New Game Releases: Week of February 23, 2016
Welcome back to another game-packed edition of New Game Releases! In this week's edition, we are treated a a couple of great titles taking to new and exciting places, from prehistoric caveman periods, inside a comic book, the rough rapids of the backwater rivers in America, and even all the way to the Netherworld! Plus, we get treated a certain flora/undead battle that one of our editors absolutely cannot wait to play! Let's get to it and look at the new games headed our way this week:
Far Cry Primal (Xbox One, PS4) – February 23
Welcome to the Stone Age, a time of extreme danger and limitless adventure, when giant mammoths and sabretooth tigers rule the Earth, and humanity is at the bottom of the food chain. As the last survivor of your hunting group, you will learn to craft a deadly arsenal, fend off fierce predators, and outsmart enemy tribes to conquer the land of Oros and become the apex predator.
You will play as Takkar, a seasoned hunter and the last surviving member of your group. You have one goal: survival in a world where you are the prey. Grow your tribe and hone your skills to lead your people, conquer the land of Oros, and become the apex predator. Encounter a cast of memorable characters who can help push back the dangers of the wild. Face enemy tribes who will do anything to eradicate you and your allies.
Hitman Go (PS4, Vita) - February 23
Agent 47 has set his sights on consoles and handhelds with the release of Hitman GO on PS4, PS Vita, and PC. This latest installment into the Hitman universe features a unique spin on everyone's favorite assassin.
Developed by the new Square Enix Montreal, Hitman GO is a turn-based puzzle game featuring a pint sized, yet equally deadly Agent 47 as he moves across a game board to get from point A to B. Sounds simple right? While you'll find yourself easily getting into the game, mastering it will leave some scratching their heads enough to remove their own bar codes. With every move, comes a corresponding move from your adversaries so be sure to think things out before jumping into your next move or you'll be done for.
Mega Man Legacy Collection (3DS) - February 23
Mega Man Legacy Collection is a celebration of the 8-bit history of Capcom’s iconic Blue Bomber. Featuring faithful reproductions of the series’ origins with the original six Mega Man games, the Legacy Collection will remind long-time fans and introduce newcomers to what made Mega Man such a popular and iconic character. Mega Man Legacy Collection will feature all six games and much more.
In addition to the six Mega Man games, Mega Man Legacy Collection features new ways to experience the classic games with the Museum Mode and new Challenge Mode. Challenge Mode remixes gameplay segments from all six games, with plenty of scaling difficulty objectives for experienced players to conquer yet serving as a good starting point for new players, too. Museum Mode contains a comprehensive collection of history, high-res art and original concept pieces – a mega treat for any fan of Mega Man and video game history.
Ninja Senki DX (PS4, Vita, PC) - February 23
On its 5th anniversary, Ninja Senki leaps from the shadows onto Playstation 4, Playstation Vita and Steam to become Ninja Senki DX! When Princess Kinuhime is slain by a demon, Hayate becomes obsessed with revenge! Casting aside the art of invisibility, the blue ninja unleashes the power of shurikenjutsu upon mythological creatures, demons and other adversaries in his action-filled quest for vengeance!
Obliteracers (PC) - February 23
Intergalactic party racing mayhem! Obliteracers is an award-winning same-screen party racer for up to 16 players. Race brutal-cute aliens on exotic planets, using weapon powerups and physics-based vehicles to annihilate your competition in frantic round-based combat. Connect spare gamepads, laptops and smart devices as extra controllers. Stragglers will be eliminated... only one alien shall prevail!
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - February 23
Ready the Peashooters and prepare for the craziest, funniest shooter in the universe: Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2. Dr. Zomboss has conquered Suburbia and transformed it into a zombie-filled, plant-free paradise. Now it's the plants' turn to take the offensive in the new 24-player Herbal Assault mode and reclaim their turf. Or, choose your side in 4-player co-op or solo play. With new modes, classes, and loads of humor, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 lets you wage war on seriousness (and your friends!) however you want. Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 also introduces the Backyard Battleground, your very own interactive hub where you and up to 3 friends can take on daily quests, challenges, and interact with your favorite PvZ characters.
Runner 2 (PS4) - February 23
Runner2 is the sequel to the critically acclaimed and IGF award winning BIT.TRIP RUNNER. In the style of the BIT.TRIP series, Runner2 is a rhythm-music platforming game. Players will run through fantastic environments, using brand new moves, to brand new soundtracks as they run, jump, slide, kick, and soar
Toki Tori 2+ (PS4) - February 23
Five Ancient Frogs, scattered across the countryside, send a telepathic message to Toki Tori. It’s hard to see how this young chicken could help them destroy the floating crystal endangering everything… but he’s their only hope.
Toki Tori 2+ may look cute, but it’s a challenging puzzle adventure game. Whistle and stomp are the only moves you need to solve increasingly complex puzzles, as you manipulate strange critters’ behaviour and go anywhere, anytime on a lush forest island.
ComixPlay #1: The Endless Incident (PC, Mac) - February 24
2116 AD: A menace from beyond the stars threatens the entire solar system and only the new genetically enhanced team of heroes, the Solar Defenders, can save it.
That is -- if they can conquer their self-doubt and stop jealously fighting amongst themselves. As they chase their powerful and implacable foe from distant Pluto to all the way back to Earth itself, it becomes clear that they can no longer be sure that the people around them are still human - not even themselves!
COMIXPLAY is a 124 page digital Superhero Graphic novel where you play the heroes.
