Published on February 9th, 2016 |
by Don Parsons
On the Radar – 02-09-16
Last week we goofed. I chuckled a little, though, because this sort of thing tends to happen with little games. But when GameFAQs has a big game listed as coming out this week, it’s usually coming out this week. Except with Dying Light: The Following, which is now coming out THIS week. Oh well. Still, there’s a few key releases, but the undercard this week isn’t as stacked as the last few weeks. In bigger news, the Super Bowl is in the books, and Denver takes home a ring. I’m impartial this year, and watched last years’ WWE Fastlane PPV instead. I’m crazy, I know… -Don P.
When I think of platformers, I generally don’t think of deep emotional experiences. But then again, when I think of Electronic Arts, I generally don’t think of platformers or deep emotional experiences. Unravel (PC, PS4, Xbox One) has been promising to deliver that type of game and experience since it was revealed last year and it, weirdly, happens to be coming from EA. Having played the first couple levels, I’m not sure I get the emotional piece just yet but it is super pretty and the puzzle platforming is solid enough that I think this might be a winner regardless.
Free-to-play MMO, Neverwinter: Underdark (Xbox One),
is getting a new expansion this week. With a new story line (written by R.A. Salvatore, no less), new gear, new areas, and new skirmishes, Neverwinter continues to try to stay relevant. It’s hard to argue with free content updates for free games, though, so it appears to be doing a good job.
What is Firewatch (PC, PS4)
? I’m still not sure, but the idea of exploring an expansive section of a Wyoming forest trying to figure it out, does sound pretty cool. Maybe it is just another walking simulator with a dense emotional story. Maybe it is something more than that. We’ll find out soon enough.
I won’t lie, I really didn’t like Q-Bert as a kid. But as I grew older, and came to appreciate the games of my childhood more, I enjoyed it a little more. Q-Bert Rebooted: The XBOX One @!#?@! Edition (Xbox One)
looks like the game some of us grew up with, only with a fresh coat of paint. And the ability to choose different characters. But who wants to play with anyone besides the curly-nosed Q-Bert?
So last week, I told you that last year Dying Light was one of my favorite games. That hasn’t changed, I still really liked Dying Light last year but I said all that because we, for some reason thought that the expansion, The Following was coming out last week. Oops! Anyway, this week is for reals and, Dying Light: The Following (PC. PS4, and XBOX One) will see players once again take on the role of hero Kyle Crane. This time he’ll travel outside the quarantine zone to take on the zombie horde and a sinister cult. Boasting a land mass as big as the base game and the addition of drive-able vehicles, this could be just what I’m looking for after Fallout 4 left me wanting a bit.
If a twin-stick shooter met the Easter bunny, We Are Doomed (Vita)
would be the offspring. As weird as that sounds, based on the pictures, that sounds adequate. I may be over the arcade schmup genre, but it’s still got a niche following, so maybe this one is something for you, dear reader. Also, Vita love?
I was a bit disappointed in the last Assassin’s Creed Chronicles game, India. Still the core gameplay is fun and this time around the venue for stabbing dudes has shifted to early 1900s Russia, which makes me super excited despite my skepticism. Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One)
will hopefully right the Chronicles ship and end the side-scrolling offshoots on a high note.
Every release list should have that quirky little indie game, and this week that game is Side Quest (PC).
An action game where a chef becomes a clunky hero, Side Quest looks like a fun little diversion from all of the seriousness that is gaming these days.
Honorable Mentions –
Oddworld: Abe’s Odyssey – New ‘N Tasty (Wii U)
Are you picking up anything this week? Let us know in the comments below.