6 Video Games Launching Next Week: ‘The Division’ and More

The year is off to a great start, with a number of top-notch games already out, including the fiendish puzzler The Witness and the prehistoric adventure Far Cry Primal. If that’s not enough, next week brings another stack of noteworthy titles that span a variety of genres. This week has two big launches in The Division and Hitman, but fans of indie games and niche genres will be well served too. Read on to see all the biggest games releasing the week of March 7, 2016.

1. Tom Clancy’s The Division

Release date: March 8, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC

A post-apocalyptic shooter with a focus on team-based gameplay, The Division is the week’s biggest release. The world has been ravaged by mass death and disease, and it’s up to you and a team of high-tech soldiers to restore peace to a swath of New York City.

Unfortunately, Ubisoft isn’t sending out early review copies, which means fans who are interested should check out early impressions before dropping $60 on it. That said, we’ve spent several hours playing it over the past few months, and our experience with the game has been very positive.

2. Shardlight

Release date: March 8, 2016
Platform: Windows PC

If you have fond memories of playing old-school adventure games like Beneath a Steel Sky and Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, you’ll want to check out Shardlight. It’s made in the same pixelated style, with top-notch voice acting and set a dark, ruined world (not unlike that of The Division, come to think of it). You play as a woman looking for the cure to a plague that killed off much of the population. Watch the trailer above to see if it’s the kind of thing you’re interested in.

3. Hitman

Release date: March 11, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC

If you like sneaking through fabulous international locations and strangling bad guys from the shadows, Hitman is the game for you. Some fans of the series raised their eyebrows at the game’s unusual episodic release schedule, but the beta made me come around on the idea. This game is shaping up to be deep, fun, and highly re-playable, with a variety of ways to complete each mission. Keep an eye out for reviews.

4. Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition

Release date: March 11
Platforms: Xbox One and Windows PC

This gorgeous platformer launched last year to incredibly positive reviews. This new version contains the core game, plus brand-new downloadable content that includes a sizable new area to explore, new modes, and a couple of additional moves for the nimble protagonist. Also, every save point now also functions as a fast travel location, so it’s easier than ever to grab all the goodies you missed on distant parts of the map. Basically, it’s a bigger, better version of a game that was already phenomenal. Check it out if you missed it last year.

5. Alekhine’s Gun

Release date: March 11, 2016
Platform: Windows PC

Developer Maximum Games tends to fly under the radar with titles that don’t get a lot of attention, including games like Farming Simulator and Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments (which, by the way, is free to Xbox Live Gold subscribers in March). The company’s latest effort is a third-person stealth game set during the Cold War in the 1960s. You play as a Soviet assassin who’s been recruited by the U.S. to run missions around the globe in order to prevent nuclear war.

Early gameplay makes it look similar to Hitman, with the hero infiltrating enemy compounds, performing stealth kills, dressing up as enemy guards — the whole deal. On the other hand, you can play the first episode of the official new Hitman game on March 11, too, so check out the reviews to see which one reigns supreme.

6. WWE 2K16

Release date: March 11, 2016
Platform: Windows PC

All you wrestling fans will want to take a look at WWE 2K16, the latest in the yearly franchise famous for body slams, pile drivers, and flying elbows. This year’s model limits the number of reversals you’ll be able to pull off each match, so you can’t annoy other players by reversing all of their moves. It also lets you attack other players during their entrances, which might lose you a friend or two, but should be hilarious.

The game launched on consoles last year, but to make it up to PC gamers, this version includes all the DLC that came out for it.

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