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New Releases: Week of 7/27

/ Jul 27th, 2014 No Comments

Summer is hit and miss with new releases. Some weeks are packed with exciting new games, others are barren and certain weeks have a few concentrated releases. This week is light on new releases, but the two notable releases are heavy hitters. Granted the two games are ports, but they are some of 2013’s best games ported to new platforms. The Last of Us Remastered and Rogue Legacy are what you could (and should) be playing this week.

The Last of Us Remastered – PS4 – July 29

The Last of Us centers around Joel, a grizzled smuggler and Ellie, a spunky ragamuffin. Joel is tasked by The Fireflies, a resistance group to smuggle Ellie out of Boston to the Fireflies outside the quarantine zone. This is easier said than done since a totalitarian military force keeps the city and its population under thumb.

Against overwhelming odds, Joel and Ellie make it out. However, the journey is only beginning as Joel must get her across the country. The trek is arduous, but with some reluctant help from other survivors, Joel and Ellie just might make it.

The Last of Us: Left Behind

The Last of Us: Left Behind

Originally released on PlayStation 3 during E3 2013, The Last of Us dazzled gamers with its challenging gameplay, superb storytelling and gorgeous graphics. The game pushed the PS3 to its limits graphically. It topped many Best of lists last year and received a perfect score at Gaming Illustrated.

The Last of Us Remastered brings the PS3 masterpiece to PS4 with improved graphics touting native 1080p display and 60 frames per second. Remastered also includes in-cinematic directory commentary and bonus DLC like Left Behind, the single-player DLC focusing on Ellie before the events of the game.

Rogue Legacy – PS4, PS3, PS Vita – July 29

Rogue Legacy has a simple and attainable goal at its heart. Players must explore a castle, defeat four bosses in four different regions of the castle and fight the final boss. While the goal is straightforward, accomplishing this goal is anything but. One problem is the castle is full of dangerous creatures, all of which are much stronger than you. So you’ll die, often.

Rogue Legacy

You’ll die, a lot.

Another problem is the castle constantly changes its configuration. You can never take enemy placement, traps, treasure or anything in the castle as a given. The major problem is each time you die, you are reborn as an heir with any number of defects. This makes future exploration difficult.

Thankfully, while Rogue Legacy is difficult it is not unjustly so. What makes Rogue Legacy so amazing is the ability to make progress in a game that is always changing. Sure the castle will change upon each death, and your new hero is likely handicapped, but the gold you gain through each run can be spent on upgrades.

Rogue Legacy (PC) Review

Select your heir.

Although, you’re always starting at square one in each new run, the better you get, the stronger you’ll get in each new run. The way progression interacts with the roguelike elements make Rogue Legacy much more rewarding than the average roguelike, while retaining the same addictive quality.

Rogue Legacy was a hell of a game on PC when it released last year. It was well received at Gaming Illustrated and was a nominee for our Indie Game of 2013. The move to PS4, PS3 and PS Vita is a great one.

Especially since the game is Cross-Buy, so you’ll be able to switch between versions as you try to get deeper into the castle. The Vita version is probably the most exciting though because the game seemed perfectly fit for Sony’s handheld. Being able to storm the castle on the go is an attractive prospect.

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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