7 New Video Games Launching Next Week: ‘Zelda’ and More

The year is off to a great start, with a number of top notch games already out, including the hard-hitting brawler Street Fighter V, the fiendish puzzler The Witness, and the prehistoric adventure Far Cry Primal, to name a few. As if that’s not enough, next week brings another heap of noteworthy titles that span a variety of genres.

Fans of remakes and repackagings will be particularly pleased, seeing as we’re getting new versions of Heavy Rain, Mortal Kombat X, and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Even if you’re looking for something totally new, next week has plenty in store for you. Read on to see all the biggest games releasing the week of February 29.

1. Heavy Rain

Platform: PlayStation 4
Release date: March 1, 2016

Originally released in 2010, this cinematic thriller was one of the stand-out exclusives on PlayStation 3. It’s been remastered for release on PS4 with upgraded visuals, making this a great opportunity for anyone who missed it the first time around.

The game kicks off when a boy is abducted by the Origami Killer, a serial murderer who drowns his young victims in rainwater. This is an awfully dark game, with lots of horrible things happening to the characters. Many parts of the story are malleable, so your actions have consequences that play out as the plot barrels forward. If you fail to save someone at a key point, for instance, that character is dead for good. If you like dark thrillers, give Heavy Rain a look.

2. Far Cry Primal

Platform: PC
Release date: March 1, 2016

Far Cry Primal came out this week on consoles, but now it makes its way to PC. It’s an action game that brings the series way back to 10,000 B.C.E. In those days, humans were hunter-gatherers who lived in tribes and relied on each other to find resources to stay warm and fed. It was a rough life, and one players get to explore in this game about finding your missing tribe members in a dangerous world. If you happen to encounter a mammoth, tiger, or enemy tribe along the way, that’s just a part of life. Hope you remembered to sharpen your spear.

Be sure to read our review of the game and check out these tips before you play.

3. Mortal Kombat XL

Platforms: Xbox One and PlayStation 4
Release date: March 1, 2016

Mortal Kombat X came out in April of last year, but lots of downloadable content has been trickling out ever since. Isn’t it about time we got a complete — er, komplete — edition? That’s exactly what this XL version is. It has all the new characters and skin packs that have come out, plus some brand new content, including the Xenomorph from Alien.

That’s in addition to the original game’s large cast of characters. If you’re looking for heavy-hitting fighting mechanics and some of the grossest, goriest fatalities ever to grace the series, this is the game for you.

4. Return to Popolocrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale

Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Release date: March 1, 2016

Sometimes all you want to do is manage a digital farm, am I right? OK, so this game isn’t for everyone, but its laid-back pace and traditional RPG mechanics are exactly what some players need. It’s a crossover game, but you don’t need to be familiar with either the Popolocrois or Story of Seasons series to play.

All you need to know is that you’ll spend part of your time managing a farm by planting plants and raising animals, and the rest of it going on quests and fighting enemies. The combat is turn-based, but it’s also strategic in that you’ll have to worry about the placement of your party members on a grid. Will the two series come together seamlessly? Look for reviews to find out.

5. Screencheat

Platforms: Xbox One and PlayStation 4
Release date: March 1, 2016

Who says first-person shooters aren’t innovative these days? This split-screen shooter has an off-the-wall concept: The players are invisible. To locate your opponents, you have to glance over at their portion of the screen to determine where they are in the level. To make things a little easier, each room is a different color — but that still doesn’t make locating your enemies simple. It’s a smart concept that promises to freshen up online shooters for anyone who’s grown tired of them in recent years.

6. Alekhine’s Gun

Platforms: PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Release date: March 1, 2016

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 games, with the hero infiltrating enemy compounds, performing stealth kills, dressing up as enemy guards — the whole deal. Since a new Hitman game won’t be out until March 11, Alekhine’s Gun could scratch that itch.

7. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD

Platform: Wii U
Release date: March 4, 2016

Nintendo is taking its time finishing the new Zelda game it promised for Wii U, so to make it up to fans, it’s been releasing HD remakes of recent installments. The first was Wind Waker HD, which landed on Wii U in 2013. The new one is Twilight Princess, a game that originally launched on both GameCube and Wii in 2006.

The game was extremely well-received, which means this HD remaster should be even better, thanks to slightly revamped combat and upgraded graphics. Whether you’ve played it before or not, Twilight Princess HD is one just about every Wii U owner should try.

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