6 Video Games Coming Next Week: ‘Uncharted,’ ‘Doom’ and More

Who says the spring is a slow period for video game releases? This week we have not one but two tentpole games coming out, thanks to Uncharted 4 and Doom. But even if you’re not into the whole “shoot a bunch of enemies until they die” style of gameplay, you’ll want to keep on clicking through, because a handful of other games are also launching this week, including indie classics coming to new systems and a game that helps you (or your kid) draw Disney characters.

Read on for all the biggest games launching the week of May 9, 2016.

1. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Release date: May 10
Platform: PlayStation 4

The PlayStation 4 has been selling like mad since it launched in 2013. A huge chunk of the 40 million-plus PS4 owners will probably want to check out Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, seeing as it caps off one of the best video game franchises of the past decade and is getting rave reviews.

For those unfamiliar with the series, Uncharted stars Nathan Drake, explorer and treasure hunter extraordinaire. Drake lives a life that would make even Indiana Jones jealous, doing things like climbing steep cliffs, getting in epic shootouts, blowing up every vehicle he finds, and kissing the girl (or girls). This game kicks off after he’s settled down with his wife and promised to lead a normal life. But when his brother shows up, all that’s about to change.

For more information, read 7 Things You Need to Know About Uncharted 4.

2. Doom

Release date: May 13
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC

The original Doom is one of the earliest (and best) first-person shooters ever made. This revamp goes back to the series’ roots and brings all that speed, gore, and gleeful destruction to a modern shooter. It’s a semi-tongue-in-cheek romp that will see you sending the forces of hell back to where they came from. If you’re more of an online multiplayer type, check out our Doom hands-on preview.

3. Stellaris

Release date: May 9
Platform: Windows PC

Stellaris takes place in the technological future, after humans have cracked faster-than-light travel and taken to the stars. Naturally, we start colonizing other planets immediately. Your job is to find new worlds, contact alien species and civilizations, and either work with them or against them to expand your territory. Meanwhile, you’ll discover new war technology and bulk up your army — all the better to conquer bigger chunks of the universe. If that sounds like fun, keep an eye out for reviews.

4. The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth

Release date: May 10
Platform: PlayStation 4

The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth is a souped up rerelease of a game that debuted in 2011. This biblical oddity stars Isaac, a boy who hears that God has spoken to his mother and demanded that she sacrifice him to prove her faith. Isaac immediately retreats to the basement of their house, where he finds floor after floor filled with monsters he must defeat, using his tears as projectiles.

It’s depressing stuff, but the levels look like the dungeons in the original Zelda, and the weapon upgrades are zany as all get-out. Throw in some shopkeepers, boss battles, and permanent death (you always start from scratch at the beginning), and you’ve got yourself an addictive retro-style romp.

5. Super Meat Boy

Release date: May 12
Platform: Wii U

Another indie game that launched years ago on other platforms is Super Meat Boy, a delightfully challenging indie platformer that’s finally making its way to Wii U. In it, you play as a character made of raw meat whose girlfriend has been captured by a villain (not unlike Princess Peach in the Mario games). To save her, you must navigate incredibly challenging levels filled with spikes, saw blades, enemies, and even piles of salt — all of which kill you in a single hit.

It requires quick reflexes and lots of practice, but perseverance is rewarded. Helping matters along, you have unlimited lives and you respawn quickly when you die. Give this one a shot if you can handle a challenge.

6. Disney Art Academy

Release date: May 13
Platform: Nintendo 3DS

The Art Academy games are designed to bring out the artistic side of kids. This installment features over 80 Disney characters you learn how to draw through lessons that range in skill level from novice to apprentice to graduate. The game has characters like Mickey Mouse, Whinny the Poo, Buzz Lightyear, and Elsa from Frozen. It may not be for everyone, but it’s great for aspiring artists who also happen to be Disney fanatics.

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