Why go out in the cold when you can stay home where it’s warm and play videogames? This wintery week brings us the return of the extremely popular ‘The Walking Dead’, as well as a new version of the phenomenal ‘Minecraft’ and lots of pinball action.
The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 1 – All That Remains (XBLA for 360, PSN for PS3, PC, Mac)
This is it, the return of Telltale Games’ episodic ‘The Walking Dead’. With ‘All That Remains‘, Season 1 decisions carry over to Season 2. Hopefully, that shouldn’t deter new players from either jumping into the new season or going back to play the first season for the first time. Be sure to play a whole episode (there are five episodes per season) before deciding if the revamped adventure game style is for you. Likewise, even non-gamer fans of ‘The Walking Dead’ should really take a chance on the PC/Mac version.
Minecraft: PS3 Edition (PSN for PS3)
Mojang’s phenomenal ‘Minecraft’ was an impressive success on the PC, especially for a completely independent title. The 360 version catapulted the game into the mainstream, with young players pouring entire summers into it. Now PS3 owners (and soon PS4 and Vita) can finally check it out too.
‘Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – Freedom Cry’ (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
Fans of ‘Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag‘ are likely fans of Adéwale, Edward Kenway’s quartermaster. In the first significant piece of DLC for the game, called ‘Freedom Cry‘, Adéwale takes center stage as the lead playable character. Now an assassin, he must come face-to-face with an all-too-familiar institution of the era: slavery. In a rare occurrence for me, I bought the season pass for ‘Assassin’s Creed IV’ mainly in order to play this content.
Zen Pinball 2 (PS4)
‘Zen Pinball 2‘ comes to the PS4 with many of the tables that players loved on the PS3 (and other platforms), including multiple ‘Star Wars’ tables. Owners of the PS3 or PS Vita versions of these tables will get the PS4 versions for free. All PS4 owners will at least be able to play a demo of several great tables, as Zen Studios has licensed some of the best properties around, including Marvel, ‘Street Fighter 2′ and ‘Plants vs. Zombies’.
The Pinball Arcade (PS4)
‘The Pinball Arcade‘ is all about reproducing great Williams, Bally and Stern pinball tables. Owners of the PS3 or PS Vita versions can get the PS4 copies of their tables for half price. The ‘Tales of the Arabian Nights’ table is showcased at launch. Hardcore pinball fans should be happy to have a PS4 after this week.