We’re really starting to get into the full swing of things this week, with two absolutely major games releasing on Friday and a couple of last-gen games getting remastered for those who may have missed them.
Crazy Machines 3
Put your engineering and creative skills to the test in this physics-based puzzle game. Create machines and string them together to produce contraptions Rube Goldberg would be proud of in order to solve 80 different puzzles, or just mess around with your imagination as you create to your heart’s content. Crazy Machines 3 is coming to PC, Mac and Linux Tuesday.
Batman: Return to Arkham
Bringing Arkham Asylum and Arkham City into the newest generation of consoles with remastered audio and visuals, Return to Arkham also includes the DLC from both games in case you missed these gems when they released or just want to hop back into Arkham with better graphics than ever before. Both of these games were highly praised when they initially released, so consider picking the collection up on Xbox One or PlayStation 4 Tuesday.
Lego Harry Potter Collection
Another remastered collection, though this time exclusively for PS4, play through all seven years of Harry’s magical education for the first time on this console generation in this remaster. Warner Bros. promises enhanced graphics, including better lighting and visual effects this time around, but how much that really matters for a Lego game might depend on who you ask. If you managed to miss these hits last generation, or just want an excuse to play them again as we wait for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, be sure to pick up a copy Friday.
It’s been awhile since we revisited either of the World Wars in a AAA game, especially the Great War. That’s all set to change Friday as the newest Battlefield game from DICE takes us back in time and into the trenches of the first World War. If you’re looking for a completely historically accurate depiction of this war, this game isn’t for you, but if you’re looking to have fun in battles with horses, the first tanks, propeller aircraft and airships, this game is right up your alley. The game officially releases Friday on PC, Xbox One and PS4, but those who purchase the Early Enlister Deluxe Edition for $80 can start playing Tuesday.
It’s been more than six years since Civilization V came out, and while we did get Civilization: Beyond Earth in 2014, strategy game enthusiasts have been clamoring for the next numbered entry for a while now. Introducing a number of notable improvements, including unstackable cities, religious victories, revamped scientific research that changes based on the surrounding geography and stackable military units of the same type. Those changes, alongside your typical graphical, performance and AI changes, not to mention countless others, are looking to make Civilization VI a game to play for years to come once it releases Friday on PC, Mac and Linux.