Out This Week: The Witcher 3, Farming Simulator 15 & Steins;Gate

We’re less than a month away from E3, gaming’s biggest yearly event. From here on out, expect trailers, announcements and all sorts of coverage as we edge closer to what is sure to be an interesting week for gamers across the globe. For now, there’s still plenty to be excited for. Tomorrow sees the launch of The Witcher 2, easily one of 2015’s most anticipated titles. Though not quite as high profile, we also get to see the arrival of Farming Sim 15 on consoles as well as two new titles for PlayStation Vita.


 

Tuesday 19th

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  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt [PS4 | XB1 | PC]
  • Farming Simulator 15 [PS3 | PS4 | XB1 | 360]
  • Life Is Strange Episode 3 [PS3 | Ps4 | XB1 | 360 | PC]

Wednesday 20th

  • Aces of the Luftwaffe [PS4]
  • Alien Shooter [PSV]
  • Arcade Archives Terra Cresta [PS4]

Thursday 21st

  • Swords & Soldiers II [Wii U]

Friday 22nd

  • Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed [PSV] 
  • PSA World Tour Squash 2015 [Wii, Wii U]
  • Steins;Gate [PS3 | PSV]

 

Boasting a luscious open world and more than two hundred hours of content, for many, The Witcher III will keep them going for weeks if not months on end. Once again, players take up their sword and a grimoire of spells, guiding the grizzled hunter Geralt on his latest quest. Expect plenty of beasts to hunt and errands to run as you swim, ride, and sprint through a stunningly detailed continent. Aside from being the final chapter in Geralt’s saga, Wild Hunt is the first game in the series to go truly multiplatform.

Having sown the seeds for its franchise back in 2013, developer Giants Software is now reaping the rewards as Farming Simulator continues to gain popularity. Having spread to a variety of platform including iPhone, 3DS, and Vita, the studio is about to makes its debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with an updated version of Farming Sim 15 (also coming to PS3/360). Aside from multiplayer, new-gen players will be treated to enhanced visuals and an improved physics engine. Ooh arr, indeed.

Rounding out the week we have a new Hyperdimension Neptunia, the third episode of Life Is Strange, as well as Steins;Gate for PlayStation 3 and Vita. Originally released exclusively on Xbox 360 in 2009, Steins; Gate will finally be making its way out of Japan, landing on PlayStation platforms. It’s a visual novel that has since been adapted into an anime. For those interested, that can be found on Netflix with English audio and subs.

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13 Comments

  1. I’m slightly jealous of people buying The Witcher 3. Everything about it suggests it’s an amazing game, and it certainly looks impressive, however it just doesn’t look like my kind of game, and it feels odd to think I could be missing out on what has been regarded as one of the best games, ever.

    • I know how you feel… I’m still in two minds whether or not to pick a copy up tonight.
      There’s only so much DriveClub, Helldivers & BF4 I can play for the next however long, so its looking likely at the moment.

      • I’ve just never been into that sort of mythical/medieval/fantasy/gothic kind of thing, which is why the likes of Skyrim, The Elder Scrolls, Dragon Age, Dark Souls and Bloodbourne don’t appeal to me. However, I feel like I’ll be missing out on a fantastic game.

      • I’m the same Youles – It’s why I don’t watch things like Game of Thrones, despite how much someone insists I ‘should’ watch it. Don’t think I even watched Lord of the Rings all the way through until a year or two ago. Was a bit of a slog for me, but I can at least now say I got through it.

        However, as I know that it isn’t the sort of thing that I go in for & that I get little enjoyment from that kind of thing, I know with some certainty that it would simply sit & not be played, so it’s a no-brainer for me at least.

        Sometimes you just have to ignore the acclaim & go with your gut.

      • Some good advice Forrest, I’ve done that before and instantly regretted it – knowing I was right not to buy something in the first place. Perhaps now I can understand why some, like yourself, don’t like The Last Of Us for example – it’s brilliant, but isn’t going to suit everyone. :)

        I just hate to miss out on a good thing!

      • I’m kind of in the same boat. I haven’t played any of those games you listed, or wanted to. Saying that, I could be missing out.

        Although I’m sick of Assassins Creed, I almost wish the Witcher & its fighting played more like that. At first, I thought it did, but now get the impression its different.

        I understand, from going what people say & the reviews, Bloodbourne is probably a great game… But to me, it looks dull & boring, plus I really don’t like the style of the main character, or his movement etc.

    • Yep, same for me too. I just know I’ll never finish it and fantasy rpgs just don’t really interest me. I rented Skyrim and probably put 2 hours in to it.

      • There is that – I know I’ll never get to the end of it either! I’m not criticising the game in any way, I suspect it’s brilliant, I’m actually gutted there is a game so good, but is not suited to me…if that makes sense!

    • I have to say I’m not hugely interested in the genre but I’m I know I’ll be treated to game design exellence, wrapped with an original and interesting story.

      Think of it as a beautiful story driven open world RPG that just so happens to be set in a fantasy world.

      I don’t really like zombies or steampunk but The Last of Us and The order 1886 are probably my 2 most enjoyed games of the last 12 months.

  2. The Witcher 2? Typo…

  3. But what about the biggest release of the year, destiny expansion the house of wolves, releasing today?

  4. I’m not touching The Witcher until the frame-pacing gets patched. I wonder how many last gen games suffered from it without being fixed, since it’s only recently gotten looked into as a cause of framerate issues.

    • It’s infuriating to me that frame pacing issues exist at all. It makes a solid 30fps look so juddery and offputting.

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