With almost twenty new releases on Xbox One alone, we can safely say itâ€™s a busy week for new releases. Amongst these are two big hitters â€“ EAâ€™s UFC 4, which cranks up the realism this year to allow for a greater variety of outcomes, and Ubisoftâ€™s free-to-play shooter Hyper Scape.
Hyper Scape is Ubisoftâ€™s first stab at battle royale, believe it or not. Set within the virtual city of Neo Arcadia, itâ€™s a 100-player urban affair with battles taking place in cluttered city streets, rooftops and plazas.
There are two ways to win â€“ either be the last one standing or by capturing the crown â€“ and new â€˜hacksâ€™ 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.
Itâ€™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 â€“ due on Switch and Xbox One â€“ is a roguelike RPG shooter where every enemy is edible.
Weâ€™ve spent some time with Escape from Tethys â€“ a pixel art Metroidvania set within an off-world research facility teeming with alien life. While it doesnâ€™t do much to push the genre forward, itâ€™s competently put together and thereâ€™s a good sense of progression.
Hellraid is back from the dead too. Well, kinda â€“ Techlandâ€™s cancelled gothic slasher is about to be reborn as Dying Light DLC, reusing some assets and accessible from a â€œmysteriousâ€ 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 Â£20-Â£25 for this one.
New release showcase
Banner of the Maid
Bite the Bullet
New multiformat releases
- EA Sports UFC 4
- Dying Light: Hellraid
- Brunch Club
- Hyper Scape
- Prehistoric Dude
- Darkestville Castle
- 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
- Through the Darkest of TimesÂ Â Â Â
- 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.