New Game Releases: Week of February 16, 2016
Welcome back to the latest drop of New Game Releases! This week, a great list of games are coming out of the woodwork to vie for your hard-earned cash. Some spooky experiences, a slew of RPGs, and some quirky multiplayer games are sure to grab some players' attentions. Plus, let's not forget, a classic fighting franchise is finally returning, to some fans' delight! Let's take a look at the list this week:
The Escapists: The Walking Dead (PS4) - February 16
Merging the award-winning, smash-hit, indie game The Escapists with the worldwide phenomenon that is The Walking Dead, Team17 have taken the very best of both worlds and are now providing players with the opportunity to play Rick Grimes as he takes on hordes of zombies let loose upon the world.
In this unique game, recreated entirely in the charming 8-bit pixel art style of The Escapists, Rick is in charge of a band of survivors featuring many of the original comic book cast. He must secure the safety of the group by seeking out a safe escape route from each area, and manage several dangerous tasks to keep as many of the group alive as possible. The game faithfully matches the timeline of the comics and so as the player makes progress in the game they play through locations that mirror the progress of the band of the survivors taken from the award-winning comic’s epic story.
Layers of Fear (PS4) - February 16
You take another drink as the canvas looms in front of you. A light flickers dimly in the corner. You’ve created countless pieces of art, but never anything like…this. Why haven’t you done this before? It seems so obvious in retrospect. Your friends, critics, business partners—soon, they’ll all see. But something’s still missing…
You look up, startled. That melody… Was that a piano? It sounded just like her… But, no—that would be impossible. She’s gone. They’re all gone.Have to focus. How long has it taken to get to this point? Too long, but it doesn’t matter. There will be no more distractions. It’s almost finished. You can feel it. Your creation. Your Magnum Opus.
Dare you help paint a true Masterpiece of Fear? Layers of Fear is a first-person psychedelic horror game with a heavy focus on story and exploration. Delve deep into the mind of an insane painter and discover the secret of his madness, as you walk through a vast and constantly changing Victorian-era mansion. Uncover the visions, fears and horrors that entwine the painter and finish the masterpiece he has strived so long to create.
Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae (PS4) - February 16
THE SOLD-OUT SMASH HIT FROM COMIKET 84 FINALLY IN ENGLISH!
Mitsurugi focuses on high-speed arena-based action. Use lightning fast sword slashes, hand-to-hand attacks and mysterious ancient techniques to defeat wave after wave of demonic foes.
Use skill points to learn new skills, upgrade your abilities, and take on brutal bosses.
Pillars of Eternity - The White March Part 2 (PC) - February 16
Directed by Josh Sawyer, Game Director of Fallout: New Vegas and Pillars of Eternity, The White March - Part 2 brings players through an expertly crafted story from the award-winning team at Obsidian Entertainment. A series of new features await fans of the Pillars of Eternityuniverse, including a new “Story Time” mode, letting players experience the incredible narrative of Pillars of Eternity at a faster pace. Players will discover the answers to questions asked in the prior expansion, and lead companions old and new through new locations such as the Abbey of the Fallen Moon.
Project X-Zone 2 (3DS) – February 16
In the sequel to the original world crossing adventure, legendary characters from Japan's most prolific video game publishers come together to create the biggest mashup strategy game ever! Developed by MONOLITH SOFTWARE INC., Project X Zone 2 gives gamers the opportunity to play as their favorite characters from a multitude of franchises and form teams of characters hailing from classic and current franchises and engage enemies through strategic turn-based battles.
Rainbow Moon (PS4) - February 16
Cursed by his arch-rival, Baldren finds himself warped to Rainbow Moon. And to make things worse, Baldren isn't only stranded in an unknown place; he has also opened a dimensional gate out of which troops of monsters are crawling, turning this once peaceful planet into a real hell. There's only one thing for our brave hero to do: He has to seal the gate and warp himself back to his home planet.
Embark on an epic adventure that leads you through a beautiful, isometric, open world with detailed high-definition visuals. Rainbow Moon is a strategy RPG with a strong emphasis on exploration, character development and turn-based battles. Six playable main characters with upgradeable weapons, armor and accessories; about 100 special skills and more than 20 challenging dungeons are awaiting you in a fascinating story that lasts over 40 hours.
Street Fighter V (PS4, PC) – February 16
The legendary fighting franchise returns with Street Fighter V! Powered by Unreal Engine 4technology, stunning visuals depict the next generation of World Warriors in unprecedented detail, while exciting and accessible battle mechanics deliver endless fighting fun that both beginners and veterans can enjoy. Challenge friends online, or compete for fame and glory on the Capcom Pro Tour.
Tron Run/r (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - February 16
Return to the world of TRON with TRON RUN/r, a new lightning-fast, action-adventure runner with a twist! Blaze through dynamic circuits, face off against adversaries, and hone your DISC and CYCLE skills on 32 levels. Then, challenge friends to the grueling STREAM program that will test you with endless combinations of modes and levels! How long will you survive?
Californium (PC, Mac) - February 17
Explore the worlds of Californium, a first person exploration game where you are a writer trapped into shifting realities. Will you find what’s behind the simulacra?
Cities: Skylines - Snowfall Expansion (PC) - February 18
In Snowfall, the difficulty heats up when the city cools down, thanks to a new in-game temperature reading that will have residents bundling up for warmth when the weather outside is frightful. Cosmetic weather, composed of rain and fog, will be added to Cities: Skylines as part of a free update, along with other features to be announced soon. Players who own Snowfall will get to face new challenges such as ensuring that their city infrastructure can handle seasonal heating demands – and, when the snow starts falling, that the roads can stay clear. New snowplow services will be required to prevent traffic from freezing in place, while new all-weather trams and expanded public transit options can help residents and visitors alike get around town – and visit the new winter parks and landmarks available in Snowfall.
Devil Daggers (PC) - February 18
Inspired by classic arcade games and 1990s First Person Shooters. Devil Daggers is a fast-paced shooter that pits you against hordes of demons as you struggle to survive as long as you can. Compete for precious seconds with friends or global leaderboards.
Hero & Daughter (PC) - February 18
This is the classic story of good old Ralph, the legendary hero from RPG Maker VX Ace, on his quest to defeat the diabolical Demon Lord. Ralph has been reduced to Level 1, and must rely on a cast of ladies straight out of the daydreams of the game's creator in order to succeed on his quest! Hero and Daughter is a game about serious dungeon crawling, fun-loving comedy, and beautiful, powerful girls! The first Japanese RPG Maker game to be fully translated and made available on Steam for an English audience, Hero and Daughter received the top prize at the NikoNiko Indie Game Festival - Japan's biggest indie game contest! Mr. Koichi Nakamura, the creator of the Dragon Quest series and Mystery Dungeon: Shiren The Wanderer, gave Hero and Daughter high praise!
Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright/Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest (3DS) - February 19
THE PATH OF PEACE
Born into the royal family of Hoshido, you were kidnapped by Nohrians as a child. In Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright, you choose to return to your birth family. Can you end the battle with Nohr and protect the peace-loving Hoshidans?
THE PATH OF REVOLUTION
Choose to stay with the beloved Nohrian siblings you grew up with, though they're not related by birth. Can you and your royal siblings survive long enough to stop a war?
Wondershot (Xbox One, PC) - February 19
Wondershot is a local multiplayer battle arena!
You have only one ammo and one life to defeat your opponent. If you miss your shot, your ammo will be lost on the map and you need to pick it up without dying. You can play 1 to 4 players.
Each round, your weapon changes and the map does too.