This Week In Games: The Final (Fantasy) Countdown

Buckle up people: the NSFW mods are coming. Well, that's my bet within a month or so after people finally get their hands on Final Fantasy 15 on PC, which drops later this week. And if you want a more brutal experience to share with friends, why not slaughter some Skaven in Warhammer: Vermintide 2.

Families don't miss out though: there's also Scribblenauts Showdown, which I'm low-key hoping is like a less rage-inducing version of Mario Party. If you want something completely different, how about a stylised isometric RPG that blends stealth with anime-esque cutscenes? And by the way, there's an original NES game out this week. I'm not kidding.

Here's the bulk of what you can pick up this week. Small note on some games: Vermintide 2 hits consoles later this year, and Earthlock is not quite the same game as Earthlock: Festival of Magic. The Steam page explains what's been upgraded.

  • NORTH (Switch)
  • Final Fantasy XV (PC) / Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition (PS4, XBO)
  • Warhammer: Vermintide 2 (PC)
  • Fear Effect Sedna (PC, PS4, XBO, Switch)
  • Earthlock (PC, Switch)
  • One Eyed Kutkh (Switch)
  • World Conqueror X (Switch)
  • The Trail: Frontier Challenge (Switch)
  • Steredenn: Binary Stars (Switch)
  • Flinthook (Switch)
  • The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands (PC)
  • Triplicity (PC)
  • FEN: Prologue (PC)
  • Lizard (NES, PC)
  • Railway Empire (XBOX)
  • Scribblenauts Showdown (Switch, XBO, PS4)
  • Bravo Team (PSVR)
  • Frantics (PS4)
  • Life is Strange: Before The Storm Limited Edition (PS4, XBO)
  • TT Isle of Man (PC, PS4, XBO)
  • Omen Exitio: Plague (PC)
  • Keeplanet (PC)

Firstly, let's talk about that NES game. Lizard was kickstarted a few years back, and the PC version and ROM have been available online for a little while. The physical NES cartridges haven't been shipped yet, but the game itself is being released on Steam this week. (Even though the release date is backdated to February 6.)

Vermintide 2 has run a few closed betas over the last couple of months, and that's the best way to gauge what you're in for. Here's around half an hour of gameplay getting amongst it with some Skaven, Chaos Warriors and Beastmen. Good if you missed that feeling of being overwhelmed from Left 4 Dead.

Fear Effect Sedna is one of the indie games from Square Enix's collective program. It's an isometric RPG with a focus on stealth, lines of sight and dodging attacks, although the cut scenes look like they'll be fun to watch as well. Not sure if I'd want this on PC or the Switch, to be honest.

Need a new shmup? Steredenn: Binary Stars might fit the bill.

And for PSVR fans, here's a quick taste of Bravo Team. It's a shooter from Supermassive Games, using the same aim controller as Farpoint last year.

Oh and if you're keen to jump on the Final Fantasy 15 train, here's a taste of what to expect.

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    Keeping my eye on Before the Storm. Have to play it at some point.

    Been playing Vermintide 2. Great fun and much better than the first. Well worth checking out.

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