What. A. Week. Just a week removed from a frankly light week — aside from the annual Call of Duty juggernaut — this week’s PSN releases are absolutely packed with interesting games big and small. Sadly, the newest release featuring my favorite speedy blue hedgehog, Sonic Forces, will not be appearing on the weekly picks. Though not reviewed by all yet, it has received some absolutely dreadful reviews thus far. (See: OpenCritic) But even without that game, you’re looking at a big week. Also, we’re only covering full games in this post…but it would be a shame to not mention Horizon: Zero Dawn’s Frozen Wilds DLC that comes out this week. Really, that’s the pick of the week if you’re a Horizon fan.
Hand of Fate 2
I absolutely loved the wrapping of the first game: You sit down with a dungeon master, and you are dealt a variety of cards that are placed randomly on the board. The cards include environments, enemies and items. After playing a card, you dive into the game world and play out a brief combat sequence. Rinse and repeat. At its core, Hand of Fate is a roguelike dungeon crawler, wrapped up in a card game. The first game was a little bit rough around the edges in combat, and I’m hoping the sequel improves in all the right areas.
Jeopardy! And Wheel of Fortune
There are better, more entertaining quiz game available — Jackbox! — but there’s absolutely something to be said for the classic TV game shows. Jeopardy! Is still a favorite around the house, and the console versions are generally solid.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The TellTale Series Episode 5 and Minecraft Story Mode: Season Two – Episode 4
I haven’t played either of these games yet, though with Guardians of the Galaxy wrapping up the season, it might be time to jump in. I’ll not post the storyline blurbs here, in case anyone wants to go in fresh!
Need for Speed: Payback
For me, this has been the year that I’ve rediscovered a love of racing games. It started, oddly enough, with Mario Kart 8 on the Switch. Then, this fall, the pull of GT Sport grabbed me. (That’s a great game, if a little sterile). Now, I’m into F1 2017, which may just have my favorite single player career mode in any sports game, ever. But Need for Speed: Payback also calls to me, though in an entirely different way. The game is set in Fortune Valley, and features a suitably over-the-top storyline and fast cars. The game doesn’t have great reviews at this time, though it appears to be a solid and fun arcade race. What might hurt Need for Speed the most is its release during a particularly strong year in racing games — Forza 7, Project Cars 2, GT Sport, F1 2017, WRC 7 FIA World Rally Championship, Baja: Edge of Control, NASCAR Heat 2, Dirt 4, Wipeout: Omega Collection, the Hot Wheels expansion for Forza Horizon 3, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and more. That said, Need for Speed offers a high stakes story mode that the others don’t.
Nioh: Complete Edition
The Nioh: Complete Edition includes all of the game’s DLC. Though I only played about five hours of the core game, the combat in Nioh is fluid and an absolute joy to play. Now you can get the base game and all of its DLC for one low price.
This week’s sales are centered around Warner Bros., with a lot of appealing deals for many of their games. Here are the top deals on the list:
- Dying Light: The Following Enhanced (30% off, $20.99)
- LEGO Marvel’s Avengers (60% off, $7.99)
- Mad Max (75% off, $4.99)
- LEGO City Undercover (50% off, $19.99)
- LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Deluxe (75% off, $7.49)
- LEGO Worlds (60% off, $11.99)
- LEGO The Hobbit (75% off, $4.99)
This week, I’m gaming Super Mario Odyssey, Destiny 2, Stardew Valley and F1 2017.
What’re you playing? Comment below!