Each time the Solar Defenders engage in a fight, you can dive in and play a turn-based combat (or continue reading and play later on).
Each Solar Defender has its own super powers and abilities, along with special interactions that are only possible between specific members of the group.
Disgaea (PC) - February 24
Two years after the death of his father, Overlord Krichevskoy, the demon prince Laharl awakens to discover that the Netherworld is in turmoil. With unlikely allies, his devious vassal Etna and the angel trainee Flonne, he must battle his way to supremacy to retake the throne and become the next Overlord. Experience the SRPG classic, now on PC!
The Flame in the Flood (Xbox One, PC, Mac) - February 24
A rogue-lite river journey through the backwaters of a forgotten post-societal America. Forage, craft, evade predators.
From the Art Director of BioShock and a team of veterans of the BioShock, Halo, Guitar Hero and Rock Band series comes The Flame in the Flood. Travel by foot and by raft down a procedurally-generated river as you scrounge for resources, craft tools, remedy afflictions, evade the vicious wildlife, and most importantly, stay ahead of the coming rains.
Reagan Gorbachev (Xbox One, PC) - February 24
The year is 1986. Cold War leaders Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev have been kidnapped by militant extremists. Once rivals, now they must cooperate… or die. Armed only with their fists and samurai swords and poison darts and pistols and shotguns and fully automatic assault rifles and grenade launchers and miniguns and some other guns – sneak, slash or shoot your way through an army of mercenaries. Save the world from nuclear Armageddon.
Heaven's Hope (PC) - February 25
In a moment of inattention, Talorel, angel-candidate and student at the academy for stunt flying, broke through the heavenly barrier and then the cloud cover, hitting hard on the surface of the earth near the town of “Heaven’s Hope”. The cloud cover is the boundary between the realms of heaven and earth. Crossing the frontier is only permitted by the express consent of any of the archangels, and is granted only in exceptional cases. Should they learn of the infringement, the career of the young candidate be ruined even before it started. Talorel's foremost desire is to return to heaven. However, this turns out to be much more difficult than he thought…
Sadame (3DS) - February 25
Translating simply as ‘fate’, four warriors are called to battle with a whirl of swords, spells and mysterious arcane abilities in this fast-paced hack-‘n-slash adventure. Cut a swathe through waves of demons as you battle against the vivid backdrop of a reimagined Warring States period of Japan. Players guide their chosen hero through dozens of stages, facing an onslaught of over twenty enormous bosses, collecting loot, enhancing their equipment and leveling up with new abilities with which to punish and slay Nobunaga’s hordes.
Choose from the sword-wielding Samurai; the ranged and stealthy Ninja; the spell-slinging Monk or the enchanting witchery of the Rogue. Each of the four playable heroes has a distinct story and gameplay style with their own abilities and skills to explore and enhance. However, as loot is shared between multiple save files and previously created heroes can be set to assist new ones in battle – not to mention the branching paths offered by the story – Sadame offers a huge amount of replay value.
Spacejacked (PC) - February 26
Spacejacked is a super fast-paced ARCADE TOWER-DEFENSE. Play as Dave, a lone technician tasked with protecting his spaceship from being overrun by aliens while it prepares to warp into hyperspace. Players who seek to experience a blend of action shooter and tower defense will enjoy this game!
Tiny Troopers Joint Ops (Xbox One) - February 26
Tiny Troopers Joint Ops is an epic bite-sized arcade shooter, filled to the brim with action-packed mini maps of mayhem! Take control of your tiny troopers as you battle evil adversaries from around the world with a multitude of weapons and specialist soldiers. Collect medals, dog tags and Intel during the course of each mission to ensure victory is secured. With over 7 hours of gun toting explosive gameplay, Tiny Troopers is miniature warfare on a massive scale!
We are the Dwarves (PC) - February 26
The Dwarven stars are slowly dying-- putting the race at the edge of extinction. Deliverance is poised upon three Dwarven astronauts who are sent on an expedition to find a new star in the depths of the Endless Stone. Take control of Forcer, Smashfist, and Shadow as they explore the unknown territories of the stone universe while meeting new civilizations and ancient monsters from the deep layers of space.
We Are The Dwarves is an action-based tactical adventure with active pause (extreme slowdown of time) placing you in control of three Dwarven astronauts. Forcer is capable of ranged destruction, and timely set-up exectution. Smashfist, a brute at heart, gets up close and personal with rage worth avoiding. Shadow stays just where you'd expect him to, launching deadly successive assassinations and precision archery from afar. As a trio, combine each dwarfs attack styles into orchestrated destruction against your foe.
Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow (3DS eShop) - February 27
Experience the original journey that started the Pokémon phenomenon nearly 20 years ago, but now on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems as a digital download! Relive the feeling of catching your very first Pokémon from the original 150, complete with monochromatic pixel art and 4-bit background music. You'll take on the role of a Pokémon Trainer and travel across the land searching for amazing creatures called Pokémon. Catch, battle, and trade as you face Gym Leaders and try to stop Team Rocket! If you want to catch the original 150 Pokémon, you'll need to trade wirelessly with your friends who have Pokémon Blue or Yellow Version(s).
Soul Axiom (PC, Mac, Linux) - February 29
Elysia is a powerful Digital Soul Provider, where memories and dreams become reality. Clients can choose the memories they want to enjoy for eternity – first as a living user, and later as a lasting testament of their life that future generations can relive. Take a journey through the deepest darkest recesses of your soul on your quest to unlock your identity, your story, your mystery. But beware: some mysteries are better left unsolved.