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New Releases: Week of 4/30/17

/ Apr 30th, 2017 No Comments


May begins quietly with a small week of new releases. It is a sleepier month follow the last two blockbusters, but still has plenty of excitement in store.

This week’s new releases include The Caligula Effect TumbleSeed, World to the West, and Prey.

The Caligula Effect – PS Vita – May 2

Mobius is a virtual reality world where inhabitants live their lives as eternal high schools re-living the same three years over and over. One group of students realize they are living in a virtual world and form the “Go-Home Club” to escape. Escaping will not be easy.

The Caligula Effect

The Caligula Effect.

The Go-Home Club will have to confront the omnipotent vocal program known as μ. To do so they will have to confront crazed students called digiheads and a gang of rowdy music producers know as the Osinato Musicians who support μ and label the Go-Home Club as traitors.

Featuring over 500 playable NPCs with pre-assigned classes, The Caligula Effect has a ton of ways to customize your party of 4. Each NPC has their own backstory and psychological issues to explore during the course of the game by completing various quests.

The Caligula Effect

The Caligula Effect.

“Imaginary Chain” is the game’s unique battle system. The system allows players to adjust their attacks prior to performing the assault. When selecting skills, players can adjust timing or skills then preview the attack to get an idea of how much damage they can deal against an enemy.

The Caligula Effect is written by Tadashi Satomi, a veteran writer of the Persona series having penned Persona, Persona: Innocent Sin, and Persona: Eternal Punishment prior.

TumbleSeed – PS4, Switch, PC – May 2

TumbleSeed is a unique roguelike about climbing mountains. The key to mastering climbing is balance as you utilize the game’s dual joy stick set up.

No roll up the mountain will ever be the same. Not only is the mountain procedurally generated but the items you collect will change each time creating unique attempts to avoid holes and overcoming enemies.



TumbleSeed features 5 different worlds with 30 unique powers to master. As you learn new techniques for reaching the peak of the mountain, you might just be able to save your home.

World to the West – PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC – May 5

World to the West takes players to a pulpy, cartoon world inspired by European adventure comics. In this top down action-adventure game you’ll control four characters: Lumina the Teslamancer, Knaus the Orphan, Miss Teri the Mind Bender, and Lord Clonington the strongman. Each character has their own motivations and unique skills with their storylines interweaving as they attempt to escape the ruin of an ancient prophecy.

World to the West

World to the West.

As these four characters you’ll explore corrupt colonies, lush jungles, frozen tundras as you attempt to discover the secrets of a forgotten civilization. When exploring the game’s environment you’ll encounter helpful and duplicitous characters.

World to the West features seamless transition between combat and puzzle solving to keep the gameplay dynamic. Enemies can be dealt with by force, cunning or avoided all together. Deal with them how you want as exploration is up to you.

Prey – PS4, Xbox One, PC – May 5

Talos I is a cutting-edge space station performing neuromod research orbiting the moon. It’s opulence represents both the corporate luxury of the 1960s and the height of private space exploration. While the Talos I is gorgeous, nothing is quite as it seems and something sinister lurks in the darkness.

Morgan Yu is a researcher aboard the Talos I and an executive in TranStar Corp. She is currently involved in a vital experiment aboard the ship under the supervision of her brother, Alex. When something goes deeply awry during an experiment one day, Morgan has to figure out what is happening on Talos I. Not only will she have to unravel a mystery with clues she left herself, but she’ll have to fight the deadly alien race the Typhon to bring order back to Talos I.



In Prey, Morgan Yu will explore Talos I a continuous space station with multiple non-linear routes to objectives and some Metroidvania elements. Prey allows you to play how you want whether you prefer a more aggressive approach against the Typhon or quietly sneak around to gain a strategic upper hand, the gameplay allows you to dynamically complete objectives.

When you start out the game, Morgan only has access to a simple wrench and some meager resources. However, even a wrench can beat the hell out of some Mimics. Eventually, you gain better weapons like the GLOO gun, which can freeze Typhon in place or create new pathways and powerful neuromods based around the Typhon’s abilities. Whether using new alien powers or crafting new items, weapons, and gadgets, you’ll have to keep your wits about to survive the deadly predators in Talos I.

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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