6 Games Launching Next Week: ‘Witcher 3’ Says Goodbye

Spring has been a killer season for gamers, what with recent titles like Overwatch, Doom, and Uncharted 4 launching just in the past few weeks. But if you’re ready for something new, you’re in luck, because a number of fine-looking games are coming next week, even if none of them is quite as big those.

Next week’s video game releases have something for everyone, whether you’re into fantasy epics, zombies, or the ritzy life of international assassins. Read on for the scoop about all the biggest games launching the week of May 30, 2016.

1. The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine

Release date: May 31, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox, PC

The stunning fantasy epic Witcher 3 is finally coming to a close with the release of its last expansion, Blood and Wine. This new DLC brings monster-hunter-for-hire Geralt to the land of Toussaint, a sunny place inspired by France that’s much more cheery and wealthy than most of the settings in the core game. The expansion takes about 20 hours to beat, making it more content-rich than many other full games. Based on early reviews, Blood and Wine is looking like a fitting capstone to one of the best games to come out in years.

2. Hitman: Marrakesh

Release date: May 31, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

If you enjoy sneaking through fabulous locations and strangling bad guys from the shadows, Hitman is the game for you. This third episode brings Agent 47 to Marrakesh, where you’re tasked with two main missions: killing a banker and killing an army general. Both targets are well guarded, so you’ll have to figure out how to get in and do the job without being spotted. Throw in a few limited-time targets and tons of optional challenges, and you’re looking at several hours’ worth of murderous fun. The previous episodes have been well received, so it’s safe to assume this one will live up to its potential.

3. The Elder Scrolls Online – Dark Brotherhood

Release date: May 31, 2016
Platforms: PC

Console gamers will have to wait a couple of weeks, but Windows and Mac gamers get this expansion to Bethesda’s MMO this week. The story here takes place on the Gold Coast, where you find out someone has been killing Brotherhood agents. It’s your job to root out the killer and put a stop to the madness. Along the way, you get a new passive skill tree and a heap of assassination side quests to run at your leisure. The expansion is free to ESO Plus subscribers, or can be purchased using crowns, the in-game currency.

4. Dead Island: Definitive Collection

Release date: May 31, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

This HD remastered collection includes Dead Island, Dead Island: Riptide, and all the DLC ever released for both games. It also packs a new endless running game called Dead Island Retro Revenge that, judging by its trailer, looks pretty boring. But the first two games are the meat of the package, and they’re basically action-RPGs that have you hacking your way through hordes of the undead. Along the way, you’ll find tons of loot, upgrades, and weapons you can equip, along with experience points to help you fill out your skill tree.

The Dead Island games are fun, but they’re not exactly modern classics. Feel free to skip this one if you’re feeling a little burned out on zombies lately.

5. Dangerous Golf

Release date: June 3, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

What do you do after you make one of the best racing game series of all time? You make a golf game, of course. Helmed by veterans of the Burnout series, developer Three Fields Entertainment has crafted the most explosive golf game you’re likely to find anywhere on the planet.

Your job is to whack golf balls through indoor locations, destroying as much stuff as possible. Your score is based on the monetary value of the things you break, so you’ll want to make sure to hit all the priceless artifacts on display. Oh yeah, and your golf ball can explode to nab you some bonus points. This one looks like silly fun, so look for reviews when it launches.

6. Hard Reset Redux

Release date: June 3, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One

This explosive shooter originally launched on PC in 2011, but it’s finally making its way to consoles. The game takes place in a future when humans can upload their consciousness into computers. The only problem is that the advanced robots we’ve created along the way want to wipe us out, including the servers holding our brains.

It’s up to you to blast the hell out of the mechanical enemies, so that’s exactly what you’ll do. The game packs in tons of high-octane action, but reviews of the original suggest that it’s a little too short and repetitive to fully recommend. Still, if you’ve ripped and torn your way through the recent Doom and you want more stylish action like that, Hard Reset Redux may be worth a try.

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