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New Releases: Week of 1-29-17

/ Jan 29th, 2017 No Comments

Fire Emblem Heroes

After a slow start, January closes out with some solid new releases. The biggest among them is another foray into free-to-play smartphone games for Nintendo. This time with an IP that lends itself better to a mobile title, Fire Emblem.

This week’s new releases include Divide, Fire Emblem Heroes, Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4: Road to Boruto, and Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World.

Divide – PS4 – January 31

Trauma is difficult to process, but time and distance helps. For David processing the loss of his daughter and everything he knew is made more arduous because he finds himself thrust in a strange new world ruled by the Vestige Corporation. David has to fight for survival and more importantly what reality actually is in this unfamiliar setting.

This odd sci-fi mega corporation David finds himself is full of half-truths, lies, and misinformation, as he finds new information he’ll constantly have to re-consider what the truth is and make conclusions for himself.



Divide is a dungeon crawler with a heavy emphasis on story; as such the gameplay never betrays the narrative of David being an ordinary dude. He isn’t a soldier and he has no prior combat training. Areas are often swarming with danger, while David can go a more combat heavy route, it is extremely perilous.

While combat is one option, it isn’t the only one. David can use stealth and trickery by hacking enemy communications to get through areas to avoid danger. Whatever route players choose they need to keep David’s emotions in mind because they don’t turn off for combat. More than combat, David will have to solve puzzles and figure out how to navigate the game’s environments.

Fire Emblem Heroes – Mobile – February 2

Two kingdoms stand in conflict: the Emblian Empire, a powerful kingdom seeking to rule all worlds, and the Askran Kingdom, which openly opposes Emblian’s ambitions. To help the Askran Kingdom from destruction, they get the aid of a powerful summoner. As a summoner, you have the ability to call upon the aid of legendary Heroes from different Fire Emblem worlds. This Order of Heroes may be all that can prevent the Emblian Empire’s domination.

Fire Emblem Heroes

Fire Emblem Heroes.

Fire Emblem Heroes is a free-to-play version of classic Fire Emblem gameplay redesigned for smartphones. The maps are much smaller than traditional Fire Emblem games, but feature the same depth with its rock-paper-scissor advantages and weaknesses. Players control new Fire Emblem characters and classic heroes with drag-and-drop controls.

While legendary Fire Emblem heroes may join the player’s side in battle, they also may appear as enemy generals in battle. Players will be able summon heroes with in-game currency or in-app purchases. Outside of the game’s original story mode, players can strengthen heroes in a few different modes. New characters and content will be added in updates throughout the year adding additional hours of gameplay.

Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4: Road to Boruto – PS4, Xbox One, PC – February 3

This final expansion for Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 marks the conclusion of the Ultimate Ninja Storm series. Road to Boruto is an expansion that adds an entirely new adventure with plenty of houses of gameplay. It focuses on Naruto’s son, Boruto as he explores a new Hidden Leaf Village. Fans will be introduced to a whole new generation of ninjas.

Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4: Road to Boruto

Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4: Road to Boruto.

The physical version of Road to Boruto will include the original Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 game, its three DLC content packs, the new Road to Boruto expansion, and all the previously exclusive pre-order bonus content. The content packs include: Gaar’as Tale extra scenario pack, Shikamaru’s Tale extra scenario pack, and the Sound Four playable character pack. The expansion will further round out the huge character roster adding in Boruto, Sarada, Hokage Naruto, and Sasuke (Wandering Shinobi). It’ll also add new collection and challenge elements to add even more content to explore.

Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World – 3DS – February 3

Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World brings all the adorableness of the Wii U version to the 3DS. Now you can take Yoshi’s cute yarn world on the go with you. Discover secrets and enjoy woolly transformations in all the levels from the Wii U versions and new ones made exclusively for the 3DS.

Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World

Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World.

The biggest new feature to the game is the addition of Poochy. You can choose to play levels as either Poochy or Yoshi, and also tackle exclusive Poochy dash stages. Like the Wii U version, you can find special patterns and switch between them in the Yoshi Hut, but you can also design personalized patterns that can be shared via street pass. The game also includes special stop-motion videos featuring Yoshi and Poochy to enjoy.

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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