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New Releases: Week of 9/14

/ Sep 14th, 2014 No Comments

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution

Last week was dominated by Bungie’s brand new IP Destiny and most are still deep into the game. For those able to stop grinding out light armor, this week sees a wealth of new video games to enjoy. Players have an opportunity to check out the latest in the Naruto Shippuden, Theatrhythm and Cooking Mama series. It also sees the release of Fairy Fencer F, Murasaki Baby and Wasteland 2.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution – PS3, Xbox 360, PC – September 16

Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution is the latest in the CyberConnect2 series of fighting games based on the Naruto anime. Fans of the anime series are in for a treat with the game following the series storyline up to the latest episode.

[adsense250itp]Additionally, the game has new side stories written by Naruto Creator, Masashi Kishimoto with Studio Pierrot (anime animator) contributing 50 minutes of animation for the side stories. The stories follow Akatsuki, Shisui Uchiha and Kushina Uzumaki.

The game also revamps the fighting system for the series. It features new ways to form teams based on skills and gives players the ability to guard-break and counterattack. Guard-break gives you the chance to knock opponents unconscious and open them up for a major attack, but it can only be used a limited number of times. If timed right the counterattack can knock the opponent unconscious and seal their support.

Ultimate Ninja Storm features 118 playable characters including new ones to the fighting game series. Masashi Kishimoto was involved in the design of a special character for the game, Mecha-Naruto and the two awakening stages, and designing new costumes for characters and a new technique for Shisui Uchiha.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call – 3DS – September 16

The original Theatrhythm Final Fantasy was a delightful surprise when it came out a few years ago. The mix of rhythm game and Final Fantasy characters and music was a great combination. Curtain Call takes the formula that worked so well in the first game and has refined and added to it. The game gives players more than 200 songs to play through and 60 playable characters to use. Curtain Calls adds Barret, Yuna, Benjamin, Ramza and Zack to the Theatrhythm series.

 

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call

Fans will find popular songs from their favorite Final Fantasy games to achieve high scores in. From Advent Children to A Realm Reborn, Curtain Call features a huge selection of Final Fantasy tunes. New to the series are the Versus Battle and Quest Medley modes. Versus Battle gives players the opportunity to flex their rhythm muscle against others in music battles. The Quest Medley mode lets players endeavor on unique quests through a variety of routes.

Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit! – 3DS – September 16

Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit! is truly the one game that will peel everyone away from killing Vex on Venus. Cooking Mama 5 has 60 recipes to unlock allowing players to perfect a variety of foods like appetizers, drinks, entrees, desserts. Dishes can range from classical to exotic or sweet.

Some of the culinary delights players can prepare are chicken nuggets, Hawaiian pancakes, gingerbread cookies and more. The game also features over 30 new activities like feeding pets, delivering orders, serving ice cream, playing word games and more. Create gastronomical masterpieces in stylus-based gameplay across six different modes. A new mode to the game is Cooking Dojo where Cooking Mama takes part in grueling cooking training.

Murasaki Baby – PS Vita – September 16

Murasaki Baby is a creepy and unsettling PlayStation Vita exclusive. The world of Murasaki Baby is dark and twisted with players helping to guide Baby through this harsh land of nightmares. Baby is on a quest to find her mother, and players help lead her along the way by holding her hand and solving puzzles. The world is populated by other bizarre characters such as Bunny Boy that will help you and Baby escape the nightmare land.

 

Murasaki Baby

Murasaki Baby

The game features four different chapters with unique moods to them. By utilizing the touch screen and Rear Touch of the PS Vita, players can change the mood in the game to help solve puzzles. Different modes give the player a specific ability to affect the land of nightmares. To help create the creepy atmosphere of Murasaki baby, developer Ovosonico collaborated with Akira Yamaoka to create an exclusive song for the game.

Fairy Fencer F – PS3 – September 16

Two deities fought long ago, but the match was a stalemate. To settle the battle, the Goddess and the Vile God created weapons bristling with their godly energy and containing a fairy’s life force. The conflict ended with the two sealing each other away. Since the ancient battle, the godly weapons, now known as “Furies” have been scattered. “Fencers” seek out the “Furies” because those who find a Fury are said to have a single wish granted. Fairy Fencer F is the story of Fang as he finds a Fury and after becoming a Fencer, his life is forever changed.

Fairy Fencer F came out in Japan back in 2013 and now NIS America is bringing it to stateside. The game features concept art from Yoshitaka Amano, a soundtrack from Nobuo Uematsu, character design from Tsunako, a script from Toshiki Inoue, and members of the “Neptunia Team” development team. Fairy Fencer F uses an updated version of Hyperdimension Neptunia’s battle system.

Roundabout – PC, Mac Linux – September 18

We’ve all heard about him, we know the stories and now Roundabout gives you a chance to relive the rise to fame of Georgio Manos. Manos is the world’s most famous revolving chauffeur, but you already knew that because how could you not? Taking place in 1977 Manos drives a constantly rotating limousine around town picking up passengers and taking them to their destinations. Experience what is like to be the world’s best revolving chauffeur.

 

Roundabout

Roundabout

Roundabout is an open-world puzzle game where players can compete in challenges, find collectibles, customize their limousine and purchase property among other activities. The game also features an eSports speedrun mode, achievements and trading cards. The game uses full motion video technology, which is very shishi, putting real actors into the rotating limousine’s back seat. Kate Welch brings Georgio Manos to life thanks to full motion video technology.

Wasteland 2 – PC, Mac, Linux – September 19

Rangers are heading back to the Citadel in Wasteland 2. Wasteland 2 places players into harrowing situations where they have to make hard choices and utilize turn-based tactical combat in a stategic manner to survive. Players can equip their Ranger squad with a deadly set of weaponry to help withstand the assault of the fallout zone. The game features RPG-style character advancement and customization for the Ranger squad. Choices matter and whether you save or forsake an ally is entirely up to you, but the consequences are yours to live with too.

 

Wasteland 2

Wasteland 2

The game is a direct sequel to the first post-apocalyptic RPG, Wasteland. The original game inspired the popular Fallout series. The developers raised a huge amount of money with a successful Kickstarter campaign. The game was originally supposed to release in October 2013, but got pushed back and eventually went into Steam Early Access.

 

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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