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New Releases: Week of May 25, 2014

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 16:37 — ChunkySoup

 Lots of games are coming out this week, but 90% of them are crap, including ports of mobile games onto consoles, Game of the Year editions, ports of old games on new platforms, and then we have Splatoon and Episode 4 of Telltale's  Game of Thrones adventure.


Splatoon
Release Date: May 29th, 2015
Platform: WiiU


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 If you were tired of your shooters being grey, brown, greyish brown and brownish grey, with a few drops of red thrown in, then Splatoon may be worth checking out. Check the trailer out as there is a lot going on that I can’t do justice in 100 words or less.

Game of Thrones:Episode 4 - Sons of Winter
Release Date: May 26th, 2015
Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4- XB1(May 28th)


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 If you played Episodes 1 thru 3 then you are probably pumped for number 4! Good news if your platform of choice starts with a “P” : you will be playing Game of Thrones: Episode 4 - Sons of Winter TWO WHOLE DAYS before those of you who chose an “X”.

Audiosurf 2
Release Date: May 26th, 2015
Platform: PC


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 If you played the first Audiosurf game then you know what to expect. If not, Audiosurf works with any song in your collection. It analyzes the song and generates a track and the “notes” that you have to pick up along with obstacles you need to avoid. Audiosurf 2 adds a couple more modes and a deeper analysis of your track.

 

New Releases: Week of May 18, 2015

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 21:00 — ChunkySoup

 Long weekend season has officially begun! That means summer, camping, E3, and, unfortunately, the drought season. I’m talking games here, but you know all in all I would argue it’s been a pretty slow 5 months for 2015 so far. There have been a few standouts, but nothing that takes the gaming world, our world, by storm. This week is no exception: one big release and the rest...meh.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Release Date: May 19th, 2015
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

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 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, from CD Projekt Red, continues the adventures of the morally ambiguous Geralt. I want to play these games. I really want to play them but admittedly I have time commitment issues. Maybe when I retire in 20 years I might have some time for The Witcher series.

Carmageddon: Reincarnation
Release Date: May 21st, 2015
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux

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 Before the overprotective parents hated on GTA there was Carmageddon. A game where driving around and running over everything earned you points. People, cows, other cars, pretty much anything was fair game, and the more gruesome the better. We were younger back then, and anything that got advocacy groups all twisted up had to be played regardless. I wonder if that will happen again with Caramageddon: Reincarnation?

Nascar ‘15
Release Date: May 22nd, 2015
Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

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 Turn left. Go straight for a bit. Repeat about 1000 times. If you are gearing up to yell at me regarding that overgeneralization then Nascar ‘15 might be the game for you!

New Releases: Week of May 11, 2015

Sun, 05/10/2015 - 21:52 — SarcasmoJones

  Do you want to know what really sucks about release dates? It’s always a lie. The games that were promised to release already aren’t here, and most of the games we do have were rushed out the door so fast that they missed QC completely. Now we have bugs, and a lot of them. What we don’t have is Mad Max. That hardly seems fair. This week, a serial release date liar will have its day on the track, an RPG is “Finally” (see what I did there?) released for current gen consoles, and paper knights battle a steel legion  for PC supremacy.

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Final Fantasy X/X2
Platform: PS4
Release Date: May 12

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 This HD remastered combo includes the last great Final Fantasy game, as well as the game that took the franchise to Crapville. Here’s your chance to play what the kids were playing...in 2001, but on a fancy new console. Sony folks can start the long walk down Nostalgia Road starting Tuesday.

Knights of Pen and Paper II
Platform: PC
Release Date: May 14

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 I’m not sure what this game is supposed to be, but the contrasting art styles are almost criminal. Maybe it’s Art Noveau Noir.

Legions of Steel
Platform: PC
Release Date: May 14

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 Forces of galactic goodness against hordes of space undead...all on a touchscreen. Wargaming has advanced while nobody was looking.

Project CARS
Platforms: XB1, PS4, PC
Release Date: May 12

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 Project CARS has been in development a very long time but will finally be available in the US on Tuesday. Folks in Europe got this one a week early, and its either a huge threat to both Forza and Gran Turismo, or the twitchiest piece of shit ever...depending on who you ask. So, it’s time to update those controllers and lubricate the toy steering wheels because the biggest thing to hit sim racing in a decade is here at last.

New Releases: Week of May 4, 2015

Sun, 05/03/2015 - 22:08 — SarcasmoJones

 May the 4th be with you! I’ve always thought that sounded like something an overzealous Star Wars fan with a lisp would shout while wearing a Stormtrooper costume in line to meet Mark Hamill at a convention. Unsurprisingly, there are no new Star Wars games releasing this week: looks like Disney missed a golden opportunity to be a fucking cornball. This week we have an Indie “Most Likely to Succeed” candidate, miniature golf goes steampunk, a JRPG that nobody here is going to play, Nazis, and a GOTY edition with a familiar “ring” to it.

