Coming Out in gaming this week — March 23, 2020

Posted March 22, 2020

Each week there are plenty of new games coming out. Although 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.

 

Half-Life Alyx

Date (Aus): 24/03/2020
Genre:
FPS
Platforms: PC VR

“Half-Life: Alyx is Valve’s VR return to the Half-Life series. It’s the story of an impossible fight against a vicious alien race known as the Combine, set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2.

Playing as Alyx Vance, you are humanity’s only chance for survival. The Combine’s control of the planet since the Black Mesa incident has only strengthened as they corral the remaining population in cities. Among them are some of Earth’s greatest scientists: you and your father, Dr. Eli Vance.

As founders of a fledgling resistance, you’ve continued your clandestine scientific activity—performing critical research, and building invaluable tools for the few humans brave enough to defy the Combine.

Every day, you learn more about your enemy, and every day you work toward finding a weakness.” – [source]

Bleeding Edge

Date (Aus): 24/03/2020
Genre:
Multiplayer Action
Platforms: PC, Xbox One

“Team Up. Cause Chaos.

Grab your team and tear it up in Bleeding Edge, an electrifying online brawler where every fighter comes mechanically enhanced for mayhem!

Choose your fighter from a diverse cast of colourful characters from the edges of society: burn rubber as bold and beautiful Buttercup with her detachable saw blade arms, wreak havoc as Black-Metal rocker Niđhöggr with his electrifying guitar solos or slash up the streets as Daemon, New York’s most wanted assassin.

Come. Join us. The cybernetic clash of the century is about to begin!” – [source]

Twin Breaker: A Sacred Symbols Adventure

Date (Aus): 25/03/2020
Genre:
Arcade
Platforms: PS4, PS Vita

“Twin Breaker: A Sacred Symbols Adventure is a story-driven brick-breaking game molded in the style of ‘80s arcade classics like Arkanoid and Breakout, but with a plot, characters, and meaning! In the early 2300s, Earth is still recovering from a decades-long World War that engulfed most of the planet, except for the isolationist United States that used its power and prestige not to fight, but to reach for the stars. But when NASA’s generation ships disappear in interstellar space, only two pilots are capable of figuring out why.

Featuring 40 stages, four boss fights, New Game+, multiple extra features, plenty of story and dialogue, collectibles, a rocking soundtrack, and a fun Platinum Trophy, Twin Breaker is an ode to both the past and the future. The game is developed by Lillymo (Perils of Baking, Habroxia) and written by long-time PlayStation media personality and podcast host Colin Moriarty.​” – [source]

Iron Danger

Date (Aus): 25/03/2020
Genre:
Tactical RPG
Platforms: PC

“Iron Danger is a tactical combat game with a unique time manipulation mechanic. A never before seen combination that combines the tactical depth of turn-based games with the exciting action of real-time games.

Tackle challenging encounters with your party of two characters, using a variety of skills and highly interactive environments.

Maybe you will set an enemy on fire and kick them into a grain field for a proper barbeque, or set up a trap and fell a tree on top of them. The options are endless and it is you who will be deciding your own approach!” – [source]

One Step From Eden

Date (Aus): 25/03/2020
Genre:
Deck-building, Rogue-like, Strategy
Platforms: PC, Switch

“One Step from Eden combines strategic deck-building and real-time action with rogue-like elements, giving you the chance to carve a path of mercy or destruction. Fight alone or with a friend in co-op as you cast powerful spells on the fly, battle evolving enemies, and collect game-changing artifacts. Can you make it to Eden or will your destruction be imminent? – [source]

 

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4

Date (Aus): 27/03/2020
Genre:
Action
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch

“The PIRATE WARRIORS series has successfully combined the popular anime ONE PIECE with the thrilling action of the WARRIORS series to create a worldwide phenomenon selling more than four million copies!

Based on the concept of “fighting hordes of enemies while adventuring with trusted allies,” experience awesome ONE PIECE action lifted straight from the anime!

ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS 4 is the latest evolution of PIRATE WARRIORS action! Based on the concept of “experiencing a real ONE PIECE battlefield,” buildings will come crashing down during the action and attacks will throw up smoke and dust, placing you in the thick of the ONE PIECE world!

Injecting fresh elements that couldn’t be achieved in previous entries has now realized an even more thrilling brand of PIRATE WARRIORS action!” – [source]

Half-Life: Alyx
24/03/2020

It’s not often you’ll see a VR game take the top spot of the week. Although it’s also not often you’ll see a VR game of the same calibre and anticipation as Half-Life: Alyx.

Half-Life fans have been waiting a very long time for a new game in this much loved series. And whilst Alyx may not have been the game they were asking for, it’s a return to the iconic franchise nonetheless. Valve are a company who aren’t beholden to any shareholders. They won’t release a game unless they are confident in the product. And they most definitely won’t release a Half-Life game unless they think it’s pretty damn special. Early previews are positive, and whilst not everyone will have a VR device to play Alyx, those who do should be incredibly excited.

What new titles are you most excited for this week? Be sure to let us know!

Don’t forget last week’s Coming Out to make sure you didn’t miss anything.



Elliot Attard

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