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New Releases: Aug. 4-10

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Dragon's Crown

[adsense250itp]It is always when things start looking up with new releases in video games that they immediately betray you. There has been a huge drought of games in July despite some notable portable and digital releases. However, that looks like it will change come August as we head into the pre-Holiday blitz in September. August has games, yo. Games! For real, this month will see Saint’s Row 4, Ducktales Remastered, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Payday 2, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Lost Planet 3, Killer is Dead and Madden 25. Oh and of course, the most anticipated releases in Disney Infinity and Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F. Before that though, August will have a modest start this week with Pikmin 3, Disney’s Planes, Dragon’s Crown and Tales of Xillia hitting store shelves.

Pikmin 3 – Wii U

Pikmin 3

Pikmin 3

The Wii U has had a hard go of it ever since its November release with getting video games out for the platform. Many of the titles that Nintendo promised in its six month launch window got delayed, one of them being Pikmin 3. However, putting behind development issues for the newer platform, Nintendo will finally release the latest sequel to the Pikmin series. Pikmin 3 says goodbye to the series former main protagonist, Captain Olimar (who is probably sipping mojitos on a moon somewheres), and introduces three new protagonists: Alph, Charlie and Brittany. The crew crash lands on the Pikmin planet and find that it has tons of fruit. As things tend to go when you crash land on a planet full of little plant creatures, giant fruit and monsters; the gang uses the Pikmin to gather fruit and fight enemies in order to use that fruit’s seeds as a means to save a starving planet, NBD. One upping the prior iteration of Pikmin, the newest game will allow players to switch between the three main protagonists on the fly to gather more fruit, solve puzzles or satisfy objectives. The GamePad will be used as map to give players an idea of what is happening in the game between the three protagonists. Pikmin 3 also features a multiplayer mode called “Bingo Battle” that allows split screen matches. Pikmin 3 releases Aug 4 for the Wii U.

Disney’s Planes – Wii U, Wii, 3DS, DS

Planes! Disney’s Planes may seem like Pixar’s Car, but with planes! Disney Interactive is making a game based on the first film in the Planes trilogy that tells the plight of Planes’ protagonist Dusty Crophopper, who dreams of becoming a racing plane. The only problem for ol’ Dusty is that he is a crop duster and not a racing plane, and apparently is afraid of heights. That sort of riveting source material will allow Disney Interactive to tell mature and harrowing tales of a poor crop duster trying to overcome adversity, limitations and probably have a couple of fart jokes. Who knows? There are two more Planes movies to make games on eventually so fart jokes may be in the sequel! Disney’s Planes hits store shelves on Aug 6 for Wii U, Wii, 3DS and DS.

Dragon’s Crown – PS3, PS Vita

Dragon's Crown

Multiplayer can be madness but fun with a full party

Vanillaware and Atlus’ 2D action-RPG, Dragon’s Crown features a heavily stylized art style that commands the attention of anyone viewing it. Despite, the criticisms that the art style received leading up to its release, the animations in the game look magnificent. It has been a long time since a solid multiplayer “beat ’em up” has been available for gamers to dig into, so Dragon’s Crown fills a nice niche. Gaming Illustrated’s Ben Sheene reviewed the game and had some good things to say about it: “Those who feel that it’s simply a treat for the eyes will miss out on a game that serves not only as a love letter to beat ‘em ups but an evolution of the genre. Hydleland might not provide a wildly inventive spin on the fantasy game but the level and character design make up for it in spades.” To read the full review, check it out here.

Tales of Xillia – PS3

The thirteenth Tales Of title, Tales of Xillia finally sees a US release after being out in Japan since 2011. Eons ago, a spirit named Maxwell (that is a typical spirit name), split the world into two: Reize Maxia and Elenpios. These two worlds are vastly different, Reize can use magic by utilizing mana and Elenpios has technology that they can use through Gin. A barrier prevents these worlds from coming into contact, but at one point, Elenpios managed to slip through and form a terrorist organization bent on destroying the barrier. Xillia follows Jude Mathias who comes into contact with the successor of Maxwell, Milla Maxwell, as they have to figure out some stuff and eventually uncover skulduggery involving destroying the barrier between Reize and Elenpios. Simple stuff really and for fans of the Tales series, the sequel, Tales of Xillia 2 will come out in 2014 on the PS3. To prepare for that, Tales of Xillia comes out on Aug 6 for the PS3.

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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