Week of April 28-May 4
Last week brought a pretty solid week of new titles and expansions to popular games. Most of those titles were worth exploring if you could get your hands on demos. This week bring a much thinner lineup of worthwhile games with most being PC titles and few being appealing unless you’re very familiar with PC gaming titles. Let’s dive in and see what’s in the bag this week.
EverQuest II: Scars of the Awakened (PC)
Scars of the Awakened is an expansion to the long running EverQuest II MMORPG. As with other 12 expansions and adventure packs—mini-expansions—for the game, Scars of the Awakened adds new plotlines, gear, and spells to the core gameplay. EverQuest II: Scars of the Awakened will be released April 30.
Expeditions: Conquistador (PC)
Expeditions: Conquistador is a RPG title with elements of strategy and resource management. The closest comparison would be the Koei’s Uncharted Waters RPGs on SNES where you sailed around exploring cities and investing in them as a means of expanding your country of origin’s power. It could also said to be like Sid Meier’s Pirates! only with an RPG slant on it. Expeditions: Conquistador is set to be released sometime this week for PC.
Legends of Eisenwald (PC)
Aterdux Entertainment’s Kickstarter-funded title Legends of Eisenwald comes to PC. The game achieved its $50,000 goal and raked in $83,577 before funding was closed. This is a turn-based strategy RPG based in a medieval world. It features a pretty straightforward economic system, so nothing particularly complex as you might see in some games. While there have been quite a few games with the same premise, this one looks beautiful and should definitely offer quite a bit of gameplay for your dollar. Legends of Eisenwald will be released later this week.
Soul Sacrifice (VITA)
The PlayStation Vita gets more games! Soul Sacrifice is very similar to most action RPGs with the main gameplay feature being that the player can sacrifice parts of the main character’s body or items for powerful attacks. These changes are shown on character’s body during gameplay. Sacrificing also extends to allies and enemies giving the player the choice of saving them to get them back in the fight or sacrificing them for bonuses and other features. A sacrificed ally doesn’t get the XP—experience points used for growth and advancement—that active characters get, but can view the fight, damaged dealth, and assist in the battle. Sacrificed enemies can refill item charges—basically MP or mana/magic points.
The game was promoted quite a bit, but suffered from a failed demo release on April 17. Regardless, this is definitely a title to pick up. It releases in North America April 30 and Europe May 1.
Ragnarok Online 2 (PC)
Ragnarok 2 is the sequel to the popular MMORPG which used anime graphics and the Gamebryo engine (Unreal Engine 2.5). This appears to be the second version of the game and is fully titled Ragnarok Online 2: Legend of the Second. The original Ragnarok 2—Ragnarok 2: The Gate of the World—was scrapped in favor of returning to much of what worked with the original Ragnarok Online.
Ragnarok Online 2 features 18 classes with six of those being immediately selectable ones. The Dual-Life system is a new feature which allows for players to put their character is a kind of NPC mode offering their services to make in-game money while offline. The Card System returns and is linked to the player this time around. This is supposed to make card gathering less of a hassle and make obtaining rare items less of a priority for the player. Finally the Pet System returns to the game. Unlike some MMORPGs, the pet doesn’t have a great role in combat, but can provide something in the form of assistance.
Like most MMORPGs, Ragnarok Online 2 focuses around a questing and party system. Joining a party or team of other players in game allows for the player to complete difficult quests and mission although there are solo missions for the player to take on. If you’re interested in Ragnarok Online 2, it comes out May 1 for PC.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (360, PS3, PC)
This is standalone spin off DLC to the Far Cry 3 title with an incredibly retro, 80s apocalyptic sci-fi vibe to it. The game is said to only have eight hours of content, but has the same gameplay and features of Far Cry 3 with the open world gameplay remaining. Players will engage cyborg armies, mutants, and blood dragons that fire eye beams. The promotional cover—which features 80s pink, the hero in center with pistol ready, and 80s chromed gradient font—makes this standalone title worth trying grabbing. It’s definitely a departure from the usual realistic open world FPS setting of the game title.
If you’re into 1980’s VHS-grade action or you’re looking for something different when it comes to games, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon hits the PC, XBL, and PSN May 1.
Might & Magic Heroes VI: Shades of Darkness (PC)
Despite having one of the most clichéd subtitles, this standalone expansion to Might & Magic Heroes VI adds a new faction and more plots to take on. It’s a pretty standard expansion, so don’t expect anything truly game changing here. There will be new creatures, items, and improvement to the multiplayer aspect of the game and changes to the Legacy weapons setup. After being delayed from its original late February release, Might & Magic VI: Shades of Darkness will be released May 2.
Let’s take a look at the full line-up for this week:
Battle for Graxia (5/1)
EverQuest II: Scars of the Awakened (4/30)
Expeditions: Conquistador (late April)
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (5/1)
Full Mojo Rampage (late April)
Legends of Eisenwald (late April)
Leviathan: Warships (4/30)
Might & Magic VI: Shades of Darkness (5/2)
Ragnarok Online 2 (5/1)
Strike Suit Infinity (late April)
TrackMania 2 Stadium (late April)
Zeno Clash II (4/30)
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (5/1)
Pottermore (late April)
Soul Sacrifice (4/30)
Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut (4/30)
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (5/1)
As stated above, it’s a pretty light week for quality titles that would make you go “Woah!” on name value alone. This week isn’t without some gems, though. If you’re primarily a handheld or console gamer, this might be a week of game hunting best spent playing what you have. If you do have a PC, the pickings are still pretty good for you—not real meaty, but by no means slim.
Swifts Picks: Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Expeditions: Conquistadors, Soul Sacrifice, Legends of Eisenwald