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Ether One
Platform: PS4
Release Date: May 5

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This lantern-holding simulator is a port of the PC cautionary tale of the dangers of using ether at an isolated lighthouse. This one is available for download starting Tuesday.

High Strangeness
Platform: WiiU
Release Date: May 6

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 An adventure of the “boy and his cat” variety follows Boyd and his ability to switch from 8-bit to 16-bit graphics, which is presumably exactly what the WiiU can handle. This one drops Wednesday.

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor GOTY Edition
Platforms: XB1, PS4, PC
Release Date: May 5

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 Shadow of Mordor was a pretty good game, but it wasn’t game of the year. I would expect some DLC and a few extras thrown in. I would not expect to pay sixty bucks.

Remnants of Isolation
Platform: Windows PC
Release Date: May 1

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 This highly anticipated indie darling is an old-school RPG set in a world where those with magical abilities are isolated from society for the greater good. This one is available for download on Steam right now, and if my PC wasn’t such a piece of shit, I’d be playing it right now.

Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker
Platform: 3DS
Release Date: May 5

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 If you have a 3DS and you aren’t particularly susceptible to epileptic seizures, then you probably still won’t play this game. I don’t blame you.

Vertiginous Golf
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Release Date: May 6

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 It looks like a steampunk mini golf game with a course editor and player customization. Might be worth looking into if you’re the Virtual Pool/Putt Putt aficionado.

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
Platforms: XB1, PS4, PC
Release Date: May 6

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 A $20 downloadable prequel for Wolfenstein: The New Order, yes please.Get a taste of Blazkowicz before his shrapnel-induced coma. This is a stand-alone expansion, so you needn’t own the new game to play the prequel.

New Releases: Week of April 27, 2015

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 12:24 — ErinAS

 The list of new releases is getting a little longer this week, and there are actually a few I’ve been waiting for. Woohoo! Finally getting my complete return on investment for telling Tim Schafer to shut up and take my money! Kerbal’s finally out of beta and you might actually have something to use that PS4 move controller with!


Kerbal Space Program

Release Date: April 27, 2015
Platform: PC

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 This game has been in a pretty impressive public beta since 2011 and they’re finally ready to release the official 1.0. It’s an awesome sim that teaches the mechanics of space flight and running a space program. You control humanoid aliens called Kerbals, which are kind of a cross between Despicable Me’s Minions and Ubi Soft’s Raving Rabbids. If you haven’t already picked this one up now is your time!

Broken Age Act 2 and/or The Complete Adventure

Release Date: April 28, 2015
Platforms: PC, PS4, Vita

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 In 2012 more than 87,000 Kickstarter backers told Double Fine to shut up and take their 3.45 million dollars. This was a Kickstarter record by leaps and bounds and way more than then $400,00 they were asking for.  But apparently adventure games are expensive and time consuming and they started running low on time and money and decided to break the game up into episodes. Three years later we’ve got our full game! Huzzah for the conclusion of Shay & Vella’s adventure! This is definitely what I’ll be playing this week!

 

Omega Quintet

Release Date: April 28, 2015
Platform: PS4

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 Remember that PS4 camera and move controller that there aren’t actually any games for?  Well, your wait is finally over if you like weird Japanese idol simulations all mixed up with RPGs.

 

State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition

Release Date: April 28, 2015
Platform: Xbox One

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 Originally released on XBox 360 and PC a few years ago, this collector’s edition is coming to XBone. Wikipedia described it as: “… a third person, persistent open world, community-building social simulation, stealth-based, zombie-survival horror role-playing video game..” Too many things! Brains leaking out of...Wait that’s just what the zombies want, isn’t it?


Tropico 5

Release Date: April 28, 2015
Platform: PS4

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 I am pretty sure some version of this game comes out a new platform every time I’m on new releases...

New Releases: Week of April 20, 2015

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 22:15 — ChunkySoup

 Well, its mid April and that means Playoff season for the NBA and the NHL. Maybe the game industry expected a bit of a lull at this point, or perhaps they predicted a massive crater created by the drop of GTA V on PC last week. Whatever might be happening elsewhere, I can tell you that in the game landscape this week its barren. We are talking crickets chirping, rattlesnake rattlin’, steer skull rotting type of barren. There are no releases for the XBOX platform, so I hoped you picked up Goat Simulator or one of the Games with Gold games as the outlook doesn’t get much better until well into June from the looks of things.

