New Game Releases: Week of January 19th, 2016
Welcome back to New Game Releases! For the week of January 19th, it looks like we will be treated to a wide assortment of incredible gems! A classic game is brought back to entice new gamers on current-gen consoles, a good amount of Early Access games see their official releases, and a classic horror/adventure franchise brings back 2 games from its' collection in glorious remastered form. Needless to say, with the choices we have this week, it may be hard to choose just one game to play! Check out this week's releases below:
A Boy and his Blob (Xbox One, PS4, Vita, PC) - January 19
The planet Blobolonia is threatened by an evil emperor, and the titular "blob" flees to Earth seeking help. It crash-lands on Earth and finds the eponymous "boy". They team up in order to dethrone the evil emperor, first by completing a quest on Earth and then by traveling to Blobolonia. Along the way, minions of the Emperor attempt to stop them.
Blade & Soul (PC) - January 19
Available in fully localized English, French, and German, players from around the world will be able to experience the fantastical kung fu world of Blade & Soul. Featuring 7 classes—from the menacing Destroyer, to the quick-footed Blade Dancer—players will explore settings deeply rooted in ancient mythologies, and be able to master the martial arts as they seek revenge in a gripping and breathtaking story.
The Bug Butcher (PC, Mac, Linux) - January 19
The Bug Butcher is an intense action shooter, wrapped in stylistic 2D art, and smeared with juvenile humor where timing and fierce reflexes are paramount in protecting your fragile squishy body! The gameplay has an extremely simple chore mechanic that is easy to understand, but hard to master. Plus, who doesn’t love a universe where you wield a beefy arsenal of military grade weaponry that lets you slice through bugs like a hot knife through soft, melted butter.
Darkest Dungeon (PC) – January 19
Darkest Dungeon is a challenging gothic RPG about the stresses of dungeon crawling. You will lead a band of heroes on a perilous side-scrolling descent, dealing with a prodigious number of threats to their bodily health, and worse, a relentless assault on their mental fortitude! Five hundred feet below the earth you will not only fight unimaginable foes, but famine, disease, and the stress of the ever-encroaching dark. Darkest Dungeon focuses on the humanity and psychological vulnerability of the heroes and asks: What emotional toll does a life of adventure take?
Darkest Dungeon is not a game where every hero wins the day with shiny armor and a smile. It is a game about hard trade-offs, nearly certain demise, and heroic acts.
Inside My Radio (PS4) - January 19
Inside My Radio is a rhythm-driven platformer adventure where your actions must follow the beat. You journey as a green LED mysteriously trapped inside a dying boombox: bring electro, dub and disco musics back alive! Are you up to the rhythmic challenge of Inside My Radio?
Klaus (PS4) - January 19
KLAUS follows an office worker who wakes up in a basement with no idea of who or where he is. With his only clue being the word "KLAUS" tattooed on his arm. He is forced to escape the mechanical & constructivist world in which he finds himself a prisoner. Another playable character: K1, a friendly brute damaged by prolonged imprisonment, embarking on an existential journey, exploring the idea of the fourth wall and awareness of the player playing the game.
KLAUS' tight & challenging platforming takes inspiration from hyper-precise classics such as SUPER MEAT BOY & MEGAMAN and combines them with a tense and emotionally engaging narrative akin to those of LIMBO and THOMAS WAS ALONE.
With a minimalistic aesthetic and an electronic soundtrack, KLAUS will appeal to gamers both for its style and unique gameplay experience.
Resident Evil 0 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - January 19
Soon after the release of the highly praised 2002 Resident Evil remake on GameCube,
Resident Evil 0 was released as a prequel to the series, utilizing the same pre-rendered graphical style to create an incredible fear-inducing atmosphere. Now it's back and even scarier with today's modern technology in this beautiful, HD transformation!
Just like the recent Resident Evil HD release, this HD version of Resident Evil 0 will have wide-screen support, new controls, better sound, and, of course, upgraded graphics. So if you haven't yet had a chance to see what happened before the mansion incident, this is the best time to find out.
Resident Evil Origins Collection (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - January 19
The events of Resident Evil 0 paved the way to the mansion incident in Resident Evil. The stories and characters in these two games are closely intertwined. Playing both of them is the only way to bring the full story behind the mansion incident to light. Also, in Resident Evil, meet the members of S.T.A.R.S., starting with RE0's protagonist and Bravo Team member Rebecca Chambers. Albert Wesker also plays a key role as Alpha Team leader.
Stardust Vanguards (PS4) - January 19
STARDUST VANGUARDS is a local four-player dueling game in the style of old-school anime space epics, blending precision high-speed mecha warfare with overwhelming numbers of NPC reinforcements. As each battle rages on, players will earn and summon increasingly powerful allies to help on the battlefield. Each battle is unique with the game's random event system, forcing players to respond to dozens of potential surprise attacks by computer-controlled space pirates. Perhaps a temporary truce is in order since the pirates can win the battle just like the players can! STARDUST VANGUARDS brings fast-paced dueling, a dash of strategy, and plenty of bullets to competitive couch-multiplayer fans.
Albedo: Eyes from Outer Space (Xbox One) - January 20
ALBEDO: Eyes from Outer Space is a brain-wracking sci-fi puzzle and adventure game with first person elements. A wonderfully rich 60's sci-fi style and a unique approach to adventure story-telling, deliver a game full of mystery, astonishment and amazement, akin to classic sci-fi movies.
Atelier Escha and Logy Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky (Vita) - January 20
The story takes place about 4 years after the beginning of Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk in a far away place to the west of the Twilight Land where the local administration hires two new alchemists, Escha and Logy as members of their R&D division. While learning the ropes of their new occupation, Escha and Logy gather friends and companions as they unlock the secrets of the nearby ruins and help the citizens in a world that is still recovering from a catastrophic event known as "The Dusk".
Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak (PC) - January 20
The planet is dying, but deep in the southern sands of Kharak, an anomaly has been discovered. Could Kharak's salvation lie in the desert? "The Coalition of the Northern kiithid" sends an expedition to investigate the finding deep within enemy-controlled territory. Join chief science officer Rachel S'jet as she leads an expedition across a 13 mission campaign to discover their destiny in this prequel from the original creators of Homeworld and Homeworld 2.
Move or Die (PC) - January 21
20 seconds, constantly changing mechanics and a lot of yelling. These are the keywords that perfectly describe a round of Move or Die, the 4-player friendship ruining party game where rules change every single round.
Slap your friends’ controllers out of their hands while playing on the same couch, challenge players online from around the world or pretend to practice offline with AI bots. Select what game modes you want to play from an ever-growing list of developer and community-generated modes, each with their own outrageous mechanics and level design crafted to promote hours of good old friendship-ruining fun.
Play online to gain XP and level up, unlocking awesome characters and game modes in the process, or try to work your way up the daily challenge leader boards where players go against AI bots in survival-like matches.
As its name suggests, Move or Die forces players to take action. In fact, not moving literally makes your character explode. And, with just 20 seconds per round, Move or Die is a quick game to pick up, but a hard one to put down.
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (3DS) - January 22
While attempting to fix a hole in Princess Peach's castle library, Luigi accidentally trips and knocks over a mysterious book containing the Paper Mario world, causing the paper-thin residents within it to spread across the Mushroom Kingdom. Afterwards, Bowser combines his evil army with that of his paper counterpart, Paper Bowser, and they kidnap Peach and her counterpart, Paper Peach. Mario and Luigi must now team up with Mario's counterpart, Paper Mario, to set everything right, defeat the Bowsers and bring all the paper people back to the book.