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For PlayStation fans, few studios can match the reputation of Team Ico, the developer that gave us Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. Critics and players alike have hailed both of those PS2 releases as near perfect distillations of what action adventure games can accomplish. Now, after a long absence—one that saw an entire console generation pass without a follow-up game—it’s finally time for Team Ico’s third offering.

The Last Guardian features many of the same hallmarks of the studio’s earlier work: clean, stylized, and gorgeous visuals; stark minimalism, both in storytelling and in gameplay; and a protagonist who’s less of a superpowered vehicle for your power fantasies than you’ll find in most games players. The big change here is that you play as a young boy partnered up with Trico, an enormous beast who resembles a hybrid of bird and dog and who operates as an independent, AI-controlled entity, with his own moods, desires, and quirks. The promise is that you won’t just use Trico as a tool. Instead, you’ll building a relationship with him the way you do with an animal in real life, earning his trust and friendship along the way. It’s an ambitious idea, but if anyone can deliver on the big picture, it’s Team Ico.

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 through 2017, updated regularly as new dates are announced.

EGM’s top picks for this week:

The Last Guardian (December 6th)

Available for: PS4
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: SIE Japan Studio, Team Ico, GenDesign

Why we’re excited: Though 2016 has seen a number of long-awaited games finally arrive in stores, The Last Guardian is perhaps the one with the strongest pedigree. Team Ico’s first two games are straight-up masterpieces, and it’s hugely exciting to see what the studio has been able to accomplish after all this time. The early buzz: In her review, EGM’s Emma Schaefer writes that “fans of Team Ico’s past work won’t be disappointed.” The game’s also holding down a respectable 83 out of 100 on Metacritic. Long time coming: When The Last Guardian was first announced, Barack Obama had been president for less than six months, Michael Jackson was still alive, and The Black Eyed Pea’s “Boom Boom Pow” was at the top of the charts. It’s been a long wait.

Dead Rising 4 EXO Suit Power Up

Dead Rising 4 (December 6th)

Available for: Xbox One, PC
Publisher: Capcom, Microsoft Studios
Developer: Capcom Vancouver

Why we’re excited: The zaniest zombie-slaughtering game around is headed back to the familiar confines of a shopping mall with Frank West back in the starring role. That’s an easy recipe for hectic, hilarious mayhem. The early buzz: In his review, Matt Buchholtz called Dead Rising 4 “an enjoyable return to a zombie-infested Willamette” that “banks on nostalgia and humor” rather than gameplay innovation. The Xbox One version is currently sitting at 76 on Metacritic. Black Friday: Dead Rising 4 is set at Christmastime, which puts it in the proud lineage of unconventional holiday fare alongside movies like Die Hard, Gremlins, and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Shane Black would be proud.

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Star Wars Battlefront – Rogue One: Scarif (December 6th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Publisher: EA
Developer: DICE

Why we’re excited: Not only is Rogue One: Scarif new content for Star Wars Battlefront, it’s also an early glimpse into the world of the upcoming movie, including a chance to explore the epic battle on the tropical planet of Scarif.  I’ve got a good feeling about this: The Metacritic scores for the expansions release so far have been right on par with the main game. Reviews for this latest expansion aren’t out yet, but if you enjoyed the base game or what’s arrived since, you’ll be happy to know developer DICE certainly seems to have kept the DLC consistent. The Force is strong with this one: Ben Mendelsohn, who portrays Orson Krennic in Rogue One and lent his likeness to the virtual version in this expansion, is one of the world’s greatest living actors. No joke here. Go watch the first season of Bloodline on Netflix.

Also releasing this week:

December 6th

#killallzombies (Vita)
3D Chess (PC, Mac)
3on3 Freestyle (PS4)
Arizona Sunshine (PC, Vive, Rift)
Ark: Survival Evolved (PS4)
Carnival Games VR (PC, Rift)
The Climb (PC, Rift)
Cranga!: Harbor Frenzy (PC, Rift, Vive, OSVR)
Dead and Buried (PC, Rift)
Dead Hungry (PC, Rift, Vive)
Dead Rising 4 (Xbox One, PC)
Demetrios: The Big Cynical Adventure (Vita)
Dexed (PC, Rift)
Drop Alive (PC)
Energy Cycle (Xbox One)
Enigma Sphere (PC, Rift)
Fantastic Contraption (PC, Rift)
Final Approach (PC, Rift)
HoloBall (PC, Rift)
I Expect You to Die (PC, Rift)
The Last Guardian (PS4)
Nubla (PS4)
Oculus First Contact (PC, Rift)
Patchwork (PC, Mac, Linux)
Pierhead Arcade (PC, Rift)
Quar: Battle for Gate 18 (PC, Rift)
Red Faction (PS4)
Ripcoil (PC, Rift)
Sacred Almanac: Traces of Greed (PC, Mac)
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun (PC, Mac, Linux)
Space Overlords (PS4, Vita)
Sports Bar VR (PC, Rift)
Star Wars Battlefront – Rogue One: Scarif (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Star Wars Battlefront – Rogue One: X-Wing VR Mission (PS4, PSVR)
The Unspoken (PC, Rift)
VR Sports Challenge (PC, Rift)
Wand Wars (Xbox One)
Werewolves Within (PS4, PC, PSVR, Rift, Vive)
Zen Pinball 2: Bethesda Pinball (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, Vita, PC, Mac)

