Every week, it feels like there are more games for more platforms than ever. So, every week, we pick out five games that are worth your time and money. Starting, this week, with fighting games, of both the sporting and the over-the-top kind
Pick Of The Week: EA Sports UFC 3, Friday ($60, PS4 and Xbox One)
It took a lot of work, but EA’s simulation of combat sports has finally found itself in GOAT territory. It might be as close as you get to being in the octagon short of UFC fighters coming to your house to beat you up. Which we hope isn’t happening to you, but if it is, see if you can get Nate Diaz’s autograph first?
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, Today ($60, PS4)
If you prefer your fighting to involve Final Fantasy characters, try this fighting game/action-RPG hybrid, which is sort of a cross between a traditional 3D fighting game and a party-based RPG brawl where you switch between your squad while the computer controls the others and try to put the other team in the ground.
Cold Iron, Today ($20, PSVR)
Puzzle shooters are rare, and this VR game, where you play a cowboy slapping iron and where every bullet counts, is a welcome addition. Each level requires you to figure out the sequence and sharpshoot your targets, without getting blasted yourself.
Railway Empire, Today ($50, Xbox One and PS4)
As you might guess from the title, this sim game throws you into the Old West, where you try to build a rail empire and force the other teams out of business. So if you prefer to lay track to punching faces, go forth and build.
Wulverblade, Today ($15, PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC)
Finally, if you like a little violent history, Wulverblade takes you back to 120 AD, when the Romans were trying to “pacify” Britain. You play a bunch of Celts who aren’t fans of the Romans and who stab their way through the Ninth Legion in classic Golden Axe style beat-em-up fashion.