New Releases: Week of 3/8
Kalvin Martinez / Mar 8th, 2015 No Comments
March is starting to heat up, well, mainly in southern California, but there are also more video games coming out! This week’s new releases sees the first of the HD remasters coming out in DmC: Definitive Edition, some more bloody carnage in Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, a spiritually inclined Metroidvania adventure in Ori and the Blind Forest, space exploration strategy in Sid Meier’s Starships, and steampunk strategizing in Code Name S.T.E.A.M.
DmC: Definitive Edition – PS4, Xbox One – March 10
Dante is on the run from a horde demons bent on hunting him down in Limbo City. While he thinks it is typical demon behavior, Kat, a young lady from “The Order”, informs him of a much greater evil out to kill him. It seems the Demon King Mundus has a desire to see Dante dead, and is intent on sending powerful demons to ensure it happens. With the help of Kat, his long lost brother Vergil, a devil may say #*#& you attitude, and jeans with no boxers: Dante must stop Mundus.
While the core game of DmC remains intact, the Definitive Edition comes with a few new additions. It will contain all the DLC previously released for the game including Bloody Palace and Vergil’s Downfall. The game runs at 60 fps at 1080p with a Bloody Palace mode for Vergil, new costumes, new trophies/achievements, new difficulty modifiers like turbo mode, hardcore mode and must style mode which can change the playstyle of any difficulty mode, and a “Gods Must Die” difficulty.
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number – PS4, PS3, PS Vita, PC, Mac, Linux – March 10
It is time to pick up the phone again, don the jacket and mask, and get ready to murder some people in a brutal fashion. Hotline Miami 2 will pick up after the ending of the first game dealing with the Jacket’s trial, and the presence of the mysterious organization, 50 Blessings. It’ll mainly deal with events following Hotline Miami, but will delve into a bit of time before the first game.
Unlike the first game, Hotline Miami 2 will take place from multiple perspectives. With multiple points of view come different playable characters with varying play styles. Certain characters will have access to different masks, and new and old masks will make an appearance in the game. A level editor will be released at a later date allowing players to create their own levels and conceivably create further Hotlines.
Ori and the Blind Forest – Xbox One, PC – March 11
Ori is a white guardian spirit whose mother is taken from him by an evil owl-like creature named Kuro. Losing his mother, Ori must venture out into the forest on his own. While he begins very weak, he quickly learns to fend for himself as he explores the forest. Eventually, he meets Sein, whom will act as a guide and partner for Ori. The two will gain new powers and abilities as they continue into the forest, and inevitably face Kuro.
Ori and the Blind Forest offers tight platforming gameplay with some clever mechanics set in a connect world. The art style and fluidity of the game make it a sight to see. It will be worth giving a look just to see the tremendous art direction.
Sid Meier’s Starships – PC, Mac, iPad – March 12
Sid Meier’s Starships is the latest in 4X turn-based strategy from Firaxis Games. While it shares a universe with the recent Civilization: Beyond Earth, it is its own game. In Starships, you are put in control of a fleet of spaceships and must use your fleet to explore the galaxy.
Along the way you will meet other human and alien factions, it is your choice to deal with them in a variety of manners including military or diplomatic actions, among other options. Starships in the game can be customized in a wide array of ways to meet goals in the game. Even though Starships is its own game, there is some cross-connectivity between it and Beyond Earth for owners of both games.
Code Name S.T.E.A.M. – 3DS – March 13
S.T.E.A.M. needs brave fighters to help deal with an alien invasion, mainly in steampunk London. The agents of S.T.E.A.M. are under the control of none other than steampunk President Abraham Lincoln. President Lincoln calls upon Henry Fleming to join S.T.E.A.M. after discovering aliens in London. Knowing the need to stop this incursion, Fleming joins and commands a team made of characters from Americana folklore and literature like John Henry, Tiger Lily, the Cowardly Lion, and more.
Those familiar with the Fire Emblem series or X-Com will be right at home with Code Name S.T.E.A.M. as it features common in both series. S.T.E.A.M. teams are comprised of four agents facing off against a large number of aliens. For those with a New Nintendo 3DS XL, and Marth or Ike amiibos, you can tap them on the touch screen to use those characters in battles alongside S.T.E.A.M. agents.
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