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If you weren’t big into comic books, you’d probably never heard of the Guardians of the Galaxy until Marvel brought its galactic team of misfits to the big screen back in 2014. Well, maybe you first heard of them slightly earlier, when Rocket Raccoon joined the roster of Marvel vs. Capcom 3, seemingly out of left field. The point is, the Guardians haven’t exactly been A-list heroes for most of their existence, so it says a lot about the success of the movie adaptation that Telltale and Marvel are teaming up for an episodic adventure game starring the group. The first episode is out this week, offering a perfect way for all those bandwagon fans (us included) to pass the time until the movie sequel arrives in theaters.

Read on to get the lowdown on all the new releases, including our picks for the most exciting games out this week. And if you’re wondering about future release dates, check out EGM’s full list of gaming release dates in 2017 and beyond, updated regularly as new dates are announced.

EGM’s top picks for this week:

Guardians of the Galaxy Ep. 1: “Tangled Up in Blue” (April 18th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One, PC, iOS, Android
Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games

Why we’re excited: Telltale’s episodic adventure games have done well with a wide variety of adaptations, comic books not least among them. We’re interesting in seeing what they do with Star-Lord and company, especially whether they can capture the humor and classic-rock charm of the movies. The early buzz: At the moment, the first episode’s Metacritic fortunes are varying wildly by platform. On PC, the game is sitting at an average score of 68 out 100. On PS4, it’s 74 out of 100. On Xbox One, it’s at 78 out of 100. Relatively few reviews are in on all three, though, so the difference may be due to variation between outlets rather than any platform-specific problems. Make it stop: Listen, we were going to use this section for an easy “I am Groot” joke, but we have to point out just how ridiculously long the full title for this game is. Officially, this episode is Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Episode 1: “Tangled Up in Blue.” We had to abbreviate it above because it kept breaking everything.

The Disney Afternoon Collection (April 18th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Publisher: Capcom, Disney Interactive
Developer: Digital Eclipse

Why we’re excited: This collection of six retro games based on cartoons from the eponymous ’90s cartoon block is a blast from the past, but it also includes a few upgrades designed to accommodate modern players. The most crucial is a rewind functionality, which should be a godsend for anyone who’s not used to the hard old days of gaming. The early buzz: So far, only one platform has enough reviews to earn a score on Metacritic. It’s a respectable 78 out of 100, for the PS4 version of the game. Not bad for a set of games that first came out decades ago. Only ’90s kids will get this: Capcom definitely knows its target audience is nostalgic adults. The company sent out ring pops and totally radical backpacks to reviewers.

Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality (April 20th)

Available for: PC, Rift, Vive
Publisher: Adult Swim Games
Developer: Owlchemy Labs

Why we’re excited: The folks behind Job Simulator, one of the most entertaining VR games to date, have teamed up with Adult Swim to craft this VR jaunt into the world of Rick and Morty. Series creator Justin Roiland helped on on development, too, including lending his voice to the leading duo. The early buzz: Like new episodes of the show, we’re going to have to wait for reviews of Virtual Rick-ality. Given the talent involved, though, it’s hard to imagine there won’t be some enjoyment to squeeze out of this thing. Oh, jeez: Did you know that every time you make another stupid joke about that goddamn Mulan sauce, Dan Harmon delays the rest of season three?

Also releasing this week:

April 18th

Aesthetic Melody (PC, Mac, Linux)
ATV Renegades (PS4, Xbox One)
Bang Bang Car (PC)
Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare Continuum DLC pack (PS4)
The Disney Afternoon Collection (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
The Falconers: Moonlight (PC, Mac, Linux)
Flinthook (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Full Throttle Remastered (PS4, Vita, PC)
Games&Girls (PC, Mac, Linux)
GunHero (PC, Linux)
HeroCade (PS4, PSVR)
Kimmy (PC, Mac)
Late Shift (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac)
Magic Heroes: Save Our Park (PC, Mac)
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series
    Episode 1: “Tangled Up in Blue” (PS4, Xbox One, PC, iOS, Android)
MechRunner (PS4)
Race the Sun VR update (PS4, PSVR)
</reality> (PC, Mac, Linux)
Rise & Shine (PS4)
Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
The Silver Case (PS4)
Spear of Destiny (PS4)
Voodoo Vince: Remastered (Xbox One, PC)
VR Invaders (PS4, PSVR)
Watch Dogs 2: No Compromise DLC (PS4)
WaveLand (PC)
Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap (PS4, Xbox One, Switch)

April 19th

Animal Rivals (PC)
Bandit Six: Combined Arms (PS4, PSVR)
Cloud Pirates (PC)
Theatre of Doom (PC)

April 20th

ACA NeoGeo Art of Fighting (PS4)
Alien Swarm: Reactive Drop (PC)
Brawlout (PC)
Don’t Crash (3DS)
Halo Wars: Definitive Edition (Xbox One, PC)
Orbit (Wii U)
Perso (PC, Linux)
Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality (PC, Rift, Vive)
Scar of the Doll (PC)

April 21st

Chronicle of Innsmouth (PC)
Cities: Skylines (Xbox One)
Colourise (PC, Rift, Vive)
Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Deformers (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Everything (PC, Mac)
Flatspace IIk (PC)
‘n Verlore Verstand (Xbox One)
Race the Sun (Xbox One)
Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment (Wii U)
Weebish Mines (PC)

April 24th

Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness (PC)

The biggest new games out this week: April 18th–24th

Read on to get the lowdown on all the new releases, including our picks for the most exciting games out this week.

