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 plen...
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?
Papo & Yo was the (game-related) highlight of my entire E3 2012 and when it came time to review it, our own Fraser Brown gave it high marks. It's an incredibly moving, affective tale couched in thoughtful game mechanics. For those who don't know, the game acts as an allegory for Caballero's childhood relationship with his abusive, alcoholic father. Beneath the ironically cheery colored slums and general whimsy lurks a darkness.
When I talked to Caballero at E3, what stood out to me was his intent on making games to help people, including young people that might be dealing with similar issues and need a coping mechanism, much how he used videogames to cope as a youth. With the game being released on another platform, hopefully these good vibes can extend even further.
This week, I welcome Monday with open arms, inviting it into my living room, and even introducing it to my parents. Strictly speaking, it's really Tuesday I want to embrace, because that's when BioShock Infinite launches. But since I'll undoubtedly be staying up all night to play it the moment it unlocks, it will still be Monday in my deluded, sleep-deprived mind.
Jim's got a lot to say about the latest instalment of Irrational's franchise, almost all of it good. Will it be the nigh perfect game many of us were hoping for? We'll find out soon enough. I've already let friends and family know I'll be "indisposed" for the next few days. Yeah, I'm pretty excited.
But BioShock Infinite isn't all we've got to look forward to this week. 3DS owners can rejoice, for Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moonalso drops this week, and Chris had a spooktacular time reviewing it. It's really starting to be difficult to not splash out on a 3DS -- damn my limited funds! Inexplicably, another Army of Twotitle is also coming out; Pokémon fans get another game to add to their likely gigantic collection, this time in the form of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity; and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14launches with lots of golf clubs and a philanderer.
Underneath my gruff exterior beats the heart of a kid obsessed with LEGO. Even now, if I see some of those little bricks, I drop what I'm doing, and start building, ignoring whoever else is in the room. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that I'm pretty excited for LEGO City: Undercover, which drops this week along with a whole bunch of other games.
Set in an open world and story-based, it sounds like my cup of tea, especially since my favorite LEGO game has to be LEGO Batman 2. And come on, the hero is called Chaise McCain, the name I wish I was now blessed with.
I'm beyond hyped for this game. Although the Wii version was one of my favorite releases of the year, I lamented the lack of the option for a Classic Controller.
Now that I can spring into some Kong related challenges on the go (this is the first time a portable Donkey Kong Country game has been released in 10 years by the way), I'm more inclined to go back and get that 100% completion rate.
I've been eyeing Don't Starve for a good while now, being the nearest release from one of my favorite small studios, Klei Entertainment (makers of Shank and Mark of the Ninja), and being so different from what we've seen them deliver prior to now. The dark game of wilderness survival now has an actual release date and will be launching on Steam April 23.
Early builds of the game have been available to beta participants and pre-ordering consumers for some time now. But I've not played it since a brief session at PAX Prime and now that there's a specific day to wait for, I'm a little jealous of those with access. That's okay, though. Don't Starve looks great and seemed in pretty good shape even last year. I'll just be happy when I can play it.
Another Monday rolls up, acting like it's the boss of the week, so that can only mean one thing: a week of new releases. I'll be saving my cash this week, not really seeing anything to interest me, but I may grab God of War: Ascensionsomewhere down the line, if I ever pick up the third one. It is meant to be rather nifty.
Though you've been able to pick it up straight from the source for some time now, Retro/Grade will be appearing for sale in the Steam store on March 20. The game will be regularly priced at $9.99, but will have an introductory sale where buyers can save 10% in the first week.
That ought to generate some healthy sales for the rhythm space shooter, which is good because Allistair seemed to like it. The name always stuck in my head, but it's so generic that I could never really remember what it was whenever it happened to come up in conversation. Of course, now that it will be in my face on Steam with regularity, there's a pretty good chance I'll pick it up.