Welcome to the first episode of our newest PC-focused show, Hot Keys!
Every Friday, Hot Keys will take a look at the five PC games you don’t want to miss this week. We’ll be finding you the diamond in the rough games you may not have seen, as well as letting you know when a game you might already love has something exciting going on.
We’ll also dive deeper into our top pick of the week for a hands-on Let’s Play to show off exactly why we like it so much. Watch the first episode above, and read on to see our key picks this week.
Our top pick this week goes to Hand of Fate 2, a living board game with combat straight out of the Arkham games. It’s super unique combination of RPG, deck-building, and action brawler that there’s really nothing else like. You build a deck of RPG encounters and move your way across a random board of choose-your-own-adventure style choices, but when a fight begins it transforms into real-time combat. You can check out our full review here.
Be sure to watch the episode above to see me and James play Hand of Fate 2
Animal Super Squad is a physics-based platformer with an incredibly deep level editor. It reminded me a lot of Little Big Planet, but most of Animal Super Squad’s pre-built levels put you in control of some sort of vehicle. Those segments control more like a trials rider than a platformer, which gets a bit more difficult as each level’s obstacles tear your ride apart piece by piece. Animal Super Squad just entered Early Access and has more levels and obstacles on the way, but the Steam community has already started filling Workshop with custom downloadable maps.
Spintires: Mudrunner is an off-road driving game, but not the fast and furious kind like the Dirt series. In fact, you should probably think of the opposite of that. Spintires is more of a sim game like the Euro Truck Simulator series. You have to make deliveries on challenging to navigate open world maps full of simulated mud pits. The original Spintires from 2014 was a surprise hit, selling over a million copies, and the Mudrunner edition brings a graphical overhaul, a new map, a whole bunch of new trucks, and lots more.
Next, it’s worth checking out Star Wars Battlefront 2 early access trial which began yesterday. While Battlefront 2 officially launches next week, the early access trial will give you 10 hours with the game, including the first three missions of its single-player campaign. Most importantly, and different from the recent open beta, all your progress and unlockables will be saved during the trial period if you decide to buy the full game. You’ll have to subscribe to EA’s Origin Access program to play the trial, but it’s a good opportunity to try before you buy for those still on the fence.
Switching back to 2D, Bomsy is a fast-based multiplayer brawler in the same vein as games like Towerfall or Brawlhalla. What sets Bomsy apart are its almost Brick Breaker-like levels, which quickly fall apart as each round plays out. Players attack by lobbing bombs at each other, which will destroy nearby terrain along with your opponents. Bomsy can be played with up to six players both locally if you have enough controllers, and also has online play.
Finally, an honorable mention to a game that’s actually already been out for more than a year, Battlerite. It’s a fantastic PvP brawler that finally left Early Access this week, and is now entirely free-to-play.
Tom Marks is an Associate Editor focusing on PC gaming at IGN and writer of Hot Keys. You can follow him on Twitter.