Gaming week-in-preview! More hadoukens, RPGs, and a spirit-successor to LittleBigPlanet?

This time next week is Valentine's Day. For those of us with significant others or romantic plans, good on you! But if you want a little escapism, a little adventure, a little fun next week—video games are there for you. Below is a quick run-down of some gaming news and releases you can chew on next week!

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Hot and Out Now! Week of 2/9-2/15:

A downloadable expansion to last year's first-person survival-horror shooter based on Dmitry Glukhovsky's novels, Metro Exodus.

Bundles together remastered versions of Yakuza 3, 4, and 5—action-adventure beat-'em-ups that strive to capture the way of life of the Japanese crime syndicate, the Yakuza.

The bombastic third-person mech shooter, previously released for the Nintendo Switch, comes to Steam.

This comedic little real-time-strategy game, with a "deck-building twist", comes out on Steam in early access with "a good chunk of content".

The Darksiders games take a departure from their third-person roots for something a little more like a hack-n'-slash Diablo—can hop on with a buddy for some top-down RPG action.

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Join in with a buddy to play as War and Strife, Horsemen of the Apocalypse in Darksiders Genesis, courtesy @darksiders Twitter.
  • Dreams [PS4] – February 14

This is a wild one from the same devs that made LittleBigPlanet. Dreams is a "game creation system" that lets you create and share puzzles, music, paintings, and whole games.

In Capcom tradition, Champion Edition is a rerelease of Street Fighter 5 that combines all the bonus content they've released for the game so far—a total of 40 characters, 34 stages, and 200+ costumes.

Customize an adventurer and explore randomly-generated dungeons to find rare treasures in this RPG. Team up with up to three other players local or online!

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The is the kind of content you can make in Dreams for PS4, courtesy Media Molecule, Sony Interactive Entertainment

Biggest Hits You Might've Missed:

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The beautiful art of point-and-click adventure game Kentucky Route Zero, courtesy Cardboard Computer, Annapurna Interactive.

Stuff to Get Excited for:

From the News Ticker-Tape:

Gaming titan Blizzard Entertainment released Warcraft 3: Reforged, a remastered edition of the 2002 real-time strategy game Warcraft 3. Problem is, almost everyone is disappointed. It's garnered the worst reviews of any Blizzard game ever. Good news if you bought it—they're offering refunds.

If you played online flash games back in the day, it might be sad to you that Adobe is ending Flash support this year. But archivist and programmer "Blue Maxima" has already saved 38,000+ of these historic games and you can play them all on their new launcher, Flashpoint.

Google Stadia, the forerunner in the new "Netflix for games" model that released last November to a lukewarm reception, has a new competitor in Nvidia's GeForce Now. Will it run where Stadia stumbled?

And to round it out—girl gamers are on the rise! UK’s communications regulator, Ofcom, released a report (pdf) that says 48 percent of British girls age 5 to 15 now play games online, up from 39 percent in 2018. Previous polls suggested that girls tended to spend more time on social media, while boys spent more time with video games, but it seems like those differences might be converging. 

What do you think? Which video games are you excited to see come out this week? Let us know in the comments below.