Unusual, much anticipated indies rule the roost this week.
New and upcoming video games for the week of July 25 through July 31.
Monday, July 25
- Quadrilateral Cowboy (PC)
Tuesday, July 26
- Among The Sleep (PS4)
- Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force (PS4)
- Headlander (PS4)
- Hyper Light Drifter (PS4, Xbox One)
- We Happy Few (Linux, Mac, PC – early access)
- A.W. Phoenix Festa (Vita)
- Arcade Archives MX5000 (PS4)
- Blue Rider (PS4)
- Chambara (PS4)
- Dungeon Punks (PS4)
- Laser Disco Defenders (PC, Vita)
- Mutant Mudds: Super Challenge (PS4, Vita, cross buy)
- Riptide GP: Renegade (PS4)
- Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate (Vita)
Thursday, July 28
- Book of Demons (PC, early access)
As you can see, the triple-A scene is in full summer hibernation mode. The only vague stirrings from a bigger publisher come courtesy of Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force, an expanded PS4 re-release of the PS3 original, Fairy Fencer F. Probably worth a look if you enjoy JRPGs in general and the Hyperdimension Neptunia series in particular, as it uses a similar battle system.
That said, there are loads of really interesting games out this week. Quadrilateral Cowboy comes from Blendo, which gave us Gravity Bone Thirty Flights of Loving – but is very different from its earlier work despite sharing a setting. A first-person heist game, it has players infiltrating buildings as a 1980’s hacker. Different characters have different abilities but all of them are equipped with a deck from which the player can issue programs to disable security systems and get the goods.
Among The Sleep is a horror game played from a toddler’s perspective; it didn’t get rave reviews but is certainly a bit different. Headlander is a new side-scrolling action game from Double Fine in which the player can swap their head onto different robo bodies, including a dog.
Heart Machine’s Hyper Light Drifter has been an indie darling pretty much from the first concept art; it’s a crowdfunded side-scrolling action game described as a mix of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Diablo, and garnered very strong reviews on PC. Over on Steam Early Access, stealth survival adventure We Happy Few will open doors; it’s most famous for its alternate history 1960’s setting and drug-addled NPCs.
That’s your lot. As ever, PlayStation Store release dates may vary depending on your regional store refresh cycle.
Delays and notes
Looking for The Banner Saga 2 on PS4 and Xbox One? It released earlier in the month, ahead of schedule.
Looking further ahead? Check out our list of all video game release dates for 2016.