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New Releases: Week of 3/4/18

/ Mar 4th, 2018 No Comments

Way of the Passive Fist

It’s sad when the hot new games fizzle out like they did in February, but luckily March has that new hotness for you! Already off to a great start with Mulaka’s release last week, this week proves to be no different.

This week’s new releases include Way of the Passive Fist, Fear Effect Sedna, Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition and Royal Edition, and Scribblenauts Showdown. Oh and Flinthook also releases for Switch on March 9, which is a perfect fit for the hybrid console. So… get you some!

Way of the Passive Fist – PS4, Xbox One, PC – March 6

Zircon V used to be a prosperous mining planet, but now it has devolved into chaos as it titters on the edge of ruins as its star dies out. With order breaking down, colonists are disappearing as maniacs run amok across the wastelands of Zircon V. The Wanderer stands firm against disorder as he travels across the planet searching for answers. His journey won’t be easy, but with the Passive Fist technique, he may just be able to bring order back to the lawless land.

Inspired by 90s brawlers, Way of the Passive Fist adds a unique spin on the genre by focusing on evasion rather than brute force. The Wanderer doesn’t use his fists to speak rather he dodges and parries his enemies’ attacks until they wear themselves out. When an enemy tires out, the Wanderer can put them down with a single punch or simple push. Studying an enemy’s attack patterns helps you build combos by performing consecutive dodges and parties and increases your super meter to unleash special attacks. Earn experience points and medals from battle to upgrade the Wanderer and unlock new abilities.

Way of the Passive Fist

Way of the Passive Fist.

Way of the Passive Fist allows players to remap controls fully making it possible to play with one hand. It’s difficulty options are customizable for a players’ desired challenge with its own unique name. Other accessibility options include the ability to modify game settings for the visually impaired and help those sensitive to sudden flashing lights.

Fear Effect Sedna – Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC – March 6

Set after the events of the first Fear Effect and the first game in the series in 16 years, Fear Effect Sedna sees the return of Hana, Rain, Deke and Glas. After being freed from the Triad, Hana lives in Hong Kong with Rain, while Deke has grown estranged from the team when Glas returned to the US. When Hana accepts a mission from a shadowy organization to retrieve an artifact from a Chinese ambassador in France. The simple mission turns out to be much more than she bargained for.

Sedna brings back the action and stealth gameplay in a new isometric point-of-view. Augmenting combat is the Fear Effect, which is a meter that measures fear in battle. When the meter rises characters are more susceptible to injury but gain a damage boost and special abilities. To avoid spikes in the Fear Effect by using stealth and strategy to avoid combat aided by a tactical pause.

Fear Effect Sedna

Fear Effect Sedna.

Characters have access to many different weapons, abilities and even transformations. Outside of combat characters need to solve puzzles to move forward. Enter the spirit realm and interact with supernatural creatures and mythical forces of the Inuit.

Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition/Royal Edition – PS4, Xbox On, PC – March 6

Return to the world of Eos in even more brilliant detail and higher performance than ever before.

Join Noctis and his retainers as they embark on a road trip across Eos as they attempt to reunite Noctis with his fiance, Lunafreya. While away, the empire of Niflheim attacks his father and the kingdom of Insomnia in order to seize its magic-rich Crystal. When news of the attack reaches Noctis, he and his friends are forced into hiding. Reeling from the events, the four brothers resolve to stop the Niflheim empire and bring peace back to Eos.

Final Fantasy: Windows Edition

Final Fantasy: Windows Edition.

The Windows Edition features all the updates released as part of the continuous game update since its 2016 release. It also includes all the Season Pass DLC and bonus items. It also includes ultra high-definition resolution and HDR10 support.

Exclusive to the Windows Edition are the Half-Life costumes for the main game and Comrades expansion by purchasing on Steam, and by buying it on Origin you can get a red and purple Llama suit and Plumbob suit for Noctis and your Comrades avatar. Both will be available until May 1.

Final Fantasy: Royal Edition also releases on consoles alongside the Windows Edition collecting all the DLC and new content in one package.

Scribblenauts Showdown – Switch, PS4, Xbox One – March 6

Scribblenauts Showdown brings a new wrinkle wordplay-based series by adding a multiplayer element. Featuring the Showdown, Versus and Sandbox modes, you can show off your creativity by yourself, or with and against friends.

In Showdown mode, you can compete solo or with three friends in over 25 mini games that meld card-based strategy and creative wordplay. The two types of mini games are “Wordy,” which require players to compete to find the best object or character from the game’s vast 35,000+ dictionary, while “Speedy” sets players against each other to complete an objective the fastest.

Scribblenauts Showdown

Scribblenauts Showdown.

Versus mode allows players to face off head-to-head in the game’s 25 mini games. Whether you battle against a friend or play online with a continuous shuffling of players to compete against

Sandbox mode is classic Scribblenauts with an added twist by allowing a friend to play alongside you. Help each other complete the objectives in eight new levels and collect Starites and achievements.

Showdown also allows players to choose or create their own avatars. Avatars can be customized with clothing and accessories unlocked with Starites.

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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