Game Releases of the Week

Game Releases of the Week

Week of 5/19-5/25

This week looks to be a better one overall for consoles, PC, and handheld. There’s just a lot of solid games worth playing coming out. The only system without material coming out is PS Vita. Many are still hoping for E3 to show some activity in the system as well as interest and the same is the case with the Wii U. Let’s dive in and see what games are worth snagging this week on your system of choice.

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (3DS)

This is a 3DS port of the popular title for the Wii console. The game is pretty much a straight-forward, no puzzles, no fancy tricks or gimmicks platformer. You run and jump for the majority of the game, crush stag enemies, and topple bosses. If you’ve played the amazing Donkey Kong Country or Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong’s Quest then you know what you’re getting with this one. Retro Studios really delivered here and the game has shades of that Rare greatness that is fleeting for that studio now. If you own a 3DS or you’re interested in picking up Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D it comes out May 24.

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Resident Evil: Revelations (PS3, 360, Wii U, PC)

At one time a 3DS exclusive, Resident Evil: Revelations will be making its way to major systems tomorrow. Taking place between the events of Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5, the survival-horror title has you killing zombies and figuring out mysteries—so pretty much what you’ve been doing since 1996 on PlayStation. Revelations is more of a throwback to classic Resident Evil as it features less ammo and a greater focus on exploring the game and figuring out puzzles—something that was fun about Resident Evil and one of my favorite Capcom series Dino Crisis. Yes, Dino Crisis was just Resident Evil with dinosaurs and it was amazing.

In any case, if you’re new to the series Resident Evil: Revelations will prove to be something new and exciting and might even have you going back over the series. If you’re familiar with the series already and are a fan, then this HD remake will either sate your appetite until the next Resident Evil comes out or it will come off as “played this before”. Again, it comes out May 21.

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger (PC, PS3, 360)

Call of Juarez is a series of shooters set in different time periods—mostly the Wild West. This edition returns to the Wild West after a poorly received venture into modern times with Call of Juarez: The Cartel. The time period for this title is late 19th century to early 20th century and is basically a first person shooter. I’ve never been a big fan of modern FPS—I do enjoy Far Cry, but give me Doom and Wolfenstein—but this actually looks like it could be good if it’s anything like the original Call of Juarez. If you’re a fan of FPS, westerns, or the Call of Juarez series you can pick up Call of Juarez: Gunslinger via PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, and Steam (for the PC) on May 22.

Worms Collection (360, PS3)

This compilation gives you three classic Worms titles to enjoy. As this is a collection, you won’t find anything new that you haven’t enjoyed already unless you just haven’t played one or two of the games.  Worms Collection drops tomorrow.

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Capcom Arcade Cabinet: All-in-One Pack (360, PS3)

The Capcom Arcade Cabinet came out in mid-February, but May 21 will see all 17 games released. The cabinet is in commemoration of Capcom’s 30 years in gaming with the titles ranging from 1984 to 1988. The entire pack will run you $30 and is available through the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. While some might be looking forward to Commando and Ghost n Goblins, for this gamer the collection is all about Black Tiger which came out February 20 on XBLA and February 19 on PSN.

It should be noted that if you got all five packs (15 games), you’ll get two extra ones free, so that’s a pretty nice bonus. The full collection will come out May 21 and will be $30 on PSN and 2000 Microsoft Points on XBLA.

Element4l (PC)

This is a puzzle platformer, a genre that is very popular amount indie gamers and developers now.  It’s pretty “artsy”, so if you need guns, leaderboards, stats, enemies, and so on this won’t sate you. If you want sit, solve the puzzles, and enjoy the physics and art style cast your line here. Element4l comes out May 24.

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (WiiU)

There’s really not much to say here. The world is made of Legos; you solve puzzles, beat of enemies and bosses, and build stuff by having the right Legos. Not Duplo, not Build’ems, not Tente, not Polly, and not Megabloks—LEGOS.  With that said, if you’ve played LEGO Batman or any LEGO title based on a popular franchise, it’s the same premise each time only following the story of a comic or movie and with comedy thrown in. That means don’t expect any game changing gameplay. If you’re looking for excitement with Legos in videogame form, cast your line with the LEGO City Undercover series on Wii U and 3DS.

In any case, LEGO Batman 2: DC Superheroes will also feature—yes, you guessed it—other DC Comics superheroes. The game will be released on Wii U tomorrow.

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing (PC, 360)

This is an action RPG based loosely on Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The main character is the son of Abraham Van Helsing from the novel and must rid a fictional, gothic European city of magic and science from abominations and monsters. The art direction for the game is extremely good as is the character development. This is definitely a recommended one. Here’s hoping it does well enough for the devleopers—NeocoreGames—to go through with the intended trilogy. It will be released May 22 for XBLA and PC.

Sniper Elite V2 (Wii U)

Sniper Elite V2 is a remake of Sniper Elite from 2005. This tactical first person shooter focuses more on accuracy and sharpshooting than assault rifles and modern warfare gameplay (calling in airstrikes, etc.). It is set in World War II, Berlin between April and May 1945. Sniper Elite V2 will appear on PS3, PC via Steam, and Xbox 360. As expected, there will be DLC for this title.

Let’s see the whole lineup of titles this week.

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (5/24)
Fast & Furious: Showdown (5/21)

Plants vs. Zombies Adventures (5/20)

Ocean City Racing (5/20)
Prime World: Defenders (5/21)

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger (5/22)
Element4l (5/24)
Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes (DLC) (5/22)
Ocean City Racing (5/20)
Resident Evil: Revelations (5/21)
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing (5/22)

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger (5/22)
Capcom Arcade Cabinet: All-in-One Pack (5/22)
Fast & Furious: Showdown (5/21)
Resident Evil: Revelations (5/21)
Worms Collection (5/21)

Xbox 360
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger (5/22)
Capcom Arcade Cabinet: All-in-One Pack (5/22)
Fast & Furious: Showdown (5/21)
Resident Evil: Revelations (5/21)
Worms Collection (5/21)

Wii U
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (5/21)
Fast & Furious: Showdown (5/21)
Resident Evil: Revelations (5/21)
Sniper Elite V2 (5/24)

Needless to say, this is a pretty eventual week for gaming. While there’s nothing for mobile, everything else has something for you to enjoy, there’s RPGs, shooters, tactical titles, and action packed ones. While there are very few big budget titles, it’s a beefier week for quality titles as opposed to late April and most May so far.

Swift’s Picks: Sniper Elite V2, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing, and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Starting with Kabir News in 2013, James has focused on tech, gaming, and entertainment. When not writing, he enjoys catching up on sci-fi and horror shows and comics. He can be followed on Twitter @MetalSwift.

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