New Video Games This Week: Has-Been Heroes, MLB The Show 17, & More
The video game release schedule is in full swing, and we already have a ridiculous number of games to complete in our backlog that we don’t know what to do. (Seriously — send help).
But that’s not stopping us from being excited about all of the brand new video games releasing this coming week (and in the near future). While March has already been won by Nintendo (and more specifically, Breath of the Wild), there are tons of potentially great games dropping this week.
Whether you’re a PlayStation, Xbox, or PC gamer, there’s something new to play this week, including a highly anticipated open world survival game and some cool-looking indies. Here are all of the new video games releasing this week:
Note: We’ll update this piece EVERY week with the new games releasing. So bookmark it and come back next week.
See Also: Top 50 Upcoming Games 2017
Tuesday, March 28
MLB The Show 17 (PS4)
Rain World(PC, PS4, Mac)
Has Been Heroes (Nintendo Switch, PS4, PC)
Vikings – Wolves of Midgard (PS4, PC, Xbox One)
The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – Episode 3 ‘Above the Law’ (PC, Xbox One, PS4)
Old Time Hockey (PC, PS4)
R.B.I. Baseball 17 (PS4)
Dark Souls 3: The Ringed City DLC (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Destiny: Rise of Iron – Age of Triumph Update (Xbox One, PS4)
Final Fantasy 15: Episode Gladio DLC (Xbox One, PS4)
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix (PS4)
Salt and Sanctuary (Vita)
Ballistic Overkill (PC)
Heroes of the Monkey Tavern (PS4)
Horse Racing 2016 (PS4)
Narcosis (PC, Vive, Oculus)
Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call (PS4)
We Are the Dwarves (PS4)
Wednesday, March 29
Snake Pass (Switch, PS4, PC, Xbox One)
Thursday, March 30
Thimbleweed Park (PC, Xbox One, Linux, Mac)
Wonder Boy Returns (PS4)
Friday, March 31
APB: Reloaded (PS4)
Punch Club (PS4)
March 21, 2017
This is the Police (Xbox One, PS4): This is the Police by Weappy Studio first released on PC in August 2016, and now it’s making its way to consoles. You’ll take on the role of Jack Boyd in his last 180 days as a police officer after he’s being forced into retirement by the corrupt mayor.
Mass Effect Andromeda (PS4, Xbox One, PC): Of course, the biggest new video game release of the week is Mass Effect Andromeda, which brings BioWare and EA to their fourth outing for the franchise. The game is said to have a lighter tone than previous entries in the series, and right now, the conversation regarding the game is all about its wonky animations. Hopefully, the game is good enough so that we can ignore those animations. If you love sci-fi games and you love RPGs, Mass Effect Andromeda is more than likely on your radar.
Touhou Genso Wanderer (PS4, PS Vita U.S. Release): Touhou Genso Wanderer is a roguelike RPG that had previously released in Japan and is now making its way to the west. You’ll play the role of Reimu, a Hakurei Shrine Maiden, who is tasked with investigating an incident on the world of Gensokyo.
Anima: Gate of Memories Beyond Fantasy Edition (PS4): Anima: Gate of Memories Beyond Fantasy is a third person ARPG that has an interesting story where a legendary monster and a girl with a lost past have to work together. They discover that they’ve both been involved in a sinister war of shadows in which they’re involuntarily at the forefront of. You’ll control the two different characters and you’re able to switch between them at will, creating endless combos during combat.
Troll and I (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC): Another game surrounding the tale of an unlikely team-up — this time between a troll and a teenage boy named Otto. It’s set in the Nordic wilderness, where the boy stumbles across the mythical creature that hunters in his village set out to find and kill. Together, they’ll have to survive the forest, with an emphasis on teamwork (including split-screen multiplayer).
Toukiden 2 (PS4): Toukiden 2 is an open world real-time combat RPG, and it has a strong Nioh vibe. Like a lower quality Nioh.
March 24, 2017
Zero Escape The Nonary Games (PS4): A double pack collection of Zero Escape: 999 and Virtue’s Last Reward.
Mario Sports Superstars (Nintendo 3DS): Somehow, Mario Sports Superstars isn’t currently scheduled for release on the Switch, which is super strange, given the fact that it has such an emphasis on multiplayer. But the game will allow players to partake in five different sports, including soccer, baseball, tennis, golf, and horse racing. Yes, horse racing.
Tuesday, March 14
Blue-Collar Astronaut (PS3, PS4, PS Vita, PC, Wii U): This 2D physics-based flight game calls itself “the best space-student-loan payoff simulator you’ll ever play”. Upon receipt of your Space Driving Degree, you’ll begin paying it back by means of interstellar pizza deliveries and cargo hauling. It features 40 diverse levels, 3 different spaceships, 6 ways to play each level, hand-drawn graphics, and an original soundtrack. It can be purchased for $9.99 from the Steam and PlayStation stores.
