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New Releases: Week of July 14, 2014

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:45 — ChunkySoup

So I messed up and I apologize. I totally forgot to put this article together when we got home from camping on Sunday. I started putzing around the house getting things done that needed getting done and my 2old2play duties slipped my mind completely. I am sure this will come up in my annual performance review and I accept that. If I have slighted you in any way shape or form please leave a comment below. The editors would like empirical evidence to place in my file as well.

Well enough about my soon to be short lived career at 2old2play...lets get to what matters: The games coming out this week! (spoiler alert...there’s not much)

 

Wayward Manor

Release Date: July 15th
Platforms: PC,Mac

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I don’t usually start this column off with a PC game (let alone one coming out for Mac as well) but this one has my attention. Created by LA-based The Odd Gentlemen (Flea Symphony, The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom), Wayward Manor is award winning writer Neil Gaiman’s first foray into games. If you are not familiar with Gaiman’s work, he has written some of the most interesting stories in comics/graphic novels. His work on Sandman and American Gods is fantastic

 

Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planewalkers 2015

Release Date: July 16th
Platforms: PC,iOS, Android, Xbox 360,Xbox One

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I feel like I should like not only the original card Magic card games but the video games as well. I have tried. Probably not as much as I could or should but I just can’t get into them. That doesn’t stop me from appreciating them or watching over the shoulders of real players and admiring the patience, sheer amount of memorization of stats, and skill needed for these games. To those of you who play these I take my hat off to you and I am here to inform you that on July 16th you will be able to play Duels of the Planewalkers 2015.

 

Crimsonland

Release Date: July 15th
Platforms: PS4

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A remake from 2003, Crimsonland has been on on PC since June 11th but is now available on the PS4 as a twin stick shooter. This game reminds me a lot of the original arcade game Berserk or more recently SKA studios I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES !NIT!!!1. Not sure how much it’s going for, but those kind of games are great for when you just want to pick up and play.

 

Abyss Odyssey

Release Date: July 15th
Platforms: PS3, PC, Xbox 360

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Abyss Odyssey by Atlus is a side scrolling platformer/action game in the vein of Castlevania. Pick your class of character, grab a friend for some same couch co-op and chase down some evil!

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Slim pickings this week but hey it’s nice outside so go for a walk, a bike ride or play catch or frisbee with your house. What? You’ve never done that? Thrown a ball up on the roof and then run to catch it before it rolls off?  Set up a target on your house and try to hit it with the frisbee?

I used to spend hours doing that...maybe I’ll go do that with my kids right now.

Chunky out....side!

New Releases: Week of July 7, 2014

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:15 — frizzlefry2

We’re officially in the dog days of summer now that another Independence Day is in the books and the new release schedule has slowed to a crawl. Sadly, a crawl is being generous as there’s really not much to talk about in the world of gaming this week. Before we get started, however, a quick 2o2p PSA announcement: we promise not to write in the “every other game website review style” and to limit our use of unnecessary exclamation points to every fourth sentence! This week’s games feature mice and their tireless quest for cheese, the return of the iconic Q*bert, a puzzler from Big Fish games, a high seas pirate adventure and Telltale Games latest episode of The Wolf Among Us.  

 

Mousecraft

Release Date: July 8th, 2014
Platforms: PC, Mac, PS3, PS4, Vita

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Mousecraft, a puzzler, features over 50 levels in its campaign mode as well as a fully-featured level editor for those amateur game stage designers out there. Players must guide their mice through a machine while stacking blocks known as Tetrominos. Successfully stacking Tetrominos leads your mice to the exit and their reward of cheesy goodness!

 

One Piece: Unlimited World Red

Release Date: July 10th, 2014
Platforms: PS3, Vita, WiiU, 3DS

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Follow the high seas adventures of the Straw Hat pirates and their quest to topple the evil Donquixote Doflamingo. Coliseum Mode, a new online addition to the game, allows players to battle their friends and earn top rankings as One Piece’s top pirate.

 

Q*bert Rebooted

Release Date: July 8th, 2014
Platforms: PC, Mac

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Play Gottlieb’s classic 2D Q*bert complete with the games original pyramid of isometric cubes and pixelated Q*bert or play Rebooted-the updated 3D version-that features a hexagonal pyramid complete with new power-ups, traps and enemies. Rebooted also features four new playable characters: Q*tee, Q*bot, Q*zilla and Q*unicorn!