December 7th

Best Buds (PC, Mac, Linux)
Demented Pixie (PC, Mac, Linux)
Earth’s Dawn (PC)
Goat Simulator: Payday (Xbox One)
Her Majesty’s Spiffing (Xbox One, PC, Mac, Linux)
ROM: Extraction (PC, Rift, Vive)
Squake (PC, Mac)

December 8th

Animal Crossing: New LeafWelcome Amiibo (3DS)
Arcade Archives Neo Geo Samurai Showdown (PS4)
Coffin of Ashes (PC)
ConflictCraft (PC, Mac)
Flying Bunny (PS4)
Galaxy Blaster (3DS)
Gigantic Game Preview (Xbox One, PC)
Indie Game Sim (PC, Mac)
Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel (PC)
OneShot (PC, Mac, Linux)
Plannes (PC, Rift, Vive)
Street Champ VR (PC, Vive)
Teslapunk (Wii U)
Winged Sakura: Demon Civil War (PC, Mac, Linux)

December 9th

Himawari: The Sunflower (PC)
Natural – Beyond Nature – (PC)
Pawn (PC)
Red Spider2: Exiled (PC, Mac)
Silence (Xbox One)
Sky Force Anniversary (Xbox One)
Tayutama 2: You’re the Only One (PC)
Tennis in the Face (Xbox One)
Westerado: Double Barrelled (Xbox One)

December 12th

Bastion (Xbox One)

The biggest new games out this week: December 6th–12th

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 | 12/6/2016 12:00 PM PT | Updated 12/12/2016 09:21 AM PT

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For PlayStation fans, few studios can match the reputation of Team Ico, the developer that gave us Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. Critics and players alike have hailed both of those PS2 releases as near perfect distillations of what action adventure games can accomplish. Now, after a long absence—one that saw an entire console generation pass without a follow-up game—it’s finally time for Team Ico’s third offering.

The Last Guardian features many of the same hallmarks of the studio’s earlier work: clean, stylized, and gorgeous visuals; stark minimalism, both in storytelling and in gameplay; and a protagonist who’s less of a superpowered vehicle for your power fantasies than you’ll find in most games players. The big change here is that you play as a young boy partnered up with Trico, an enormous beast who resembles a hybrid of bird and dog and who operates as an independent, AI-controlled entity, with his own moods, desires, and quirks. The promise is that you won’t just use Trico as a tool. Instead, you’ll building a relationship with him the way you do with an animal in real life, earning his trust and friendship along the way. It’s an ambitious idea, but if anyone can deliver on the big picture, it’s Team Ico.

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 through 2017, updated regularly as new dates are announced.

EGM’s top picks for this week:

The Last Guardian (December 6th)

Available for: PS4
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: SIE Japan Studio, Team Ico, GenDesign

Why we’re excited: Though 2016 has seen a number of long-awaited games finally arrive in stores, The Last Guardian is perhaps the one with the strongest pedigree. Team Ico’s first two games are straight-up masterpieces, and it’s hugely exciting to see what the studio has been able to accomplish after all this time. The early buzz: In her review, EGM’s Emma Schaefer writes that “fans of Team Ico’s past work won’t be disappointed.” The game’s also holding down a respectable 83 out of 100 on Metacritic. Long time coming: When The Last Guardian was first announced, Barack Obama had been president for less than six months, Michael Jackson was still alive, and The Black Eyed Pea’s “Boom Boom Pow” was at the top of the charts. It’s been a long wait.

