With almost twenty new releases on Xbox One alone, we can safely say it’s a busy week for new releases. Amongst these are two big hitters – EA’s UFC 4, which cranks up the realism this year to allow for a greater variety of outcomes, and Ubisoft’s free-to-play shooter Hyper Scape.

Hyper Scape is Ubisoft’s first stab at battle royale, believe it or not. Set within the virtual city of Neo Arcadia, it’s a 100-player urban affair with battles taking place in cluttered city streets, rooftops and plazas.

There are two ways to win – either be the last one standing or by capturing the crown – and new ‘hacks’ can be acquired during play, including the ability to turn into a giant ball. Twitch integration lets viewers choose a variety of world-altering effects, meanwhile.

It’s a pretty good week for indie oddities too, including the psychedelic twin-stick shooter Zero Strain, the surreal bug-based adventure Metamorphosis, four-player physics party game Brunch Club, and an Xbox release of the curiously well-received Cooking Simulator.

Sticking with the food theme, Bite the Bullet – due on Switch and Xbox One – is a roguelike RPG shooter where every enemy is edible.

We’ve spent some time with Escape from Tethys – a pixel art Metroidvania set within an off-world research facility teeming with alien life. While it doesn’t do much to push the genre forward, it’s competently put together and there’s a good sense of progression.

Hellraid is back from the dead too. Well, kinda – Techland’s cancelled gothic slasher is about to be reborn as Dying Light DLC, reusing some assets and accessible from a “mysterious” arcade cabinet.

Mad Games Tycoon also gets a retail release on both Switch and PS4. We really enjoyed this game development sim. It lets you set up a studio, hire staff, and create a portfolio of releases across a wide range of genres. Seeing your hot new release reviewed by the press is a really neat touch – it takes a decent amount of experimentation to gain critical praise. Expect to pay around £20-£25 for this one.

New release showcase

UFC 4

Hyper Scape

Cooking Simulator

Banner of the Maid

Faeria 

Brunch Club

Darkestville Castle

Metamorphosis 

Zero Strain 

Bite the Bullet

New multiformat releases

  • EA Sports UFC 4
  • Dying Light: Hellraid
  • Brunch Club
  • Hyper Scape
  • Prehistoric Dude
  • Darkestville Castle
  • Metamorphosis 
  • The Alto Collection

New on PSN

  • Banner of the Maid

New on Xbox One store

  • Bite the Bullet
  • Escape from Tethys
  • The Ambassador: Fractured Timelines
  • Boomerang Fu
  • Linn: Path of Orchards
  • Car Mechanic Simulator Classic
  • Zero Strain
  • Faeria
  • Through the Darkest of Times    
  • Cooking Simulator
  • The Explorer of Night
  • Linn: Path of Orchards
  • Of Tanks and Demons III

New Switch retail releases

  • Mad Games Tycoon
  • Beholder: Complete Edition Collector’s Edition
  • Mountain Rescue

Next week: Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time, Battletoads,  Peaky Blinders: Mastermind, Beyond Enemy Lines 2, Pathfinder: Kingmaker – Definitive Edition, Mortal Shell, Gleamlight, Stones of the Revenant, Norman’s Great Illusion, PGA TOUR 2K21 Digital Deluxe, and Dungeon Scavenger.