6 Video Games Launching This Week: ‘Broken Age’ and More
Are you still playing Bloodborne? Evolve? How about Battlefield: Hardline? If you’ve plowed through the tentpole games that came out in the first quarter of the year and you’re looking for more AAA titles, you won’t find much this week. But don’t worry about your consoles going unused. Plenty of smaller titles and niche games are launching to keep you chugging along.
Whether you’re into adventure games, top-down shooters, survivalist RPGs, golf, or even Japanese pop music, you’ll find something to play. The cup overflows. Read on to find out what games are launching across all systems the week of April 27, 2015.
1. Broken Age
- Coming April 28 to PlayStation 4 and PS Vita, with Act II coming to PC and mobile
Fifteen months is a long time to wait for the second half of a game. That’s the slog endured by customers of Broken Age, a point-and-click adventure from Double Fine Games that was successfully Kickstarted a couple of years ago.
The game follows the lives of two teenage protagonists whose worlds don’t seem to have anything to do with one another. Vella lives in a land where a giant beast terrorizes the villages unless they offer it a young maiden each year. Vella is this year’s pick, so she’s determined to find a way to kill the beast before her village offers her up as a sacrifice.
The other half of the game centers on Shay, a lonely young man on a space ship. He’s apparently the only person left of his civilization and has been sent out to space to find a suitable home. His only interactions are with the parent-like computer AI powering his ship.
The first act was well received last year, earning an 82 on Metacritic. If the second act maintains the same standard of quality, now would be a great time to play (and/or replay) the whole thing.
2. State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition
- Coming April 28 to Xbox One
If you thought surviving the zombie apocalypse would be easy, State of Decay is here correct that line of thinking for you. This game, which launched on Xbox 360 in 2013, is now making its way to the new generation of Microsoft hardware alongside all of its downloadable content.
The premise of the game is that you’re one of the survivors, so you have to make the most of your limited resources to fend off herds of zombies. Plus, you have to maintain relationships with your fellow survivors, tend to wounds, and make sure you don’t become fatigued. It’s a lot to handle simultaneously, but the game makes it worthwhile, rewarding, and even fun.
3. Tropico 5
- Coming April 28 to PS4
This tropical sim game came out on other platforms last year to mostly positive reviews, but it’s now making its way to the PS4. The game has you play as a dictator who controls a vibrant tropical island. That means you use things like plantations and mines to generate revenue that you can use to expand your city and defend it against invading forces. Think of it as SimCity meets Far Cry.
If you’ve never played a Tropico game before, don’t worry; Tropico 5 is a great entry point for newbies, thanks to its robust tutorial and well-designed difficulty progression.
4. Project Root
- Coming April 28 to PS4, Xbox One, and PS Vita
Fans of top-down shoot-‘em-ups will want to take note of Project Root, a game that puts you in the cockpit of a combat plane and pits you against enemy aircraft, tanks, and missile turrets. What sets this game apart from others like it is that it has an open-world structure, so you can fly pretty much wherever you want — as long as you’re prepared to battle against whatever enemies happen to be there.
5. Omega Quintet
- Coming April 28
Most role-playing games star young adventurers or good old-fashioned warriors. Not Omega Quintet. This game puts a group of five pop idols front and center and has them use music to fight off enemies. You can outfit them however you like and use harmonies to have them work in sync to deal major damage. That’s about all the info we have on this game so far, but you can watch the trailer above to see if the music style works for you.
6. The Golf Club: Collector’s Edition
- Coming April 28 to PS4 and Xbox One
This realistic golfing sim wants to be the only golf video game you need in your life. With a season mode that lets you progress through five tours, a fully capable course designer you can use to create and share your own courses, and zero load times, The Golf Club promises plenty of content for anyone who likes swinging a digital 4-iron.