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New Releases: Week of 4/23/17

/ Apr 23rd, 2017 No Comments

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

April is ending with a bang. The entire month has been strong, but the final week of April is going for the jugular. Finally we see some Switch titles that’ll definitely need to picked up by Switch owners.

This week’s new releases include Dragon Quest Heroes II, Outlast 2, Puyo Puyo Tetris, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3, What Remains of Edith Finch, Little Nightmares, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and the fourth episode of The Walking Dead: New Frontier.

Dragon Quest Heroes II – PS4 – April 25

After a merciless war the world of Dragon Quest Heroes II was split into seven realms with peace reigning for decades. As these sort of things shake out peace wasn’t meant to be. When knights-in-training and cousins, Lazarel and Teresa reunite in the Kingdom of Harba they are greeted by an old friend, Prince Cesar.

Prince Cesar and the Dunisian army invade Harba breaking the long-kept peace and throwing the world into chaos. The cousins with the aid of the High King of Harba go to Accordia to meet with the Supreme Sovereign of the Seven Realms. It is up to them and a number of other seasoned heroes to bring peace back to the world.

Dragon Quest Heroes II

Dragon Quest Heroes II.

Dragon Quest Heroes II features the same hack-and-slash with unique Dragon Quest flair that made the first game so compelling. Unlike typical Warriors games, Dragon Quest Heroes II implements more RPG elements and more traditional elements from the Dragon Quest series.

Players can visit towns, wander a world map and enter into battle stages like dungeons with random monster encounters. Also new to the sequel is the ability to go online and fight hordes of monsters with up to four other players.

Outlast 2 – PS4, Xbox One, PC – April 25

In Outlast 2, you become Black Langermann, a cameraman working with his wife, Lynn. The two are an investigative journalist team that goes for the big stories others shy away from to find the truth. The current story you’re working on involves the impossible murder of a pregnant woman known only as Jane Doe.

Your investigation takes you deep into the Arizona desert, but the truth is shrouded in darkness. It’ll take a lot of savvy and skill for the Langermanns to avoid descending into madness as try to solve this impossible murder.

Outlast 2

Outlast 2.

Outlast 2 features the same survival-horror gameplay and takes place in the same universe as the first Outlast. It’ll take wits, will, and a strong nerve to survive the scares awaiting you in the Arizona desert.

Launching alongside the standalone Outlast II is a physical edition, Outlast Trinity, collecting Outlast, Outlast: Whistleblower, and Outlast 2.

Puyo Puyo Tetris – PS4, Switch – April 25

The fate of the universe hangs in the balance. If the rag tag forces of good can’t stop the mischievous forces the lines between Puyo Puyo and Tetris will be blurred forever. Join a motley crew of space explorers and students as they go on a journey of comic misunderstandings and face off against friendly faces turned evil in Puyo Puyo Tetris’ adventure mode.


Puyo Puyo Tetris

Puyo Puyo Tetris.

Puyo Puyo Tetris brings together two popular puzzle games for the first time. It also marks the latest time a Puyo Puyo games has appeared in the west. Choose between Puyo Puyo or Tetris and compete against the CPU or friends on which ever board you prefer.

Puyo Puyo Tetris features plenty of modes outside of the single-player adventure mode. Whether facing off against a CPU or against friends, there are plenty of ways to face off in Puyo Puyo Tetris. You can play in straight up Versus mode or get tricky with Swap, Fusion, Big Bang or Party modes to test your skills.

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 – PS4, Xbox One, PC – April 25

Jonathon North is on an important mission as he goes deep into enemy territory near the Russian border. After being dropped into northern Georgia and a bloody, nascent civil war, he must track down an intruder whom he shares plenty of history. If he doesn’t stop this enemy then another Cold War could break out.

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 gives players plenty of routes to explore its large open-world full of different, unique missions. Whether you choose to snipe, stalk, or run into battle with weapons drawn, there are multiple ways to complete objectives. The game features plenty of weapons and vehicles to customize and utilize in exploration and battle. Plus, North has access to a Recon Drone to gain intel from the sky making scouting the large, open maps a lot less arduous.

What Remains of Edith Finch – PS4, PC – April 25

What Remains of Edith Finch is a game hard to describe. You play as the titular Edith Finch as she explores her family’s Washington home. As you explore the house you learn about the history of her family. For her the journey is just as much about discovery as uncovering why she’s the last Finch alive.

What Remains of Edith Finch

What Remains of Edith Finch.

The structure is closer to a collection of short stories or vignettes as Edith learns new truths about her family’s history on the days of their deaths. The stories can go back as far as the early 1900s or be as recent as present day when Edith experiences her brother’s mundane life at a fish factory.

While the gameplay and tone of each Finch family members changes with each story, the constant through line in the game is a first-person perspective and the story ending with the each family member’s death.

Little Nightmares – PS4, Xbox One, Pc – April 28

Six is a nine-year-old girl trapped in depths of The Maw. She is starving and alone, but doesn’t despair. She simply waits for her chance to escape from the underwater resort catering to the whims of sick fictional creatures.

The Maw feels like a distorted dollhouse that acts as a prison and playground for Six. Every step is fraught with terror and the shadows are dangerous. Six has a chance to escape, but she’ll encounter The Maw’s dangerous residents as she tries to gain her freedom.

Little Nightmares

Little Nightmares.

Six is a little girl in a grim place with little power besides her wits and lighter. Using her lighter she must avoid the many dangers around her if she wants to survive The Maw. While her lighter is practical, using your imagination may be the best way to stay out of danger when every step can be fatal.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Switch – April 28

Whether you played the hell out of the Wii U version or not, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is bringing some exciting enhancements to the Nintendo Switch. For first timers, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe should be a must purchase given the Switch’s relatively slim library. Wii U owners might need to think twice given how enticing these new features strike them.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe includes all the previously released DLC on the Wii U version including Link and the other new drivers, as well as all the new stages and cups. Battle Mode has been reworked to feel similar to prior Mario Kart games where players drive around an arena and attack opponents with modes like Bob-omb Blast and Balloon Battle. Eight new arenas and new gameplay modes make their debut.

Deluxe will allow players to carry two items at a time with The Boo and Feather items returning. New stages debut including Urchin Underpass and Battle Stadium. The game also features five new characters: Bowers Jr., Dry Bones, King Boo, and the boy and girl Inklings from Splatoon. It also includes new Mii racing suits Amiibo unlocks and new kart parts.


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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