This week has been spectacular as far as the weather goes, and although that heat is here to stay, the forecast is pointing to showers this weekend. Perfect excuse to stay in a play something new. Here are some recent releases that you should definitely check out.

Developers:  EA Canada
Publishers: EA Sports
Platform: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Genre: Sports (soccer simulator)

The ultimate football simulator, FIFA 16 is the most recent update to the long-running FIFA gaming franchise. The game’s slogan this time around is, ‘Play Beautiful,’ a sentiment easily understood when one witnesses the sheer detail and care taken in FIFA 16’s visuals.

Additionally, FIFA 16 has taken a massive step forward for the series, embracing female footballers for the very first time. Women’s national teams from several countries around the world – including Australia – will be featured in the game. While Konami’s competing franchise, Pro Evolution Soccer is definitely catching up, FIFA 16 is still a fantastic and visually stunning experience.

Rock Band 4
Developers: Harmonix
Publishers: Harmonix
Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Rhythm

The long awaited revival of the Rock Band franchise will allow you to crank out all of your old plastic musical instruments to jam to a soundtrack of classics. An array of artists are featured on Rock Band 4, ranging from classic tracks from Elvis Presley, Fleetwood Mac and Aerosmith, to some more recent tunes like Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk,’ and Paramore’s ‘Still Into You.’ If the built-in soundtrack isn’t enough, players can access over 1000 more downloadable songs from previous iterations in the series.

Rock Band 4 re-captures the vibe of the immensely popular rhythm games it succeeds, and with the enormous soundtrack, it allows lovers of all kinds of music to join in. It’s a musical celebration game perfect for having a bunch of friends over.

So, to do something a little different, here’s a game I think you should definitely try to avoid – unless you’re interested in cheap nostalgia thrills or laughing at a glitchy and buggy mess.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5
Developers: Robomodo / Disruptive Games
Publishers: Activision
Genre: Sports (skateboarding simulator)

It’s hard to revive a game series, particularly a series as celebrated as Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, which, in its early days, was one of the most critically successful game franchises of all time. After a rapid decline in quality around the end of last decade, the series remained stagnant and lifeless, until now. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 is the long awaited new entry into the franchise to fans of the series such as myself who, for years, have been yearning for another fantastic game.

I haven’t played this game. I probably won’t. The game has been described as a buggy mess, with constant glitches. In a game that requires precision and dexterity in controls, unrealistic and unpolished physics simply won’t do. Visually, the game appears to be far behind the current standard. It’s a shame that such a wonderful franchise has continued to have its name tarnished by a game that probably should have never been released in its state. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 appears to be a bid to exploit nostalgia out of long-time fans.