This week in video games, May 21, 2018: This year's Game Fest brings indie release State of Decay 2

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      This week, Nintendo is manufacturing more NES Classic and SNES Classic retro consoles, Star Wars Battlefront II gets ready for some Solo action, and you can go Next Generation with Star Trek: Bridge Crew. But first, get in on the fun with Game Fest.

      Game Fest bring State of Decay 2

      For a couple of years, Xbox has turned the month of May into Game Fest, a celebration of independently created games available through the ID@Xbox publishing program.

      Each week, another batch of games goes on sale, and this week the list includes games that have appeared in the Xbox Summer of Arcade promotions over the past 10 years, like Bastion, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, and Limbo.

      Among the games being released as part of Game Fest is State of Decay 2, an open-world action shooter in which a zombie apocalypse has made surviving difficult for humans. You’ll need to be managing your resources, recruiting survivors, and creating communities. And when the humans you’ve befriended die, they are gone forever. You can level-up and progress your survivors, building a society out of the ashes.

      And you can play with up to three friends in cooperative multiplayer, in which you combine your rosters in either your game or theirs.

      Also releasing is Descenders; this game about riding bikes down hills—with style—is from RageSquid and published by No More Robots for Xbox One

      Nintendo promises more stock of retro consoles

      The NES Classic Edition console is back in manufacturing, according to Nintendo. In a tweet last week, the company said that units should be in stores before the end of June.

      The game system includes 30 games from the NES era, such as Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, and Super Mario Bros. It is priced at $80.

      Nintendo says there will also be more SNES Classic Edition consoles available through 2018. That $100 device includes 21 different 16-bit games, like Mega Man X, Star Fox, and Mario Kart.

      Star Wars Battlefront II kicks off Han Solo season

      The Han Solo origin movie is arriving this week, so no surprise that the Han Solo season in Star Wars Battlefront II is upon us too.

      It started last week, and starts with a retrospective from the original trilogy of films, including battles in and around Jabba’s palace and a two-on-two Heroes vs Villains showdown mode where you can pit Han and Chewie against a pair of baddies.

      It’s all in advance of new missions, coming in June, that are inspired by Solo: A Star Wars Story.

      Star Trek virtual-reality game lets you enter The Next Generation

      Ubisoft’s VR title, Star Trek: Bridge Crew, does a pretty good job of making you feel like you’re in Starfleet, and a new expansion will let you get a taste of what it’s like to confront the Borg.

      The Next Generation is the name of the expansion for the game that can be played in PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift. Releasing on May 22 for $20.

      It also introduces two new mission types. In Patrol, players can navigate freely through space while being faced by random encounters and objectives. Resistance has you evade a Borg Cube before battling the technological hive in a final showdown.

      Games released or releasing soon

      • Mega Man Legacy Collection comes to the Nintendo Switch and includes the 10 classic games in the franchise from Capcom.
      • Detroit: Become Human, which puts players in the role of three different androids, is exclusive to the PS4. It’s from game designer David Cage and the studio Quantic Dream.

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