There are lots of variety in the games releasing this week, including episodic titles, LEGO homages, space shooters, sports management and sports playing. Let’s get on with it, then.
Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut | Tuesday | PS4, Xbox One
Strike Suit Zero is a space combat game, with a focus on making the battle feel like a full war rather than being focused on the player, with AI – enemy and allies alike – fighting each other rather than prioritising the player.
It sounds quite interesting, and the transforming ships – the Strike Suits – add yet another element to proceedings.
The Wolf Among Us, Episode 3: The Crooked Mile | Wednesday | PC, PS3, Xbox 360, iOS
Telltale’s episodic The Wolf Among Us continues this week, with the third episode arriving on PC tomorrow but coming to PS3 and Xbox 360 on Wednesday in Europe. It’ll also be on iOS at some point this week.
The game follows twisted fairytale characters through the noir cityscape of Fabletown, where Bigby Wolf – the sheriff and big bad wolf in human form – must try to solve the serial killings happening on his watch. It’s been a great ride so far, and if you enjoy Telltale’s take on The Walking Dead then you shouldn’t miss this.
Football Manager Classic | Friday | PS Vita
Football Manager looks like something that I wouldn’t enjoy. While I like playing FIFA, I don’t really get on with the whole management side of things, though I can understand why people might like it.
This release brings a stripped-down version of the game – with the full classic mode intact – to a handheld console, making a bigger impact than the mobile versions.
It should be good, then, and a nice exclusive of sorts for the handheld to grab.
Kinect Sports Rivals | Friday | Xbox One
This is at the total other end of the spectrum from the management side of sports, as you’ll actually engage in the physical side with the use of Kinect.
It’s one of the first games of its ilk this generation, so it will be quite interesting to see how it does – the PS4 might currently be ahead, but stuff like this is what made the Wii so popular. Then again, that was a very different time in the gaming industry.
Thankfully, Rare have a few tricks up their sleeves, with more of a focus on story than what you’d usually expect from a game such as this. The dialogue might not be the best thing ever, but the prospect of building your own character – and facing rival teams – just might be.
LEGO The Hobbit | Friday | PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PS Vita, PC, 3DS, Wii U
Ah, familiar ground. As a huge fan of the Tolkein lore and Jackson films, and in the camp of being exactly like everyone else when it comes to LEGO (read: loving it unconditionally, unless stepped on), this is quite exciting.
I’ve fallen out of love with the LEGO games recently, due to them either taking their own liberties with the story, such as in DC and Marvel Superheroes, or being based upon The LEGO Movie rather than something more interesting, but the last one I really loved was Lord of the Rings.
So, they might just be onto a winner with LEGO The Hobbit. The film’s just released on DVD and Blu-ray too, so it’s perfect timing to tide me over as I avoid the movie itsellf and wait until later in the year for the extended edition.
Titanfall | Friday | Xbox 360
That wasn’t a silly typo in the title, Titanfall is really releasing this week. Again. About a month after the initial Xbox One and PC releases, they’ve finally got together a version for the Xbox 360.
We’re not quite sure how it holds up (thought it’s easy to imagine by turning down the settings on the PC version) but as long as it gets that all important solid frame rate and keeps the excitement of the multiplayer action, it should be good. It might even prompt a few people to upgrade to Xbox One, or at least buy a new GPU for their PC.