Each week there are plenty of new games coming out, with so much going on it can be hard to keep track of them all. Thankfully Checkpoint is here to sift through them all and bring you our highlights of the week.
So let’s jump in and have a look at what’s coming out this week.
Temtem (Early Access) | 21/01/2020
“Temtem is a massively multiplayer creature-collection adventure. Every kid dreams about becoming a Temtem tamer; exploring the six islands of the Airborne Archipelago, discovering new species, and making good friends along the way. Now it’s your turn to embark on an epic adventure and make those dreams come true. Catch new Temtem on Omninesia’s floating islands, battle other tamers on the sandy beaches of Deniz or trade with your friends in Tucma’s ash-covered fields. Defeat the ever-annoying Clan Belsoto and end its plot to rule over the Archipelago, beat all eight Dojo Leaders, and become the ultimate Temtem tamer!” – [source]
Rugby 20 | 23/01/2020
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
“Play with the best national teams and biggest leagues in intense single-player and multiplayer matches, local or online: Top 14, Pro D2, Gallagher Premiership and Pro 14. Experience unprecedented tactical depth that recreates all the intricacies of the modern game. On the pitch, you can tweak your game plan, manage your line-out, initiate set moves, find spaces and give your side the winning edge!” – [source]
Kingdom Hearts III Re:Mind DLC | 23/01/2020
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One
“Determined to rescue Kairi, Sora travels to the Keyblade Graveyard a short time before the final battle was to take place. Lacking a corporeal form, he traces the hearts of the seven guardians of light. Through experiencing their personal battles firsthand, Sora is about to discover truths that he has never before imagined.” – [source]
The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners | 23/01/2020
Platforms: PC (VR)
“Saints & Sinners is a game unlike any other in The Walking Dead universe. Every challenge you face and decision you make is driven by YOU. Fight the undead, scavenge through the flooded ruins of New Orleans, and face gut-wrenching choices for you and the other survivors. Live The Walking Dead’s dark drama in your own skin.” – [source]
Praetorians – HD Remaster | 25/01/2020
“Relive the celebrated real-time strategy classic Praetorians, re-imagined in high definition. Praetorians is set amidst the political machinations of an emerging Roman Empire. Prove your worth on the battlefields of Egypt, the combat theaters of Gaul and finally the heart of the Empire itself in Italy, in the crusade to become Emperor. Your quest will not be an easy one, as the Empire is heavily defended by thousands of different troop types and war machines, all with special skills and individual strengths. To emerge victorious, you’ll need to learn to combine your units and exploit the weaknesses of your enemies. But beware – the closer you get to the Emperor, the closer you get to facing the Praetorian Guard – the most powerful and deadly fighting force in the Empire!” – [source]
Commandos 2 – HD Remaster | 25/01/2020
Genre: Real-Time Tactics
“Relive the real-time tactics masterpiece that defined the genre like no other: Originally developed by the legendary Pyro Studios, Commandos 2 – HD Remaster is a true homage to one of gaming’s most celebrated masterpieces. Experience Commandos 2 Men of Courage like never before in high definition with reworked controls, UI and tutorial. Take control of an elite group of commandos who must venture deep into enemy territory and utilize their combined expertise to complete a series of notoriously demanding missions set in World War II. Go covert into various environments based on authentic World War II locations and lead your team of commandos against overwhelming odds, operate covertly and turn the tide of war.” – [source]
I won’t lie to you, this isn’t the most exciting week for video game releases. However there is one colourful and intriguing game releasing into Early Access that may catch your attention. Temtem is what you’d get if you turned Pokémon into an MMORPG. The game isn’t shying away from that comparison either. It knows exactly where its inspiration comes from and it’s doing a pretty damn good job following in these gigantic footsteps.
For better or for worse, Temtem is a Pokémon clone. But it’s also trying to bring the typically solo catching and battling experience into a larger, online world. If you’re a fan of the Pokémon series, like me, then that premise alone should be enough to spark your interest. Will it be able to hold up against its massive competition? Only time will tell.
What new titles are you most excited for this week? Be sure to let us know!