I'll be spending this week playing catch up, but there's no dearth of new releases. Killer is Deadis tempting me, because bloody hell it looks flashy, but I'll probably leave until I'm not drowning in games. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Rebornis notable too, if only because it was originally a shockingly poor MMO and had to be entirely rebuilt. I've not been impressed with the results, and found myself sick of it after a weekend. Others seem to be getting more out of it, however.
Also on the docket this week, we've got Lost Planet 3, which is nice if you're sick of the summer heat; Brothers: A Tale of Two Sonscomes to the PC, which pleases me greatly; and some burly American fellows kick a ball around in Madden NFL 25. There's more too, but you'll have to scroll down for that.
Bloody hell, this week, calm down. A slew of games are clamouring for your attention over the next seven days, some of them really rather good. At the top of the pile, however, is Saints Row IV. I didn't think the series would ever reach the lofty heights of the purple gang's second outing again, but I was dead wrong. I have the tentacle marks to prove it. There just aren't enough games where you can slam into the ground with such power that you cause a nuclear reaction, especially not while dressed up as a giant eagle.
Other games that have the misfortune of fighting the Saints for the top spot are Splinter Cell: Blacklist, which is like Splinter Cell with different vocal chords; The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, which I'm sure we can all agree is a silly name and doesn't look as good as XCOM: Enemy Unknown; Disney Infinity, which looks like crack for children and the cause of bankruptcy for parents; and a whole bunch of other things, but I'm in a rush, so onto the lists and videos.
What's tickling your fancy this week? Saints Row IV? Good choice.
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackersis a game with a name hard to squeeze into a headline. It also released for the 3DS in April in the United States (August 2012 in Japan). It will finally be released in Europe on September 20. This is, notably, an entire week's delay from the original, promised upon September 13 release date.
Don't take this lying down, European readers. First they think they can delay a release one week, next thing you know it will be months, maybe even years before you get a game already released to much of the world. I mean, that already happens sometimes (oftentimes), but, you know. Principles and that lot.
Actually, don't rise up against the publishing menace. Unless that truly is your moral imperative, I guess. But I hear Soul Hackers, the slightly gussied up (full voice acting) version of the 1997 cyberpunk and demonic JRPG is pretty good.
Last week, we reported on some leaks that suggested SNK Playmore's King of Fighters XIII would follow the trajectory of many contemporary fighters and end up on Steam. That has in fact happened.The Steam release touts, "vastly improved netcode," to abet online play and all comes bundled with all previously released DLC.
The gorgeous 2D fighter is listed on Steam at $29.99, though you can pre-purchase until September 13 for $24.99. While the game isn't slated to release until September 13, a lucky 300 users can also get in on a closed beta for the game by entering here. The website notes the drawing will be a lottery, "if the number of applicants exceed 300 people." I guess they're not expecting demand to be all that high. At least not out of the gate.
Any PC-only people looking to pick this one up? I'm terrible at fighters, but dug the heck out of King of Fighters XIII when it was release free on PS+. The animation and sprite work are phenomenal. It's also plenty fun, despite my lack of skill.
Apparently it's shark week in the US, but more importantly, it's also dragon week. Dragon's Crown and Dragon Commander -- two extremely different scaley games -- are dropping, and fans of winged reptiles are likely rejoicing. Chris is a big fan of the former, and I've been playing the heck out of the latter for quite some time, and loving every second of it.
Other games are also launching this week, but without the aid of dragons, does anybody really care? Ports, a JRPG, something called Superfrog -- all of these pale in comparison to our graceful dragon overlords.
We're bidding farewell to an extremely hot July with a bang: Pikmin 3is 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 old news and you're probably already enslaving plant-folk and slaying beasties.
As if a good game on the Wii U wasn't cause enough for celebration, Rise of the Triadis also dropping this week. I'm in the process of downloading it now, and as soon as I'm done informing you lovely people about this week's offerings, I'll be running around like a headless chicken, blowing shit up.
What's making you quiver with anticipation this week?
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.