The drifting has found a few more eyeballs and thumbsticks. Some old friends return and have never looked better. The Horrible Night Staff races by to drop off some game recommendations and future release hype.

Recommendations

Hyper Light Drifter

Hyper Light Drifter

  • IT IS SO GOOD. The art, the combat, the music, oh the music, it is all so good and fun and challenging and so, so good. Okay, I am done gushing. - Ryan Billingsley

  • This game sucked me in from the very start. The controls, the sound, the mystery of what the hell is even going on; I can't get enough. Even with the brutal difficulty, I have no problem repeating the same area dozens of times to progress, even though I have no idea what the goal is. - Kyle Werner

  • I've gone on about this game and more is on its way, but I can say after finishing this game that I couldn't be more satisfied. One of my favorite indie games ever. Maybe the best Kickstarted game that I've played. Bring on New Game+. - Justin Lacey

Danganronpa

Danganronpa 1 & 2 - This series is always something I'd wanted to try and I'm excited to finally be on the side of recommending it to others. It's an interactive story with social and logic gameplay (and NOT a roguelike, what?!), but sometimes you need to step back from the frantic madness that is "one more run" and chill with a good narrative. Plus I've imagined almost replacing Tom Nook from Animal Crossing with Monokuma as the most evil animal in game existence. Almost. - Aaron McNeal

Alien: Isolation - I'm apparently all about playing zero new games, but holy shit is Alien: Isolation scary and great. I've heard that its length is a problem, but I'm only a couple of hours into it, so I haven't gotten tired of fetch quests - I'm enjoying the atmosphere and increased heart rate way too much. - Justin Gifford

Ratchet & Clank - I continue to run around with my old buddies one level at a time and I continue to have a dumb grin on my face the entire time. Actually, that's a lie. Sometimes that dumb grin turns into open mouth drooling at the graphics. Insomniac is just showing off and that's ok with me. - Justin Lacey

Bloodborne: The Old Hunters DLC - I finally got into Bloodborne's The Old Hunters DLC. It's what I'd consider a big middle finger to anyone who thought the original campaign was too easy. It's absolutely brutal, but if you're a fan of FROM games, it doesn't disappoint. From the tie in to the original story to the new enemies and boss battles, it keeps you engaged and wanting more. - Coop

Speedrunners - I didn't think much of this local multiplayer game after its early access debut, but I'm glad I checked back in after the full release because it is damn fun. 2D platforming meets a racing game with power-ups. Its fast, easy to pick up and play, and you feel like a retro game expert every time you eliminate your friends off screen. - Justin Lacey

Want to Try

Bravely Second

Bravely Second: End Layer - I like having a deep RPG in my back pocket at all times, which is exactly what I can do with Bravely Second on the 3DS. I haven't snatched this up yet due to never finishing the first, so I'll see if I can brave my way through the rest of Default before going back for seconds. Puns. This was all puns. - Aaron McNeal

Quantum Break - I don't know when I'll pull the trigger on this - maybe in the next month - but Quantum Break had my attention when it was originally announced and the reception has been fairly positive since then. I like time travel and I like it when a game that got my attention originally doesn't turn out to be Watch Dogs. - Justin Gifford

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition - Putting this here more as a reminder for myself, but it looks like Moon Studios found another way to put more love into one of my favorite games from last year. New areas, new abilities, multiple difficulty modes, and even some fast travel make my return inevitable. - Justin Lacey

Caution

The Division

The Division - I hate to say it, but I can’t recommend anyone play this game at this point. Come back to it after the first DLC is out and maybe Massive will finally have things under control, but right now, I would play something else. - Ryan Billingsley

Salt and Sanctuary - I heard many good things about this game from the other guys here, but it just didn't click with me. I've mentioned in the past it's usually all or nothing for me when I start a new game, and after about an hour I lost interest. The controls feel nice and the gore is a cool touch, but I just got bored before even getting to the first boss, then didn't have enough interest to push through the difficulty of beating him. - Kyle Werner

Ready and Waiting

DOOM

DOOM

  • I just gotta know how DOOM turns out. I gotta play it. I missed the beta because I couldn’t load the game’s intro, but I’m sure that will be fixed at launch. I just want to know if my DOOM dreams are coming true or if they are a nightmare. Hopefully, it’s an awesome nightmare. - Justin Lacey

  • Good or bad, I'm ready for DOOM. The game just needs to come out so it doesn't become another Half-Life 3. I think it'll be fun, but I can't see it being as memorable as DOOM 3 was for me. The multiplayer beta was okay. It was fast deathmatch with nothing too surprising in it. I just hope there's more to the campaign than I'm anticipating. - Coop

  • Doom - Who doesn't want to relive their childhood! - Kyle Werner

  • I don't give a crap about multiplayer. I want to shoot demons in the face with a double barreled shotgun and watch their skulls disintegrate in super-duper high resolution. Eat hot, leaden death, Satanspawn. - Justin Gifford

Uncharted 4

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

  • Nathan Drake and I are besties. I will go anywhere he goes. I will explore any ruins he finds. I will punch any random goons he wants to fight. With talk that this could be Drake's last excursion, I wouldn't miss this for anything. - Aaron McNeal

  • This article goes live the day of release. I'm probably a zombie at work after playing it at midnight, but you have to understand my hype was at fever pitch before perfect review scores started coming in. Nathan Drake, let's adventure forever. - Justin Lacey

TMNT Mutants in Manhattan

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan - We've deserved a good TMNT game since the Arcade and NES days. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan has the recipe to finally pull that off. Everything I see looks promising. I'm excited to see if Platinum Games can deliver. - Coop

No Man’s Sky - There is only the center, there is nothing else. Plus, space combat! Magellan ain’t got nothing on me. - Ryan Billingsley

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine - Who am I kidding? I'm not going to get to play Blood and Wine anytime soon, but its release gives me a better reason to finish up the rest of The Witcher 3. Game of the Year contender in DLC form? I hope so! - Justin Lacey

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