A relatively tame week of releases, with the star being Skylanders: Swap Force. This series just prints money, especially now that you can split and merge toys to create new warriors. How cool is that?
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Every October-ish I invariably go back and watch some greats -- catch The Thing, and so on -- before feeling like I've long since exhausted the reserve of good horror movies. Maybe I'm doing it wrong. There are plenty of horror games I haven't played, after all. That and foreign horror films.
The mixture of cold Atlantic water and coarse sand in your mouth brings you back from unconsciousness. Surrounded by the wreckage of a boat’s hull, you can only draw one conclusion: your vessel has been torn apart by the submerged rocks. The secrets of the island must be uncovered if you are ever going to find a way to escape. Where is everyone; is the island really uninhabited; what is lurking within the isolated caves; and what is that building on top of Montague’s Mount?
I want to know! If I'm not too yellow to find out. Scary games scare me, actually. You up for it? Montague's Mount is also up on Steam Greenlight if that's more your speed, but you'll need to vote for it if you want it to be made available there. Or else you'll be haunted, I bet.
It's here! It's finally here! Pokemon X and Y is out this week for the 3DS and it's pretty much going to be the only thing anyone talks about leading up to the next-gen consoles. Oh, Beyond: Two Souls is also out this week. It has emotions and stuff. You like emotions, right?
Other biggies this week are two repacked re-releases: Borderlands 2 and Dishonored Game of the Year Editions. Oh, videogame industry. No wonder gamers love Steam sales so much.
Since the announcement of Starbound, developer Chucklefish has been projecting a 2013 release for the ambitious science fiction sandbox. As we are entering the last quarter of the year with no release date set, it has seemed more likely that the title would be pushed back to 2014. Indeed, in the most recent Starbound Chronicle newsletter, Chucklefish has clarified the release status: the beta will be made available before the end of the year, but the game will not see full release until next year.
Chucklefish cites the unpredictability of game development for the delay, though many following along have predicted exactly this scenario. On the bright side, any who preorder are eligible for the beta, so those with the most anticipation will get to play Starbound in some capacity before January. With this new release clarification, I'm still expecting the beta to release some time during the second half of December. Bonus troll points to Chucklefish if it comes out on the 31st.
Get giddy, chums. It's time to stretch those car jacking limbs because Grand Theft Auto Vis upon us. Jim's already devoured it and has given us the low down, but come tomorrow, you'll be enjoying it yourself. It's rare for me to patiently (or, rather, impatiently) wait for a postman to deliver a game on launch day, but I'll be sitting by my door, in my dressing gown, panting like a rabid dog waiting for him tomorrow morning.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HDis also dropping, at least in digital form, and I might need to feed it to my Wii U. I unfortunately must confess that it's one of the few Zelda titles that I've never played, so I'm keen to fix this gap in my experience. Other things are also releasing, so let us solemnly raise a glass to those brave enough to release titles the week that both Grand Theft Auto and Wind Waker launch. So brave.
Sanctum 2 came to PC and Xbox 360 earlier this year. Our own Patrick Hancock reviewed it, ultimately enjoying the colorful sequel, which trends more towards first-person shooter than its tower defense leaning predecessor. Which sounds good to me because I shrink a bit at the mention of tower defense these days.
A friend of mine keeps bugging me to play Sanctum 2 with him, but I haven't found the time. Has anyone been waiting on a PSN release? It's available for $15, the same price it currently sits on Steam and XBLA.
I'm still recovering from last week's Outlast, and now we've got another bloody terrifying first-person horror title to scare our pants clean off in the form of Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. I confess that reviews, such as our lovely Jim's, have cooled my excitement a bit, as The Chinese Room's love of story above all else has diminished the horrific terror found in the first game.
On top of Amnesia, that Killzone: Mercenarythingymabob is coming out; Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remixis dropping, so Squarephiles and Disneyphiles have something to get excited about; Arma IIIis finally leaving beta and becoming a big boy game, which is splendid, because it's rad; and everything Elder Scrolls gets collected in an anthology pack. All this and more is launching this week.
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.