This Week In Games: Splatoon's Back

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What this week lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality. Splatoon 2 launches at the end of the week, while PSVR hands will finally be able to get their hands on one of the best VR titles around. Gigantic comes out of beta after a long time in the wilderness, and Xbox fans can finally get their hands on the quirky What Remains of Edith Finch.

If that wasn't enough, Rift fans will also be able to get Lone Echo and its Ender's Game spin-off multiplayer game, Echo Arena. Like I said: This Week In Games is small, but certainly busy.

Splatoon 2 (Switch)

What is it? A game about blasting enemies and walls with ink guns.
Should you care? Splatoon is loads of fun. It's basically Nintendo paintball. Yes, you should care.


What is it? A game about weaving your way through a series of enemies and bullets, where time only moves as you do.
Should you care? 1000% play this if you haven't already.

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The Overdreamer (PC)

What is it? A side-scrolling 2D horror game.
Should you care? Only if you're a fan of the genre.

Luckless Seven (PC)

What is it? A game about a card game inspired by Pazaak with a narrative focus.
Should you care? This is weird enough that I might actually pick this up. There's a demo on Steam too.

99Vidas (PS3, PS4, Vita)

What is it? A side-scrolling co-op beat-em-up that looks like an iconic brawler.
Should you care? Came out on Steam late last year to a relatively muted reception.

Orcs Must Die! Unchained (PS4)

What is it? A free-to-play spin-off of the Orcs Must Die! tower defence franchise.
Should you care? Worth playing for free but not as good as the originals.

Gigantic (PC, XBO)

What is it? A "strategic hero shooter" where you square off against an enemy team and fight Guardian creatures while protecting your own.
Should you care? This looks like what I wanted out of Battleborn, but I'd wait to see how it plays out first. If you want to play the game before then, it's currently available in open beta through the Windows Store. Just note: if you don't have at least 6GB of RAM, the game won't even open.

Aporia: The Valley Beyond (PC)

What is it? A first-person adventure puzzler in a world without dialogue or text.
Should you care? Don't discount this. Any fan of puzzlers should really look into it.

What Remains of Edith Finch (XBO)

What is it? The XBO release of Edith Finch.
Should you care? Played games like Vanishing of Ethan Carter or Everybody's Gone To The Rapture? Play this next.

Fallen Legion: Sins of an Empire (PS4)

What is it? A side-scrolling action RPG where you have to make snap decisions on the fly. Think God of War meets a JRPG.
Should you care? More than you'd think you should. Dragon's Crown fans especially.

Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles (PC, PS4)

What is it? An open-world adventure about exploring and making your way through the world.
Should you care? It's very charming and chilled. I recommend watching some footage first.

Archangel (PSVR)

What is it? A VR mech shooter that takes place in an post-apocalyptic USA. Almost looks like piloting something out of BattleTech.
Should you care? It looks fun enough. Don't know if it'll have the legs, though.

Lone Echo (Rift)

What is it? A VR game set in space from the makers of The Order: 1886.
Should you care? Lone Echo was shown off ahead of the PC showcase at E3 this year. A big deal was made out of Lone Echo's multiplayer spin-off, Echo Arena, which is basically the game kids played in Ender's Game without the bullying or manipulation behind the scenes.

That doesn't tell you how good Lone Echo will be, but here's some gameplay from Echo Arena, but there's enough from the latter that I'd give the former a shot.

So, a bit of a small week in main releases - but lots of good titles here and there. Anything catch your eye, or will you be mostly on Splat Patrol?


    Ogeez, didn't realise how soon splatoon 2 was dropping! There goes my life for the next forever.

    I played Gigantic during the beta on the xbone is basically Monday Night Combat with colorful creatures. Not as visually noisy as battleborn and being 3rd person make it more suitable for this style of game than 1st person and way more fun than the more hardcore MOBA Smite

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