 

Quest for Infamy

Release Date: July 10th, 2014
Platforms: PC, Mac

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Play as Mister Roehm as he leaves behind his shady past and builds a new life in the quaint village of Volksville. Quest for Infamy features three different character classes to fit your adventuring style: the Rogue-for those who prefer their adventures stealthy, the Sorcerer-for those who prefer the magical arts and the Brigand-for those who prefer brute strength.

 

Sacra Terra: Kiss of Death

Release Date: July 8th, 2014
Platforms: PC, PS3

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Big Fish Games latest puzzler, Sacra Terra: Kiss of Death, pits you against supernatural forces that feed on human suffering. Travel mystical dimensions in your quest to rescue your fiance and reunite others who suffer the same fate as you! Saving others weakens the forces that feed on those who suffer and brings you closer to your ultimate goal-saving your fiance.

 

The Wolf Among Us-Episode 5: Cry Wolf

Release Date: July 8th, 2014
Platforms: PC, Mac, PSN, XBLA

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The season finale of Telltale’s latest gem, Cry Wolf sees Bigby squaring off against the Crooked Man and his posse and standing in judgement for his actions by the citizenry of Fabletown. 

New Releases: Week of June 30, 2014

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 08:54 — ErinAS

Its a good thing there was a Steam sale going on the last few weeks since its slim pickings to kick off July. Sarcasmo was right about E3 kicking off the summer drought! I really had to scour the net to find anything to write about. Still no exciting next gen titles to take advantage of the systems’ new features. Though at least a few of these are available on PS4 and Xbox One, just not exclusives. The only one that sounds interesting to me, I basically already own...

 

Divinity Original Sin

Release Date: June 30, 2014
Platforms: PC

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Kickstarter funded, this game has been pushed back a few times but is slated to finally hit PC on June 30th.  Its an RPG by Larian Studios with single and multi-player modes. The game is a prequel to Divine Divinity which Larian released in 2002.

 

Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition

 

Release Date: July 1/2, 2014
Platforms: PS4, WiiU, Xbox 360, Xbox One

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This game hits PS4 a day early and then all the XBoxes and WiiU the following day. The original game was pretty fun so probably worth picking up this enhanced edition if you haven’t already played. From an update on from Drinkbox on the PS4 blog:

Some things we’ve added: more words to the title, an extra save slot, new costumes, creepy hanging dolls, two extra levels, new and improved enemies, another save slot, a new dimension-switching ability called “Shadow Swap,” chicken egg bombs, an NPC with an impossibly large head, and a power called INTENSO.

 

Child of Light

Release Date: July 1, 2014
Platforms: Vita

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Ubisoft’s Child of Light arrived for consoles in North America in April but this week it will also be available for the PSVita. Its a side-scrolling RPG with a dreamscape art style.

 

Sniper Elite III

Release Date: July 1, 2014
Platforms: PS3, PS4, PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One

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How “elite” can it be if there are three? Although in their defense all three games follow the story of the same character Karl Fairburne. He’s a German American OSS officer embedded into German forces during World War II. Snipers and stealth aren’t my style but the bullet time features look pretty cool if you’re into that sort of thing.

New Releases: Week of June 23, 2014

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 08:23 — SarcasmoJones

Welcome to the beginning of a long summer, amigo. The first couple of weeks after E3 always feel like the day after Christmas. All of the excitement and wonder is completely gone, summer is starting, and we have jack fucking shit for new games until it starts to cool off again. Now would be a good time to contemplate your backlog of games, download something on the cheap that you haven’t had a chance to play yet, or take an online course and learn a new language: Japanese might be fun. As far as new releases for this week goes, we have more than meets the eye (again), Codemasters attempts to revive a dying franchise, and the Japanese stump the internet.

 

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma
Release Date: June 24
Platform: PS Vita

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 Arc System Works and Aksys Games have teamed up to bring this Japanese fighting game to the small screen. This arcade port has been available in Japan for over a year and playing it will probably give you epilepsy. このゲームは私に発作を与えた

 

Grid Autosport
Release Date: June 24
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC

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In a bold attempt to make up for the disappointing Grid 2, Codemasters is giving last-gen racers an alternative to Forza and Gran Turismo. Grid Autosport boasts 15 real world tracks, including Brands Hatch, Indy, and Hockenheim, as well as street races set in iconic cities, like Barcelona, San Francisco, and Chicago. The campaign provides 5 racing disciplines for players to master: Touring, Endurance, Tuners, Open-Wheeled, and Street cars. A handful of cars are available for each discipline: most of the usual suspects are represented.

