This week sees the return of Relic's superb World War 2 strategy series, Company of Heroes, with the bloody conflict in the Eastern Front being presented in a brand new engine. Though it adds little more than extreme weather...
With E3 behind us, it's time to get back to playing games that are actually out now. And this week we're being treated to the delightfully unexpected New Super Luigi U. Mario's just a boring old plumber, so it's no surprise that Nintendo are finally realising what we've all known for years: it's better with Luigi.
As well as New Super Luigi U, we're getting the bizarre action physics game, Magrunner; the D&D double pack, Chronicles of Mystaraarrives; the first three Jak & Daxter games get squashed into one collection; and quirky meta-RPG Knights of Pen & Paper + 1 drops.
There won't be many games threatening to draw your attention away from the spectacle of E3 this week, but what we are getting is rather splendid.
The Last of Usseems to have impressed just about everyone, including the lovely Jim Sterling, and you can see what all the gushing is about come Friday. I certainly hope it can live up to the nearly universal acclaim.
You should go play Neverwinter -- it's awesome. Right now it's in open beta, but on June 20 it will be officially released. Part of this release includes a new end-game area that will combine "PvE, PvP and dungeon delving into one epic gameplay experience," which sounds completely amazing. Launch day will also feature a big patch addressing tons of balancing issues found during the beta period.
The first expansion, called Fury of the Feywild will come out this summer. All we officially know about it is right on that page. It's going to be green, have glowing trees, and Sharandar will be under siege. It's not much of an announcement, but it is comforting to know that new content will be coming out quickly after release.
Along with the delay of the Mac version, Maxis posted the patch notes for update 5, which will focus on bug fixes for multiplayer and multi-city games. Since the whole game is unfortunately online all the time, and the cities are so small you always have to have multiple cities, this patch will impact everyone playing. There are also new achievements and regional quests, which is kinda cool I guess.
The biggie this week goes to Insomniac'sFuse for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It's a four-player cooperative third-person shooter and, well, isn't all the memorable. Check out our official review to see what we had to say about the whole experience.
For the love of god, somebody get me a 3DS. I made the unfortunate mistake of backing the wrong Nintendo console, grabbing a Wii U late last year, when I should have put my eggs in the portable basket. Now I'm not able to play the fantastic Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, and I feel absolutely terrible.
After a week off, I'm once again incarcerated in the new releases dungeon, reminding you of things to watch out for, like snakes, explosions, and upcoming videogames. This week is pretty quiet, but that should give folk plenty time to devour Metro: Last Light. It's pretty rad, and damn do I wish I had the time for a second helping.
On top of Last Light, there're a few other things launching this week, including the PSN exclusive EVE FPS thingy, Dust 514; tower defense in the form of Anomaly 2; more tower defense in the form of Sanctum 2; and the 3DS spaceship mystery, The Starship Damrey.
It's a rather light week as there's only a handful of new releases. The biggest being Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move for the 3DS. This is an eShop only title too, which makes it an an interesting little experiment from Nintendo.
From April fools prank to launch in a month, that's got to be some kind of record. Yes, folks, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragonis almost upon us, and it looks flipping wonderful. Cyber-soldiers, '80s cheese, and lots of neon -- I can't wait to get my mitts on it. Blood Dragon isn't the only thing launching this week, though, but it might be what burns the brightest.
Soul Sacrifice is a thing that people seem to be excited about, but not having a Vita, I'm oblivious; Zeno Clash IIdrops, and it's bloody weird; Strike Suit Zero gets a hectic spin-off in the form of Strike Suit Infinity; Deadly Premonition gets a new edition and spreads to PS3; and a bunch of other things release this week.
I'm a bit late with this week's new releases, as I'm still recovering from my wee sister's wedding, where I wracked up an ungodly bar bill. Your sympathy and donations will be greatly appreciated.
It's a busy week, and I had a hard time deciding which upcoming title made me tingle the most. In the end, however, it's got to be Don't Starve. I've been playing the beta for months, and it's stolen my heart (and sanity). I've turned pig-men into slaves, built towns only for them to be destroyed by hellish monsters, and been driven to the brink of insanity by hunger and fear. I love it.
Also launching this week is StarDrive, a rather lovely 4X space strategy game, the beta of which has already swallowed up a good chunk of my time; zombies continue to be a menace to people living in paradise in Dead Island: Riptide; Star Trekis boldly going where lots of Star Trek games have gone before by not looking like it's very good; Monacohas chums performing heists together, which I can totally get behind; and Dragon's Dogma gets some DLC/ a re-release in the form of Dark Arisen.
After a couple of lackluster weeks of new releases, we're spoiled for choice this week. A plethora of games drop, begging for your attention. Time to blow more money.
At the top of the list, for me, is the latest piece of Dishonored DLC, The Knife of Dunwall. Daud, the DLC's protagonist, only appeared in the main game briefly, but he has a central role in the story of Corvo's set-up. I'm really looking forward to seeing Dunwall through his eyes, and learning more about the enigmatic assassin.
Also arriving this week is the DC fighter,Injustice: Gods Among Us, where a bald man in a mechanical suit can beat up Superman; Pandora's Towerfinally gets a US release, long after the rest of us have been able to enjoy it; Star Wars: The Old Republic gets a new premium expansion in the form of Rise of the Hutt Cartel; the new Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner game, Soul Hackers, launches on the 3DS; and the wonderful but tragic Papo & Yo gets a PC port. All this and more comes out this week.
Nintendo sent out a spring/summer release schedule for third-parties on Wii U today, and while not every upcoming game is included, it does offer a glimpse of what's happening with the system right now. Between disc-based and full digital releases, we're looking at:
Another quiet week of new releases is ahead of us, but that's okay with me. More time to catch up on my backlog and a chance to give my abused wallet a much needed rest. Still, there are a few things coming out that might pique your interest.
DrinkBox's Metroidvania-inspired luchador romp Guacamelee! is probably the most intriguing title dropping this week. Farmer Juan becomes a super-powered luchador to save El Presidente's daughter, and damn, is that art style not wonderful?
Along with that, the free-to-play martial arts MMO Age of Wushu, set in ancient China, launches; Age of Empires II HDwill allow us to relive one of strategy's greatest classics; ShootMania Storm, a fast-paced multiplayer shooter, finally gets released after a delay; and a few other games request your attention.
The official UK website for the upcoming re-release of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D was recently updated and we now know there will be a few new things players can expect when it arrives on the 3DS.
The page states that there will be "brand new content created just for the Nintendo 3DS," such as a brand new surprise after players have unlocked and conquered every one of the special stages. There will be a new easy mode as well that sees players getting three hearts instead of two. More importantly, we can expect local co-op play.
Glad to hear there will be local co-op play, as the co-op stuff is what made the original Wii version so much fun for me.
Happy deceit and prank day! It's April Fools, so you might not feel like you trust can these new releases, I might just be making them up and laughing at you. But fret not. I'm a traditionalist, and that means April Fools ends at 12pm, which it is already well past.
It's a slightly more subdued week, but there are still some interesting titles launching. Defiancecomes out tomorrow, and it sounds like quite the grand experiment. It's an open-world, online shooter, but the twist is that it what happens in the game will affect Syfy's TV show of the same name, beginning on the 15th.
Along with this, we've got a few other games to look forward to this week. Cities in Motion 2drops, and it's looking pretty good, adding more city management than the previous instalment; Ninja Gaiden 3 Razor's Edgemoves to more consoles; Sang-Froidpits man against werewolves, and it's about time we dealt with that hairy menace once and for all; and Evolandexplores the evolution of the action-adventure genre.
All this and more drops this week. What's floating your boat?