Keeping track of all the games arriving each week on PC, handhelds, consoles and mobile is no easy task, but don’t worry, I’m here to help. Every week in Five Games I separate the wheat from the chaff and pick the titles you need to pay attention to.
We recently freshened up the Five Games format a bit. The Pick of the Week is now listed first, and the rest of the games are filed under headings that will hopefully be more helpful for you. Looking for the latest indie hotness? Check the Steam picks. Want to download something for your Xbox One or PS4 on a Saturday night? Hit up the Console Downloads section. So, without further ado…
Pick of the Week
Grow Up (PC, Xbox One & PS4, Aug. 16)
Last year Ubisoft took a break from Assassin’s Creed and Tom Clancy to create Grow Home, an innovative little platformer that tasked players with guiding an adorable robot named BUD up a giant beanstalk. That wasn’t as easy as it sounds, as BUD and the beanstalk were procedurally animated, requiring you to pay a lot of attention to how you climb.
With Grow Up, Ubisoft expands the concept, as you now explore an open world packed with multiple beanstalks and other things to climb. BUD will, of course, have a much greater variety of abilities and tools as well. Will the bigger, more elaborate Grow Up deliver the same charms as Grow Home? It remains to be seen, but the chances appear good.