 

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark
Release Date: June 24
Platforms: PS3, PS4, XB1, Xbox 360, WiiU, 3DS

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Is anyone else sick of Transformers? I have yet to play a Transformers game for more than 20 minutes before realizing that I’m not nine years old and that Transformers games just aren’t any fun. I’m not sure if this game is supposed to tie in with the new Michael Bay  movie coming out Friday, and I don’t give a shit. Expect both of them to suck.

 

Xblaze: Code Embryo
Release Date: June 24
Platforms: PS3, PS Vita

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Described as a “visual novel,” this indecipherable Japanese game is part of the BlazBlue series and takes place 150 years before the BlazBlue stuff. This game has also been out in Japan for a while, but nobody seems to know what it’s about. I watched a couple of YouTube trailers and still can’t make it out. Maybe Xblaze isn’t meant to be understood by Westerners, or maybe it just doesn’t make any sense. Solve the mystery of Xblaze’s plot and I will send you a Super Detective badge that I made out of a paper bag and a chip clip. It’s a real conversation starter.

E3 2014: Witcher 3 The Wild Hunt

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 11:02 — SarcasmoJones

Polish game developer, CD Projekt Red, showcased their third entry in The Witcher series, Wild Hunt, at E3 this year. Derek Nolan was on hand to provide his impressions about the new game and give some context to the gameplay vids pouring out of the convention.

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 Gerault once again plays protagonist, and makes a living wage in this huge, open world by collecting bounties on dangerous beasties. Every place on the map can be reached, if it can be seen: none of that “turn back, you can go no farther” invisible boundary shit from The Elder Scrolls series. The ambitious scope of the game applies to NPC development, as well. Over 1000 individually crafted NPC characters inhabit the world, each with his/her own personality. I have a note from Derek here that says “OMG graphics are insane!” Let’s hope that they don’t have to downgrade the graphics to maintain gameplay in this giant environment.

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Details on the plot of the third installment are vague, but Gerault is tasked with retrieving a woman, who is trailed by a devastating force, called The Wild Hunt, and bringing her before some sort of autocrat. The story itself is reported to be rich and detailed.

Gerault possesses a “Witcher Sense” which heightens his abilities and allows him to track monsters across great distances. Archery also utilizes a time-slowing mechanic. Potions will bestow the desired effect upon the user, but often have negative side-effects. Dialog trees are utilized a bit differently in this game, as does underwater travel.

Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt drops on February 24, 2015.

E3 2014: Ori and the Blind Forest

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 23:00 — loki619

Scheduled for a Fall release on the Xbox One and on PC, Ori and the Blind Forest is an action platformer that looks like it has drawn heavily on Hayao Miyazaki for inspiration. From the hand-drawn environments to the beautifully orchestrated soundtrack, this game could almost be a video game stand-in for Miyazaki’s Spirited Away yet it creates its own unique world of wonder and awe.

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With a bit of a nod to Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke, you play as Ori who is tasked with unlocking the secrets of a dying forest while trying to escape the clutches of Kuro, the evil owl. Combat is fluid yet does not monopolize gameplay as various puzzle elements, reminiscent of the XBLA arcade game Limbo, are introduced to keep players busy in this beautifully crafted metroidvania (Metroid/Castlevania mashup).

E3 2014: Dragon Age Inquisition Update

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 23:00 — loki619

Updates on the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition from E3 are in and they are exciting. You are an Inquisitor traveling through an open world of fantasy and uh… inquisition. This 3rd person dynamic RPG allows you to lead and a team of four inquisitors who can be outfitted with the latest in Inquisition and dragon slaying technology.

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Tasked with the objective of bringing the war between the Templars and the Mages to an end while having badass dragon fights and gathering plants for some, as of yet, undisclosed reason (this game may be set in Medieval Colorado and your inquisitor is just gathering weed, err, seeds for the upcoming storm), you will undoubtedly have your hands full with countless hours of game play.

You don’t always bring wars to an end but when you do, you slay dragons too! Stay slayer my friends!

E3 2014: SteelSeries

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 23:00 — loki619

Gaming peripheral company SteelSeries announced some really exciting hardware at E3 this year. Among the items gamers can expect to see this year are:

Sentry Eye Tracker           

Specifically designed and optimized for gamers, the SteelSeries Sentry Eye Tracker is a virtual, visual coach that provides players with the ability to track, analyze and benchmark eye movement and behaviors during gameplay in order to improve gaming performance. In a partnership with Tobii Technology, the global leader in eye tracking forged earlier this year, SteelSeries will be introducing its first phase of the new technology called the Sentry. This

game training tool unlocks the power of tracking and analyzing past replays to provide feedback on where you were looking and not looking on the screen. Graphs, heat-maps and statistics help gamers identify significant ways of improving and becoming more efficient players.

