Five Games: ‘Alien: Isolation’ And Everything Else You Need To Play This Week

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 Racing Game

Driveclub (PS4, Oct. 7th)

Sony’s much-delayed PS4 racing game finally arrives this Tuesday. As the game’s name suggests, the focus of Driveclub is forming online clubs of up to six players and competing for the glory of your team, which sounds like an interesting dynamic. Will Driveclub measure up to the Xbox One’s big exclusive racer Forza Horizon 2 or Ubisoft’s upcoming The Crew? We shall see.

This Week’s Game Creating Game

Project Spark (PC & Xbox One, Oct. 7th)

Microsoft’s somewhat mysterious game/music/video maker, Project Spark comes out in full form (it’s been in Beta for a while) this week. It’s hard to say whether Project Spark will live up to Microsoft’s lofty promises, but it will be a free-to-play experience, so it may be worth tinkering with.

This Week’s Sports Game

NBA 2K15 (PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 & PS4, Oct. 7th)

Boomshakalaka! What? This isn’t NBA Jam? Oh, well, I’m sure this game is good too.

This Week’s Halloween RPG

Costume Quest 2 (PC, Oct. 7th)

Double Fine’s adorable trick-or-treating RPG, Costume Quest returns with a sequel. Costume Quest 2 features, what else, more costumes! Also, a “deeper and juicier” battle system. Sounds like a treat to me! Here’s the game’s Steam page.

Pick of the Week

Alien: Isolation (PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 & PS4, Oct. 7th)

The wait’s almost over. One of the most anticipated games of the year (by me at least) arrives tomorrow. So far the reviews have been solid (our own Dan Seitz just posted a positive one) — basically, if you’re a fan of the Alien universe and don’t mind old-school survival horror games with a slower pace and a lot of dying, then Alien: Isolation should be for you.

Another good week — I’ll admit, I do have to give the fall 2014 line-up credit for being varied. Any games you’re itching to get your hands on that I failed to mention? Hit the comments and let the world know.