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New Releases: Week of 8/24

/ Aug 25th, 2014 No Comments

The Walking Dead: Season 2

It is the last week of August and like clockwork, or like they release them every year around the same time, Madden is upon us. This week sees EA’s annualized Football simulator headlining a packed week. For those not looking for a #sports fix, there are some fun alternatives in Super Time Force Ultra, Infamous: Second Son, Metro Redux, The Walking Dead: Season 2 “No Going Back”, and Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.

Super Time Force Ultra – PC – August 25

Cabybara Games’ amazing Super Time Force is heading to PC this week with some new improvements to make it a better experience. It is a difficult task since the game is pretty righteous. However, adding three new Valve-centric characters to the 30-second bullet hell game is a good way to do it.

When players pick up STFU on PC they will be able to play as the Pyro from Team Fortress 2, Zoey from Left 4 Dead, and Saxton Hale from Team Fortress 2. These three character join the already expansive roster of time traveling bad asses in the game. PC owners are highly recommended to give STFU a spin, and enjoy the party.

Infamous: First Light – PS4 – August 26

Infamous: Second Son remains one of the best PS4 game on the system, and the best open-world game of the year (Sorry, Watch Dogs). One of the highlights of the game was the supporting character, Fetch. She had a good deal of complexity unexplored in the game, and her sweet light powers were the best powers in the game.

Infamous: First Light

Infamous: First Light

When Sony announced a stand-alone adventure starring Fetch at E3 2014, the hype was palpable. First Light sees Fetch is imprisoned in a penitentiary for conduits. In prison, she is forced to relive her past tragedies. Players will unravel her dark secret in Seattle as they escape from Curdun Cay and seek vengeance against DUP.

The game doesn’t require Second Son to run, but bonuses unlock in-game for having a Second Son save file.

Madden NFL 15 – PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3 – August 26

Are you ready for some football? Of course you are, it is August! Madden NFL 15 sees the first split-gen release for the long running football franchise with current-gen running on the Ignite Engine and old-gen running on the Impact Engine.

Madden 15 visuals

Madden NFL 15 #sports

Madden NFL 15 will feature improvements to defensive play, an addition of a “player lock” camera, and a cone to determine if a player can make a non-aggressive taclke. Additionally, the renewed focus on presentation adds a “global dynamic camera system” to give a more natural feel to the commentary and “post-plays”, as well as bringing back halftime shows and Jumbotrons improvements.

Metro Redux – PS4, Xbox One, PC – August 26

Metro Redux is the latest old-gen re-HD re-master to come out in the wake of the PS4/Xbox One. Redux includes both Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light remastered to run at 60fps (with the PS4 version running in 1080p). Metro 2033 features a complete overhaul to make it run in the latest 4A engine to give it parity with the graphical and gameplay fidelity in Last Light.

Metro Redux

Metro Redux

The collection also gives players an option to play either in “Survival” or “Spartan” mode in both games. Last Light will also include all the Season Pass and add-on content. Either game can be downloaded digitally as a single game or as a retail compilation.

The Walking Dead: Season 2 “No Going Back” – PS3, PS Vita, Xbox 360, PC, iOS – August 26/27/28

The Walking Dead: Season 2’s finale is upon us. Where will Clementine end up after all is said and done? “Amid the Ruins” events and conclusion suggest that Clementine is in for a whole heap of tribulations in “No Going Back”. PC, PS3 and Vita owners can experience the finale on August 26, while 360 owners can grab it on August 27 and iOS users on August 28.

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – 3DS – August 29

Two of Nintendo’s quirky handheld stalwarts are meeting in the cross-over event, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. The game has been out in Japan since November 2012, but now is finally making its way to North America (with Europe and Australia getting it back in March). Layton vs. Wright features gameplay elements from both series in two modes called “Adventure” and “Witch Trial”.

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

The unlikely crossing of Phoenix Wright and Professor Layton begins when Espella Cantabella, feeling a mysterious force, enlists Layton and Luke Triton’s aid. However, she is captured. In his investigation, Layton finds a bizarre tome that teleports him and Luke into Labyrinthia.

Phoenix Wright and Maya Fey traveled to London on business. They encounter the same book bringing both of them to Labyrinthia. The two pairs must work together using their specific talents to help Espella and escape Labyrinthia.

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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