Welcome to the biggest single week in gaming for the year. (Note: This may not be entirely true. But this Friday is baller, and that isn’t even counting the release of Stranger Things season two). While I will most likely be playing Super Mario Odyssey on the Nintendo Vita 2 — it that right? Sound like the right name for the console — Assassin’s Creed and Wolfenstein have enticing new games releasing that same day. There also might be a hidden gem releasing on PSN, if you catch my drift. Without further ado, here are my top PSN Picks for this week:
Assassin’s Creed: Origins (releases Friday)
Here’s my history with Assassin’s Creed: The first one I played was AC3, and that was only because I love the American Revolution. I really enjoyed the game overall, but didn’t care for the main character and heavily disliked the “present day” stuff. Black Flag was one of the games I got around launch of the PS4, and while I enjoyed it, I never did actually finish it partially due to the ship combat. I skipped Unity in part because of the reported bugs, and jumped in on Syndicate when I got it on sale. And I absolutely LOVED Syndicate. (Again, largely due to the time period it was set in).
Aside from the general past setting of the games, I’m also drawn to the overall story and the struggle between the two entities of Assassins and Templars. Ancient Egypt is a cool locale, and the story is exploring the beginning — or, origins? — of the entire series. While I’m not there on day one, this could well be a purchase over the holidays.
Hidden Agenda is the party-based game from Until Dawn developers Supermassive, and it looks really cool. The game follows a police officer as she rises to detective and investigates a variety of cases. The idea with this game is to play with a group of people who are on their smartphones. During the game, your group will vote on the different actions to take throughout the game, creating a branching narrative. There is also a competitive mode that gives players “hidden agendas” that the other players have to suss out and deny.
This all sounds really cool, and the game looks great. However, it is unclear how long a playthrough is, or how exactly it works in single-player. Can it be played on a regular controller at all? Hidden Agenda has all the makings of a fun party game, but I’ll be waiting for reviews before diving in.
Just Dance 2018
Just kidding. (Though I’d totally be on board for a new Dance Dance Revolution game…)
The Mummy Demastered
This is a sidescrolling, pixel-art Metroidvania throw-back tie-in to the newest Mummy movie franchise. Developed by WayForward — who also developed the Shantae games, DuckTales: Remastered and much more — The Mummy Demastered has a great lineage behind it. Essentially, if you like the old-school aesthetic, it sounds like this will be your jam.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
The other YUUUUUGE release this Friday is Wolfenstein II. No, I haven’t played the New Order from a couple years ago, but this sequel looks great — and, sadly, feels all the more timely in the current climate of America.
This week’s sales continue the “Sale of the Dead,” promotion. There’s also a discount on NIS America games this week Here’s the best new deals of the week. (Some deals, such as last week’s Witcher 3 deal, are still alive).
- Danganronpa 1-2 Reload ($23.99, from $39.99)
- PSYCHO-PASS: Mandatory Happiness ($15.99 on PS4, or $11.99 on Vita, down from $39.99 or $29.99)
- The Evil Within ($9.99, regularly $19.99)
- The Last of Us Remastered ($9.99, regularly $19.99)
- Organ Trail Complete Edition ($1.99, regularly $9.99)
This week, I’m gaming Destiny 2, NBA 2K18, Stardew Valley and GT Sport. I’ve also started streaming What Remains of Edith Finch on the new Early Morning Gamer streams. Every Monday and Thursday at 6 a.m., I will be streaming a game. I’m hoping to wrap up Edith Finch this week! Come hang out at 6 a.m. Eastern Time (or catch the stream on YouTube any time!)
What’re you playing? Comment below!