This Week In Games: Metroid's Back

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Ah Samus, how we've missed you.

For those who don't own a 3DS or aren't fans of Metroid, there's still some interesting stuff coming out this week. Rayman hits the Switch, which should be a big plus for families, while EA kicks off the sports segment of the year with NHL 18 and NBA Live 18. There's also some DLC for Dishonored, a VR game about the afterlife, and the weird looking TTV2.

Metroid: Samus Returns (3DS)

What is it? A 2.5D remake of Metroid 2, bringing Samus into the modern era. Should you care? Read Hayley's preview if you need to be sure, but put simply: yes.

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What is it? An "arcade retro hardcore maze wanderer minigame", which is a long way of saying it's a hard platformer of sorts.
Should you care? Check the trailer out. Some people will really dig this kind of game.

Chicago 1930: The Prohibition (PC)

What is it? A re-release of the 2004 isometric strategy game, where you either play as the cops or the mob battling for control of Chicago.
Should you care? It wasn't a classic gangster game back in the day, but I imagine some people will be thrilled to replay this again.

Manifest 99 (PSVR, Rift)

What is it? A VR story set on a train travelling through the afterlife, with the player forced to discover why you're on the train at all.
Should you care? Looks real unusual. I'm into it.

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana (PC, PS4, Vita)

What is it? The latest adventure in the Ys series, ongoing since 1987. Gameplay wise, it's a third-person action RPG affair where you
Should you care? In Japan and Korea, Ys is up there with Final Fantasy. Couldn't tell you if the latest one is worthwhile, though.

Baja: Edge of Control HD (PC, XBO, PS4)

What is it? A remaster of the 2007 off-road racer.
Should you care? The remaster looks nice enough, but was this a game that people were really hankering to be remade?

Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 (PC, PS3, PS4, 360, XBO)

What is it? The latest entry in the Konami football franchise.
Should you care? If you've got a 360 or PS3, I guess? PES has been improving steadily over the last few years, but that probably won't do much to stop people from playing FIFA.

NBA Live 18 (PS4, XBO)

What is it? EA returns to the basketball world with NBA Live.
Should you care? Won't be as refined as NBA 2K, and won't have as many movesets or animations. Not as filled with as many ways to spend real money, either.

NHL 18 (PS4, XBO)

What is it? And here's EA's annual hockey franchise.
Should you care? I haven't cared since Brett Hull Hockey 94, so don't ask me.

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider (PC, PS4, XBO)

What is it? A standalone expansion and sequel Dishonored 2, featuring Billie Lurk and wrapping up the game's Kaldwin arc.
Should you care? Almost certainly if you loved Dishonored 2.

Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition (Switch)

What is it? Rayman comes to the Switch, with local co-op for 4 players and in-built tournaments.
Should you care? Rayman is perfect for parents who play games with their kids, so (possibly) yes. Even then, Rayman Legends is a damn fine platformer all the same.

Kingdom New Lands (Switch)

What is it? A pixel-art 2D strategy and resource management game, where you fight and organise peasants to stay alive.
Should you care? Watch this first. The aesthetic alone will draw most people in.

36 Fragments of Midnight (Switch)

What is it? A procedurally generated platformer where you have to collect star fragments.
Should you care? It's only $4.50, so maybe if you liked these kinds of games.

Quest of Dungeons (Switch)

What is it? A turn-based procedurally generated dungeon crawler with a 16-bit look.
Should you care? The game had a reasonable reception on Steam. It's much cheaper there though - $US4.99 compared to $13.50 on the eShop.

Semispheres (Switch)

What is it? A puzzle game where you have to solve puzzles in parallel.
Should you care? Watch the trailer and you'll know.

So that's the bulk of what's on offer, although I'm sure there's a million indies and VR titles that I've missed. If I missed something important, let me know in the comments. Otherwise, who's grabbing Metroid?


    Metroid's back. In Pog form!
    Also out this week:
    Time Recoil (PS4)
    Tooth and Tail (PS4/PC)
    Hiveswap (PC) <- Definitely keen for this one as a fan of Homestuck and PnC adventure games.

    I am really keen for Metroid and look forward to playing it this weekend. Also interested in Ys, but might wait until its on sale at some point.

    How'd you forget Divinity Original Sin 2?

      Yeah come on! I've been waiting for this for soooo long!

    Cook, Serve, Delicious 2 is also out in a few days. Don't know about the rest of you but I've been keen for it for some time.

      Yeah I'm looking forward to it. The first was a lot of fun.

    Rayman: Switch should be good for the child (and my daughter)

    How could you forget about NBA 2K18 on friday?

      I was thinking the same thing but the release date technically isn't until Tuesday of next week. Friday is just early access for pre-orders so I guess it can be excused.

        Forgot about that, I am getting Live day 1 anyway so the few days off without 2k will be good.

          I see you like to live life on the edge. Wasn't aware people still played NBA Live.

            Live this year plays really nicely, sure it doesn't look as polished as 2k. I am having fun playing the demo which I haven't been able to say about 2k for a few years.

              Fair enough. Maybe I'll look into it.

              My only gripe I've ever really had with 2K is the loading times and the sheer abundance of loading screens. Drives me nuts.

    Pretty dismissive of PES there. I'll take that over FIFA most years. Although I haven't tried this year's version of either yet, but PES last year was sublime. Spend half an hour downloading and installing option files to get the official clubs, strips, competitions, etc set up and you had the best of both worlds.

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