Flashbacks seem to be the theme for the games releasing this week, as we see an excellent classic returning in a spiffy new package, a port to the Switch of an underrated adventure, and a throwback to the heyday of WWII shooters. Check out our picks for the best games releasing this week, 5-9 February 2018:
Shadow of the Colossus
Release date: 7 February 2018 (PS4)
One of the highest-rated PS2 games of all time comes to the PS4 this week; but this re-release of Shadow of the Colossus isn’t a remaster, but a full remake in the grandest of forms. It follows a young boy named Wander, who has to travel across a mysterious, ancient landscape to fight and kill 16 giant beasts known as colossi. Each colossus has to be observed and analysed in order to be taken down in a unique way— making Shadow of the Colossus more of a clever puzzle game wrapped in an action-adventure package. If you’ve never played it, it’s a must-buy, and for those who have fond memories of the original, you’ll enjoy the meticulous improvements developer Bluepoint added to the game.
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Battalion 1944 (Early Access)
Release date: 1 February 2018 (PC); also coming to: Xbox One, PS4
British developer Bulkhead Interactive’s World War II shooter Battalion 1944 is now officially in Early Access, giving Steam PC gamers the chance to jump back in time for some Allies v Axis multiplayer fun. Inspired by Call of Duty II and the likes of yesteryear, the game attempts to level the playing field and focus on player skill rather than power-ups, which have become the norm in competitive shooters these days. Despite the removal of modern-day unlocks, players will still be able to unlock customisation options, ranging from gun engraving, clan insignias, and different uniforms. The game also uses real-world locations for maps, including the streets of Carentan and the forests of Bastogne.
Dragon Quest Builders
Release date: 9 February 2018 (Switch); Available on: Xbox One, PS Vita, PS3
Like a strange love-child of Minecraft and the Dragon Quest RPG series, Dragon Quest Builders is a spin-off of the long-running tradition RPG franchise. In this particular tangent to the main series, players are tasked to collect, craft, and build their own little world, but of course, any Dragon Quest game requires some combat and light role-playing elements. Gamers will have to scavenge for resources to build their own base, then having to defend it against monsters before fighting a bosses. It’s a surprisingly engaging and entertaining affair, and while it may look like a children’s game, it definitely offers up more than enough for those looking for something familiar, yet different.
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