Five Games: ‘Evolve’ And Everything Else You Need To Play This Week

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 Handheld Remake

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D (3DS, Feb. 13th)

Nintendo’s strangest, most hardcores-only Zelda game returns on the 3DS this week. This version of Majora’s Mask of course features revamped, stereoscopic 3D graphics, as well as a host of tweaks that make the game’s unique three day system a little easier to deal with. Finally play the game Zelda snobs have been trying to push on you for the past 15 years. Also, if you’re in the market for a new 3DS, make sure to grab the fantastic looking Majora’s Mask themed New 3DS.

This Week’s Holy Strategy Game

Cults & Daggers (PC & Mac, Feb. 12th)

Have you always liked the religious aspects of Civilization, but wish they were more complex? Well, then Cults & Daggers is for you. The game takes place between the death of Buddha and the birth of Christ, and challenges you to found and spread your own unique religion. Yup, this one won’t cause any controversy at all. Here’s the game’s Steam page.

This Week’s Trippy Music/Adventure Game

A.V. (PC, Mac & Linux, Feb. 13th)

Okay, how to explain A.V.? Basically, you play as a cute little music algorithm that lives inside a computer, who can only see his surroundings through music. What this means in practice, is that in order to light up and explore the world of A.V. you need to play music – every note you play acts like a pulse of light. Different instruments will also light up the world in different ways. Yeah, it’s a fairly complex concept, but the trailer above explains it fairly well (better than I’m doing). Here’s the games Steam page.

This Week’s Dino Killing RPG

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (3DS, Feb. 13rd)

After a lengthy delay, the fourth entry in the Monster Hunter series finally comes to North America. In Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate you kill dinosaur-like monsters, use their hides and guts to make more awesome weapons, then kill even bigger, nastier dino-monsters. That’s really are there is to it, but what more do you need?

Pick of the Week

Evolve (PC, Xbox One & PS4, Feb. 10th)

Evolve, the next big co-op, team-based shooter from Turtle Rock Studios (the guys behind Left 4 Dead) arrives this week. The hook of Evolve is that you can either play as part of a four-player team trying to take down a giant alien beast, or you can play as the beast itself, who has the ability to quickly evolve by killing and eating other aliens or hunters. There’s a lot of hype surrounding this one, but unlike some other heavily promoted games (coughDestinycough) Evolve looks like a damn solid, fun game underneath the ballyhoo.

First really big week of the year. Any games you’re itching to get your hands on that I failed to mention? Hit the comments and let the world know.