Every week, it seems like there’s more games for more platforms than ever before. So we pick five games out of the crowd every Tuesday that are worth your time and attention. Starting, this week, with one of the more interesting adventure games to hit consoles.
Pick Of The Week: Life Is Strange: Before The Storm ($40, PS4, Xbox One)
Yes, we know, we’ve talked up this game a lot, but there’s a reason. This prequel to Life Is Strange makes some bold moves and has some pretty great ideas for the adventure game series, and if for some reason you’ve missed it, now you get a chance to pick it up in a boxed edition and follow Chloe as she tries to navigate some choppy waters before the original game’s events. It also includes a new episode, ‘Farewell,’ that offers a bittersweet sendoff for a key character.
Scribblenauts Showdown, Today ($40, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch)
The adorable franchise delivers a party game where you have to come up with the most creative response. And yes, it gets absurd, fast, which is the whole point.
Warhammer: Vermintide 2, Thursday ($40, PC)
The ever-more-sprawling collection of Games Workshop video games adds a sequel with this first-person hack-and-slash game following up the original. Leaving aside the absurd complexity of the plot in the miniatures game, you go out and stab orcs and rat-men while trying to ignore the increasingly questionable low fantasy plot idea that entire races of sentient beings are inherently evil and therefore deserve genocide to be visited on them by white dudes. Bonus points to whoever reenacts a Frank Frazetta painting while stabbing!
One-Eyed Kutkh, Friday ($3, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch)
An alien crashes in the Far North, and has to figure out how to fix his ship. This indie game is as much about the story, based on fairy tales from Russia’s northern frontier as it is about solving puzzles.
North, Today ($3, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PS Vita)
In this unusual adventure game, you play somebody escaping from the southern part of an unknown country, and have to figure out how to get asylum as a refugee in the titular north. It’s an interesting approach to the refugee crises unfolding across the world, although that’s undeniably an ambitious topic.
Any games we missed? Let us know in the comments!