RAID: World War 2, a four player cooperative shooter by the team behind Payday 2, releases this week on all the major platforms … and you probably didn’t know that until now. Why? A constantly flowing release schedule will always result in a few titles slipping through the cracks, it’s the par for the course of video game progress. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have a large sum of gold coins stashed away in a vault that you can dive into just in case you need to pay for any marketing costs, but we don’t all have that rich uncle duck to fall back on. Unfortunately that seems to be the case, for better or worse, for the following five games you probably won’t be aware of.
RAID: World War 2
Let’s start with the captain obvious. RAID follows a band of four former prisoner’s of war released by British Intelligence at the height of WW2, in the hope their unique skills can end the War for good. Published by Starbreeze, there’s a heavy dose of Call of Duty action and Battlefield: Bad Company humour mixed in with its four player co-op structure, with a dash of comedy legend John Cleese as the man behind your newfound freedom for good measure. Originally revealed at E3 2016 and with very little hype behind it, RAID has slipped into a release window book ended by Evil Within 2 and Middle Earth: Shadow of War … so maybe not the best week to reveal yourself.
If the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild left you wanting more, or you can’t afford a Nintendo Switch (we are so, so sorry), mayhaps a different quest for you, my Lord. Beast Quest promises a sprawling, epic journey as you venture out into a world of magic and monsters, with the aim to release said monsters from the magic of an evil wizard. Beast Quest should sound familiar to anyone who has read the over 100 book (a bound collection of paper with words written on them) series of the same name and comes to us from Australian studio Torus Games, known for their work with movie and TV IP’s.
Not at all to be confused with the sci-fi show, this Black Mirror is THQ Nordic’s reboot of a 2003 point and click horror series. Set in 1926, you’ll venture into a dark and mysterious mansion owned by your ancestors in order to solve the supposed suicide of your father that you’re certain there’s more to. Horror will always find an audience, and the point and click genre has hit its stride again thanks to Telltale and Thimbleweed Park, so this one might be worth keeping an eye on when it re-launches this November.
Yomawari: Midnight Shadows
If you prefer your horror to feature chibi characters (and now I just have Resident Evil chibi Nemesis stuck in my head, get on that Capcom!), then this sequel to a cult PSVita favourite should be on your shopping list. Just don’t mistake said cute characters for a happier experience, this is very much a dark and disturbing tale of two girls separated by the terrors of the night. If you don’t believe that, witness the trailer below. It’s also arguably the nicest looking game on this list and the first entry in the series (released on PSVita last year) was received rather well by critics.
Outcast: Second Contact
Remakes are in abundance these days and, after the massive success of Crash Bandicoot’s return, they aren’t going anywhere any time soon. Outcast is one such remake that hasn’t had much in the way of mainstream coverage. Surprising really, given the pedigree of the original release back in 1999 (it’s considered the origins of the 3D open world genre and also made the ‘1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die’ list). The remake, handled by BigBen Interactive and Appeal, looks to rebuild the adventure from the ground up whilst retaining the same sense of adventure, just with animations and colour more befitting of the legacy than its ‘does this smog look good on me’ origins.