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

Tracer from 'Overwatch' stands with two pistols raised.

Tracer from Overwatch stands with two pistols raised. | Source: Activision Blizzard

It’s a great time to be a gamer, what with all the excellent recent releases like Doom, Uncharted 4, and Dark Souls 3. But if you’re ready for something new, you’re in luck, because a number of fine-looking games are launching next week.

Next week’s video game releases have something for everyone, whether you’re into online shooters, high-octane brawlers, or fantasy strategy games. Read on for information on all the biggest games launching the week of May 23, 2016.

1. Overwatch

Release date: May 24, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC

When developer Blizzard enters a genre it hasn’t dabbled in before, it tends to do so in grand fashion, by offering a unique, accessible spin on the standard conventions. That’s basically what’s going on in Overwatch, an online team-based shooter that pits some of the most original characters you’ve ever seen against one another. Each character is overflowing with personality, and plays an important role on your team, whether that means healing your squad-mates or absorbing enemy fire so your offensive team members can inflict maximum damage. We’ve already played it and loved it, so read our full Overwatch impressions to find out what’s in store.

2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan

Release date: May 24, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, and Xbox 360

Just in time for the new movie, everyone’s favorite mutant ninjas are back in video game form. While the game isn’t based on the movie or any other version of the Turtles, it takes inspiration from all of them to offer a new take on the team of NYC-based do-gooders. The focus here is on fast, fluid action that you and up to three friends can participate in, co-op style. If you’re playing solo, your teammates are controlled by the computer, but you can switch between characters on the fly. This one shows promise, but you’d be better off waiting for reviews before opening your wallet.

3. Total War: Warhammer

Release date: May 24, 2016
Platforms: PC

Until now, the Total War series has kept its strategy games in the realm of actual history. It’s had installments set during the Edo period in Japan, the Middle Ages, the Roman empire, and Napoleon’s rule. In this installment, it delves into the all-out fantasy world of the Warhammer universe. That means you’ll get to control troops like orcs, dwarves, magic-wielding mages, and giant spiders. But that just scratches the surface of what’s going on in this game that’s been getting stellar early reviews. Watch the trailer above for more information.

4. Downwell

Release date: May 24, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PS Vita

Don’t blink while playing Downwell, because this stylish action game requires fast thinking and fast thumbwork. As the title implies, it’s a game about descending down a monster-infested well. Your weapon is a pair of boot-mounted guns you use to slow your descent and to blast through the enemies. Along the way, you can pick up different kinds of guns and collect coins you can spend on helpful supplies. If you’re looking for a highly re-playable arcade-style game, this might be it.

5. The Last Blade 2

Release date: May 24, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PS Vita

Fighting games were enormously popular in the ’90s, so it’s no surprise that some of them pop back up every now and then This fast-paced brawler originally appeared on Neo Geo in 1998, and now makes a comeback on Sony’s systems. It’s a pixel-perfect port that retains everything from the original, with a few extras thrown in for good measure. New to this edition are six additional characters, online multiplayer, as well as Cross Play and Cross Save between the PS4 and PS Vita. Fans of old-school fighting games will want to check this one out.

6. Tropico 5: Penultimate Edition

Release date: May 24, 2016
Platform: Xbox One

This tropical sim game originally launched in 2014 to mostly positive reviews, but it has received a steady stream of additional content since then. This collection comes with everything, along with five exclusive maps.

In Tropico 5, you play as a dictator who controls a vibrant tropical island over a long swath of history. That means you use things like plantations and mines to generate revenue you can then use to expand your city and defend against invading forces. If you’ve never played a Tropico game before, don’t worry; by all accounts Tropico 5 is a great entry point for newbies, thanks to its robust tutorial and steady difficulty progression.

7. Table Top Racing: World Tour

Release date: May 26, 2016
Platform: PC

Table Top Racing is a racing game about toy cars that speed along tiny tracks. Because the cars are small, little obstacles loom large. You’ll have to dodge sushi rolls on one track and drift around a jar of peanut butter in another. In a genre that can take itself too seriously at times, this is all good fun. Better yet, the developer has incorporated combat into the game, so you can launch missiles at enemies while you roll into a skid to avoid falling off the edge of the table.

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