Pick & Play: May 27-June 2

Pick & Play: May 27-June 2

After two weeks stacked with releases, the industry seems to have entered a preparatory lull, biding its time until it showers us with a cascading torrent of news at next week's E3 conference. So, no, you shouldn't expect a ton of stuff to come out next week either. That isn't to say there's nothing; this week sees the release of one of the most highly anticipated Vita titles announced prior to launch, as well as a PC port of the stellar Max Payne 3. For more on the week's releases, read on below.

Resistance: Burning Skies
Resistance: Burning Skies

And so it was that Resistance paved the way for the portable first-person shooter, being the first of its kind on Sony's twin-stick Vita, taking advantage of the intuitive control offered by that setup and mixing it with features that took advantage of the system's touchscreen to provide a wider variety of options in combat.

Will it prove to be what shooter fans have been waiting for? On-the-go, full-fledged shooter antics, with no cut corners in sight? That's certainly how it's been billed, and we'll let you know if it manages it this week when we post our review. The game will be out on Tuesday, May 29.

Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland
Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland

The Atelier series closes out its Arland arc with Atelier Meruru on the PlayStation 3. Take control of Princess Meruru, who has apprenticed under Totori, the hero of the previous Atelier game, and engage in an adventure to develop the princess' home kingdom of Arls, which rests on the northeastern border of the Arland Republic.

Boasting a kingdom development system, influenced by your actions and choices, Atelier Meruru also has multiple endings, which can be accessed depending on how successfully a player manages to advance Arls and guide Meruru on her alchemical quest. Atelier Meruru will be turning shelf space into Blu-rays come Tuesday, May 29.

Batman: Arkham City – Harley Quinn's Revenge
Batman: Arkham City – Harley Quinn's Revenge

How ya doin', Bats? In the wake of the events of Arkham City, Harley Quinn is out for payback. Full-fledged storyline DLC, Harley Quinn's Revenge is intended to close out the Arkham City story entirely, and contains gameplay as both the caped crusader and the other half of the dynamic duo: the Boy Wonder, Robin.

Further, this DLC is launching alongside a Game of the Year edition of Arkham City, which includes all previous content and the most garish box art since the original Mega Man on NES. Play "find the title" with your friends and entertain yourself for hours! That said, it's a great bargain, regardless, and a terrific game that everyone with any interest in action-adventure titles should play. Both the content and the GOTY box hit on Tuesday, May 29.

Mad Riders
Mad Riders

What do we know about Mad Riders? Well, according to its trailer, it combines the two loves of those who like both racing and games under one awning, creating a concoction that Ubisoft calls a "racing game." This peanut-butter-and-chocolate-esque creation is an off-road, ATV racer with drop-in multiplayer that allows up to twelve players at once. It boasts that it has 45 tracks, a wide variety of vehicles, and a stunt system that rewards daring players who do acrobatics in the air with boost they can use to pass opponents on the ground. It will be revving its engines on Wednesday, May 30.

The Rest:

  • 99Seconds (DSiWare; Thursday, May 31)
  • Deer Drive Legends 3D (3DS; Tuesday, May 29)
  • Max Payne 3 (PC; Friday, June 1)
  • Pure Chess (PSN, Vita and PS3; Tuesday, May 29)
  • Rayman: Arena (PlayStation 2 Classic, PSN; Tuesday, May 29)
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Golden Axe (XBLA; Wednesday, May 30)
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage (XBLA: Wednesday, May 30)

    DLC Slated for release this week:
  • Mass Effect 3: Rebellion Multiplayer Expansion (PC, PSN, XBLM; Tuesday, May 29)
  • Prototype 2: Excessive Force Pack (PSN, XBLM; Tuesday, May 29)

    Hidden Gem of the Week:

    The Binding of Isaac: The Wrath of the Lamb
    The Binding of Isaac: The Wrath of the Lamb

    Coming out at $3, the entire Binding of Isaac collection will soon be available for a grand total of $5. Expanding the existing rogue-like room-based dungeon crawler with new rooms, more tools, and new monsters to both aid you and stifle your progress, Wrath of the Lamb is the first and, according to its developer, only expansion planned for The Binding of Isaac.

    With a bottom-dollar price point and hours upon hours of fun to be had, The Binding of Isaac was already an absolute steal, and one of the greatest indie titles of 2011. For those few who'd managed to see everything the game had to offer, though, despite its seemingly constant state of flux (which went beyond randomly generated dungeons and into the increased progression experienced with multiple playthroughs), Wrath of the Lamb should do plenty to reinvigorate the title.

    Shelby Reiches
    Contributing Writer
    Date: May 28, 2012

    *The views expressed within this article are solely the opinion of the author and do not express the views held by Cheat Code Central.*

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