two former Harmonix developers.
Should you care? It’s got a look to it, that’s for sure:
Seasons After Fall (PS4, XBO)
What is it? The console release of a 2D platform puzzler starring a very cute fox.
Should you care? Definitely one for people who enjoyed Ori and the Blind Forest. The game looks gorgeous.
Akiba’s Beat (PS4, Vita)
What is it? A JRPG set in Akihabara where you wander around disposing of vampires.
Should you care? JRPG fans might? There are better JRPGs or Japanese games to catch up on from 2017 though (NieR, Nioh, etc.)
Skylar & Plux: Adventure On Clover Island (PC, PS4, XBO)
What is it? Another call back to 3D platformers of old.
Should you care? This game is for people who liked Yooka-Laylee or Ratchet & Clank. Otherwise, probably not.
Bokida: Heartfelt Reunion (PC, XBO)
What is it? An open-world puzzler set in a sedate, minimalist environment.
Should you care? No idea, but I’m digging the artstyle:
So those are the main games out this week. Anything catch your eye, or did I not include something close to your heart? Let us know in the comments!