Well, I missed last week and then looked over this week’s releases and wondered if I should miss another one. I thought about making up another estranged excuse an- wait, my editor reads this. Crap. Hey guys! So this week is slow, but there’s a few possible noteworthy titles to pick over if you are just itching for something new. While you mull over this short list I am going to go play the PokeMMO. Till next week! ^_^ ~ Don
Please note dates are subject to change, and these do not account for digital releases, which can sometimes be as important as retail releases. DLC is highlighted in blue. Digital releases (excluding PC-only titles) are highlighted in green.
- Tuesday, January 29 ~ Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear (PS3, PC, & Xbox 360)
- Tuesday, January 29 ~ Dungeonland
Xbox 360 only:
- Wednesday, January 30 ~ Skulls of the Shogun (XBLA)
There isn’t much coming to consoles and PC’s this week. Dunegeonland, a co-op dungeon crawl, has a unique feature in that it’s competitive play pits the hero(s) against a human-played Dungeon Maestro. Who wants to roam a theme park gathering loot when you can crush the adventurers roaming in your theme park?
Last year, a gem-of-a-game came to Steam called Hero Academy, which featured asynchronous multiplayer between PC’s and iOS gamers. Another such game is coming to Microsofts suite of platforms, Skulls of the Shogun. Skulls of the Shogun is a turn-based strategy game that can be played amongst friends on XBLA, Windows 8, and the Windows Surface tablet. Each player gets five actions per turn, and take turns wrecking havoc on the other team. Unlike Hero Academy, however, there is no grid; player movement is based on a radius around the unit you are moving.
- Thursday, January 31st ~ Bloody Vampire (3DS eShop)
- Thursday, January 31st ~ Witch’s Cat (3DS eShop)
- Tuesday, January 29 ~ Let’s Fish! Hooked On
- Tuesday, January 29 ~ Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault
From the weird, Japanese trailer I saw of Bloody Vampire, it looks like a Castlevania-clone, with a strange vampire girl jumping around, attacking enemies, with numbers flying off their heads.. I would be interested to see if it has the Metroid aspect of back-peddling once you have new items. The exploration of Metroid/Castlevania like games was what set them apart from other action games, and having a budget game of that ilk on the eShop would be a treat.
The Vita gets two games, one being the previously-released-on-PS3 Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault. The other is a fishing game from the team that brought you SEGA Bass Fishing. Let’s Fish! Hooked On brings fishing to the Vita, allowing gamers to pick between and experience the stories of four individual characters. Sure, the Vita needs some AAA titles, but these quirky releases tend to tide me over well and can be surprisingly fun. Hopefully, this is the Vita’s equivalent of Farming Simulator 2013.
Are you picking anything up this week? Still trying to make it through your backlog? Let us know in the comments below!