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New Releases: Week of 2/4/18

/ Feb 4th, 2018 No Comments

Shadow of the Colossus

It’s been a minute. 2018 has had some notable releases thus far like Iconoclasts, Celeste, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Monster Hunter World, and Dissidia Final Fantasy NY. Yet the break hasn’t been for naught. We are back and hungrier than ever for new video games.

This week’s new releases include Mercenary Kings: Reloaded Edition, Dandara, Shadow of the Colossus remake, Aegis Defenders, and Dragon Quest Builders for Switch.

Shadow of the Colossus – PS4 – February 6

A seminal game from the PS2 era that lives in the heart of many gamers, and has inspired a generation of games in the past decade. It’s elegant presentation, no filler gameplay, and sixteen memorable, epic boss fights has stood the test of time.

This remake doesn’t seek to change anything about the gameplay aside from an updated control scheme. Rather it seeks to give a definitive version with the best possible graphics featuring all the game’s graphics redone.

The PS4 version runs at 30 FPS with a 1080p resolution. While the PS4 Pro has two options prioritizing resolution or performance, you can run it at 4K resolution with 30 FPS or at 1080P with 60 FPS.

Mercenary Kings: Reloaded Edition – Switch, PS Vita, Xbox One, PS4, PC – February 6

The Mercenary Kings are the world’s most highly skilled warriors-for-hire, but sometimes honor means more than money. When their comrades fall to CLAW as it seizes control of Mandragora Island. With a team of help allies and comrades you are going to take the fight to CLAW.

Mercenary Kings: Reloaded Edition Releases Next Week

Mercenary Kings: Reloaded Edition.

The Reloaded Edition expands upon the original version with a redesign, redefined and a rebalanced experience and new content. Players are able to buy materials now, preview mission rewards, and more. It also features two new characters, and more guns and knives to craft!

Dandara – Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mobile – February 6

In the world of Salt, its people are living in darkness as hope fades. The civilization is on the brink of collapse. While oppression and isolation crushes the free spirit of the citizens, a heroine is born who can stand up to the tyranny.

Dandara Review


Dandara is a Metroidvania based around novel gameplay mechanics. Dandara defies gravity with the ability to float effortlessly between patches of salt able to transition from wall to floor to ceiling. Watching Dandara move and fight enemies is elegant and ethereal. With an intricate world to explore and kindly artists to help you along your way, it is a new spin on the Metroidvania genre.

Aegis Defenders – Switch, PS4, PC – February 8

Following a great calamity, Elam is a shadow of its former self with only remnants of the previous advanced civilization remaining. Control of the lost technology results in power.

When a powerful empire sets its sights on a small village, Bart and his granddaughter Clu must venture forth in search of the Aegis if they want to save their village. As the ruinhunters journey to find the Legendary weapon they will learn the truth of it and spurn the ire of the empire even more.

Explore, build, and defend is the motto of Aegis Defenders.

Aegis Defenders Review

Aegis Defenders.

First you explore the game’s 18 levels taking in the beautiful hand painted graphics. Then you build defenses using Bart’s ability to craft powerful offensive and defensive mechanisms. Finally you defend a level using the “fusion system” to switch between all four heroes utilizing their traps, weaponry, and passive abilities with no two playthroughs being the same.

All four of the game’s heroes have their own unique abilities and can upgrade their equipment and unlock different “fusions” and utilize 20+ turrets and traps.

If you can’t go it alone, you can play with up to four friends in the game’s drop-in/drop-out split-screen co-op and try to best the game’s other difficulty tiers.

Dragon Quest Builders – Switch – February 9

Alefgard is in peril once again, only you can stand against the darkness and stop the Dragonlord’s from terrorize the land. Now you can do it at home or on-the-go all in one version!

Whether you’re playing through the game’s robust story mode or building endlessly in Terra Incognita or battling monsters in Terra Gladiatoria, you never have to stop.

Dragon Quest Builders

Dragon Quest Builders.

The Nintendo Switch version has exclusive content for Terra Incognita, the free-build mode. You can ride a Great Sabrecub around and gather materials to craft retro customization options including the Dragon Quest Game Pak.

Kalvin Martinez

Kalvin Martinez

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
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