Dead Rising 4 EXO Suit Power Up

Dead Rising 4 (December 6th)

Available for: Xbox One, PC
Publisher: Capcom, Microsoft Studios
Developer: Capcom Vancouver

Why we’re excited: The zaniest zombie-slaughtering game around is headed back to the familiar confines of a shopping mall with Frank West back in the starring role. That’s an easy recipe for hectic, hilarious mayhem. The early buzz: In his review, Matt Buchholtz called Dead Rising 4 “an enjoyable return to a zombie-infested Willamette” that “banks on nostalgia and humor” rather than gameplay innovation. The Xbox One version is currently sitting at 76 on Metacritic. Black Friday: Dead Rising 4 is set at Christmastime, which puts it in the proud lineage of unconventional holiday fare alongside movies like Die Hard, Gremlins, and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Shane Black would be proud.

SWBRRO Scarif

Star Wars Battlefront – Rogue One: Scarif (December 6th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Publisher: EA
Developer: DICE

Why we’re excited: Not only is Rogue One: Scarif new content for Star Wars Battlefront, it’s also an early glimpse into the world of the upcoming movie, including a chance to explore the epic battle on the tropical planet of Scarif.  I’ve got a good feeling about this: The Metacritic scores for the expansions release so far have been right on par with the main game. Reviews for this latest expansion aren’t out yet, but if you enjoyed the base game or what’s arrived since, you’ll be happy to know developer DICE certainly seems to have kept the DLC consistent. The Force is strong with this one: Ben Mendelsohn, who portrays Orson Krennic in Rogue One and lent his likeness to the virtual version in this expansion, is one of the world’s greatest living actors. No joke here. Go watch the first season of Bloodline on Netflix.

Also releasing this week:

December 6th

#killallzombies (Vita)
3D Chess (PC, Mac)
3on3 Freestyle (PS4)
Arizona Sunshine (PC, Vive, Rift)
Ark: Survival Evolved (PS4)
Carnival Games VR (PC, Rift)
The Climb (PC, Rift)
Cranga!: Harbor Frenzy (PC, Rift, Vive, OSVR)
Dead and Buried (PC, Rift)
Dead Hungry (PC, Rift, Vive)
Dead Rising 4 (Xbox One, PC)
Demetrios: The Big Cynical Adventure (Vita)
Dexed (PC, Rift)
Drop Alive (PC)
Energy Cycle (Xbox One)
Enigma Sphere (PC, Rift)
Fantastic Contraption (PC, Rift)
Final Approach (PC, Rift)
HoloBall (PC, Rift)
I Expect You to Die (PC, Rift)
The Last Guardian (PS4)
Nubla (PS4)
Oculus First Contact (PC, Rift)
Patchwork (PC, Mac, Linux)
Pierhead Arcade (PC, Rift)
Quar: Battle for Gate 18 (PC, Rift)
Red Faction (PS4)
Ripcoil (PC, Rift)
Sacred Almanac: Traces of Greed (PC, Mac)
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun (PC, Mac, Linux)
Space Overlords (PS4, Vita)
Sports Bar VR (PC, Rift)
Star Wars Battlefront – Rogue One: Scarif (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Star Wars Battlefront – Rogue One: X-Wing VR Mission (PS4, PSVR)
The Unspoken (PC, Rift)
VR Sports Challenge (PC, Rift)
Wand Wars (Xbox One)
Werewolves Within (PS4, PC, PSVR, Rift, Vive)
Zen Pinball 2: Bethesda Pinball (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, Vita, PC, Mac)

December 7th

Best Buds (PC, Mac, Linux)
Demented Pixie (PC, Mac, Linux)
Earth’s Dawn (PC)
Goat Simulator: Payday (Xbox One)
Her Majesty’s Spiffing (Xbox One, PC, Mac, Linux)
ROM: Extraction (PC, Rift, Vive)
Squake (PC, Mac)

December 8th

Animal Crossing: New LeafWelcome Amiibo (3DS)
Arcade Archives Neo Geo Samurai Showdown (PS4)
Coffin of Ashes (PC)
ConflictCraft (PC, Mac)
Flying Bunny (PS4)
Galaxy Blaster (3DS)
Gigantic Game Preview (Xbox One, PC)
Indie Game Sim (PC, Mac)
Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel (PC)
OneShot (PC, Mac, Linux)
Plannes (PC, Rift, Vive)
Street Champ VR (PC, Vive)
Teslapunk (Wii U)
Winged Sakura: Demon Civil War (PC, Mac, Linux)

December 9th

Himawari: The Sunflower (PC)
Natural – Beyond Nature – (PC)
Pawn (PC)
Red Spider2: Exiled (PC, Mac)
Silence (Xbox One)
Sky Force Anniversary (Xbox One)
Tayutama 2: You’re the Only One (PC)
Tennis in the Face (Xbox One)
Westerado: Double Barrelled (Xbox One)

December 12th

Bastion (Xbox One)

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