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 Frustration Fest
1001 Spikes (PC, Mac, PS4, Wii U & 3DS, June 3rd)
1001 Spikes is a spiffed-up remake of Aban Hawkins & The 1000 Spikes, the intentionally frustrating-as-hell platformer released as an Xbox Live Indie Game a couple years back. This new version adds multiplayer co-op and, based on the title, at least one more spike to the mix.
This Week’s Arcade Throwback
Ionball 2: Ionstorm (PC, June 6th)
Ionball 2 appears to be a fairly straightforward modern take on block-busting arcade classic Breakout, with one bit twist — now the blocks shoot back! Looks like some solid mindless fun.
This Week’s Detective Game
Murdered: Soul Suspect (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 & PS4, June 3rd)
Square-Enix’s Murdered: Soul Suspect has been flying pretty low under the radar, which usually isn’t a great sign for a big budget game like this, but the game’s premise remains intriguing. You play a ghost detective who has to solve his own murder by reading minds and influencing the still-living people around you. That’s a cool idea, and from the sounds of it, Souls Suspect is pretty much a pure adventure game (as opposed to an action game with bits of adventure stuff here and there), which is a pretty rare thing in the triple-A sphere. I’m willing to at least give this one a chance.