Consoles, PCs, handhelds, Facebook, smartphones — the world of gaming is becoming increasingly confusing and fragmented, but don’t worry, we’re here to simplify things for you. Each week I’ll rattle off five games I think you might want to check out this week. Keep in mind, these articles aren’t meant to be comprehensive lists of everything coming out that week so much as a nice rounded tasting menu. So, let’s get to it…
This Week’s Action RPG
Battle Princess of Arcadias (PS3, June 17th)
Battle Princess of the Arcadias is a new side-scrolling action-RPG featuring a very pretty hand-drawn art style. Basically, the game looks like a solid imitation of Vanillaware games like Odin Sphere and Dragon’s Crown, just with less jiggling boobs. Don’t look for this one in stores, it’s only available through PSN.
This Week’s Rhythm Puzzle Game
Magical Beat (PS Vita, June 17th)
From the makers of Guilty Gear and BlazBlue, comes Magical Beat, a game that mixes match-three puzzling with rhythm game timing. It looks slightly mind boggling, but fun. Much like the last game, this one’s only available via PSN.
This Week’s Obscure Sim Game
Pro Cycling Manager 2014 (PC, June 19th)
Until things pick up again, it looks like the weekly obscure sim game is going to be a regular thing! This week, Pro Cycling Manager 2014. I’m sure some people must be interested in this. French people probably.
This Week’s Puzzle-Platformer
Pushmo World (Wii U, June 19th)
Nintendo’s previously 3DS-exclusive Pushmo series comes to the Wii U! The Pushmo games are puzzle-platformers that have you pushing and pulling blocks to create elaborate staircases that will allow you to climb to the top of various structures. The games are simple, but adorable and deceptively fun.
Pick of the Week
EA Sports UFC (Xbox One & PS4, June 9th)
Yup, a sports game nabs Pick of the Week for, uh, maybe the first time ever? But hey, I like sports where guys (and girls) punch each other in the face, and it looks like EA is putting a lot of effort into EA Sports UFC (it’s developed by EA Canada, the guys behind the always reliable NHL series). So yeah, get in there and break a few legs.
It’s going to be a long, not particularly game-filled summer! Any games you’re itching to get your hands on that I failed to mention? Hit the comments and let the world know.