If you’re looking for some big boss battles, anthropomorphic heroes, and grappling hooks, this week’s game releases will deliver on all those things, and a little more.
Here are our picks for the games of the week:
Dark Souls III
Release date: 12 April (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
We’re suckers for punishment, it seems. After Demon Souls, Dark Souls, and Dark Souls II smashed us into submission with its frustratingly addictive gameplay difficulty, we still want more, and the new entry into the beloved franchise is set to up the ante, throw bigger and badder bosses at you, and make you beg for mercy once more. New combat features are also introduced, including ‘Weapon Arts’, which are special abilities that vary from weapon to weapon that enable extra damage and unique movesets for a limited time, at the cost of magic points.
Stories: The Path of Destinies
Release date: 12 April 2016 (PS4, PC)
Stories: The Path of Destinies is an action-RPG set in a vibrant fairytale universe filled with floating islands, majestic airships, and colourful magic. Unintentional hero Reynardo suddenly becomes the last line of the defence against a mad Emperor. Thankfully, Reynardo is no slouch when it comes to combat. Players can harness and customise Reynardo’s kung fu moves and fast swordplay, along with some magic skills to boot. Depending on the choices you make, the story will play out differently resulting in any number of stories, but each with a path to victory for those paying close attention.
Release date: 13 April 2016 (PC)
Fans of Mirror’s Edge should check Welkin Road out. Welkin Road is an elegant, first-person puzzle-platformer that combines parkour and grappling-hook-powered aerobatics. The game also features a great minimalist art-style and soothing soundtrack to contrast the fast-paced action.
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
Release date: 14 April 2016 (PC)
The PS4 exclusive is now coming to the PC. Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a story-driven exploration game which excels at building a dense world, evocative tone, and rich cast of characters. Its five hours are filled with some really great exploration, discovery, and memorable moments. Piecing together its web of heartbreak, loss, and ultimate revelation provides a great experience for gamers.
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