The Week of: April 21-April 27
Last week was a great week for releases with Star Wars: The Old Republic, Dishonored, Forza Horizon, and Call of Duty: Black Ops II all getting fresh DLC and expansions. How does this week measure up to the heavy week that was April 14-April 20? Let’s take a look and see what’s coming out and what to pick up!
LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins (3DS)
The Nintendo exclusive LEGO City Undercover hits the popular Nintendo 3DS handheld bring the same action, adventure, and comedy as its home console counterpart which was released last month. The game is an open world or sandbox title similar to the Grand Theft Auto franchise. The main difference here—besides being based on LEGO’s City brand—Is that the player will be on the side of the law instead of committing crimes. Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins was released April 21.
Star Trek The Video Game (360, PS3, PC)
This is simply the video game adaptation of the Star Trek film from 2009. You’ll play as Kirk—the more straight forward gunner—and Spock—who will be the stealth character. The game is a third person shooter and you are to prevent the Gorn from attacking a Vulcan colony. The game looks great visually, but it’s an adaptation of the movie, so nothing to jump up and write home about for the most part. Star Trek The Video Game will be released April 23 for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3. If you enjoyed the film, you might be interested in this one up.
Fire Emblem: Awakening – The Radiant Hero (3DS)
Keeping Fire Emblem: Awakening lively with more adventures, The Radiant Hero is Paralogue 23. The Radiant Hero is a side adventure available via SpotPass—meaning it’s free. The main objective here is to rout the enemy. The story here is that Chrom and his force arrive on an isolate island to search for the titular hero.
For those unfamiliar with the Fire Emblem series, it’s a turn-based strategy RPG similar to the Tactics Ogre, Disgaea, and Final Fantasy Tactics series. You navigate a map or grid and take out enemies based on a system of acts that are stronger than others, magic, and strategically placing characters for the best advantage. If you enjoy a little strategy with your gaming and you have Fire Emblem: Awakening, pick up this Paralogue and many others. If you don’t have this game, it’s available on eShop and in stores.
The Radiant Hero will be available on the 3DS April 25.
Assassin’s Creed III: Redemption (360, PS3, PC)
This is the third and final part in The Tyranny of King Washington DLC series. The series center on an alternate timeline where George Washington becomes King of the United States, becomes mad with power, and must be brought down. Redemption will be available April 23 for PC and via Xbox Live and April 23 via the PlayStation Network.
Don’t Starve (PC)
Don’t Starve is an open world survival game that has been public beta for some time now. In short, the objective is to survive for the longest amount of time while braving enemies, starvation, and insanity. You will be able to build tools, shelters, and weapons to help you survive and the game comes with a more difficult “adventure mode”. It has gotten quite a bit of play on Twitch.TV, so if you want to see the gameplay head over there and have a look. Klei Entertainment’s Don’t Starve arrives on PC April 23.
Iron Man 3: The Official Game (iOS, Android)
Another video game adaptation of a blockbuster film will be released this week. If you enjoyed the major consoles and handheld releases of Iron Man 3, it might worth giving the tablet and smartphone versions a go. It looks solid on Android. It doesn’t have the functionality of playing on a console or handheld, but it does the job. Iron Man 3: The Official Game for tablets and smartphones lands in marketplaces April 25.
Dead Island: Riptide (Xbox 360, PC, PS3)
Prepare for another adventure in the Dead Island series with Dead Island: Riptide. This time, the survivors from the previous game are deserted on another island overran by zombies. If you’re a fan of the survival horror genre and enjoy that survival horror with a side of open world exploration, then you’ll want to pick up the newest entry in the series. The game will release with three worldwide versions—the regular, limited edition, and special edition as well as the Survivor Edition (exclusive to Australia), the Zombie Bait Edition (exclusive to the UK), and Rigor Mortis Collector’s Edition (exclusive to North America and Latin America).
Dead Island: Riptide releases April 23.
Dragon’s Dogma (Xbox 360, PS3)
Dragon’s Dogma has to be one of the more promising titles to come out of Capcom in years that isn’t named Monster Hunter. It’s not another Street Fighter or Resident Evil title and really has the vibe of titles such as Devil May Cry, the old Dungeon & Dragons video games (also done by Capcom), and my Capcom favorite Breath of Fire. As a matter of fact, development staff members have worked on DMC, Breath of Fire, and Resident Evil.
This action RPG has many features that are unique for the genre and is sure to be a strong part of Capcom’s game library given that the company is looking to make sequel. Dark Arisen is DLC for the game which is said to be pretty hefty, but is sure to add a great deal to the game. Dark Arisen will be released April 23. Pick it up through the PSN and XBL.
Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine (360, Steam)
This indie action title allows for co-op gameplay in a top down view. You’ll carry out a number of heists with a roster of characters in various situations. It looks intriguing. You can download Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine April 24 via Steam for PC and Mac or Xbox Live.
Did you look and say “DREAMCAST?!” No? Well you should’ve. Sturmwind is an independent commercially released title for the sixth generation console. It is a shoot ‘em up—which is pretty popular for independent developers that release titles after the Dreamcast’s official run. If you still have your Dreamcast, Sturmwind is released April 24.
Well, it’s a pretty solid release week. You’re looking at some DLC, two adaptations, a few new games, and an interesting title on the Dreamcast of all consoles. Take a look at the full release window for the week of April 21-April 27.
LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins (3DS)
Assassin’s Creed III: The Redemption (360, PS3, PC) – DLC
Black Rock Shooter (PSP)
Dead Island: Riptide (PS3, 360, PC)
Don’t Starve (PC)
Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen (360, PS3) – DLC
God Mode (PS3)
Poker Night 2 (PC)
Puzzler World 2013 (DS, 3DS)
Star Trek: The Video Game (PC, PS3, 360)
Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine (360, PC via Steam)
Fire Emblem: Awakening – The Radiant Hero (3DS) – DLC
Iron Man 3: The Official Game (Android OS, iOS)
What are you looking to pick up this week?