Finally: Far Cry 5 finally drops this week. Full of dogs that you can heal with belly rubs and quests about getting cows to mount each other, Ubisoft's open-world franchise takes to the plains of Montana.
If that's not your cup of tea, however, there's plenty else on offer. Console players get a retail re-release of Titan Quest this week, following its digital launch a few days back, while Surviving Mars drops on PS4 and XBO as well. Punch-Out is back (on the Switch), and if you like RPGs: Neverwinter Nights is back.
- Neverwinter Nights (PC)
- TT Isle of Man (PC, PS4, XBO)
- MX vs ATV All Out (PS4, XBO)
- Titan Quest (PS4, XBO)
- How To Cope With Boredom And Loneliness (PC)
- Lost In Space 2 (PC)
- Shadowbug (Switch)
- Gotcha Racing 2 (Switch)
- Toki Tori (Switch)
- Metropolis (PC)
- Log Gone Days (PC)
- Ready Player One: Rise of the Gunters (Vive/Rift/Mixed Reality)
- Empires Apart (PC)
- Through The Ages (PC)
- Punch-Out!! Arcade Archives (Switch)
- Outlast 2 (Switch)
- Warp Shift (Switch)
- Deep Ones (Switch)
- The Charming Empire (Switch)
- Metropolis: Lux Obscura (Switch)
Pretty straightforward week: Far Cry 5 is the main drawcard here. We'll have more to say about the game as the week rolls out, but it's worth reiterating: you can heal your pet dog with belly rubs.
Something else worth pointing out is that the superb Through the Ages is getting a PC release this week. The game can be a bit slow on older phones - especially with multiple AI - but the core game is fantastic, and absolutely worth playing whether it's the physical version, mobile or Steam.
Vlaada Chvatil is a bit of a legend in board games, having made Codenames, Mage Knight and Galaxy Truckers. And recently, one of his earlier hits got released on mobile. Through The Ages. It's basically a Civilization inspired card game, and it's been keeping me up all week.
Something else that stood out was Rise of the Gunters, which is basically a tie-in VR shooter for Ready Player One. I don't know if it looks any better or worse than the movie, mind you, and it's only one of 8 VR experiences that Vive Studios are publishing/producing for the movie.
Last but not least: How To Cope With Boredom And Loneliness. It's a game borne out of Ludum Dare #37, a game that lets you create a short film about a bloke who has been grounded for 33 years.
"You are tasked with choosing the relevant scenes to shoot for the show. Examine the objects in Harold's room and pick the ones that hold the most potential for hard hitting television," the description says.
And not to be forgotten: the Neverwinter Nights remaster from Beamdog. Gotta love those icicle triangles falling from the sky.
So that's it for this week. Anything stand out beyond Far Cry 5?