Further proving that ‘big game season’ is upon us, this Friday sees the release of a potential Christmas no.1 – the almighty FIFA.

FIFA 21 bolsters the Volta mode with five new areas, two new modes (Volta Squads and Feature Battles), a revamp career mode with a new match simulation mode – in which plans can be changed mid-game – and new training features. PS5 and Xbox Series X versions are due at an unspecified later date. Sadly, the Switch version is once again a Legacy Edition.

RIDE 4 launches this week and will also be getting a next-gen upgrade in the future. Features include a new Endurance mode, dynamic weather, assets created via 3D scanning, and neural AI that mimics human behaviour. Lag free online play is also promised.

Team 17’s The Survivalists is easily the week’s biggest indie release. If you can still class Team 17 as an indie outfit, that is. Set in The Escapists universe, it entails resource management on a desert island, complete with trainable monkeys. We’re hoping for at least one Wilson volleyball reference.

Other indies for this week include the loot-packed 2D action-platformer Foregone, turn-based tactical RPG Ikenfell – which stars troublesome magic students – and the free-to-play PSVR battler Mortal Blitz: Combat Arena.

A couple more games for the younger crowd are upon us too – Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix brings 12 characters together, including real-life actress JoJo Siwa, along with 70 bonus pit crew characters. 28 tracks feature, some of which are remastered tracks from the original. Then there’s Ben 10: Power Trip, which has parent pleasing local split-screen co-op.

Think we’ll hold out for next week’s G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout instead. Yo Joe!

New release showcase

FIFA 21

RIDE 4 

The Survivalists

Ikenfell 

Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix

Red Wings: Aces of the Sky

New multiformat releases

  • FIFA 21
  • Ben 10: Power Trip
  • RIDE 4
  • Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix
  • Foregone
  • Ministry of Broadcast
  • 9th Dawn III: Shadow of Erthil
  • The Watchmaker
  • Ikenfell

New on PSN

  • Mortal Blitz: Combat Arena

New on Xbox One store

  • Red Wings: Aces of the Sky
  • Area 86
  • Skatemasta Tcheco
  • Aery – Sky Castle
  • Dark Grim Mariupolis
  • Smart Moves
  • Street Racer Underground

New Switch retail releases

eShop round-up coming Thursday

  • FIFA 21
  • Ben 10: Power Trip
  • The Survivalists
  • Let’s Sing Queen +1 Mic
  • Piofiore: Fated Memories
  • Ys Origin
  • Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix

Next week: Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, NHL 21, G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout, Monster Truck Championship, Torchlight III, Remothered: Broken Porcelain, Onee Chanbara Origin, Cloudpunk, This is the Zodiac Speaking, Space Crew, Raji: An Ancient Epic, The Jackbox Party Pack 7, Cake Bash, Aquanox Deep Descent, Amnesia: Rebirth, Robotics; Notes Double Pack, Prinny 1.2: Exploded and Reloaded Just Desserts Edition, Zoids Wild Blast Unleashed, 9 Monkeys of Shaolin, Tin & Kuna, Truck Driver (Switch), and My Universe – School Teacher.