Game Releases of the Week

Game Releases of the Week

Week of 5/26-6/1

If you have a PC or Xbox 360 then you’re in luck as there is quite a bit out this week! PS3 owners shouldn’t be discouraged. There’s a little bit in the release pool for you as well—now by “a little bit” we’re talking morsel sized compared to what the PC is seeing this week. Let’s dive in and see what’s being released!

Fuse (360, PS3) – May 28

Coming out of Insomniac Games and published by EA, Fuse takes place in the future—a near future—where the Raven Corporation looks to get an alien substance called Fuse. This substance can be used to power weapons and such to give some kind of unique ability. A four person squad known as Overstrike 9—“Overstrike” was to be the name of the game—sets out to stop this corporation from achieving its goal. We all know that if a corporation is after something there’s no need to address it as “evil”, right? That’s implied.

The game was released in demo form on the 8th and is essential a squad-based action game. There’s also cooperative multiplayer for up to four players, and online multiplayer. The game allows for other characters to assist the player’s main character during the action. There’s also a skill tree for upgrades. Everyone loves a skill tree in games.

Fuse will be released tomorrow in North America and May 31 in Europe. It is available for download as well.

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Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods (PC) – May 28

This is my kind of game. Crusader Kings II is a real time strategy game meaning it focuses a lot on management, conquest, and diplomacy. Paradox Interactive’s Crusader Kings II is based in the Middle Ages—the high to late period—so roughly the 11th century into the mid-15th century. The main goal is to maintain a dynasty and increase their influence throughout the centuries with warfare, diplomacy, marriages, and assassinations.

Since it’s an open ended game—as most simulation games such as the Sims and SimCity are—there is no concrete definition of success. You establish what it is to be successful in the game although there is the underlying thing of being more powerful than the other dynasties around you. The game ends at the completion of the game’s timeline or if the player dies without heirs to succeed him or her.

The game is moddable—meaning it can be altered to improve gameplay, add to gameplay, or put a different spin on the game entirely—and is supported by several pieces of lesser, cosmetic DLC, and major DLC for gameplay.  This brings us to The Old Gods DLC which allows for Zoroastrian and Pagan characters to be playable as well as 867 AD to be a starting point in the timeline.

Other DLC—in order of release—include: Sword of Islam (allows for the player to play as a Muslim ruler, other features, and an increased map to include West African provinces), Legacy of Rome (improvements to the Byzantine Empire and Orthodox Church, and other features), Sunset Invasion (a “what if” scenario with the Aztecs engaging in a naval invasion of Western Europe in the 13th century), and The Republic (allows for merchant republic as well as improvements to the interface related to playing as a merchant republic). The Old Gods DLC will be released tomorrow.

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99 Spirits (PC) – May 30

99 Spirits is a Japanese folklore inspired puzzle RPG out of the Fruitbat Factory game studio.99 Spirits focuses on Tsukumogami where everyday objects come to life on their 100th “birthday” and is based in medieval Japan. Playing as Hanabusa, you will travel the land slaying evil demons. There are multiple ending depending on the player’s choices throughout the game. Players are also able to capture their enemies and their skills.

99 Spirits managed to get through Steam Greenlight and will be out on the 30th. The game’s art style looks great. While there are many, many manga-influenced games on the market—and manga influenced RPGs—this one stands out just a bit. Not much—the Japanese, manga art style demon slayer market is a pretty big one in games and beyond—but it’s sure to be a game to enjoy without coming off as “done before”.

Spartacus Legends (360, PS3) – late May

No concrete release day for this one and the entry for it on the Spartacus wiki says “winter 2013”. In any case, this will be a free-to-play fighting game where players basically run a stable of gladiators in Ancient Rome. In Spartacus Legends players will train their gladiators in several fighting style, manage their upkeep, buy weapons and new gladiators, and challenge opponents of varying difficulties. There is a story here, but the main goal is to become the most powerful stable in the land.

Spartacus Legends will be released on PlayStation Network (PSN) and Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA).

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TrackMania 2 Stadium (PC) – May

TrackMania 2  is a series of racing titles and Stadium is simply the newest in that series and focuses on a different setting. Being a racing title, there really isn’t much to say here. If you’re a fan, pick it up when it comes out. There doesn’t seem to be any concrete date for its release, though.