Danganronpa 1 & 2 Reload (PS4) The fantastically quirky visual novels Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, which were previously only available for the PS Vita, PSP, PC, and mobile, are now making their way to the PS4 in this collection.
Death Squared (Xbox One, PS4, PC): A multiple “Game of Pax” winner. Death Squared is an incredibly fun local co-op game that many will be streaming on Twitch, as it has a unique sort of vibe to it. It’s a multiplayer puzzle game that is all about cooperation and communication, with exploding robots aplenty. It’s definitely on our radar.
Dying: Reborn (PlayStation Vita, PS4, PSVR): Dying: Reborn is a newly released PSVR game that apparently lacks the production values needed to make it a worthy game. It’s getting beat up critically.
Eekeemoo: Splinters of the Dark Shard (PS4, PC): For $4.99 on Steam, you can pick up this super casual game, an action platformer by Cogg Games that tasks you with helping Eekeemoo rescue his friends from the evil Dark Shard. It has minor puzzle elements, and it appears to be a game filled with heart from this little developer. At $4.99, it probably can’t hurt to give it a try.
Leave the Nest (PS4): The PC game that basically plays like an endless runner from the point of view of a flying bird. It has been on Steam since May 2016, and it only has seven user reviews.
Siralim 2 (PS4, PS Vita): Another indie darling by the name of Siralim 2 will make its way to the PS4 and PS Vita. It’s an old school monster catching RPG that allows you to summon and customize hundreds of creatures to fight your way through various dungeons. In your travels, you’ll find rare treasures. It’s highly rated on Steam.
Star Trek Bridge Crew (PS4, PC): The VR Star Trek game by Ubisoft that sees the USS Aegis searching for a new homeworld for the Vulcans. The game is played with up to four players who can play as the captain, tactical officer, helm officer, or engineer. The game will contain both story and missions that are randomly generated.
Styx: Shards of Darkness: Cyanide’s latest in the Styx series that’s set in the world of Of Orcs and Men. It’s being called a challenging Stealth adventure filled with snark, and if you’re familiar with the Styx franchise, it plays like more of the same.
Trove: The Voxel MMO will make its way to PS4 and Xbox One.
Thursday, March 16
Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight (Xbox One, PS4): Momodora: reverie Under the Moonlight is a very highly rated Metroidvania game that saw a lot of positive reviews and success when it launched in March 2016. Now, a year later, it’s heading to Xbox One and PS4.
100 ft Robot Golf (PC): The poorly rated PSVR launch title will make its way to STEAM. Probably not worth playing.
Friday, March 17
2Dark (PS4, Xbox One, PC): The physical version of 2Dark releases today (while the digital version released last week).
FlatOut 4: Total Insanity (PS4, Xbox One): The arcade racer returns with more fast paced action in the demolition derby racing genre. This time, it’ll have more stunts, explosions, collisions, and more. 27 Customizable cars and 20 tracks, with everything being fully destructible.
Kona (PS4, XBox One): The strange blizzard that overtakes a town in Northern Canada has you investigating surreal events while battling the elements.
NiER: Automata (PC): The highly anticipated game makes its way to PC this week after its console launch last week.
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Tuesday, February 28
DESYNC (PC): This single-player first-person action game will test your skill by bombarding you with unpredictable ranged and melee attacks from a variety of enemies. You can use your weapons and movement abilities to perform Attack Sequences, with grant bonus damage and effects; as you stumble upon new Sequences, you can store them to your AS-Codex. Inflict massive amounts of damage to Overkill enemies, so they will drop health, and maintain Streaks to earn more points. Some foes may be Synced, which grants new abilities, and can be countered by imbuing your Attack Sequences with Desyncs. To progress to the next Zone, you’ll need to defeat a powerful Zone Defender. If you’re looking to challenge yourself, try DESYNC and see how many points you can rack up.
Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4): It’s finally here; the game we’ve all been waiting for, and what will surely be a GoTY contender if it lives up to the hype. Which, if initial reviews are any indication, it absolutely does. The gorgeous, sprawling open-world action RPG takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, where humanity is gathered into small hunter-gatherer tribes. The story follows Aloy, as she sets out to explore a world that has been overrun by robots known as “Machines”. With the complex combat system, you’ll discover a multitude of ways to take down enemies, and as you explore with Aloy you’ll uncover secrets from a lost civilization. The game features beautiful landscapes, varied ecotopes, a day/night cycle, and dynamic weather system, so exploring never becomes monotonous. Horizon Zero Dawn is a must-play for PS4 owners. Buy it here.
Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns (3DS): This farming simulator was first released in Japan in June of 2016 and is now coming to North America. This installment is different from the others in that it adds three towns that players are able to visit, in addition to their own farmland. Each town has its own distinct style, as well as shops, crops, and hours, so you’ll never be at a loss for something to do. In addition to the towns, there’s also another notable new feature: pets. There are almost 30 different pet options, and your animal companion will open up even more events and dialogue options. This may get lost amid the other big releases this week, but Harvest Moon fans definitely won’t want to miss out on it.
The Walking Dead – The Telltale Series: A New Frontier (Xbox One, PS4): The season pass version of the popular episodic game from Telltale games releases this week, just in time for the release of the third episode, Above the Law, next month. The season pass disc includes episode one, with download access to the remaining episodes as they become available.
Torment: Tides of Numenera (Xbox One, PS4, PC): This spiritual successor to Planescape: Torment is set in the world of Monte Cook’s new tabletop RPG, Numenera, and it’s a game that’s on many PC gamers most anticipated lists, especially. Buy it here.
Tuesday, February 21
Berserk and the Band of the Hawk (PS4, PS3, PS Vita, PC): This hack-and-slash game from developer Omega Force is based on the manga series of the same name. It was released in Japan in October of 2016 for PlayStation consoles and is now coming West for those consoles in addition to getting a worldwide PC release. Berserk and the Band of the Hawk combines the gameplay of Koei Tecmo’s Dynasty Warriors with the story from the manga, from the Golden Age Arc to the Hawk of the Millennium Empire Arc.
Chime Sharp (PS4): The sequel to the 2009 music puzzle hit Chime was funded via Kickstarter and Indiegogo, and first released on Steam back in July. Now, Chime Sharp is making its way to consoles, and the Steam page describes it as a cross between “Tetris, a music sequencer and a hypnotic dream about your favourite pop song”. They have taken the core dynamic and rules and updated them with a modern aesthetic and refreshed soundtrack, as well as fifteen new levels and experimental modes. If you played the original Chime, it’s just more of the same (which is not necessarily a bad thing), only updated and polished. It’s simple, yet addictive.
Dystoria (PC): In what’s described as “a 6-axis space shooter with an 80’s arcade vibe”, you are trapped in a space labyrinth as an experiment in a ship that is able to hover along any surface in any direction. It features Super Mario Galaxy-like spaceship movement, puzzle solving gameplay with space shooter elements, a variety of ships to choose from, numerous enemy types, and an 80’s-style synth wave soundtrack.
Halo Wars 2 (Xbox One, PC): Those who didn’t preorder the Ultimate Edition will be able to play Halo Wars 2 this week.
Night in the Woods (PS4, PC, Mac): This Kickstarter-funded adventure game features a cast of anthropomorphic animals and focuses on exploration, story, and character. Players control college dropout Mae Borowski, who has returned to her hometown of Possum Springs only to find that things aren’t quite the same; the town and her friends have changed. Also, there’s a mysterious presence in the woods, and strange things are beginning to happen at night. It’s very reminiscent of Gone Home, and a must-play for fans of story-driven exploration games. A companion game, Lost Constellation, was released back in 2014 and is a folktale from the world of Night in the Woods, so that may be worth checking out too.
Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin (PS4): Although it is intended to bridge the story between Psychonauts and Psychonauts 2, Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin will be a first-person VR adventure puzzle game as opposed to a 3D platformer. The story picks up right where it left off ten years ago, with a familiar cast of characters on a mission that takes them into the heart of the Rhombus of Ruin, a mysterious part of the ocean that’s twice as dangerous as the Bermuda Triangle. When the party is kidnapped, Raz must use his psychic powers to solve a series of puzzles to save them all before their minds are consumed by madness.
Ys Origin (PS4, PS Vita): This action JRPG was first released on PC in Japan way back in 2006, and is now getting a well-deserved console version – with some enhancements. The visuals and effects have been optimized, and improvements have been made to the UI and menus. Ys Origin is a prequel to the other seven games of the series and takes places 700 years prior to the events of Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished. The land of Ys, ruled by twin Goddesses, is attacked by demons, and the Goddesses must move the people to safety in the clouds. However, the demons bring the fight to them by erecting a massive tower, and the Goddesses disappear. Players may choose between two characters, Yunica and Hugo, each with different abilities, and must seek the Goddesses within the Devil’s Tower.
