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New Game Releases: May 19-25

/ May 19th, 2013 No Comments

Resident Evil Revelations
Resident Evil Revelations

Resident Evil Revelations

The most detrimental thing in the world is hope. There seemed to be some light for gamers with a tidy number of releases in the last week of April/first week of May, but game releases have been few and far between recently. Yet there is reason to hope again: Electric Boogaloo. This week sees some releases and some are even new games! Mainly though, it is a port heavy week with the Wii U getting a version of Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Finally, right? That is what Wii U owners have been waiting on and not the heavily delayed Pikmin 3 and The Wonderful 101) and Sniper Elite V2. However, there is even more hope, it is a hope-er future with the June around the corner. Those eyeing Naughty Dog’s the Last of Us, one word for you…Soon. This week will see the release of Resident Evil: Revelations, Fast & Furious: Showdown, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing, and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D.

Fast & Furious: Showdown – PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360, PC and 3DS

[adsense250itp]Vroom Vroom! The gang is back again! While fans of the high octane film franchise will have to wait until Friday to see what kind of trouble Dom and the boys (and girls) will get into in Fast & Furious 6, gamers will have a chance to rev up them engines for some high octane action in Fast & Furious: Showdown. Toretto and the other Fasties will have to track down an international gang of criminals that only their particular skills can help bring down. Showdown runs parallel to Fast & Furious 6 connecting the events of Fast 5ive to the new film and even clarifying the connections to prior films (maybe it will reveal just how Han Seoul-Oh survived the events of Tokyo Drift other than being too gangster to die). The game will feature co-operative racing that allows players to take on missions with a friend or A.I. Players will be able to switch between the number of different roles offered in the game on missions. Car customization will be offered, so Fastaddicts (TM) can build their own 10 second car (Word to the wise, that ain’t no 10 second car). Perhaps, Dom will get angry and bang on a table for dramatic emphasis! Fastivics (TM) will have the chance to find out on May 21 when the game comes out for PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360, PC and 3DS.

Resident Evil: Revelations – Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC

Resident Evil: Revelations originally released exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS back in 2012. The title received solid critical reception and was a nice addition to the 3DS library. Capcom announced at the beginning of the year that the game would receive a high definition port for home consoles and PC later in 2013. That was Jan, now it is May and it is time for the beefed up Resident Evil: Revelations to show gamers some high definition love. Revelations take place between the events of Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5, dealing with events after the formation of the BSAA and follows BSAA co-founders, Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield. Starring both Valentine and Redfield means that despite not being a numbered entry in the series, the game has a huge relevance to the series as it stars the protagonists of the first Resident Evil. Valentine and a new partner are sent on a mission to search the SS Queen Zenobia, where Redfield and his new partner are reported missing. The game takes place on the Zenobia with various flashback events to flesh out the story. The Wii U version will receive specific GamePad and MiiVerse features, but all the versions will have an additional difficulty, high definition graphics and extra characters for “Raid” mode. Resident Evil: Revelations will be available on May 21 for Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger – Xbox 360, PS3 and PC

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger

Techland is at it again with another installment of the Call of Juarez series. Gunslinger, unlike prior games in the series is a digital only release. The game will see a return of the Old West setting that has typified the series. Billed as a perfect homage to the Western genre, Gunslinger will see players assuming control of a bounty hunter. During the game, gamers will have to hunt down various outlaws including legendary figures such as Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett and Jesse James. This time around, in addition to the popular features seen in the series, this new entry will see the inclusion of skill points, active skills and perks to add another layer to the gunslingin’ gameplay. For those eager to get some good ol’ Wild Westin’ on (No Will Smith) can purchase Call of Juarez: Gunslinger this May 22 on Steam, XBLA and PSN.

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing – PC and Xbox 360

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing (PC and Xbox 360)

From NeocoreGames comes The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing an action RPG that places gamers in control of the young son of famous vampire hunter, Abraham Van Helsing. Naturally, the game will take inspiration from the classic (yet silly) novel, Dracula by Bram Stoker, but without occupying the same universe. Young Van Helsing will explore the kingdom of Borgovia (which sounds like a lunch meat or a lunch meat themed casino in Reno) and hunt down monsters with purposefully anachronistic weaponry based on modern science. Following in the footsteps of his father, Van Helsing must rid Borgovia of the warped monstrosities that plague the land. This interesting little game will be available on May 22 for PC and Xbox 360.

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D – 3DS

Retro Studios (Nintendo, put them back on the Metroid series because Other M was insulting) originally developed the latest addition to the Donkey Kong Country series for the Wii back in 2010. Several years later during a February 2013 Nintendo Direct, Nintendo revealed that a port for the 3DS was in the works and would be available later in the year. The company then stated that the game was being re-worked from the ground up to take advantage of stereoscopic 3D utilized in the system. This is not simply a straight port of the Wii original, the game will feature two difficulty modes (one being the original Wii difficulty and the other an easier mode meant for on-the-go play). New items will be featured in the easier difficulty to help players in tough spots. Additionally, the 3DS version will contain an extra world and new levels playable in both difficulties. For those who want to help Donkey and Diddy Kong on their exploits to take out the Tikis can do so on May 24 for the 3DS.

Dust: An Elysian Tail – PC

They tricked us, while initially listed as a May 1 release, Dust: An Elysian Tail will make it to PC on May 24. 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 24.

Last Week’s Games You Missed:

Metro: Last Light (PC, Xbox 360 and PS3), Anomaly 2 (PC) and The Starship Damrey (3DS)

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. While he is Orange County born, he now resides in Portland, OR. 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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