We’re getting awfully close to gaming’s silly season and there are a lot of games arriving in the coming months. So, we’re starting a weekly release roundup running through the new titles in the week ahead, with a bit of information about the games that will be appearing in the New Release section of your local retailer or digital store. Be sure to check out the links too for deeper coverage via our reviews and features.
Warframe has been out for a while now on the PC and PS4 and the FTP title is coming to the Xbox One early next week. Be warned, this third-person shooter/slicer has a very grindy start that isn’t for everyone as you’ll struggle to shake the feeling you need to pump actual money into the game to get any decent weapons and upgrades.
Dance Central Spotlight (XO)
This new digital-only update to the popular dance series will require use of the Kinect 2.0 camera. The game will release for around £10 with ten tracks that last we heard would include the likes of Rihanna, David Guetta, Pharell Williams and Avicci, with more available to purchase individually. Tracks you purchased for the 360 games will eventually be made available for free too.
Velocity 2X (PS4, Vita) – MOST ANTICIPATED GAME OF THE WEEK!
We can’t wait for this one, especially seeing as it’ll be free on PS4 as a part of September’s PS Plus collection. No longer just a retro shoot ‘em up, the game now lets you out of the ship for a bit of platforming and laser gun action too. In or out of the ship though, you’ll still be nipping through walls with a neat teleport function. We’ll bring you a review next week.
Don’t Starve: Giant Edition (Vita)
If you enjoy daunting survival sims like Terraria and Day Z, then maybe you’ll have a dark spot in your heart for Don’t Starve’s one life approach to fun. And by fun I mean dying alone in the dark in a creepy cartoon world when scavenging for fire wood /starving to death. This new Vita edition comes with the Reign of Giants DLC from the original PS4 release.
Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate (PS3, PS4, Vita, XO)
It’s that Dynasty Warriors spin-off thingy. That’s about as technical as we like to get over that particular series that’s been rehashing the same old gameplay for years now. This is a re-release of the original WO3, so don’t expect any gameplay innovations, but it will be packed with maps and characters and a new-gen shine on the PS4 version.
Valiant Hearts: The Great War (iPad, iPhone)
We don’t usually cover mobile releases, but Valiant Hearts is so good we’d encourage everyone to give it a go. The emotional story told through various victims of WWI is a unique experience in gaming and the minimal controls mean it should handle well enough on mobile platforms too. Take a look at my review of the original PS4 release for more on the game itself.
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (Vita)
You should really check out the original before diving into this bonkers yet brilliant series of engaging visual novels /mystery puzzlers. The second game didn’t quite have the same impact as the original, but our very own Jon Lester has reviewed both and insists both are worth a look for anyone with a Vita.
Dead Rising 3 (PC)
Don’t have an Xbox One? Worry not, as it seems Microsoft are releasing their exclusives on the PC if you’re ok waiting a while. As fun as the mass slaughtering of zombies was on XO, we’re not sure it’s worth paying full price for on PC, so perhaps wait for a reduction. It’s a bare bones release too, with none of the DLC included, but from what Jon tells us, they’re pretty damn awful. Be sure to check out his review of the original XO game.
The Sims 4 (PC)
Yes, the Sims is still going. Not that we can gather much enthusiasm for it to be honest. We’re mainly grateful for its existence so we can write up out notes about other games when watching EA pressers at Gamescom and E3. Fingers crossed the game will have learned lessons from the disastrous choices made by EA with the recent versions of Sim City and Dungeon Keeper if it doesn’t want us to cover it for all the wrong reasons.
Release dates correct at time of publishing and are subject to change. That’s life.