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New Game Releases: April 28-May 4

/ Apr 28th, 2013 No Comments

Soul Sacrifice
Soul Sacrifice

Ah jeez!

The whirlwind of April games comes to a close this Tuesday, and where has the time gone? This month has seen some amazing digital releases (Guacamelee!), but unfortunately the retail side has slacked a bit. Unfortunately, this final April Tuesday does not change that much except for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita owners. However, May rolls around right after that and some fun digital releases will give those with an Xbox 360 or PC some love. This week will see the US release of Soul Sacrifice on the PS Vita, Deadly Premonition: Director’s Cut for PS3, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, and finally some PC ports of Xbox Live Arcade games with Dust: An Elysian Tail and FEZ.

Soul Sacrifice – PS Vita – Apr 30

The PS Vita has had anything but a fabled life as a handheld, plagued by a mangled launch and negative publicity, but it seems like Sony’s gorgeous portable system is getting back on track with some quality titles. Rockman creator Keiji Inafune and Marvelous AQL/Japan Studios are looking to leave their mark on the PS Vita with Soul Sacrifice. Done in a vein similar to FromSoftware’s insanely successful Demon’s Souls/Dark Souls franchise and Capcom’s Dragon’s Dogma, Soul Sacrifice channels the dark fantasy vibe with a Japanese sensibility and a Western audience in mind. In Soul Sacrifice, players will take control of a vicious and power hunger sorcerer’s imprisoned slave. While watching his/her cruel master snatch up another poor and helpless prisoner, a demonic book calls out to the player to help save him/her before the sorcerer turns his attention to sacrifice him/her. The book will give the player the power to experience past fights and gain experience and power to somehow find a way out of this hellish prison. Soul Sacrifice features highly customization third-person action and four-player co-op play that will take advantage of the game’s unique sacrifice system. A demo for the game is currently available on the PlayStation Network and the full game will be released for the PS Vita on April 30.

Deadly Premonition: Director’s Cut – PS3 – Apr 30

A director’s cut of the psychological horror game, Deadly Premonition, is finally making its way to the US for the PS3 thanks to ToyBox Inc. Previously released in 2010 only on the Xbox 360 in America, a PS3 version of the game was released in Japan around the same time. Now American PS3 owners will get a chance to enjoy the unique and off-beat story of Deadly Premonition with updated HD visuals, revised controls, PS Move controller support and additional content written by game designer, Hidetaka “Swery65″ Suehiro. Deadly Premonition centers around FBI Special Agent Francis York Morgan who travels to Greenvale to investigate the murder of Anna Graham. York decided to investigate the case due to the bizarre method that the killer used to murder Anna and its ritualistic nature. Anna Graham’s murder features several similarities to other murders across the country and York is determined to figure out the link. PS3 owners will find out who killed Anna Graham on April 30.

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon – PS3, Xbox 360 and PC – Apr 30/May 1

Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon

Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon

In this stand-alone expansion to Ubisoft’s 2012 shooter Far Cry 3, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon will take place in a retro-futuristic world that looks like Tron had a baby with Drive. Take control of Sergeant Rex ‘Power’ Colt, a cyborg with an eye patch and a name that means business. Set in the terrible future of 2007, Colt will have to kill enemies with extreme prejudice, rescue a smoking babe and save the world, but that is like a regular Tuesday for Power Colt! A nuclear war has turned the world into a wasteland and now Power must find a new means of peace. Colt will face an army of cyborgs known as the Omega Force, as well as blood dragons and mutants (oh my?). The 80s was a different time, but if the people then knew one thing, it was that the future would be filled with cyborgs and eye patches! Save the world in dayglo and neon on the PS3 on April 30 or Xbox 360 and PC on May 1.

Dust: An Elysian Tail – PC – May 1

Originally released as part of Xbox Live’s Summah of Arcade 2012 on Aug 15, Dust: An Elysian Tail is a gorgeous hand drawn metroidvania-style beat ‘em up. One of the biggest highlights of Microsoft’s hyped up Summah of Arcade (read the full review of the Xbox version here) will finally make its way to the PC. Dust: An Elysian Tail follows the tale of an amnesiatic swordsman named Dust who must remember who he is and learn the truth behind his traumatic and tortured past. The game features lush visuals, smooth controls and a satisfying story. For anyone who missed the Xbox version should give the PC version a try on May 1.

FEZ – PC – May 1

FEZ

FEZ (PC)

Phil Fish teased back in Jan that exciting news was coming in 2013, especially regarding the future of FEZ. Windows users will be able to enjoy the journey of Gomez soon. Taking control of the adorable Gomez, players will encounter the mysterious Hexahedron that will give Gomez the ability to shift perception and access the third-dimension. Oh and it also gives the little guy a fez, which is totes cool. After that, the Hexahedron explodes and the game glitches out only to reboot with Gomez waking up looking snazzier than ever and having access to his exciting new power. Now he has the mission to restore balance to the universe by restoring the Hexahedron. Check back later for Gaming Illustrated’s review of the PC version, but until then read our Xbox 360 review here. Gamers will be able to explore extra dimensions in style with the PC version of FEZ on May 1.

Kalvin Martinez

Kalvin Martinez

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Kalvin Martinez studied Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He writes reviews, prose and filthy limericks. Currently, he lives in Tustin, California. He is still wondering what it would be like to work at a real police department. Follow Kalvin on Twitter @freepartysubs
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