8 New Video Games Launching Next Week: ‘Star Fox’ and More

Are you looking for a new video game to dive into? Let’s say you’re ready to move past other recent releases like the challenging yet compelling Dark Souls III and the “game based on a movie based on a game” Ratchet & Clank. A whole new crop of great-looking games will be unleashed on the world next week. To help you sort through them, we’ve gathered all the information you need right here. Read on to find out about all the biggest games launching the week of April 18, 2016.

1. Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

Platform: PC
Release date: April 18, 2016

The game Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc that launched on Steam a few months ago is considered visual novel, thanks to its heavy emphasis on narration and dialog. The demented story it told was of 15 high schoolers locked in a school by an insane teddy bear. The bear would only let them escape if they killed a fellow classmate without being discovered. It was a surprisingly funny game, with a roller coaster of a plot and gameplay reminiscent of the Phoenix Wright series. This sequel is set on a desert island, but delivers more of the same – which isn’t a bad thing, considering the high marks the first one received.

2. Axiom Verge

Platform: PS Vita
Release date: April 19, 2016

Nintendo has ignored the Metroid series for years now, so Tom Happ, the maker of Axiom Verge, has stepped up to deliver a similar exploration-heavy action game. You play as a scientist who wakes up in a strange world full of sprawling environments, alien enemies, and useful items scattered around. And yes, Happ is the sole creator of this game. He did the art, programming, and music all by himself, which is an astounding feat. The game was well received when it launched on PS4 last year, so expect much the same from this handheld version.

3. Invisible, Inc. Console Edition

Platform: PlayStation 4
Release date: April 19, 2016

Your job in this turn-based tactical game is to infiltrate corporate compounds, complete a mission, and escape — preferably without sparking a shootout. If you do the job exceptionally, the enemy will never know you were there at all. It’s a turn-based game that has you juggling the action points you have with the actions you want to take. It’s a smart system that earned the game good reviews when it launched on PC last year. This PS4 version is a safe bet.

4. Lichdom: Battlemage

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release date: April 19, 2016

In most fantasy action games like this, you get to choose your character class, from knights to rogues to clerics. In Lichdom: Battlemage, the whole game centers on a mage who can cast powerful spells to wipe out enemies. The game revolves around crafting whatever spells you want to use and sending them at enemies. But unlike in most games, you don’t have a pesky mana bar that depletes as you use your powers. Your magic abilties are limitless. That means your success depends on what kinds of spells you craft and how well you use them. The game has been out for a while on PC, where it received fairly positive reviews.

5. The Banner Saga 2

Platform: PC
Release date: April 19, 2016

If you like Vikings and turn-based strategy games, The Banner Saga 2 will be right up your alley. Your army sets out on a desolate march across the land, taking on opposing armies to gain the upper hand and eventually victory. It’s a fairly standard strategy game, but it’s wrapped in a bleak but touching story — much like its excellent predecessor. Thankfully, the characters are wonderful, and the graphics and presentation are top notch. Look for reviews at launch if that sounds appealing.

6. Star Fox Zero

Platform: Wii U
Release date: April 22, 2016

As Nintendo has shifted focus to the NX console, the game releases on Wii U have slowed to a crawl. They’re not done yet, though, as evidenced by Star Fox Zero, a sequel to the long-running series about animal space pilots. Star Fox Zero sticks close to the 1997 game Star Fox 64, which means you’ll navigate treacherous interstellar environments and shoot down enemy ships with friends like Slippy the toad and Falco the pheasant — only this time you’ll use the GamePad to do so. Most early impressions of the game have raised concerns about Zero‘s unusual tilt-based controls. That could turn out to be a deal-breaker, so be sure to wait for reviews before buying.

7. Star Fox Guard

Platform: Wii U
Release date: April 22, 2016

Anyone who buys the retail version of Star Fox Zero gets Star Fox Guard as a pack-in, but it will also be available separately as a digital download. It’s a tower defense game that uses the Wii U’s GamePad in a unique way. The screen on the GamePad shows feeds from a dozen cameras placed around each map. When you see enemies approaching on a video feed, you tap it to gain control of a gun turret the camera happens to be mounted on. Then it’s all about blasting them away before enemies sneak up on you from another direction.

8. Lumo

Platform: PlayStation 4, PS Vita
Release date: April 22, 2016

If you’re a fan of charm and joy, you’ll want to keep an eye on Lumo, a puzzle platformer that stars a cute little guy in a mage’s hat. You explore the game’s environments room by room, jumping around, pushing crates, and traversing moving platforms to make your way from point A to point B. The game comes with 450 rooms that are filled with secrets and puzzles for you to solve. Watch the trailer above to see if it looks like your kind of adventure.

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