PCs, handhelds, mobile, console, indies, triple A, free-to-play — the gaming scene gets more diverse and difficult to follow by the day, but thankfully, I’m here ever week to guide you through what’s happening with games.
As always, 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 Game of Cops ‘n’ Robbers
Battlefield Hardline (PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 & PS4, March 17)
The new cops ‘n’ robbers reimagining of EA’s Battlefield series arrives this week. It’s “Hooray for police brutality!” tone is a bit troubling, but it’s action looks solid, and it’s about time Battlefield differentiated itself from Call of Duty in some major way.
This Week’s Party Game
Mario Party 10 (Wii U, March 20)
Yup, Nintendo’s still doing the Mario Party thing. The major addition to this entry is Bowser Party, a new asymmetrical take on the Mario Party formula, where one gamer controls Bowser with the Gamepad, while everyone else controls Mario and pals with Wiimotes. Mario Party 10 is unlikely to break much new ground, but it should deliver dependable fun.
This Week’s Episodic Game
Warning: The trailer below may contain some Episode 1 spoilers.
Tales from the Borderlands – Episode 2 (PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 & PS4, March 17)
Hey, remember Telltale’s Tales from the Borderlands series? I’ll forgive you if you’ve forgotten because it’s been nearly five months since they released a new episode, but the series is finally starting back up again this month. The first episode was a pretty solid romp, so hopefully Telltale hasn’t lost the plot.
This Week’s Other Episodic Game
Warning: The trailer below may contain some Episode 1–3 spoilers.
Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 4 (PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 & PS4, March 10)
Here, we have the final episode of Resident Evil: Revelations 2. This game has steadily improved with each new episode, so hopefully this will be a killer capper. Look for a review of the full game soon.
Pick of the Week
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD (Xbox One & PS4, March 17)
The action-heavy PSP game Final Fantasy Type-0 returns this week after undergoing a major HD renovation. Type-0 is a pretty good game by all accounts, but the real reason you’re going to want the game is that it comes with a code for Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae. As of right now, buying Type-0 is the only way to get the Final Fantasy XV demo, so Square Enix kind of have those of us who want a sneak peak over a barrel.