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 Horror Game
The Evil Within (PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 & PS4, Oct. 14th)
I’m really hoping The Evil Within turns out well. Some previews for Shinji Mikami’s return to survival horror have been surprisingly negative, but then scary games don’t always come across well in bite-sized demos. The Evil Within may not end up a classic, and it probably won’t beat Alien: Isolation for horror game of the year, but if you enjoyed Resident Evil 4 even a little bit, I think this will still be worth a look.
This Week’s Online Horror Game
F.E.A.R. Online (PC, Oct. 17th)
Okay, here’s a weird one. Creepy girl ghost horror series FEAR has been turned into a free-to-play online shooter. That doesn’t sound like a great idea, but FEAR Online actually looks pretty decent, and the series has been solid up until this point, so I’m giving this the benefit of the doubt. Here’s the game’s Steam page.
This Week’s Adventure Game Remake
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition (PC & Mac, Oct. 15th)
I was never a Sierra guy when it came to adventure games, but even I have to admit that Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers was a great game. A good old-fashioned mystery packed with fun characters, surprisingly gruesome details and a few solid chuckles, Gabriel Knight still holds up well today, and now you can play it in HD with fancy new 3D graphics. The game also comes with new puzzles and bonus content for those who have already thoroughly experienced the original game. Here’s the game’s Steam page.
This Week’s Shoot ’em Up
A City Sleeps (PC & Mac, Oct. 16th)
So, what’s Harmonix up to now that the Rock Band fad is long dead? Well, they made A City Sleeps, a new stylish shoot ’em up. This is basically a rhythm game in reverse — rather than having to match up to music like in Harmonix’s past games, A City Sleeps generates original music to match the movement of you, the enemies and bullets on screen. Here’s the game’s Steam page.
Pick of the Week
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! (PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox 360 & PS3, Oct. 14th)
If you’re still holding out on buying a current-gen console, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! just might be the biggest game of the season for you. What’s to say? It’s more Borderlands! Everything you liked about the old games have been expanded and put on a bouncy, low-gravity moon. Can’t go too wrong with that.
Any games you’re itching to get your hands on that I failed to mention? Hit the comments and let the world know.