This Week In Games: The Battle For Azeroth Begins

There's a lot of war flying around this week: Azeroth gets set alight with the newest World of Warcraft expansion, Phantom Doctrine brings a touch of XCOM to the Cold War, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes hits the Switch, and the Bard's Tale franchise gets its newest title in seemingly forever.

Note: We Happy Few's physical release is this week, but it's already live digitally. Dead Cells is in a similar boat. And yes, the picture above is a reminder that you can get Alliance and Horde-themed burgers still for the next month.

  • The Bard's Tale 4: Barrows Deep (PC)
  • The Bard's Tale Trilogy (PC)
  • I Am Your President (PC)
  • World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth (PC)
  • 2064: Read Only Memories (Switch)
  • State of Mind (PC, PS4, XBO, Switch)
  • We Happy Few (PS4, XBO)
  • Dead Cells (PS4)
  • Hero Defense (PS4)
  • Robbotto (Switch)
  • Treadnauts (Switch)
  • Death's Gambit (PC)
  • Sword Legacy Omen (PC)
  • Red Kingdom (Switch)
  • Graveyard Keeper (PC)
  • Cosmic Star Heroine (Switch)
  • The Walking Dead: The Final Season (PC, PS4, XBO)
  • Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes (XBO, Switch)
  • Airport Simulator 2019 (XBO)
  • Airheart (XBO)

Firstly, let's touch on Bard's Tale. It's been an age since a new Bard's Tale came out, although inXile have been talking about BT4 for years. Below you'll see a full walkthrough of a demo that gives you an idea of what you're in for. As an aside: it doesn't seem like fans of the original Bard's Tale are especially thrilled.

The final season of The Walking Dead kicks off this week as well. Clementine might finally be able to call somewhere home - but, as always, sacrifice will be required.

Phantom Doctrine is one of the games I'll talk about more later this week. I'll just let this gameplay video do the talking: there's a lot of elements XCOM fans will be thrilled about.

Last big cross-platform release is State of Mind, a cyberpunk thriller from German point-and-click house Daedalic. Definitely something Detroit fans should look a bit further into, as you'll see from this story trailer below.

Plenty to dig into this week. Anything catch your eye?


Comments

    Have already printed out some manuals for Keep Talking, will pick it up on Switch - portability to parties, screen just for the bomb-defusing person, seems like a great platform for it! Happy to see it on Xbox too though that is a more confusing fit, I guess the manual readers have to sit facing away from the telly and not be tempted to peek?

    Wow, all aboard the hype train for Phantom Doctrine after reading/watching that... How have I never heard of it before?!

    Find myself (as always) begging for a switch version, anyone seen any word on it as i can’t find anything, even a ‘no chance’? Small developer/complex game so im not expecting it to be happening but i can dream right?

    Oh wow Phantom Doctrine is out this week... That's a pleasant surprise.

    Wait, what? Bards Tale - Barrows Deep is due out this week?!

    As a backer of the game, that's a surprise to me. Could be you have your games mixed up. The trilogy remasters are due this week (as noted in the list), but Barrows Deep is still a little ways off.

    Speaking as a fan of the original Bard's Tale, I'm quite happy with how this version has shaped up. Looks great, gameplay is intriguing, and just the right amount of homage to the originals, without being dragged by the past.

    I am not ready for a new WoW expansion! I have so many things to do!

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