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New Releases: Week of 4/2/17

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Persona 5 review

April is out to steal your heart and your wallet. The month is starting out with a bang with the return of a monster JRPG series after nearly a decade since its last main entry.

This week’s new releases include Persona 5, Drawn to Death, PaRappa The Rapper Remastered, Lego City Undercover, and Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition.

Persona 5 – PS4, PS3 – April 4

Persona 5’s Trickster got into an altercation he had no business intervening with. After breaking up an attack, his life is turned upside down. This former country boy is cast out of his school and forced to live in Tokyo in the back of a coffee shop. While attending a new high school, dealing with probation, and navigating people’s prejudices, the Trickster gains the power to summon Personas. It is up to him and the other Phantom Thieves to expose the facade of society, and steal the hearts of the corrupt.

Persona 5 is a stylish change for the series with more agency when exploring. The ability to utilize better stealth when exploring dungeons is a game changer like the killer sneak attacks. All the new polish and style doesn’t alter the satisfying and deep turn-based combat with its compelling weakness and strength system.

Persona 5

Persona 5.

The Velvet Room returns to aid the protagonist once again with Igor resuming his role as guide. It’s new wardens are twins, Caroline and Justine. In the Velvet Room players can perform Persona fusion with tradition two, three and special fusions, but new to Persona 5 is network fusion where players can fuse with another players’ persona online.

Personas can also be strengthened and trained in the Velvet Room by hanging another Persona from it or lock them down to lessen the damage they take from weaknesses, or sacrifice them to transform them into useful items.

For fans of Japanese voice overs, DLC will be released at launch to give players the option to choose between English and Japanese VO.

Drawn to Death – PS4 – April 4

Drawn to Death throws players into the pages of a high school kid’s note book. The hand drawn art direction gives this shooter/brawler hybrid a heavily stylized look. The shift from free-to-play to traditional play model changed the flow and progression of the game.

Instead of having to unlock characters and grind out skills, players will be able to unlock all six characters: Johnny Savaga, Diabla Tijuana, Ninjaw, Alan, Bronco, and Cyborgula, from the jump. Once a player is unlocked it’ll have moves and abilities available from the start to experiment with different play styles.

Drawn to Death

Drawn to Death.

The launch levels will feature 7 unique levels including Alientown, Bloodbath, Flood, and more. Drawn to Death features 26 weapons at launch are designed for balance with their own pros and cons to keep matches even. The launch modes include Organ Donor, Classic Deathmatch/Team Deathmatch, Core Deathmatch/Team Core Deathmatch, and Brawl.

The launch edition will feature plenty of new elements that weren’t featured in the limited access beta. Sphinx missions, character missions, mystery boxes, the Tower, and a special mystery offer. Figuring out what exactly these entail will be up to you.

Drawn to Death will part of PS Plus free games for April and free to all PS4 PS Plus subscribers for the month.

PaRappa The Rapper Remastered – PS4 – April 4

It’s been 20 years since PaRappa The Rapper debuted on PS1. To celebrate the anniversary, a remastered version of the game is coming out. Sporting high-res graphics with smoother lines and textures, upgraded audio with CD-quality music, additional alternative audio tracks, Trophy support, and plenty of other features, PaRappa The Rapper is a great way to celebrate the iconic series.

PaRappa The Rapper Remastered

PaRappa The Rapper Remastered.

On top of the other upgrades, the Remastered version adds in 4K support on top of 1080p resolution on PS4 Pro. It also takes advantage of the DualShock 4’s capabilities. The DualShock 4 will act as a metronome to help players feel the beat to keep better by vibrating in turn with the fast-paced musical rhythms. There is also an option to enlarge the player icon to better know when to hit the beat.

Lego City Undercover – Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC – April 4

Lego City Undercover was an early Wii U exclusive that leveraged the open-world crime genre with the unique look and humor of the Lego series of games. After being a Wii U exclusive for five years, Chase McCain is finally debuting on other platforms.

Lego City Undercover

Lego City Undercover.

Now PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC owners can experience McCain’s story as he goes deep undercover to track down Rex Fury and spoil his plan of giant crime wave across Lego City. By utilizing a dynamic job system and deeper combat than the other Lego games are known for, McCain has plenty of skills to infiltrate Rex’s gang and put a stop to crime across the open-world setting of Lego City Undercover.

Besides improved graphics, Lego City Undercover brings co-op to the game for the first time. Now players can play together in Lego City using split-screen. Explore the over 20 districts and find all the collectibles together.

Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition – PS4, Xbox One, PC – April 7

Grayson Hunt and his group of bounty hunters are back. The crew still find themselves stranded on the harsh planet Stygia. Along the way he has to wrestle with the decision to save him and his crew from this tough planet or confront General Serrano about his betrayal.

The Full Clip Edition of Bulletstorm comes with all the DLC and the base game to enjoy, but also includes new improvements. The visuals are upgraded and the presentation gets a few tweaks with updated character models, environments, lighting effects, animations, and much more. The framerate is much smoother than before.

Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition

Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition

It’ll also include new content like the Overkill Campaign Mode where you can start the game off with all the weapons and skillshots. It’ll also include six new Echo Maps to test out your skills in the game’s score-based Echo Mode.

Pre-ordering the game also gets you free access to the Duke Nukem’s Bulletstorm Tour DLC where you can play the game as Duke Nukem with full voiceover from Jon St. John.


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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