Thursday, February 23
GO! GO! KOKOPOLO 3D: SPACE RECIPE FOR DISASTER
Friday, February 24
A Pixel Story
Bokosuka Wars II
Chime Sharp (Xbox One)
Hellion: Mystery of the Inquisition
Trulon: The Shadow Engine
Monday, February 13
How to Survive 2 (Xbox One): The sequel to the post-apocalyptic How to Survive first released on Steam in September 2016, and is now coming to Xbox One. It’s set in Louisiana fifteen years after the original game, when the local infection has turned into a worldwide pandemic. Your goal is simply to survive, and you will do so by building a safe camp, amassing resources, crafting tools and weapons, and interacting with NPCs. It will feature multiplayer, where you can invite up to 16 people to access your camp and four can play simultaneously, as well as randomized environments, character customization, a deeper crafting system, and a wide upgradeable variety of ways to secure your base camp.
Tuesday, February 14
For Honor (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC): The highly anticipated fighting game from Ubisoft is inarguably the highlight of this week’s game releases. Of course, that’s really not saying much considering its biggest competition is Halo Wars 2, but it’s exciting nonetheless. It’s set in a medieval-inspired fantasy world where players can choose from one of three factions: The Legion, The Chose, and The Warborn (which represent knights, samurai, and Vikings), each of which is further broken up into four classes. You can choose from a variety of unique heroes, each with their own weapon set and combat style, and experience innovative and fast-paced combat thanks to the unique motion capture design. For Honor‘s immersive story mode can be experienced solo or co-op with a friend, and there are several multiplayer versus game modes to choose from. Buy it here.
Sniper Elite 4 (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC): The fourth installment of the generically-titled tactical third-person shooter series Sniper Elite is nothing earth-shattering; it seems like more of the status quo, but if you’re a fan of the series, you’ll probably find it worth playing. Also, the objective of the game is taking down the Nazis, so it feels eerily relevant right now although the developers have denied any connection to current global events and stated that they’d rather focus on targeting fascism as a whole rather than specific nationalities. (source: Polygon). It’s set in the aftermath of the previous installment, in 1943 Italy, and features gorgeous scenery and the award-winning sniping that has gained the series a devoted following. Buy it here.
Flywrench (PlayStation 4): This critically-acclaimed platformer from the makers of Nidhogg, which was first released for PC in 2015, is now making its way to the PS4. The fast-paced action game, which is somewhat reminiscent of Flappy Bird, is about piloting a ship through deep space. Gameplay consists of performing various maneuvers to change your ship’s color in order to match shapes in the environment. If you successfully match the obstacle, you pass it; if you hit it with the wrong color, you fail. Simple, yet addictive.
Neo Atlas 1469 (PC) The upcoming revival of Artdink’s map creation series is set during the Age of Discovery. Players will begin in Europe as the master of a trading company and gradually create a map for the as-yet-undiscovered world based on the reports of admirals returning from expeditions. You’ll hear reports ranging from mundane to outlandish, and you’ll have to determine which you believe and record those on the map, which will change accordingly. As you explore, you’ll establish trade routes, hire new admirals, acquire new ships, and discover points of interest.
Boor (PC): You’ll play as a girl with the ability to multiply herself in this 2D puzzle platformer from indie studio Badland Indie. She’s stranded on Eden, a strange-yet-beautiful human colony far from earth that’s filled with challenging puzzles. The settlers there made an artificial intelligence known as BOOR to help them with daily life, but it turned against them; when the girl lands on Eden, there are few survivors. The girl must use her unique ability to help them story BOOR. It features beautifully hand-drawn levels, collectibles and secrets to uncover, more than 80 rooms containing puzzles or beautiful scenarios, and an original soundtrack from Paltian. This is one unique indie you don’t want to miss.
MX Nitro (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC): This one started out as a flash game on Miniclip, and is now becoming a standalone game for PC and consoles, marking flash games site Miniclip’s official entrance into the console world. It’s a motocross game that features 40 tracks from across the globe, 5 unique bikes, asynchronous multiplayer, career mode, 13 boss battles, stunts, and customization options.
Ride 2 (Xbox One, PlayStation 4): Square Enix’s motorcycle racing game will hit consoles after a successful launch on PC in late 2016. It’s a highly-rated game that features over 230 licensed bikes from the world’s leading manufacturers. The new game will have over 1,200 available real-world parts and over 800 rider accessories, bringing an entirely new level of customization to the franchise. It comes with 30 iconic tracks with various settings, and it sports an impressively accurate and realistic physics engine. Buy it here.
Friday, February 17
Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition (Xbox One): 343’s follow-up to the Xbox exclusive RTS Halo Wars will also make its way to Windows PC this time around, and although the game isn’t generating a ton of buzz, all other signs are pointing to it being a great game. The beta was well-received, and it’s going to review well. The problem is that there simply isn’t much interest in console RTS games, so Halo Wars 2 is facing an uphill battle right out of the gate. Buy it here.