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New Releases: Week of 12/20

/ Dec 20th, 2015 No Comments

Minecraft: Story Mode

It is Christmas time for all the girls and possibly the boys. As such you’ll be more likely to be grabbing last minute gifts, eating baked ham, and avoiding relatives rather than being overly concerned about new video games. Yet there are still some games to coming out this week to give a consideration as you wade through the last minute digital sales.

This week’s new releases include the latest episode of Minecraft: Story Mode with “A Block and a Hard Place”, and the couch co-op heavy Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power comes to PS4 just in time to venture forth to adventures and solve puzzles with your family.

Minecraft: Story Mode – Episode Four, “A Block and a Hard Place” – PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC, iOS, Android – December 22

“A Block and a Hard Place” sees the Wither Storm grow more dangerous and terrifying. Jesse, Reuben, and the rest of the crew know of a way to stop the Wither Storm by striking at the command block at the heart of it. However, for the crew to find the thing that can destroy the command block, they’ll need to brave the perilous Farlands to recover it.

Minecraft: Story Mode

Minecraft: Story Mode – “A Block and a Hard Place”.

Alliances and friendships are on shaky ground and threatening the group’s cohesion. The final battle with the Wither Storm will test more than just the group’s combat fortitude. What sacrifices will they have to make to win? “A Block and a Hard Place” marks the end of one adventure in the Wither Storm finale as Episode Five of Minecraft: Story Mode has a new adventure waiting.

Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power – PS4 – December 22

It all seemed like lobsters and crème for Amadeus the Wizard, Pontius the Knight, and Zoya the Thief when they got the powerful magical artifcart, Trine. Turns out forfeiting their lives to Trine are not a great arrangement on a permanent basis. The three heroes endeavour to return their gifts to Trine, but as tends to happen when mere mortals meddle with higher powers things go wrong. Trine shatters and a wicked sorcerer escapes from the artifact. Now the heroes must use the fragments of Trine to track down the sorcerer and repair the damage they’ve done.

Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power

Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power.

The game features seven story chapters and eleven tough puzzle-solving centric Lost Chapters. The PS4 includes full trophy support with a whopping 28 trophies and a Platinum trophy. It’ll also support full 3D gameplay with Stereoscopic 3D in 720P, and normal 1080P visuals running at 60FPS.
Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power

Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power.

Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power has been available on PC for a while, but the PS4 version is a bit different from the PC version with a focus on local couch co-op with no online co-op support, which is the opposite of the PC version.

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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