This might be the single slowest release week I've ever seen. Maybe a single console title headed to retail shelves? Wow. There are some new downloadable goodies, though, and a few handheld games making the rounds (and, combining the two, a downloadable handheld game you should probably check out), as well as a few PC ports of existing titles. But this is truly the summer doldrums in full effect.
If Angry Birds had an HD upgrade and a medieval theme, it might be something like Wreckateer. I mean, it would also need to take place in a 3D environment and use the Kinect instead of a touchscreen, mouse, or controller, but, well, Wreckateer is close enough to draw the comparison.
You control a ballista with your arms, flinging troops at destructible objectives. It's certainly a simple game predicated along the same basic premise as mobile gaming's hottest fowl-based property, but (similarly to how Angry Birds allows one to influence the outcome of a shot with subsequent bird abilities) there is depth to be had not only in how one aims one's shots, but in applying after-touches to the action, fine-tuning a shot in progress. Wreckateer, as part of the Summer of Arcade, will be coming exclusively to the Xbox LIVE Arcade on Wednesday, July 25.
Malicious doesn't believe in traditional action-game levels. I mean, it's an action game, yeah, and one with a fairly unique gameplay hook (the "mantle" the player character wears is capable of shape-shifting for a variety of attacks as well as defense), but there aren't levels to traipse through, killing mooks before working one's way up to the boss. Instead, each stage takes one directly to the boss and its subordinates. Further, they can be selected in whatever order, though their difficulty is variable, affected by how many and which stages have already been completed. Further, the game has an element of Mega Man, since defeating a boss provides one with a form of its power. Malicious will be out on the PSN this Tuesday, July 24.
DLC Slated for release this week:
Hidden Gem of the Week:
Planets are to be crashed, not, as Fall Out Boy put it, "like hips or cars, no, more like parties."
In a twist of fate, the same developer that brought players Dementium: The Ward and its horror sequel on the original DS has combined Animal Crossing-inspired visuals with a turn-based, JRPG framework in a whimsical adventure game/RPG that spans galaxies, all for download from the 3DS' eShop.
Don't let its downloadable nature or cartoony visuals put you off; Planet Crashers 3D is an RPG with depth and customization to spare, yet an inviting atmosphere that does what it can to put the player at ease (and, of course, entertain them). It will be out exclusively on the 3DS eShop this Thursday, July 26.
Date: July 23, 2012
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