Defenders of Suntoria: Dark Sun Rising (PC, iOS, AOS) – May

Steel Steed Studios’ Kickerstarter funded title Defenders of Suntoria: Dark Sun Rising combines two genres of gaming I really enjoy: RPGs and tower defense. That’s honestly all I needed to hear on this game. The game is based on Dungeons & Dragons, the grandfather of RPGs. While the rest of the game seems to be standard tower defense with placing soldiers/allies in specific locations and taking on the enemies as they advance, the RPG part of the game is all in customizing your Hero, improving their stats, and classes. You can also purchase weapons for your soldiers.

Defenders of Suntoria: Dark Sun Rising could be one of those truly great games on mobile. One of those that stands out from the horde of downright awful at worst to adequate at best. It looks great and should play even better on the PC. The game is pretty much done with, so expect it out sometime this week.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy HD (iOS) –May 30

Returning from the land of uncertain release dates, Capcom releases more of the Phoenix Wright series on iOS devices in a collection that features the three originals from GameBoy Advance/Nintendo DS with Ace Attorney, Ace Attorney: Justice For All, and Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations. If you’re a big fan of this amazing series and want to have all three of the originals in one place, pick this up on May 30th.

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CastleStorm (360) – May 29

Zen Studios’ CastleStorm is a “structure destruction” game. Think Angry Birds: you fire some sort of projectile at a structure and watch it falter, hopefully taking out enemies stationed around it. With that said; CastleStorm goes far beyond Angry Birds with innovative gameplay that features resource management and more of a back-and-forth battle between both the defending and attacking sides. It also looks great, just colorful with great animations.  It’s a title that could end up with quite the franchise.

CastleStorm will be out May 29 on XBLA.

GRID 2 (360, PS3) – May 28

GRID 2 is a racing game by Codemasters. There’s nothing else to really say about the game. It’s an updated version of the first GRID game Race Driver: Grid. If you’re a racing game fan or liked the first game you might want to get this one tomorrow.

Wargame: AirLand Battle (PC) – May 29

Wargame: AirLand Battle is a war simulation that allows players to fight in the air and on the land in planes and jets during the Cold War era. This is definitely a game for strategy fans and war history buffs. With that said, the game doesn’t look bad at first blush.

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The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves (3DS) – May 30

The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves is an RPG that makes use of augmented reality and the 3DS’ 3D camera/screen. If you enjoyed the first Denpa Men on the 3DS, you’ll enjoy this one.  Combat is turnbased, but not random as you can see enemies on the map and in the dungeon. You can pick this one up from the 3DS eShop.

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded (PC, MAC, UNIX, iOS, AOS) – May 31

If you played the Leisure Suit Larry title from 1988 (Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards) and enjoyed it, you might enjoy this remake.  It will have up-to-date graphics, full voice acting, and more content. The game was ran through Kickstarter and achieved its goal of $500,000 within 30 days and walked off with $655,182. Since early 2012, the Replay Games team has been hard at work with the game and it’s ready for release at the very end of May on PC via Steam, MAC, UNIX, tablets, and smartphones.

Let’s have a look at everything coming out this week.

The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves (5/30)

Android OS
Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded (5/31)
Defenders of Suntoria: Dark Sun Rising (May)

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded (5/31)
Defenders of Suntoria: Dark Sun Rising (May)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy HD (5/30)

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded (5/31)
The Night of the Rabbit (5/29)

99 Spirits (5/30)
Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods
Defenders of Suntoria: Dark Sun Rising (May)
Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded
Survivor Squad (May)
The Night of the Rabbit (5/29)
The Swapper (5/30)
TrackMania 2 Stadium (May)
Wargame: AirLand Battle (5/29)

Fuse (5/28)
GRID 2 (5/28)
Spartacus Legends (May)

Xbox 360
CastleStorm (5/29)
GRID 2 (5/28)
Spartacus Legends (May)

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded (5/31)

There’s little something for everyone if you’re a PC gamer. Xbox 360 has a few titles, but most aren’t any different from what PS3 is getting, so no loss there, really.

Swift’s Picks: The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves, CastleStorm, Spartacus Legends, Defenders of Suntoria: Dark Sun Rising, and 99 Spirits

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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