Spotlight Sunday - Week 14 - 2015

Spotlight Sunday is a way for Choicest Games to feature PC games that are scheduled for release on the following week - games that we consider worthwhile checking out.

This week (30th Mar to the 5th Apr 2015) there's a few games I think are worth checking out - a couple of them are sci-fi and the other is an expansion:

The Spatials

  • Release Date: 30/03/2015
  • Availability: Steam (pre-order not available), Direct $9.99
My first impressions of this game was that it seemed to be a game inspired by the likes of Space Colony (which I talked about last week) or Startopia - both quite old games. Basically you run a space station by designing which rooms are built and then generating income from visitors that stop by your station. Apparently there are some hostile lifeforms that you can battle with too but what is especially nice is that the galaxy you can explore is apparently randomly generated with over 100+ planets - which will no doubt help with the game's replay value.

Out There: Omega Edition

  • Release Date: 02/04/2015
  • Availability: Steam (pre-order not available), Direct $9.99
The game's description on Steam says that "Out There is an award-winning space exploration game blending roguelike, resource management and gamebook mechanics." When you first look at the screenshots you're probably thinking the game looks a lot like FTL (not that that's a bad thing) and this is probably where the "roguelike" and "resource management" elements come into play. But what I'm really interested in is the fact it has "gamebook mechanics" meaning it'll probably be more story focused. The game apparently has "350+ unique text adventures with multiple choices" which sounds pretty neat as well as "4 different endings" so these are the aspects that get me excited. Also the game's soundtrack is composed by Siddartha Barnhoom - the same chap behind the soundtracks for The Stanley Parable and Antichamber.

The Sims 4: Get to Work

  • Release Date: 02/04/2015
  • Availability: Origin $49.99, EB Games $49.95
Get to Work is the first actual expansion pack for The Sims 4 considering that up to now there's only been one DLC (Outdoor Retreat) and a few free content updates too. The functionality added in this expansion pack though are things that were taken for granted in previous iterations of The Sims. It seems they've taken one of issues I raised in my First Impressions article in that they didn't introduce very realistic jobs in the initial release of the game; thankfully in Get to Work you can finally pursue the law enforcement, science or medicine career tracks. One of the more interesting aspects of this expansion though (and I'm not sure if this was present in an earlier expansion - but probably was, most likely The Sims 2's Open for Business) is that you can run retail businesses now. Apparently there are a lot of store types to choose from and of course, decisions to be made with respect to designing the store itself.

So are you interested or excited about any of these PC games being released next week? Which games are you looking forward to?