Game Releases of the Week

Game Releases of the Week

Week of 6/2-6/8

This week looks to be another PC gaming heavy week. There are several new titles for PS3 and Xbox 360 as well—some sharing the billing with PC. There’s a rarity with titles for Sony’s VITA and PSP and mobile devices get a game release this week as well. What isn’t readily available is a strong number of AAA title games.

Let’s see what’s available this week.

Class of Heroes 2 (PSP) – 6/4

Class of Heroes 2 is a dungeon crawling JRPG—Japanese roleplaying game—out the great Acquire studio and put out by the well-known Atlus. Most RPGs will feature some degree of dungeon crawling unless it’s a tactics RPG. Whether it be a ruin, abandoned building (again, a ruin), a cave, an actual dungeon, or any variation on these there will be something in the way of making your way through a map, fighting monsters, take treasure or gear, and so on. If you’ve played one JRPG—particularly the Ultima series, Elder Scrolls series, Fallout series, or Atlus’ own Etrian Odyssey series then nine times out of ten, you’ve played Class of Heroes 2 to some degree—and you’ve gotten a better experience.

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The series got some flak from requiring you to grind a lot (fight plenty of monsters, etc. to advance in level), but this won’t be a problem to a well-rounded RPG player. Sure it’ll be tedious—it always has been—but not an extreme hindrance to gameplay. While it won’t come off as very unique compared to some of the titles listed, the game will still deliver hours of gameplay.

If you enjoy RPGs, dungeon crawlers, or even Atlus then get this game for your PSP tomorrow.

Remember Me (360, PS3, PC) – 6/3

Today Remember Me is released on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and the PC. While this appears to be your stock Capcom action title with their stock box art of a character with their back to the character and game title in the middle, Remember Me does offer some good gameplay elements. The story could be seen as interesting by some. It’s based in Paris towards the end of the 21st century—Neo Paris to be exact—there’s an evil cooperation that basically has control over the world which your character was originally working for, and a counter rebellion group which your character ends up teaming with.  Chances are you’ve enjoyed a game with one, some, or all of these story elements to them.

The actual gameplay allows for stealth, platforming, and head on combat. There is something that allows for the player to steal memories from enemies and replay that memory to help get through the game—maybe avoid traps or get a passcode or whatever.

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Remember Me comes out today. If you’re a fan of action adventure titles and the “memory remixing” gameplay mechanic interests you then check this one out.

Marvel Heroes (PC, OSX) – 6/4

Marvel Heroes is a MMO/action RPG which allows for players to take the role of many Marvel Comics heroes. In a way it’s good that it’s not an MMORPG because this wouldn’t have been how it should’ve gone down. Typically an MMORPG will allow for a player to create their own character and control their development through various paths as a tank, damage dealer, or caster. DC Universe Online, Champions Online, and City of Heroes are basically examples of how a superhero MMORPG should go. This just has you play as a Marvel heroes online.

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With that said, the write is Brian Michael Bendis who does tremendous work writing Marvel’s stories. The roster of playable characters are a mostly a who’s-who of Marvel heroes: Iron Man, Black Panther, Black Widow, Captain America, Deadpool, Human Torch, The Hulk, Luke Cage, Ms. Marvel, Storm, The Punisher, Spider-Man, Thor, and Wolverine to name the ones that truly stick out. Oh yeah, Cyclops is there as well. Who can’t you play with? Taskmaster. It’s a shame really.

Marvel Heroes is due out tomorrow for the PC and later on for OS X.

Crysis 3: The Lost Island (360, PS3, PC) – 6/4

The Lost Island is DLC for the Crysis 3 game. Being that Crysis 3 is a (futuristic) first person shooter, all you’re looking at is more multiplayer maps—four to be exact. The DLC will be out tomorrow.

EVE Online: Odyssey (PC) – 6/4

This is a free expansion for the EVE Online space-themed MMORPG. The game itself allows for piracy, commerce, mining, combat, and so on. There’s really a lot to this game as it is and the 19th expansion adds on to that bringing more challenges, improving some features, and generally enhancing the player’s experience in this sometimes wild game where concerns have been raised of gameplay ethics. If you enjoy EVE Online this expansion will be out tomorrow…and it’s free, so no reason not to get it.

Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion – Forbidden Worlds (PC) – 6/5

This sci-fi-themed  real time strategy game focuses on combat, exploration, and conquest. Players can explore star systems and galaxies; take over planets, trade, and more. There is no actual single player mode, but there is a non-online multiplayer mode. Its titles like this with this degree of freedom that gives you a good deal of gameplay and will have you logging time in. It’s not linear “This is the guy you have to defeat.” Much like The Sims, Civilization, SimCity, and the Elder Scrolls series you can go about your business as you see fit.

The thing that plagues this—and sci-fi in general—is that there is typically a lot of alien races, politics, ships, and history to manage and remember. That aside, it’s worth playing. Being released in early 2011, Rebellion is an expansion that adds the loyal and rebellious factions to the races in the game as well as more ships and interfaces and graphics. Forbidden Worlds is merely DLC for Rebellion which adds more to the gameplay experience. This comes out June 5th.

State of Decay (360) – 6/5

Zombies is a theme that is beginning to run its course. TV shows, movies, video games—zombies are an easy go to when you run out of minions for your piece of fiction and could really care less about coming up with an antagonist force or whatever. Think about it: they’re numerous, they can be killed without concern for who they were and whatnot, and the main premise for putting them in a game, TV show, movie, or comic is for the surviving humans to…survive. With that, you don’t need to do much. You can, but it’s not a requirement.

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State of Decay is something different when it comes to zombie survival games. It’s more on the end of the spectrum with WarZ and DayZ where the player survives in an open world environment with no linear story to make their way through like Resident Evil or Dead Rising. In State of Decay, you survive by befriending other survivors and forming groups, building fortifications and places to live, and gathering supplies. There’s hordes of zombies to combat, but there’s another element to the gameplay where use strategy. The player could try to go Ash and try to kill everything in sight, thought. Being open world allows for players to take their own approach to the game.

State of Decay comes out june 5th via the Xbox Live Arcade.

Games This Week

360
Crysis 3: The Lost Island (6/4)
Penny Arcade Adventures: Episode Four (6/7)
Remember Me (6/3)

State of Decay (6/5)

Android OS
Titan: Escape the Tower (6/6)

iOS
Titan: Escape the Tower (6/6)

PC
Crysis 3: The Lost Island (6/4)
EVE Online: Odyssey (6/4)
Gunpoint (6/3)
Hoops Manager (6/4)
Marvel Heroes (6/4)
Panzer Corps: Allied Corps (6/6)
Penny Arcade Adventures: Episode Four (6/7)
Planetary Annihilation (6/7)
Prime World: Defenders (6/5)
Remember Me (6/3)
Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion – Forbidden Worlds (6/5)
Titan: Escape the Tower (6/6)

PS3
Crysis 3: The Lost Island (6/4)
Penny Arcade Adventures: Episode Four (6/7)
Remember Me (6/3)

PSP
Class of Heroes 2 (6/4)

VITA
LIMBO (6/5)

As stated, it’s a very plentiful month for PC gamers and for those who enjoy strategy with their gameplay. For console and handheld gamers it’s best to way for next week’s E3 to see what will come out later this year and next year, but also what to look forward to for that week.

Swift’s Picks: State of Decay, Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion – Forbidden Worlds, and Class of Heroes 2


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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