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New Releases: Week of 2/14

/ Feb 14th, 2016 No Comments

Street Fighter V

It’s time to get hype, friends because its rise up week! Hopefully the manufactured holiday for affection was good because your signifcant other is going to be severely ignored this week with so many hot new releases.

This week’s new release include the hype inducing Street Fighter V, the cross-over Project X Zone 2, the psychologically scarring Layers of Fear, and the transformative Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest.

Street Fighter V – PS4, PC – February 16

Street Fighter V changes things up for the series with the introduction of some new gameplay elements like interactive stages. The EX gauge remains allowing fighters to perform special moves or critical arts. What shakes up the gameplay the most is the new “V-Gauge”. This gauge builds as players receive attacks from their opponent, and it adds V-Skills, V-Reversals, and V-Triggers to fights.

V-Skills are unique skills to each fighter like Ryu’s V-Skill to parry attacks. V-Reversals use up the V-Gauge to perform a counter attack while an opponent is on the offensive. V-Triggers eat up the entire gauge to grant a fighter a unique ability like added damage or extra hits. Mastering the use of the V-Gauge will be important to getting your weight up in Street Fighter V.

Street Fighter V

Street Fighter V.

The game will launch with sixteen characters including series mainstays like Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, M. Bison, Ken, and others. It also introduces four new characters to the series in Necalli, Rashid, Laura, and F.A.N.G. Some returning characters will have make-overs like Ken sporting a new pony tail and Dhalsim’s grey beard. Six additional characters: Alex, Guile, Balrog, Ibuki, Juri, and Urien will release post-launch.

Unlike Street Fighter IV, Street Fighter V will allow players to unlock these new characters and costumes by using in-game currency called “Fight Money”, or if they prefer to skip the grind they can use real money called “Zenny” to buy characters and costumes. Street Fighter V will launch with individual character stories like previous game, but will receive a free update in June adding a full cinematic story mode to the game connecting the events of .

Project X Zone 2 – 3DS – February 16

Project X Zone 2 reunites characters from SEGA, Capcom, and Bandai Namco’s most popular franchises. This world crossing adventure is a sequel to 2013’s Project X Zone. The sequel brings in newer characters from many notable games like Kazuma and Goro from Yakuza, Ciel and Nana from God Eater 2, Phoenix Wright from Ace Attorney, Leon S. Kennedy from Resident Evil 4, as well as returning favorites. One of the more exciting additions to Project X Zone 2 is the crossover of some Nintendo characters like Chrom and Lucina from Fire Emblem Awakening and Fiora from Xenoblade Chronicles.

Project X Zone 2

Project X Zone 2.

While the localization and writing in the first game left much to be desired, the gameplay was superb. Not much has changed in Project X Zone 2; it will feature similar tactical RPG goodness with paired characters from older and newer franchises. If the writing is up to snuff then Project X Zone 2 will definitely be something to grab for 3DS owners.

Layers of Fear – PS4, Xbox One, PC – February 16

Layers of Fear examines what loss can do to a person. In the game you become a formerly renowned painter that is on a downward spiral. A series of tragic events have left his life in shambles. The loss of his fame and his family has set him on the path to madness. All he has left is his art, but is that enough?

Layers of Fear

Layers of Fear.

In order to survive Layers of Fear, you must explore the painter’s Victorian mansion searching for personal items to learn more about his journey. As you move through his house psychedelic visions and curious phenomena begin to occur. Inspired by the paintings of Goya, Bruegel, Rubens and others, the house has been designed to give a unique and unsettling atmosphere. Become the artist by succumbing to his madness and help him finish his Magnum Opus to figure out his true motives.

Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright/Conquest – 3DS – February 19

A war is about to break out between the kingdoms of Hoshido and Nohr. These rival kingdoms are both descendants of ancient dragons, but worship different deities, which results in steady tension between Hoshido and Nohr. Caught in the middle of the conflict is Corrin, a member of the Hoshido royal family that was kidnapped by Nohr as a child, who has the ability to transform into a dragon.

It’s been years since Corrin has been in Hoshido. When sent on a mission by the Nohr, Corrin ends up captured by the Hoshido army. This opportunity presents Corrin with a choice: choose his/her birth family, or side with those that have raised him/her. Do you choose the path of birthright or conquest?

Fire Emblem: Birthright

Fire Emblem: Birthright/Conquest.

Fire Emblem Fates is unique in the Fire Emblem series because it presents players with the opportunity to choose two different story paths. If you pick Birthright then you side with the Hoshido army and fight against the king of Nohr, and if the Conquest path is chosen then you fight for the Nohr against your bloodline. Also unique is Corrin, the customizable player avatar, being the main character and commands his/her own army.

Gameplay will be familiar to Fire Emblem vets with the ability to build relationships with troops through a partner system to improve their fighting prowess. New to the series is the “My Castle” feature, which gives players a space to maintain allies and nurture relationships, players will also be able to visit other players in their My Castles through Street Pass. Fates will have amiibo functionality allowing owners of the Marth, Ike, Lucina, and Robin amiibo figures to tap them on their New 3DS or NFC reader to battle and recruit.

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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