If lush jungles and representing the Empire sounds like your cup of tea, then this week has a new Star Wars game for you: Battlefront 2. And if you like returning to worlds you’ve visited before, you can buy Skyrim all over again.
This week is really about the remakes and remasters. There’s a re-release of Pokemon Sun/Moon, L.A. Noire, Rocket League, Outlast and the consoles finally get The Sims 4.
L.A. Noire (PS4, XBO, Switch)
What is it? A remaster of the Aussie-made ’50s neo-noir mystery, where players solve crimes through interrogations and careful discovery.
Should you care? I would totally play this on the Switch, actually.
Farming Simulator 17 Platinum (PS4, XBO)
What is it? A retail re-release of Farming Simulator 17 with added DLC.
Should you care? If you cared really deeply about Farming Simulator, chances are you would have bought it already.
Ashes Cricket (PS4, XBO)
What is it? Don Bradman Cricket 17 returns, with official licenses and presumably some updates and tweaks from last year’s release.
Should you care? I’m more keen on the PC version; these games are best played while you’re passively enjoying actual sport (cricket or otherwise). But I’m hoping for repeat of the ’90s, when Beam released a licensed Ashes game a year after Cricket 97. That was real good.
Pokemon Ultra Sun/Moon (3DS)
What is it? Sun and Moon return, with more Z-moves, mantine surfing, an alternate story and fundamental changes to Alola.
Should you care? It’ll be awesome if you love Pokemon, but man. Switch. Pokemon. Cannot come soon enough.
Elder Scrolls: Skyrim (Switch, PSVR)
What is it? It’s Skyrim. Do you really need an explanation?
Should you care? It’s Skyrim. If you haven’t played it by now – and seemingly everyone has – you’re probably not going to play it on the Switch either. As for PSVR owners? Well, you kind of have to. It’s Skyrim.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 (PC, PS4, XBO)
What is it? DICE’s take on the Battlefront universe returns, this time with a singleplayer campaign.
Should you care? Yes, for many reasons.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 has everything you love from the movies. Lightsabers, starfighters and loot crates. These crates are crucial to the game's multiplayer structure, but even after being tweaked in response to widespread criticisms during the beta, they're a mess that affects balance in negative ways.Read more
The Sims 4 (PS4, XBO)
What is it? The Sims comes to consoles – four years after the PC and Mac.
Should you care? These games are really played better with a mouse, I think.
Rocket League (Switch)
What is it? Smashing balls into goals with jetpack powered cars on the go.
Should you care? Rocket League is great. Top game for the family, although I can’t imagine the splitscreen functions would go that well.
Football Manager 2018 (PC)
What is it? The latest iteration of the annual management franchise.
Should you care? This was actually late last week, but I missed it because I’m horrible. So here’s a reminder! More FM action for all.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 (PC, PS4, XBO)
What is it? It’s another LEGO cutesy adventure, with bricks to smash and time to manipulate.
Should you care? I’ve heard on the downlow that this one isn’t very good.
What is it? A Metroidvania-style game in black and white, without jumping.
Should you care? The look of this game is great.
Outlast: Second Contact (PC)
What is it? A remake of the action-adventure Outlast from the ’90s.
Should you care? I’m really intrigued to see what happens with this. Outlast‘s big thing back in the day was voxels – and those don’t hold up so well in 2017. It’ll be fun to see how the game plays with a fresh coat of paint and vastly more capable hardware.
So, hands up. Who’s going to be reliving the Switch trailer this week, or busting out Skyrim PSVR? And do any of the other re-releases catch your eye, like Rocket League or L.A. Noire?