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Stratus XL

If you’ve ever tried to play a game with touch controls on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch, you’ll know how frustrating it is to control your onscreen avatar using the lower left and right corners of your device. The Stratus XL is a full-sized, console-inspired gaming controller designed for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch devices. Compatible with the ever growing 300+ controller-enabled games found in the Apple App Store, games now have the option of either a full-sized or pocket-sized wireless controller from SteelSeries.

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The Sims 4 Peripherals

Are you a fan of the Sims? Now you can game in Sim fashion with these handsomely designed, Sims-inspired peripherals ranging from a headset, mouse, and or mousepad. The all-white, USB, slim profile, on-ear headset features an illuminated Plumbob on each earcup that changes colors  to reflect the current emotional state of your Sim. The glossy white Sims 4 Mouse features an ergonomic, six-button design with an illuminated Plumbob underneath the scroll wheel that changes illuminated colors to reflect the emotions of your Sim as well. To complete this setup, The Sims 4 QCK micro-fiber surface mousepad ensures a smooth, consistent glide during gameplay.

E3 2014: Wargaming

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 23:00 — ChunkySoup

Our team managed to sneak in some time with creators of World of Tanks and World of Warplanes. Guess what? While Wargaming.net have had us wage war on land and in the air, there is one theatre left; the sea!

Wargaming.net’s St. Petersburg studio is currently developing World of Warships. In a closed alpha stage with a closed beta dropping later in 2014 World of Warships is already looking impressive. Sporting a new rendering engine, 40+ ships in alpha, all guns functional (140 guns on some ships), torpedo cams and four super-classes of ships, World of Warships is looking to be their biggest game yet.

Your choice of ship super-class is between a Destroyer, a Cruiser, a Battleship or an Aircraft Carrier. The Destroyer is equipped with smokescreens and torpedos. The Cruiser is the workhorse with deck mounted weapons and torpedos. Battleships can travel longer distances and bring the heavy artillery. Up to this point there is a lot that likely sounds familiar to those of you who have played Wargaming.net previous titles. However, I left one class out: The Aircraft Carrier. An entity on its own and played as an RTS (yes and RTS. As in real Time Strategy)  you command squadrons of planes and attack enemy ships from the air. Thinking about it that makes sense as really that is what Aircraft Carriers are built specifically to do.

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There are over 120 players in the US playing the alpha version at this moment.

World of Warships is not the only title the 3,400 employees of Wargaming.net are working on a number of other titles not just for the PC but also for the XBox 360, iOS and Android.

Launching on June 26th in the US, World of Tanks Blitz has already been released in a number of Nordic regions. In those regions it has propelled itself into the top 3 in the app store.

Blitz will feature 96 tanks (US, German and Soviet) with 8 new re-imagined maps pulled from World of Tanks. The games are a lot quicker with the goal to be 6 or 7 minutes per match and a load time of around 20-30 seconds. Keep in mind this is designed as a standalone mobile game and as such the currency between World of Tanks and Blitz are different. Blitz will be available for the iPad and iPhone so long as you have at least an iPad 2+ and an iPhone 4+. Blitz also includes radial chat, full chat, fully customizable controls along with full facebook implementation. Word of warning, remove your boss from your friends list if you plan on playing this at work.

World of Tanks has seen over 3.8 million downloads on the XBox 360 alone. Launched in 86 countries, those of you playing know Wargaming.net just released an expansion . What you might not know is that the ability to create a Platoon is coming soon. The Chicago based dev team is also working on a Blitz title and a retail sku for the 360.

Last but not least is a new gametype with indestructible tanks. Why would they make indestructible tanks you ask? So you can play 3 on 3 soccer/football with them. That’s why!

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E3 2014: Evolve

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 23:00 — SarcasmoJones

Left 4 Dead developer, Turtle Rock, and 2K have teamed up to bring gamers a truly original game experience: a 5-player asymmetrical co-op shooter. The game pits a 4 player team against a single, evolving behemoth. Welcome to Evolve.

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This is a hunter vs beast affair. Hunters come in four flavors: Trapper, Assault, Support, and Medic. The objective is to hunt down and kill the creature before it evolves, making it a far more dangerous target the more time slips away. Stick together because if you find yourself alone, so will the monster. 2K was showing off the new beastie at E3, called the Kraken.

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Tiff says ”Did hands on then and played as the new assault character against the Kraken. That monster is so beast and scary. The game was just as much fun as it was at PAX East and will definitely be on my must buy list for this fall. We got our asses kicked.”

Evolve drops October 21st, on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

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