Week of May 5-May 11
Last week was a pretty solid week for new games. You had the tremendous Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon on Xbox 360 and PS3—highly recommended—as well as Soul Sacrifice on PlayStation Vita. This week is definitely a light one when it comes to new games for major consoles, handhelds, PCs, and other devices. Let’s dive into this bag and see what we can dig up. Since it’s a very light haul this week, we’ll go into all of the games.
Residue is an adventure title from TheWorkingParts studio. The premise is saving a world without water, basically. The gameplay is more puzzle-solving oriented and story driven, but advancing through the game is well worth it as opposed to getting finishing an objective and getting a cut scene. Residue really makes you work for pieces of the story. The artwork design in the game is solid and fits nicely. It’s not 3DsuperpolishedHD1080p graphics and such, just old school 2D in a fashion similar to 1990s adventure PC titles. Residue is only $7 from Desura and well worth the download. You can pick it up today.
Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol (iOS)
Coming out of the Firaxis and 2K camp is a new title from the designer of the Civilization, Alpha Centauri, and Pirates! series. Ace Patrol is a flight combat game based in World War I. The goal is simply protecting the base and helping allies. You’ll be able to fly 30 planes and such from that era and upgrade them as you see fit. There are also some 120 missions to keep you busy. If you need a little more to keep you busy, there’s also multiplayer through Game Center and local 2-player modes.
While I’m not the biggest fan of iOS or smartphone games, I am a Sid Meier fan so it could be well worth the download. Besides, it’s free so no need to be concerned about paying for the game only for it to turn out pretty salty. Ace Patrol lands on May 9.
Ballpoint Universe (PC)
Coming via Steam Greenlight, Arachnid Games’ Ballpoint Universe is a really cool game where the setting, characters, enemies, and weapons were all drawn using a ballpoint pen before going through the computing part to turn it into a proper game. The hand drawn nature of the game and the characters that populate the world that really make this indie title stand out. Beyond that, it’s a horizontal 2D shooter with parts that has the player walking around the world between actual action/gameplay parts. You can upgrade your ship as well.
Ballpoint Universe will hit PC and MAC through Steam on May 10.
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (3DS)
This is the newest entry into the Mario vs. Donkey Kong puzzle-platformer series. It will feature four worlds—Mario’s Main Event, Puzzle Palace, Many Mini Mayhem, and Giant Jungle—with 60 stages for each world. There will also be the staple minigames for you to enjoy when taking a break from—or if you’re done—going through the main game. Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move launches on the 3DS May 9.
Fire Emblem: Awakening – Hot Spring Scramble (3DS)
Nintendo and Intelligent Systems release the next DLC mission for Fire Emblem: Awakening this week. The DLC managed a minor bit of controversy due to censorship for the North American release on one of the female characters—even though the curtain/cape doesn’t make the censoring attempt any better when you think about it. The mission will follow the typical setup of the Fire Emblem: Awakening DLCs, so you really need to know much heading into this.
For those that need to know: Anna the merchant invites Chrom and his party to the hot spring to relax, but they run into Risen—the game’s undead monsters and soldiers—arrive, so you have to do away with them. Fire Emblem: Awakening – Hot Spring Scramble hits the 3DS May 9.
SpeedX 3D Hyper Edition (3DS)
As the name might give off, this is a racing game—a tunnel racing game to be exact—and will be available on the 3DS May 9.
Let’s look at the full list of games coming out this week.
Fire Emblem: Awakening – Hot Spring Scramble (5/9)
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (5/9)
SpeedX 3D Hyper Edition (5/9)
Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol (5/9)
Ballpoint Universe (5/10)
To wrap this up, there are some pretty fun games coming out, but this week was very light. Plus there’s nothing out for the main consoles. If you have a 3DS or PC, it’s a solid week for you to pick up some games. Most of them will be inexpensive anyway. All games listed for the 3DS are available via the eShop and only two of the three announced are full titles.
Swifts Picks: Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move, Ballpoint Universe, Fire Emblem: Awakening – Hot Spring Scramble, and Residue