We're bidding farewell to an extremely hot July with a bang: Pikmin 3 is here, or it will be come Sunday. Of course, if you have the good fortune to be living in the UK or other, less important parts of Europe, then this is ...
New releases is a day late this week, as my ISP got so excited by all of these games coming out that they decided to screw with my connection. Well, that's what I pay them for. This week's actually a bit quiet, with only a couple of standouts. Shadowrun Returns finally arrives after a short delay, and it all sounds a bit too good to be true. Like someone dug up my youth and pumped it full of electricity. An arcane cyberpunk tactical RPG? I'm drooling.
Also launching this week, we have Teleglitch: Die More Edition, an upgraded version of the delightfully cruel sci-fi roguelike; Runescape 3, which launched today, and seems like a substantial improvement over its forebearer; and The Smurfs 2, because bad sequels of bad films need bad games too.
And although New releases only covers US launches, Pikmin 3 arrives in blightly this week, and that's definitely something I'll be celebrating.
It's Monday and I almost forgot. Here was me assuming it was still the weekend, but no, the new week has began and we've got a bunch of new releases to look forward to, or not. Shin Megami Tensei IV is the stand out new release this week, making 3DS owners appropriately smug. Dale's a fan, to put it lightly.
Also dropping during the squishy middle part of July is Dynasty Warriors 8, the latest title in a series that I'm sure is now only being churned out for Jim; Time and Eternitydrops on PS3, and is a game I know nothing about save that it deals with time travel and looks pretty; and the Italian adventure game with a silly name Face Noir launches on PC.
What's got you all hot and bothered this week, chums?
Civilization V is pretty good, but Brave New Worldmakes it wonderful. Launching in a couple of days, the latest expansion is filled with a bevy of new features, most of which improve the tiresome late game with new paths to victory and greater flexibility. The changes and additions are so expansive that this might as well be a new game, from the diverse civilizations -- including Venice, a civ that can't even generate settlers -- to the engaging trade system. It's really rather rad.
Eagle-eyed readers might notice that none of the titles in the headline or subheader are the names of videogames, and are actually songs. This is because there's bugger all coming out this week. Okay, that's unfair, but it's certainly slim pickings.
Darkapparently never launched last week, and quietly got pushed back to Friday; Blops II gets some new maps; another Mortal Kombat collection is launching on PC; and there's some DLC, I guess?
Anything exciting you this week? No, I suppose not.
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 and a new, explosive campaign to the tried and tested formula, it's really rather splendid.
On top of this, the Biker action game, Ride to Hell: Retributionfinally drops, after a bit of a delay; the merc with the mouth, Deadpool, gets his very own game; Darkleaps out of the shadows with a smattering of stealth and vampire action; and that really rather awful looking Spartacus Legendsgame is a thing.
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.