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It’s a pretty good week for video games

Sea of Thieves and Detective Pikachu are just the tip of the iceberg

the two brothers in A Way Out standing in a prison yard at night in the rain Hazelight/Electronic Arts

It’s one of those rare and unexpected moments in the year when it feels like it’s raining great video games. This week promises no fewer than seven solid games, all of which feel like must-play titles. Whether you’re a hardcore PC gamer or a console player plugging away on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch or 3DS, here’s what should be on your radar.

We’ll be kicking things off tonight with two big games that launch on March 20.

The week finishes out with five big titles coming on March 23.

  • A Way Out has been on our radar ever since the game’s amazing trailer at last year’s E3. It’s being developed by Hazelight, the same team behind Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. If you haven’t played that game, you might recognize one of the developers as the guy who dropped an f-bomb during The Game Awards 2017. A Way Out, which requires two human players, tells the story of two men named Vincent and Leo who escape from prison and try to make their way home to their families. It’s coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
  • Ash of Gods: Redemption is a turn-based roguelike role-playing game with collectible card game elements in the style of The Banner Saga. The developers promise an evolving story based on player choices in a unique high-fantasy world. They’re probably slamming on the final bits of code ahead of the PC release, so be sure to buy them some beer on Steam once the game is out.
  • Detective Pikachu is one of the weirdest Pokémon games we’ve seen in some time, and that has team Polygon extremely excited for this Nintendo 3DS title. You’ll play a deep-voiced, English-speaking Pikachu who travels with a young boy named Tim to help out critters in need. So, sort of like a tiny yellow Hercule Poirot minus the ’stache.
  • MLB The Show 18 is coming out this Friday, but only if you pre-order the game; otherwise, you’ll be waiting until March 27. It’s the latest iteration of the annual simulation baseball series from Sony Interactive Entertainment’s San Diego team, and is exclusive to PS4.
  • Finally, Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom lands on PC and PS4 the same day. Polygon has had pre-release code for a while now, and our review went up just this morning. Long story short, this classic JRPG is “the full package, tying together a wide variety of different gameplay styles.”

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