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New Releases: Week of 1/25

/ Jan 25th, 2015 No Comments

Dying Light Interview

New video game releases two weeks in a row? What is this some sort of bizzaro version of the world? It truly is time to get out of catch-up hibernation and get back into those hot new jams. This week’s new releases have a little bit of the new and some blasts from the past.
Prepare to escape the clutches of the infected in Dying Light, rewind time and reconnect with old friends in Life is Strange, take a trip back to the land of the dead in Grim Fandango: Remastered, and suit up for a return trip to Tallon IV in Metroid Prime: Trilogy.

Dying Light – PS4, Xbox One, PC – January 27

In Dying Light, you journey into the city of Harran as Kyle Crane. Crane is an undercover operative that must infiltrate the quarantine zone of Harran and discover what is happening with those affected by the epidemic. Dying Light gives players the ability to traverse the harsh Harran with smooth and fluid parkour movements bringing a new dimension to killing plague infected victims.

Dying Light weapons

Dying Light.

The game also utilizes a night and day system with significant gameplay consequences. During the day the infected are more docile and less vicious allowing you a chance to explore Harran. However, at night things become hairier as the infected become vicious and lethal with more venturing out from their nests to hunt, so surviving until sunrise will be the biggest test of Dying Light.

Grim Fandango: Remastered – PS4, PS Vita, PC, Mac, Linux – January 27

Grim Fandango: Remastered sends you back into the land of the dead. Manny Calavera works as a travel agent at the Department of Death as part of a debt. Calavera sells high end travel packages to souls venturing on a four-year trip to eternal rest, but something is wrong with his job. When Manny learns a dangerous truth about his boss and co-worker, Manny must get out from a conspiracy that threatens his salvation.

Grim Fandango: Remastered

Grim Fandango: Remastered.

The remastered version features improved graphics including higher-resolution background textures, better resolution for character models, and real-time lighting on models. It also gives players the ability to switch between the remastered and original graphics at a button press. The game will also have a tweaked control scheme, its soundtrack fully orchestrated by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and developer commentary.

Life is Strange – Episode 1 – PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC – January 30

Maxine Caulfield left Arcadia Bay, Oregon several years ago, but has decided to her hometown. When she returns, she meets up with her best friend Chole Price, whom she discovered had a rough go of it after she left. Chole’s father died shortly after Maxine left, and the one person she turned for support, Rachel Amber, has gone missing. Both girls decide to investigate Rachel’s disappearance since the circumstances surrounding it were odd. Their investigation will uncover more than just Rachel’s disappearance; it will unravel many of the secrets of Arcadia Bay.

Life is Strange

Life is Strange.

Life is Strange will unfold over five episodes, and the premier episode will determine if the game is worth investing in for a season. The interesting aspect of Life is Strange, aside from the specific style and tone, is Maxine’s ability to rewind time and redo actions with varying degrees of consequences. How her ability affects the story overall will be exciting to see unfold, at the very least.

Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Wii U (Virtual Console) – January 29

One of the smaller bigger announcements during Nintendo’s recent Nintendo Direct was the release of Wii Virtual Console games on the Wii U. These Wii games will not need to switch over to the Wii menu on Wii U to run, instead launching directly from the Wii U console, which saves some headache. The best part of the news was all the titles launching under the Wii Virtual Console umbrella would be half price for their first week of release.

Metroid Prime: Trilogy

Metroid Prime: Trilogy.

The first two titles: Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Punch-Out!!, released over the last two weeks. To cap off the launch, Nintendo is releasing Metroid Prime Trilogy on the Wii U eShop. Like Punch-Out!! and Super Mario Galaxy 2, Metroid Prime Trilogy has been out of print for quite a while. This caused prices for the Trilogy to sky rocket to outlandish proportions. Thanks to Nintendo, Wii U owners can play all three Metroid Prime games for an extremely low price (for the first week and still pretty low after) straight from their Wii U.

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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