This Week In Games: Crash Continued

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After the inevitable lull in releases that follows every E3, this week is back with a bang. There's not a great deal of flagship releases, although Breath of the Wild is getting its first DLC, Arizona Sunshine makes its way over to PSVR, America's Army is coming to the PS4 and there's a new Danganronpa game. And the PS4 is finally getting Elite Dangerous, too.

But I can't shake the feeling that I'm forgetting something. Why, of course. Crash Bandicoot is out this week.


Micro Machines: World Series (PC, PS4, XBO)

What is it? The top-down arcade racer on pool tables, toilet seats, kitchen benches and other household equipment returns.
Should you care? Yes, but I'm almost convinced this won't come close to being as fast or furious as Micro Machines 2. But hey, fingers crossed that I'm wrong. A proper Micro Machines in 2017 would be amazing.


The Golf Club 2 (PC, PS4, XBO)

What is it? High res golf bro.
Should you care? In all seriousness, if you grew up playing the Links LS games or if you were let down by EA's Rory McIlroy game, this looks much better. If you're after the cartoon, Korean MMO-style of golf, Everybody's Golf is what you're after.


Tokyo Xanadu EX+ (PC, PS4, Vita)

What is it? An action JRPG where Tokyo is destroyed by a massive earthquake sparked by the shadow world known as Eclipse.
Should you care? Xanadu EX+ is the version PC and PS4 players will get; Vita owners will get the regular Tokyo Xanadu. The former is basically the original game with a better frame rate and some improved textures, with facial features and shadows better in some spots. It's not a massive graphical overhaul, though.


Arizona Sunshine (PSVR)

What is it? A first-person zombie VR shooter with an environment you can teleport around.
Should you care? It's one of the higher praised VR FPS games, but a large part of the fun is dependent on gun accuracy. Not sure how that'll work on PSVR where the tracking isn't as accurate.


Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls (PC, PS4)

What is it? A third-person adventure and visual novel set between the events of the first two Danganronpa games.
Should you care? Ultra Despair Girls has some third-person shooter sequences, which is a pretty big red flag. Danganronpa was a top murder mystery novel. It's not a game that's built for shooting mechanics, although if you're a fan of the series you might have to play this anyway.


Elite Dangerous (PS4)

What is it? The Elite successor comes to the PS4.
Should you care? I haven't tried this on a PS4, but the controls for Xbox pads - even on PC - were really good. I'd expect this to play quite well, if it's optimised nicely.


Valkyria Revolution (PS4, Vita, XBO)

What is it? A hybrid RTS and tactical strategy game set in an alternative Valkyria universe, where five friends try to survive being plunged into a massive war.
Should you care? Not day one. Wait for patches or, alternatively, the better PC version.


Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (PS4)

What is it? The Crash Bandicoot games, remastered.
Should you care? That seems like a silly question. In all seriousness, Crash looks like a very top-quality remaster.


AereA (PS4, XBO)

What is it? A colourful isometric action RPG with some unusual characters.
Should you care? There's a lute mage. And a guy who uses two trumpets as guns. This is like Baby's First Diablo.


Diablo III: Eternal Collection (PS4)

What is it? A re-release of Diablo 3 with the Reaper of Souls expansion, the Rise of the Necromancer DLC, and all of the armour and class sets that have released since then.
Should you care? Diablo 3 plays great on consoles - but Reaper of Souls has been out for years. That said, this is good for PS4 gamers who missed out and won't be getting Path of Exile for a little while.


GoNNER (Switch)

What is it? A procedurally generated 2D platformer with roguelike elements and a very, very unusual aesthetic.
Should you care? This will tell you very quickly.


Atari Flashback Classics Volume 1/2 (XBO)

What is it? The XBO release of classic Atari games, including Haunted House, Missile Command and so on.
Should you care? It's Rare Replay for Atari games. If you didn't grow up with these, the replayability is going to be super limited.


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered (PS4)

What is it? Remember how you could only get Modern Warfare Remastered if you bought Infinite Warfare? Well, now you don't need Infinite Warfare.
Should you care? Not if you play on anything that isn't a PS4.


America's Army: Proving Grounds (PS4)

What is it? The American Army tries to recruit people with their ArmA-esque game, but this time on PS4.
Should you care? Nah.


So that's the bulk - and there is plenty, plenty more - of what's out this week. Don't forget Breath of the Wild and Final Fantasy 15 are getting DLC this week, with the latter getting a Prompt-focused episode. Should be better than Gladio's one.

Are you picking up anything new this week, or still pouring over the Steam sales?


Comments

    Ultra Despair Girls is actually a fun third person shooting game wrapped up with some lite-visual novel elements. Its great that's is so wildly different from the series proper. Recommended title

    Zelda DLC it is then.

    I'd get Crash but I'd rather play it on Switch next year or when ever Sony's deal ends.

      Yeahhhhhh i wouldn't hold out for that happening, lol.

        What makes you say that? The Devs have dodged the exclusive question whenever asked and I doubt Activision would give up free money.

        It's almost guaranteed to be a timed exclusive unless Sony funded the whole development which is even less likely.

          There's no way Crash will be on a Nintendo console, they might release it on XBOX though.

            That would explain why Crash Bandicoot has been on GameCube, Wii, DS and Gameboy Advance and possibly others.

            He'll be on any console that it makes financial sense for Activision to put him on.

              Well there you go. I wasnt aware, sorry. However.... Those abominations wern't Crash Bandicoot. They were an imposter. I think I played Mind Over Mutant on XBOX and ugh... horrid.

                What they did to Tiny Tiger was inexcusable.

      Oh goodie, could finally start playing it again without worrying about overwriting my data for The Hero's Path :P

    Aim Controller support for Arizona Sunshine should go some way to addressing any 'tracking' concerns. Or at least shift the problem.

      Apparently using green light also helps tracking - not sure if this is an urban myth or not but if you can do it, it might be worth trying out

    Seems some stores around the world have broken the street date for Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. People already streaming it on YouTube.

    Valkyria Revolution looks quite different from Chronicles. Much preferred the grainy anime art style

    Can't wait for Friday. Crash Bandicoot. My childhood.

    Ultra Despair Girls has some third-person shooter sequences

    Uhhh the whole game is a third person shooter, with the occasional puzzle, and some visual novel elements, that makes it sound like the shooter part of it is played down, it isn't.

    It's still a pretty decent game and if you're a Danganronpa fan and you missed it it's well worth playing, if you aren't a danganronpa fan steer clear as it spoils both DR1 and 2 completely.

    Diablo 3 is also getting the Necromancer pack tomorrow

    $15 USD (or the price of a WoW token)

    Man, never heard of Gonner before but it looks juicy.

    Micro Machines and Crash in the same week.

    I'm keen to get into some Zelda Breath of the Wild DLC later this year and I would love to play Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy for the PS4 which comes out this week but I think Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy for the Nintendo Switch would be more better if only Activision could tell me when they will bring Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy to the Nintendo Switch and whether it will be coming out for the Nintendo Switch next year.
    Please Activision just tell me when are you going to bring Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy to the Nintendo Switch.

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