Keeping track video game releases isn't as easy as it once was -- the volume of games released each week is constantly expanding, and they're spread over a mind-boggling array of platforms (consoles, PC, Mac, handhelds and mobile).
Well, I'm here to make things a little easier on you. Every week I'll rattle off five games I think you should check out. These articles are not meant to be comprehensive lists of everything coming out that week -- think of them as a nice rounded tasting menu. Each week I'll try to highlight several games from different corners of the gaming landscape (handhelds, consoles, indie, PC, you name it) then finish up with a "Pick of the Week".
Hit the jump for the five games you're going to want to check out this week...
This Week's Game You're Obligated to be Excited About If You're Canadian
NHL 14 (Xbox 360 & PS3, Sept. 10th)
The biggest game of the year arrives this week! If you're Canadian at least. I haven't sunk any serious time into an EA NHL game since NHL '94, and there's no way NHL 14 could possible be as good as that classic, but I'm sure it'll scratch your itch if you're a puck fan.
This Week's Disney Remake
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX (PS3, Sept. 10th)
2013 gets yet another Disney remake! Well, sort of. This is all a bit confusing, so hold on to your keyblades -- the ridiculously titled Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX is a compilation containing an HD version of Kingdom Hearts Final Mix (a remade/tinkered with version of the original Kingdom Hearts that previously only came out in Japan), an HD version of Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, which was a PS2 remake of the Gameboy Advance game Kingdome Hearts: Chain of Memories, and a cinematic, non-playable retelling of the Nintendo DS game Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days.
Get all that? No, me either. Enjoy Kingdom Hearts fans!
This Week's Console Port
Arma III (PC, Sept. 12th)
Bohemia Interactive's open-world, online, unrelentingly realistic tactical shooter series returns this week with Arma III. I'll admit, I'd probably rather go to actual war than delve into the scary, foreign world of Arma, but I know there's plenty of PC gamers excited for this (if only because they're waiting for the inevitable Arma III version of DayZ).
This Week's Strategy Game
Puppeteer (PS3, Sept. 10th)
Hey, remember Puppeteer? That super pretty, puppets performing on shoebox stages platformer that Sony unveiled at last year's Gamescom then never mentioned again? Well, it comes out this week and it's grabbing some very nice reviews. Oh, and by the way, it's also being sold at a nice $40 budget price.
Pick of the Week
Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs (PC, Sept. 10th)
The long-awaited sequel to the 2010 indie surprise hit Amnesia: The Dark Descent finally arrives this week. Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs (best subtitle for a video game ever) was developed by a different studio than the original, but it looks like it's going to be another heart-pounding dose of video game laxative. Uh, in a good way.
A small respite before things go completely nuts next week with a little game called Grand Theft Auto V. Planning to grab any of the above-mentioned games? Any games you're itching to get your hands on that I failed to mention? Hit the comments and let everyone know.