It’s been a month since the last major blockbuster game came out (Batman: Arkham Knight), which means you may be in the market for something new to play by now. Thankfully, next week has some goodies in store for us, including a reboot of a classic adventure series, a sequel to one of the biggest mobile games on the planet, and a game whose spare graphics belie a nail-biting, tense experience.
Read on to see what games are coming out the week of July 27.
Releases July 28 on PlayStation 4
What do you have left when you peel nearly everything off the bones of a side-scrolling platformer? You have something like N++, the third installment in a series of hyper-challenging, impossible-to-put-down games.
The graphics may be minimal, but the gameplay is fully intact. You play as a graceful, nimble ninja who has to make it from point A to point B without being killed by the enemies and devious traps in between. If you can collect all the coins in each level, so much the better.
This sequel has a multiplayer mode as well as a level editor to keep you coming back long after you’ve beaten the (literally) hundreds of stages that ship with the game.
2. King’s Quest Episode 1: A Knight to Remember
Releases July 28 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC
Releases July 29 on Xbox One and Xbox 360
King’s Quest is a series of classic adventure games made by Sierra Entertainment between 1984 and 1998. They center around the royal family of Daventry, telling fantastical tales that often include characters like Little Red Riding Hood and Dracula.
After a long hiatus the series is back, with an episodic adventure that looks great in previews. The setup is that King Graham, the star of most of the original games, has grown old, and has taken to telling stories of his youth to his granddaughter Gwendolyn. Each episode will have you control Gwendolyn during the current timeline, and then switch to the young King Graham during story time. If you like a good old-fashioned adventure game, this is definitely one to check out.
3. Lost Dimensions
Releases July 28 on PlayStation 3 and PS Vita
An evil madman named The End has set the apocalypse in motion as this turn-based strategy game kicks off, and it’s up to your team of super soldiers to climb his tower to stop him.
Each floor is a new level, complete with a group of enemies waiting to be confronted. You pick your characters to send in, each of whom is outfitted with unique special abilities. You have a limited number of points to spend to move them on the battlefield and launch their attacks. Success requires planning and strategic thinking. Oh, and there’s a twist: One member of your team is a traitor. If that sounds like fun, keep a look out for reviews.
4. BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma EXTEND
Releases July 28 on PS Vita
While it might not have the name recognition of Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat, BlazBlue is a solid series of games that have earned the respect of the hardcore fighting game community — which is no small task.
The latest entry is a souped-up re-release of BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma, a game that launched on previous generation systems last year. New to EXTEND are two additional characters, a new stage, a new mode, and a number of tweaked gameplay mechanics to keep the characters balanced just right. If you’re in the market for a serious handheld fighting game, look no further.
5. Angry Birds 2
Releases July 30 on iOS and Android
For years it seemed like you couldn’t turn around without bumping into someone wearing a piece of Angry Birds gear. While the franchise’s cultural cachet may be on the decline thanks to newer mobile games like Clash of Clans, developer Rovio would like to keep people flinging birds, at least until the movie launches in 2016. To that end, it’s releasing the first official sequel to the 2009 game Angry Birds.
It’s far from the second outing in the franchise, but the number 2 in the title indicates an evolution of the pig-destroying gameplay formula. So far Rovio is being coy with the details, but that may change in the days leading up to the release.
6. The Swindle
Releases July 28 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PS Vita and PC
Releases July 31 on Xbox One
Billed as a “steampunk cybercrime caper,” The Swindle puts you in the shoes of a thief who breaks into well-guarded places, hacks into their computers, and makes off with their cash. The gameplay is stealthy and the art style is unique. Keep an eye on this one if you like side-scrolling stealth games.