This Week in Gaming - Releases and Next Gen Consoles
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger
Platform/s: PlayStation Network, Steam, Xbox Live Arcade.
Release Date/s: May 21, for PSN in North America, May 22 International, May 23 for Steam in Australia
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger is the 4th installment, first-person shooter video game series "Call of Juarez". The previous game Call of Juarez: The Cartel, was different to the first two games in that it was set in modern day Los Angeles and Mexico, Gunslinger returns to its roots and is once again set in the Old West.
It features 3 Game modes (story, arcade and duel) and the story line is the life story of a bounty hunter named Silas Greaves.
So far it has received generally mixed to positive reviews .
Fast and Furious:Showdown
Platform/s: PC, PlayStation3, Wii U, Xbox360, and Nintendo 3DS.
Release date/s: May 21
Fast and Furious: Showdown is a cooperative racing game based on the Fast and Furious film franchise. It's story ties in to Fast and Furious 6 and bridges the events of that film and its predecessor Fast and Furious 5 as well as the story of the other films.
It has received generally negative reviews.
Platform/s: Nintendo 3DS (Much earlier in the year), PC, Playstation 3, Wii U and Xbox 360.
Release date/s: May 21 in North America, May 23rd in Japan, Australia and Europe.
Resident Evil: Revelations is the next installment in the Resident Evil franchise. It is survival horror game developed by Capcom.
The game returns to the survival horror game play of the earlier installments of the series and features the return of limited ammunition, and more emphasis on puzzle solving and exploration
The story is set between Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5.
It received generally positive reviews.
Capcom has DLC planned that will add two new playable characters (each at $2.99 or 240 Microsoft Points, available June 11) and also Weapon packs (priced at $1.99 or 160 Microsoft Points each, available June 4)
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
Platform/s: Nintendo 3DS
Release Date/s: May 24 in North America and Europe, May 25th in Australia and to be released on June 13 in Japan.
Donkey Kong Country Returns is a Nintendo 3DS port of the Wii game, Donkey Kong Country Returns. The port was developed from the ground up and features 3D graphics. It includes 2 modes, Original Mode (which plays the same as the Wii version) and New Mode, which introduces new items designed to make the game easier as well as extra health. It also contains a new world with levels not present in the Wii Version.
It has received positive reviews.
Sniper Elite V2
Platform/s: Steam (back in April), PC, PlayStation3, Xbox 360 (earlier in the month) and Wii U
Release date/s: May 24 for Wii U
Sniper Elite V2 is a tactical shooter developed by Rebellion Developments. It had previously been published for Steam, PC, PlayStation3, Xbox360, and has just been released for Wii U.
Since its initial release it has received average reviews.
Platform/s: PlayStation3, and Xbox 360
Release date/s: May 28 in North America, May 30 in Australia, and May 31 in Europe.
Fuse is a cooperative action video game set in the near future. It follows a team of four misfit agents known as Overstrike 9.
Fuse has received mixed reviews. It has been praised for its Fuse Weapons and Co-Op action but it's Team A.I and Confusing Tone have been criticized.
Platform/s: PC, PlayStation3 and Xbox360
Release date/s: May 27 for PC in North America, May 28 for other Platforms in North America, May 30 in Australia, May 31 in Europe, and to be released on July 25 in Japan.
Grid 2 is the sequel to the racing game "Race Driver:Grid"
It includes numerous real world locations and motor vehicles spanning four decades. It features a new handling system aimed to get the balance between realism and accessibility right.
It has received positive reviews from critics.
Gaming News and Announcements
- The big news of the last couple of weeks is obviously the reveal of Xbox One and all the speculation about the next generation of consoles that came with it. For more details on that you can read my article on it as well as the discussion that we have been having there.
- After disappointment with the Xbox One reveal, and issues over DRM and the lack of support for used games, gamers have been trying to warn Sony against the same thing and trying to get the word out with the hash tag #PS4noDRM and #PS4UsedGames on Twitter
- A special edition and pricier collectors edition for the much anticipated Grand Theft Auto V, set to release for Xbox360 and PlayStation 3 on September 17, has been made available for pre-order. The special edition includes the game, art book, blueprint map, an in-game special ability boost, stunt plane trials, bonus outfits and more weapons. The collectors edition comes with all of the above as well as a security deposit bag and logo key, Los Santos hat, classic characters for GTA online and unique vehicles and garage property.
- A new Batman game will be back this October with a prequel to the Akham games in Batman: Arkham Origins. The previous voice actors for Batman and The Joker, Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill will not be returning to their roles in the prequel. You can watch the trailer here
- Nintendo has an event planned to coincide with E3 this year, announcing that for a number of titles they will be revealing they will have playable demos available at 110 Best Buy Locations. A full list can be found here
- A four-player game based on the popular manga and anime series One Piece called One Piece: Unlimited World Red, has been announced to be coming to 3DS in Japan at some point. The japanese trailer can be viewed here
- Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is set to be released on PC and PS3 worldwide this August, and a new trailer has been released showing the new Job Actions
- Nintendo has announced Sonic: Lost World for Wii U and 3DS, which will feature a range of competitive multiplayer modes. In the game Sonic finds himself teaming up with his nemesis eggman.
- EA has confirmed it is not only removing Online passes for future games, but also for existing games, starting with EA Sports.
Weird Gaming News and Facts
- Nintendo had an interesting advertising campaign for the release of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. At an event where people were given the chance to play the game, they were shocked when Donkey Kong breaks through a wall in real life. You can check out the video here
- Continuing with the Donkey Kong theme, The only reason Donkey Kong 64 came with an expansion was because it inexplicably fixed a game breaking bug. Rare couldn't find any other solution so they bundled the expansion with the game for free, costing them a fortune. They still don't know what caused the bug.
- The original Xbox version of Tomb Raider:Legend doesn't have a cut-scene because the developers forgot to include it in the final version of the game.
- Sega rejected other disc formats for the Dreamcast and instead created their own to prevent piracy, ironically the Dreamcast was one of the easiest consoles in history to pirate games on.
- Pokemon gold and silver were planed to be the last Pokemon games.
- The creators of "Game Dev Tycoon" uploaded a 'cracked' version of their game on several torrent websites. However every game you developed in this version would be pirated to the point you couldn't progress in the game.
- The Japanese version of Harvest Moon DS Cute has a "Best Friends" system which essentially works as a same-sex marriage. To avoid controversy this was dropped from the North American release.