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New Releases: Week of 7/24

/ Jul 24th, 2016 No Comments

Headlander

July has been a month of ups and downs for new releases, but the final week has a good deal in store for us. While we wait for what August may bring, we can forgo catching up for a bit because there be video games to check out.

This week’s new releases include the hack-y Quadrilateral Cowboy, the trippy Headlander, the adventure-y Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 7, the hack and slash-y Hyper Light Drifter, and the groovy Laser Disco Defenders.

Quadrilateral Cowboy – PC – July 25

When you’ve got the best hardware out there, it affords you a lot freedom. It also means you only answer to the person with the deepest pockets. In search of the paper, you’ll be pulling off heists for you clients using a variety of tools, hardware, and cybernetic enhancement.

Armed with your trusty portable hacking deck, you’ll punch instructions into the command-line interface allowing you to subvert, sneak, and break your way past building defenses to complete the heist.
 

Quadrilateral Cowboy

Quadrilateral Cowboy.


In Quadrilateral Cowboy, you take the role of the Hacker who oversees the heists. The Hacker doesn’t act alone; he works with other agents in order to pull off heists. Some agents will be tasked with infiltration or theft. Regardless of the agent’s special skills, everything is related back to the Hacker through VR goggles.

This gives the Hacker the ability to use his Deck to hack a building’s security features to allow the agent to continue moving forward. Hacking is no simple button input. Players will need to do some actual hacking by typing in specific code on their keyboard to affect the game world.

Headlander – PS4, PC – July 26

No one likes waking up, but it is even tougher when you wake up to the news that you’re the last human left in the universe. Oh and you’re just a head with rockets attached to it. Also, the leader of the robot society that wiped out humanity is out for your head.

Like they say when it rains it pours. As you navigate this odd robot utopia, you’ll have to figure out who you are and why you’re the last human alive. It’d also be good if you stopped that robot leader who wants you dead.
 

Headlander

Headlander.


Headlander is a fun riff on the action-platformer genre inspired by 1970s science fiction. At the start of the game, you can choose from three different heads. While you may be just a head, you aren’t powerless.

The major gameplay component of Headlander involves you taking over the bodies of humanoid Citizen and Shepards, robot dogs, turrets, robot vacuum cleaners, or anything with a universal docking ring. Taking over different bodies is key to progressing as each body has its own color clearance, and as a bonus your lasers become more powerful as you take over more powerful bodies.

Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 7 – PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Mobile – July 26

Minecraft: Story Mode continues to expand its original scope with the next episode in the Adventure Pass. “Access Denied” sees Jesse and company continuing their journey through the portals. While searching for a way home, they end up in a new land controlled by PAMA.

PAMA is a sinister “thinking machine” with a desire to command everyone and everything in pursuit of optimal usefulness and efficiency. Jesse and crew are forced to run from PAMA to avoid being capture and assimilated. In order to find a way out, defeat PAMA, and free the enslaved population, they’ll need to work with a new alley: Harper, PAMA’s creator voiced by Yvette Nicole Brown.

Hyper Light Drifter – PS4, Xbox One – July 26

Reposted from New Releases 3/27:

“In this world, Drifters collect forgotten knowledge, lost technologies and broken histories. The titular Drifter of Hyper Light Drifter is plagued by a terrible illness. He ventures deep into the lands of Buried Time hoping to discover some solace for his disease.

The lands are full of danger and treasures that he’ll have to wither and sift through in his quest for a cure. Despite his main quest, he can’t help but listen to the violent and dark histories housed within the lands of Buried Time.
 

Hyper Light Drifter

Hyper Light Drifter.


Hyper Light Drifter is a 2D action RPG in the vein of older classics with influences from Diablo and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. While it draws inspiration from classic games, its gameplay is distinctly modern with quick combat, increased mobility, tactical options, and better AI.

As with the best 16-bit games, Hyper Light Drifter features a large and interconnected world full of secrets and alternate paths. Also, players will be able to upgrade the Drifter’s weaponry, as well as discover new equipment, to travel deeper into the lands of Buried Time.”

The PS4 and Xbox One versions will also include local co-op for the whole campaign.

Laser Disco Defenders – PS Vita – July 26

The galaxy is hopping because the Intergalactic music contest is on and popping. Whoever wins the contest will get the Mirror Moon. The holder of the Mirror Moon can blast their music across the galaxy and affect billions!

Before the winner of the contest can be decided, the evil Lord Monotone has stolen the Mirror Moon and decided to use it for nefarious purposes. As one of the Disco Defenders, you’ll have to fight to get the Mirror Moon back from Lord Monotone.
 

Laser Disco Defenders

Laser Disco Defenders.


Laser Disco Defenders is a 1970s sci-fi inspired twin-stick shooter with lasers that bounce around the level infinitely. The levels are procedurally produced meaning every time you play, the gameplay will be fresh.

Players can select from one of four Defenders, as you go through the game, you’ll unlock items and be able to customize your Defender’s outfit. Changing up your duds can provide some good bonuses.

When the game launches on PS4 later this year, it’ll be cross-buy allowing Vita owners to download the PS4 version.
 

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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