New Games For The Week of April 14th-April 20th

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Did you find last week to be a pretty soft week for game releases? Then get ready for a beast of a release period as several awaited series drop this week! What should you plunk your ducats down on and what can leave on the shelf or in the marketplace? We’ll get into the power titles coming out, give you the full list for the week, and give you the cream of the crop for your console, PC, or mobile device!

Star Wars: The Old Republic – Rise of the Hutt Cartel (PC)
This digital expansion to the MMORPG Stars War: The Old Republic plot is pretty self-explanatory. The main thing here is that it raises the level cap to 55 and the focuses on the planet Makeb. If you haven’t given Star Wars: TOR a play, it is essentially the second MMORPG series based on the Star Wars franchise (the other being Star Wars Galaxies). If you are a fan of the series or have been enjoying the game the expansion is out now having been released on April 9th for pre-orders and April 14th for retail release.

Injustice: Gods Among Us (Wii U, PS3, 360)
Here we have the buzz worthy Injustice: Gods Among Us. This collaborative effort between NetherRealm Studios—which brought us the Mortal Kombat series—and DC Comics is a fighting game set as a stand-alone game in one of DC’s many unnamed universes. A lot of planning went into getting a great roster for the game and the plot looks decent enough actually get into this all-stars kind of comic book fighter. Hey, Capcom and Marvel didn’t need much for X-Men: Children of the Atom arcade fighter from the 90s.

It should be noted that this isn’t basically Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, though if you enjoyed that title, you’ll get some of the same with Injustice: Gods Among Us. This title releases tomorrow for the Wii U, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. The European release on Wii U will unfortunately be delayed for a week.

Pandora’s Tower (Wii)
Keeping the Wii alive for just a bit longer is the US release of 2011’s Pandora’s Tower. Ganbarion’s title took quite a while to get across the seas to North America where eager RPG fans have been waiting for it (as was the case with Xenoblade Chronicles which got to the US and elsewhere quickly enough), however the game was released in both Europe and Australia last year.

Pandora’s Tower core plot is that of a protagonist (Aeron) traveling across the land to several towers to break a curse on his love interest, Elena. Not exactly a groundbreaking premise, but the game does have legs to stand on. There’s a large world to transverse which gives the player that feel of being on a huge quest. The game does bring an actual measure of the main characters’ relationship to the table—something that has been seen in only a few games to date. There’s also a meter to show the severity of the curse as a way of prodding the player along to take to these towers.

For those of us looking for an RPG fix this week and still have their Wii, Pandora’s Tower comes out today.

Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall (PS3, 360, PC via DLC)
Bethseda Softworks returns with another DLC installment in its stealth-based action adventure series, Dishonored. There isn’t much different here other than you’re playing as Daud. However, if you’ve played Dishonored and enjoyed the story and gameplay there, you’ll definitely enjoy this expansion of the story. Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall will be released tomorrow for the PlayStation 3, PC, and Xbox 360 via digital download.

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner – Soul Hackers (3DS)
Do you need even more RPG goodness? Of course you do. Atlus are bringing their 1997 and 1999 Japan-only release Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner – Soul Hackers (or just Soul Hackers) to the Nintendo 3DS handheld tomorrow. The dungeon crawling title for those of us more familiar with the DS offerings of the Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor portion of series, the Persona series, and Nocturne and beyond this will be a welcome addition to fans of the overall series.

For those unfamiliar with the gameplay of the series, think of it as a first person version of say basically any turn-based RPG you may have played. You have human allies on your team as well as demons, deities, monsters, and beasts from different religions and folklore to combat other demons, deities, monsters, and beasts and even the humans who fight alongside them.

With Atlus’ strong working relationship with Nintendo—which dates back to the mid-80s—we could see more of the older Japan-only Shin Megami Tensei titles make their way to the 3DS in addition to newer titles Atlus develops. Again, Demon Summoner hits store shelves tomorrow.

Forza Horizon – 1000 Club (360 via DLC)
Forza Horizon – 1000 Club is free DLC that adds some 1,000 new challenges to the game. This is a nice gesture to give your wallet a rest considering that some players felt that while the game is beautiful and plays extremely well, it does attempt to leech your money when it comes to DLC. There isn’t really much else to say other than if you like racing or if you enjoy the Forza series, pick this DLC up tomorrow. After all, it’s free. There’s no reason you shouldn’t have a nibble at it, right?

Call of Duty: Black Ops II – Uprising (360 via DLC)
If you enjoy the massively popular Call of Duty series, you’ll want to download the Uprising pack which saw double XP weekend as its lead-in. To be released tomorrow, Uprising features a new Zombies storyc called Mob of the Dead which includes zombies AND mobsters in a prison setting (because you can drop zombies in any situation to ruin an already gloomy situation and push it into downright grim and bleak territory).

The four inmates must battle their way the army of zombies with improvised weaponry. If they should fail, players will get to check out the Purgatory feature. While I’m not a huge fan of the series—not a fan of FPS period—this one gets points for featuring Ray Liotta, Joe Pantoliano, Michael Madsen, and Chazz Palminteri as the main characters voice in Mob of the Dead. Uprising also features four new multiplayer maps.  Uprising will be released tomorrow as DLC.

There doesn’t seem to be anything of note for the PS Vita, but let’s see what else is in the bag. Check out all of the releases for this week.

April 14th
Star Wars: The Old Republic – Rise of the Hutt Cartel (PC) – expansion

April 15th
Pandora’s Tower (Wii)

April 16th
Call of Duty: Black Ops II – Uprising (360) – DLC
Darkfall Unholy Wars (PC)
Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall (360, PS3, PC)
Forza Horizon – 1000 Club (360) – DLC
Injustice: Gods Among Us (PS3, Wii U, 360)
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner – Soul Hackers (3DS)
Victoria II: Heart of Darkness (PC)

April 17th
Sacred Citadel (PS3, 360, PC)
Vendetta Online (iPad)

April 18th
Ark of Sinners Advance (iPad)
Papo & Yo (PC)
Witch & Hero (3DS)
– eShop

April 19th
God Mode (PC, 360)

This week’s Swift Picks are: Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner – Soul Hackers, Star Wars: The Old Republic – Rise of the Hutt Cartel, and Injustice: Gods Among Us.

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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