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New Releases: Week of 6/3/18

/ Jun 3rd, 2018 No Comments


Dear summer, June is getting off to a hot start. The start of June sees the Nintendo Switch getting a lot of love both in terms of newer titles and port. If you own a Switch the summer has a lot for you.

This week’s new releases include BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn, Vampyr, and Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido.

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle – Switch, PS4, PC – June 5

Realities crash when a singularity called The Phantom Field appears. Bringing together the BlazBlue universe with the Persona 4 Arena, Under Night In-Birth, and RWBY universes, a mysterious voice asks these warriors to protect the keystone if they hope to return home. However, the keystone is split into four with each respective camp getting a piece. A fierce battle between the factions will unfold as each aims to restore the keystone to return to their universe.

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle sets these warriors against each other in 2v2 tag battles with an eye on accessibility and tight mechanics. Play alone in the single-player mode, against friends, online against oppoenents from around the world, or against the CPU in the game’s robust multiplayer modes. The roster features 20 characters at launch with the remaining RWBY characters: Blake Belladonna and Yang Xiao Long available for free at launch. 18 additional characters will be available in post-launch DLC across six packs including the already announced Jubei, Aegis, Carmine, Hakumen, Naoto Shirogane, Vatista, among others.

Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn – Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC – June 5

Return of the Shaq! Step back into the big man’s size 22s to save the world from the brink of destruction as demonic celebrities have taken over the world. Fight through the hordes of enemies from both hell and Hollywood as the only man who can stop it: Chinese orphan Shaq Fei Hung. Go toe to toe with celebrity bosses to prove redeem your legacy!

Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn DLC

Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn.

Take to the streets to defeat terrifying enemies while mastering powerful combos and learning new moves as you venture to new locations. Outside of kicks and punches, Shaq can utilizes weapons in the environment like katanas, shurikens, and baseball bats. To continue getting the upper hand in battle, you’ll have to channel Shaq’s other personalities: Big Daddy O and Big Diesel.

Those picking up the retail version will be treated to special, secret launch DLC that adds a surprise new character and additional levels.

Vampyr – PS4, Xbox One, PC – June 5

Death isn’t the end is a hard lesson Dr. Jonathan Reid had to learn. When he was left for dead in a mass grave in the midst of the Spanish Influenza outbreak in London, he is shocked to awaken with a terrible hunger. In his stupor, Dr. Reid commits a heinous act that leaves him confused. Before he can get his bearings, he finds himself hunted by an organized group of thugs.

As he flees their animosity, he ends up by happenstance in the office of a vampire hunter. Turns out the vampire hunter is an admirer of Jonathan’s work before the war, and he offers him an interesting opportunity to work the night shift in Pembroke Hospital. With the Spanish Influenza raveging London, Dr. Reid is needed to help the sick and dying, vampire or not. As he takes up residency in Pembroke, he must find out who turned him and left him alone, a way to help the sick, and what kind of vampiric society exists within London.



Vampyr has a lot of cool gameplay systems in place. Combat has a unique set of skills and power for Jonathan to utilize. The core combat comes in the form of melee combat with lots of different types of weapons to master, but the most interesting and exciting are Jonathan’s blood powers, which can deal devastating damage. Battles are nuanced with different enemies have varying resistances requiring you to shift strategy on the fly or be overwhelmed.

The most ambitious and intriguing aspect of Vampyr, however, is its deep citizen management system. As Dr. Reid resumes his life as a vampire and doctor in Pembroke, he meets a wide variety of citizens across four different districts. As Dr. Reid, you’ll have to make hard decisions on whether to save or eat different citizens and those decisions will have deep ramifications across the districts.

Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido – Switch, 3DS – June 8

Tyranny reigns as an evil empire has risen to power. The empire not only caused an endless cycle of war to start, but has also seized the world’s supply of sushi taking the joy of technique and fresh fish from the people. There is hope yet though, a young man named Musashi has the potential to rise up and become a hero. As he ventures across the land to befriend Sushi Sprites and ascend to the rank of true Sushi Striker, only he can take back sushi from the empire.

Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido

Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido.

The battlefield is the dining room where warriors duke it out across conveyor belts of sushi. Seven rows of sushi are where you and your opponent try to match colored plates of sushi as fast as possible. Three of them belong to you and three to your opponent with one shared lane of sushi to utilize. Try to stack plates as high as possible to send to your opponents, the higher the stack the more damage you’ll deal. That’s the basics of sushi combat, but there is plenty of depth to explore with specialized items, jubilee gauge, favorite items, and 30+ sushi sprites to recruit with special skills and new forms to awaken.

Skilled sushi strikers can play against a friend or random opponent in the game’s multiplayer modes. Whether playing online or offline, you can compete in two different modes: tasteful battles, a no frills battle to prove mastery of stacking, and chaos battles, a wild melee where you can use tons of capsules to gain the advantage. For the Switch version, players can split Joy-Cons to play against each other and share the screen, while the 3DS version allows players to play against each other using local wireless.

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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