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May hasn't been as hectic as the last couple of months when it comes to releases, but it's certainly not for lack of trying. This week is especially chockers: Rime is finally available, almost four years after it was announced, another Star Ocean game appears, the Wii U gets a new game, there's a platformer about a dog trying to save its owner, and Ultra Street Fighter 2 lands on the Switch.

But the one that will probably catch most people's eyes is the return of an underrated gem: the remaster of Vanquish hits PC this week, complete with an unlocked framerate and 4K support.


Like slicing and kicking the shit out of people? Then you'll enjoy the range of titles on offer this week. Injustice 2 lets you (virtually) put the foot into Superman or Batman's junk. Lo Wang returns to slice and dice enemies in Shadow Warrior 2, there's an arena fighter between black and white samurai, PlayStation VR gets one of its biggest releases yet, and there's an adventure involving some bloke called Mr. Pumpkin.


If you're a fan of old games, I have good news: this week is all about the nostalgia. Top of the pile we've got STRAFE, a procedurally generated, very 90's looking shooter. And right next to that channelling the spirit of one of the best arcade games of the same era is NBA Playgrounds, which pretty much everyone and their dog swears is just a new NBA Jam.

Sounds alright to me. But let's see what else will be hitting shelves physical and digital this week.


Well I hope you're all rested up from four day weekends and family time, because this year isn't going to let up. The big one this week is Prey, and fans of Magic will be happy to see the new Amonkhet block. There's also something for AFL fans. And next week, we've got Strafe and more...


It might only be a four day working week thanks to the public holiday. But that doesn't mean new games are taking a break. If anything, they're taking off - starting with Telltale's episodic adventure in the Guardians of the Galaxy universe, a reimagining of a cult classic, and a remaster of an underrated adventure. Also, there's a new FMV game. 2017's been an interesting year.


It's time to find coins up hill and down dale. Welcome to Yooka-Laylee week. But there's plenty more coming out as well, including a new party game from the makers of The Order: 1886, a seriously good spear game on the Vita, and one of the best RPGs ever made returns.


March, the biggest month of the first quarter, is finally over. And that means we're going to get a little break from enormous open-world RPGs for a little while.

But there's still some interesting games to check out. Case in point: Snake Pass, the cutesy platformer from the makers of the Sonic All-Stars Racing series, some more demon slaying action courtesy of Toukiden 2, the Monkey Island creators return only to be wrong about toilet rolls, and a game that I'm sure probably isn't any good but I'm honour bound to try anyway.


And to round out the biggest month of the year so far, we have a stonker of a line-up. Mass Effect: Andromeda. Dreamfall Chapters returns. 88 Heroes uses a quirky mechanic where you have 88 seconds to compete every level. And then there's an unusual game with a boy and a troll that I swear didn't channel anything from The Last Guardian.


Sorry everyone, Mass Effect: Andromeda doesn't come out until next week. But there's a neat range of games out this week to tide you over: the first two Danganronpa games are coming to the PS4, Star Trek: Bridge Crew is out and the trippy Nier: Automata drops on PC.


This week might not have a new console from Nintendo, a bad-arse red-headed archer or Link waking up after 100 years. But it's still got some cool combat androids courtesy of NieR: Automata, and plenty of drug cartels in Bolivia to blow sky-high.

And did I mention that LEGO Worlds is out this week too?


Oh God. Could this week be more stacked? Horizon: Zero Dawn. Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Torment: Tides of Numenera. The third season of The Walking Dead. And the Nintendo Switch.

It's a busy week. Let's break it down.


Next week some of the bigger names of the first quarter will land, including For Honor and the Nazi slaughterbox that is Sniper Elite 4. But for this week, there's just one big title: Nioh. And if you're in the market for something different, there's quite a few interesting indies hitting various platforms, including the ASCII-dungeon crawler [email protected] and the re-release of the arcade racer Ignition.


Some weeks you have plenty of gems and then other weeks are as quiet as a mouse. This one's definitely the latter. After Resident Evil 7 last week, the most we've got to look forward to is some re-releases, new bundles, JRPGs getting ported to PC, and the odd adventure.


We're starting to get into the business end of the gaming calendar already. While most of this week's releases are either ports or your typical indie fare, there's two major entries that people have been waiting for.

First up is the new Resident Evil, which should be fun if only to see all the PSVR footage again of people screaming at jump scares. Secondly is the immense Yakuza 0, which has finally made its way to the West almost two years after its Japanese release.


So we're finally done with the Switch, and we're halfway through January. The quiet period is almost over. And while there's no major releases this week, there are plenty of intriguing indies coming out.


Welcome to 2017, people. It's the first week back, which means it's the first week back for This Week In Games. And while there certainly isn't a whole lot as far as volume is concerned, one title in particular makes up for that in quality.

It's Isaac time.