The world of good first-person indie games is a small one, and beat-em-ups are similarly scarce. Spartan Fist, then may be the brightly-colored first-person puncher you've been waiting for. Glass Bottom Games' third major game stars detective Emma Jones, the protagonist from the company's first two titles (Jones on Fire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), as the current owner of the titular fists.
Microsoft's Xbox gifting feature was a big hit with players last fall. Now, the company has expanded digital gifting to include PC games and PC downloadable content (so things like map packs and skins). It's also made all Xbox One games eligible for gifting. It's a pretty straightforward process. Head to the Microsoft Store, find your game and select 'buy as gift'. Just enter the recipient's email address -- or choose their Gamertag if you're gifting via Xbox One -- and they'll get a redemption code. Then you can sit back and wait for the gratitude to roll in.
A stealth horror PC game called Hello Neighbor will have you sneaking into your creepy neighbor's house again and again until you unravel his sinister secrets. What's truly interesting about the game, however, is that your neighbor gets smarter the more you play -- the villain's AI learns from your actions and reacts to them accordingly. Sneaked in through the front door? He'll install CCTVs to prevent you from getting in again. That kind of thing. Unfortunately, the game was exclusively available for PC and the Xbox One. That thankfully won't be the case soon enough: Hello Neighbor for the PS4 and Nintendo Switch will come out on July 27th, 2018.
Forgotton Anne looks like a gentle animated feature film you can't quite remember the name of, with an art style somewhere between Studio Ghibli and those curious kids' animation series I used to watch from Europe. The charming characters, mostly anthropomorphic objects called forgotlings, make for an entertaining adventure, combined with occasionally smart puzzles and surprising gameplay twists. That said, ThroughLine Games have made a gorgeous animated story where the gameplay comes second.
Do you still have an original SNES console hiding in the back of your closet? You might want to dig it out. Devolver Digital and Mega Cat Studios are releasing a brand new SNES game, Fork Parker's Crunch Out, with all profits going toward the Take This charity providing support and awareness for mental health issues. The title has you playing Devolver's fictional CFO as he "motivates" game developers to make it through crunch time and release on schedule, quality be damned.
The Switch is getting its own Monster Hunter game this summer, but unfortunately, it won't be the record-selling current-gen version, World. Last summer, Nintendo launched Monster Hunter XX, a port of a 2016 3DS title, in Japan -- and now it's on its way to American shores. Monster Hunter: Generations Ultimate comes out for Switch in the US on August 28th.