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Like a Dragon: Ishin joins this week’s upcoming games

Like a Dragon: Ishin, Octopath Traveler II and a slew of PlayStation VR2 launch titles!

Good morning, and happy Monday, everyone! It’s the start of a new week, which means we have lots of exciting new releases to look at. Whether you want to jump into a historical Japan in Like a Dragon: Ishin or try out one of the exciting launch titles for PlayStation VR2, there’s something new for you. So, let’s not waste anymore time as we look at this week’s upcoming games.

Like a Dragon: Ishin (Feb. 21)

Like a Dragon: Ishin

Starting things off this week, we have Like a Dragon: Ishin. Developed by Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio and published by SEGA, this turn-based JRPG puts a historical spin on the Yakuza franchise. Set during the end of Japan’s Edo period, the game will feature your favorite Yakuza characters, depicted as historical Japanese figures.

Gameplay will involve turn-based combat encounters that utilize both guns and swords. In addition, the game offers a new feature to call on troops that will unleash special abilities for you. Like a Dragon: Ishin slashes onto PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and PC tomorrow.

Akka Arrh (Feb. 21)

Blasting into your home next is Akka Arrh. Developed and published by Atari, this remake of the lost arcade prototype uses the vision of Jeff Minter to deliver an exciting wave shooter unlike any other. Throughout this colorful thrill-ride, you’ll control a star cannon as you blast away waves of enemies.

If enemies breach your Sentinel’s perimeter, the game switches into a zoomed in close-quarters combat sequence that keeps everything hectic. There’s no slowing down in this cascade of psychedelic and explosive action. Akka Arrh shoots onto PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC tomorrow.

Atomic Heart (Feb. 21)

Atomic Heart

Then, developer Mundfish and publisher Focus Entertainment bring us the action-packed first-person shooter Atomic Heart. Set in an alternate reality’s Soviet Union, this sci-fi shooter sees you enter a world where robotics and other advanced technology saw major development during World War II. What begins as a technologically advanced utopia disintegrates into a chaotic world of endless fighting.

The game’s intense combat sees you use everything from an advanced combat glove to heavy weapons of mass destructions. Yet, even with the game’s action focus, players can utilize hacking methods and stealth to avoid raising the alarm and spawning reinforcements. Atomic Heart explodes onto PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and PC tomorrow.

Company of Heroes 3 (Feb. 23)

Company of Heroes 3

If you love real-time strategy games, you won’t want to miss Company of Heroes 3. Developed by Relic Entertainment and published by SEGA, the third entry in the World War II strategy franchise aims to take the battles to the next level. Everything in this game will be bigger, including the confirmation that it will feature the largest roster of factions to date in series history.

The game’s single-player campaign promises to deliver lots of action with lots of strategical choices that make the title endlessly replayable. In addition, there will be a skirmish mode that you can play against AI or your friends with customizable battlefields at your disposal. Company of Heroes 3 marches onto PC this Thursday and for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S later this year.

Blood Bowl 3 (Feb. 23)

Blood Bowl 3 takes the term, “fantasy football” to a brand new level. Developed by Cyanide Studio and published by Bigben Interactive, this football-themed strategy game sees you placed in a fantasy world complete with orcs, elves, dwarves and more. While gameplay won’t involve large-scale battles, you’ll need to use good strategy in this intense game of football to win the game.

However, this is no ordinary game of football. Murder, mutilation, cheating, sorcery, and even divine intervention mark the plays of this blood sport. Blood Bowl 3 rushes the fields of PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC this Thursday.

Sons of the Forest (Feb. 23)

Sons of the Forest is chilling new adventure in The Forest series. Developed and published by Endnight Games, the survival horror title offers a vast open world with even more brutal gameplay scenarios. Across the land, you’ll encounter multiple warring factions and other intense obstacles in this desperate tale of survival.

However, apart from the new horrifying mutants, you’ll fortunately get an interactive NPC ally to accompany you in this non-linear adventure. Facing off against cannibals and warring tribes will take center stage in this new title, which promises non-stop intensity throughout. Sons of the Forest launches for PC this Thursday.

Clive ‘N’ Wrench (Feb. 24)

Clive ‘N’ Wrench is a cute new platforming adventure. Developed by Dinosaur Bytes Studio and published by Numskull Games, this charming adventure draws inspiration from the likes of Banjo-Kazooie and Spyro the Dragon. The game stars Clive the rabbit and best friend Wrench, the monkey on his back.

Throughout the game, you’ll need to jump, roll, hover and spin your way through time and space in a magical 1950s refrigerator. Can Clive and Wrench overcome the dastardly plot of the tyrannical Dr. Daucus? You can jump into Clive ‘N’ Wrench when it hits PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC this Friday.

Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe (Feb. 24)

Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe is an enhanced port of the 2011 Kirby title for Wii. The colorful adventure sees Kirby use a variety of copy abilities in order to solve puzzles and platforming challenges. The updated version of the game will now include a Mecha ability, which adds long-range rockets, a close-range dash and a mighty blast to Kirby’s arsenal.

In addition, multiplayers sees an upgrade in the expanded minigame collection, which gives players a new challenge called Magolor’s Tome Trackers. You can also player cooperatively with up to four people using Joy-Cons on the same system. Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe comes to Nintendo Switch on Friday.

Octopath Traveler II (Feb. 24)

Octopath Traveler II

Closing out this week, we have Octopath Traveler II. Developed and published by Square Enix, the sequel to Octopath Traveler follows another new set of eight characters in the land of Solista. The game will also feature similar mechanics and art style as the first one.

Each traveler in the game has a unique set of Path Actions they can use to battle townspeople, obtain items, take others along in their travels and more. How you explore the world and interact on this epic adventure is wholly up to you in this exciting new RPG. Octopath Traveler II journeys out to PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC this Friday.

PlayStation VR2 also drops this week with some exciting launch titles!

PlayStation VR2

Alongside the already impressive lineup of new games, however, Sony will also launch the PlayStation VR2 this Wednesday. Better yet, the highly-anticipated virtual reality system already has a lot of exciting new launch titles to get players started. Below are all of the new games releasing alongside the PS VR2 on February 22.

  • After the FallReRe
  • Altair Breaker
  • Cities: VR
  • Cosmonious High
  • Demeo
  • Drums Rock
  • Dyschronia: Chronos Alternate
  • FantaVision
  • Firewall Ultra
  • Gran Turismo 7
  • Horizon Call of the Mountain
  • Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives
  • Jurassic World Aftermath Collection
  • Kayak VR: Mirage
  • Kizuna AI – Touch the Beat
  • Moss and Moss: Book II Bundle
  • NFL Pro Era
  • Pavlov VR
  • Pistol Whip
  • Puzzling Places
  • Resident Evil Village
  • Rez Infinite
  • Song in the Smoke
  • Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge
  • Synth Riders
  • Tentacular
  • Tetris Effect: Connected
  • The Last Clockwinder
  • The Light Brigade
  • The Tale of Ongoro
  • Thumper
  • Townsmen VR
  • Vacation Simulator
  • What the Bat?
  • Zenith: The Last City
  • Zombieland: Headshot Fever Reloaded

What upcoming games will you be playing this week?

Overall, this is a loaded week of new games. From the historical adventure of Like a Dragon: Ishin to the slew of launch titles coming to PlayStation VR2, there’s something new for everyone. But which new release are you most excited for? As always, let us know what you think down in the comments!

Sam Fronsman

A writer with a love for video games, both new and old. A collector of games, CDs and DVDs. Can sometimes be found behind a camera or playing guitar. The X-Men games for SEGA Genesis will always hold great memories.
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