6 Video Games Launching Next Week: ‘Quantum Break’ and More

To be honest, this week’s video game releases offered somewhat slim pickings for gamers. Not to worry, because things really kick into gear next week. Assuming you’re ready to move past recent titles like the stealth assassination simulator Hitman and the post-apocalyptic shooter The Division, a whole new crop of big games is ready to absorb all of your free time. Read on to find out about all the games launching the week of April 4, 2016.

1. Quantum Break

Release date: April 5, 2016
Platform: Xbox One

Quantum Break, by the makers of Max Payne and Alan Wake, is a third-person shooter that was made alongside a live-action television series. The idea is that you’ll play a section of the game, then watch an episode of the show, then lather, rinse, and repeat. Some of the scenes in the episodes presented to you will depend on the choices you made in the game.

While this isn’t the first video game to have a TV show tie-in, the way the two interact here sounds interesting. Don’t expect innumerable branching pathways, but if this multimedia project coalesces into a powerful whole, it could turn out to be a very interesting project. If you want more info, check out these “7 Things You Need to Know About Quantum Break.”

2. DiRT Rally

Release date: April 5, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Traditionally, the DiRT series of racing games has been all about spectacle, focusing on arcade-style jumps, drifts, and crashes. With Rally, the series has left that behind in favor of ultra-challenging realistic rally racing. Rally races, for those unfamiliar, go over all kinds of terrain, often in adverse weather conditions. What makes this game stand out is that you have a co-pilot in the passenger seat giving you directions and warning you about upcoming dangers on the track.

Reviews are already rolling in, and it looks like DiRT Rally doesn’t disappoint.

3. Vive VR Headset

Release date: April 5, 2016
Platform: Windows PC

The age of virtual reality gaming has begun — at least that’s how gamers in the future will remember 2016 if this technology takes off. With the Oculus Rift already rolling out to early adopters, the next big thing is the HTC Vive, a “room-scale” VR device that offers even more ways to interact with games than the Rift — if you can foot the hefty bill. This thing costs $800, and that’s not including the price of the powerful PC you’ll need to run it.

If you can foot the bill, the Vive does look impressive. It comes with a headset, two handheld motion controllers, and two motion sensors you set up in your room so the device can track your your whole body. That means you’ll have to dedicate a sizable chunk of living space to VR if you really want to take advantage of this thing. That’s a lot to ask of gamers, but if you have the money and the space, it promises to be a lot of fun. Look for reviews on launch day.

4. Assassin’s Creed Chronicles

Release date: April 5, 2016
Platform: PS Vita

The three side-scrolling stealth games collected here have been released digitally over the past year on other systems. They’ve gotten mediocre reviews, but if the Vita is your main gaming machine, you’re probably hungry for new games. In that case, it may be worth buying.

So what is it? It’s a whole new take on the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Much of the gameplay consists of sticking to the shadows to sneak past patrolling guards, or to kill them if you’re feeling frisky. If you find yourself in a pinch, you can use a number of abilities and items (like smoke bombs) that will help you make a clean getaway.

The game is full of swordplay and drenched in blood, of which you’ll get an eyeful thanks to the dynamic camera that swoops in to capture the action. If the core Assassin’s Creed series has grown a little stale for you over the past eight years, Chronicles might be just the game to reignite your interest.

5. Dead Star

Release date: April 5, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PC

If multiplayer space combat is your kind of thing, you’ll want to take a look at Dead Star. Thanks to the neon bullets flying every which way, it resembles lots of other space shooters of recent years. The difference is that Dead Star is online. You and your friends (or random strangers) engage in 10-on-10 battles that center around capturing outposts. As you play, you can upgrade and customize your ship. PlayStation Plus subscribers should note that this game is free for the month of April (along with five other games), so it’s probably worth downloading if you have any interest at all. Watch the trailer above to see it in action.

6. Battleborn open beta

Release date: April 8 to 18
Platform: PlayStation 4

From the makers of Borderlands comes Battleborn, a unique first-person shooter that incorporates ideas from MOBA games like Dota 2. That means the game features a number of unique characters to choose from, and everyone starts off each match with nothing but your basic loadout. From there, you can level up and gain abilities as you play. If regular shooters have left you wanting more lately, download the beta and give Battleborn a shot. All the details you need are right here.

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