By EGM Staff | 04/18/2017 04:00 PM PT | Updated 04/19/2017 10:04 AM PT

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If you weren’t big into comic books, you’d probably never heard of the Guardians of the Galaxy until Marvel brought its galactic team of misfits to the big screen back in 2014. Well, maybe you first heard of them slightly earlier, when Rocket Raccoon joined the roster of Marvel vs. Capcom 3, seemingly out of left field. The point is, the Guardians haven’t exactly been A-list heroes for most of their existence, so it says a lot about the success of the movie adaptation that Telltale and Marvel are teaming up for an episodic adventure game starring the group. The first episode is out this week, offering a perfect way for all those bandwagon fans (us included) to pass the time until the movie sequel arrives in theaters.

Read on to get the lowdown on all the new releases, including our picks for the most exciting games out this week. And if you’re wondering about future release dates, check out EGM’s full list of gaming release dates in 2017 and beyond, updated regularly as new dates are announced.

EGM’s top picks for this week:

Guardians of the Galaxy Ep. 1: “Tangled Up in Blue” (April 18th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One, PC, iOS, Android
Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games

Why we’re excited: Telltale’s episodic adventure games have done well with a wide variety of adaptations, comic books not least among them. We’re interesting in seeing what they do with Star-Lord and company, especially whether they can capture the humor and classic-rock charm of the movies. The early buzz: At the moment, the first episode’s Metacritic fortunes are varying wildly by platform. On PC, the game is sitting at an average score of 68 out 100. On PS4, it’s 74 out of 100. On Xbox One, it’s at 78 out of 100. Relatively few reviews are in on all three, though, so the difference may be due to variation between outlets rather than any platform-specific problems. Make it stop: Listen, we were going to use this section for an easy “I am Groot” joke, but we have to point out just how ridiculously long the full title for this game is. Officially, this episode is Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Episode 1: “Tangled Up in Blue.” We had to abbreviate it above because it kept breaking everything.

The Disney Afternoon Collection (April 18th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Publisher: Capcom, Disney Interactive
Developer: Digital Eclipse

Why we’re excited: This collection of six retro games based on cartoons from the eponymous ’90s cartoon block is a blast from the past, but it also includes a few upgrades designed to accommodate modern players. The most crucial is a rewind functionality, which should be a godsend for anyone who’s not used to the hard old days of gaming. The early buzz: So far, only one platform has enough reviews to earn a score on Metacritic. It’s a respectable 78 out of 100, for the PS4 version of the game. Not bad for a set of games that first came out decades ago. Only ’90s kids will get this: Capcom definitely knows its target audience is nostalgic adults. The company sent out ring pops and totally radical backpacks to reviewers.

Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality (April 20th)

Available for: PC, Rift, Vive
Publisher: Adult Swim Games
Developer: Owlchemy Labs

Why we’re excited: The folks behind Job Simulator, one of the most entertaining VR games to date, have teamed up with Adult Swim to craft this VR jaunt into the world of Rick and Morty. Series creator Justin Roiland helped on on development, too, including lending his voice to the leading duo. The early buzz: Like new episodes of the show, we’re going to have to wait for reviews of Virtual Rick-ality. Given the talent involved, though, it’s hard to imagine there won’t be some enjoyment to squeeze out of this thing. Oh, jeez: Did you know that every time you make another stupid joke about that goddamn Mulan sauce, Dan Harmon delays the rest of season three?

Also releasing this week:

April 18th

Aesthetic Melody (PC, Mac, Linux)
ATV Renegades (PS4, Xbox One)
Bang Bang Car (PC)
Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare Continuum DLC pack (PS4)
The Disney Afternoon Collection (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
The Falconers: Moonlight (PC, Mac, Linux)
Flinthook (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Full Throttle Remastered (PS4, Vita, PC)
Games&Girls (PC, Mac, Linux)
GunHero (PC, Linux)
HeroCade (PS4, PSVR)
Kimmy (PC, Mac)
Late Shift (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac)
Magic Heroes: Save Our Park (PC, Mac)
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series
    Episode 1: “Tangled Up in Blue” (PS4, Xbox One, PC, iOS, Android)
MechRunner (PS4)
Race the Sun VR update (PS4, PSVR)
</reality> (PC, Mac, Linux)
Rise & Shine (PS4)
Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
The Silver Case (PS4)
Spear of Destiny (PS4)
Voodoo Vince: Remastered (Xbox One, PC)
VR Invaders (PS4, PSVR)
Watch Dogs 2: No Compromise DLC (PS4)
WaveLand (PC)
Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap (PS4, Xbox One, Switch)

April 19th

Animal Rivals (PC)
Bandit Six: Combined Arms (PS4, PSVR)
Cloud Pirates (PC)
Theatre of Doom (PC)

April 20th

ACA NeoGeo Art of Fighting (PS4)
Alien Swarm: Reactive Drop (PC)
Brawlout (PC)
Don’t Crash (3DS)
Halo Wars: Definitive Edition (Xbox One, PC)
Orbit (Wii U)
Perso (PC, Linux)
Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality (PC, Rift, Vive)
Scar of the Doll (PC)

April 21st

Chronicle of Innsmouth (PC)
Cities: Skylines (Xbox One)
Colourise (PC, Rift, Vive)
Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Deformers (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Everything (PC, Mac)
Flatspace IIk (PC)
‘n Verlore Verstand (Xbox One)
Race the Sun (Xbox One)
Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment (Wii U)
Weebish Mines (PC)

April 24th

Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness (PC)

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