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Shovel Knight
Release Date: April 21st, 2015
Platforms: PS3, PS4, Vita

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 If you yearn for 16 bit side scrolling adventure games in the vein of the old Ghosts and Goblins games and own a PlayStation console then Shovel Knight by Yacht Club Games may be right up your alley. Already out on PC/MAC 3DS/WiiU, Shovel Knight digs its way to an April 21st release date for you PS folks. I probably sunk hundreds of dollars worth of quarters into the arcade version of Ghosts and Goblins and I am pretty sure I didn’t make it past the second level. That game was hard. Shovel Knight looks to be just about the same

Dungeons 2
Release Date: April 24th, 2015
Platform: PC

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 Dungeons 2 by Realmforge Studios is a god game that should have probably been named Dungeon Keeper 3 or Dungeon Keeper HD or something like that. If you ever played the first Dungeon Keeper game click the link above and tell me I’m wrong...

Other than an Apple Watch game (oh boy that’s exciting...yeesh) and a re-release of Mario Kart DS for the WiiU Virtual Console that is pretty much it. Cue crickets...

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New Releases: Week of April 13, 2014

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 13:53 — loki619

 It’s another slow week in gaming… or is it? Mortal Kombat, Grand Theft Auto, and Donkey Kong all make an appearance in the hope that you will invest your hard-earned gaming dollars in game properties that you’ve already played, once, twice, and maybe three times or more in the past.

Grand Theft Auto V

Release Date: April 14, 2015

Platform: PC

 The game that everyone’s played at least once already is finally out on PC and with it comes 60fps, a movie editor mode, and lots of visual candy to entice people that may have already played this on a console to try it again on their gaming rigs or to entice PC gamers to push their current systems to the limit just to see how much more beautiful the world of Los Santos can be. If anything, this game will be an excuse to upgrade something on your PC.


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Mortal Kombat X

Release Date: April 14, 2015

Platforms: PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows

 Break out the first aid kit  and the hot compresses because your thumbs are about to take a beating as your favorite fighters come back with some special moves and new fatalities that only you, the experienced, button masher master, can inflict upon your enemies. Mortal Kombat X hit shelves on 4/14/15..


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Donkey Kong 64

Release Date: April 14, 2015

Platform: Wii U

 Okay so technically, this isn’t a new release (then again, neither is GTA V) and is instead,a re-release of an N64 favorite, Donkey Kong 64 (virtual console). This favorite allows you to relive your childhood but if you’re like many of us, that doesn’t really matter because most of us never really outgrew our childhoods… Oh well, go be the Kong and go mess up someone’s day.

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New Releases: Week of April 6, 2015

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 08:41 — SarcasmoJones

 The triumphant sounds of Spring can be heard everywhere: birds tweeting in the backyard, the incessant roar of poorly maintained lawn mowers attempting a final cut before their wheezing, premature demise, and my giggling, meth-addicted neighbor crawling around in his open garage at three in the morning: Spring is definitely my fourth favorite season. That being said, we do have a decent showing in the new release department this week. A very mean game is back to school you in academic sin, a mystery dungeon goes portable, and Nintendo shrinks another hit JRPG.


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Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin

Platforms: PS4, XB1,PS3, 360

Release Date: April 7


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 So the guys at Bandai Namco thought it would be a good idea to bundle Dark Souls 2 and all of its DLC into a special edition and sell it again. Current gen players are now able to get in on the frustration of playing a game that they have no hope of finishing, but with new content, like characters and items, the aforementioned DLC bundle, upgraded graphics and sound, as well as a performance boost and the multiplayer session cap is increased to six players.


Etrian Mystery Dungeon

Platform: 3DS

Release Date: April 7


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 Atlus and Spike Chunsoft worked together to bring this turn-based dynamic dungeon crawler to the 3DS.


Xenoblade Chronicles 3D

Platform: 3DS

Release Date: April 10


 I hope that you enjoyed the trailer because Nintendo is now charging for that: you owe Nintendo five dollars. Nintendo’s new practice of killing revenue from "Let's Play" session captures may not last forever, but their practice of shrinking console hits down to a portable size seems to have no end and Xenoblade Chronicles is their latest victim. Enjoy the game, just don’t try to stream it on Twitch.

New Releases: Week of March 30, 2015

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 13:05 — ZenMonken

 Our April Fools prank? Getting our new releases coverage out a few days late. (Sorry)

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MLB 15: The Show

Release Date: March 31st, 2015

Platforms: PS3, PS4, Vita


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 The latest entry in Sony’s MLB-branded baseball series, The Show, this year’s model features Matt Vasgersian, Eric Karros, and Steve Lyons as commentators. It’s a sports game, so the biggest changes are just graphics and the roster. It’s got a ton of game modes and… well… you know. It’s baseball.

 

Neverwinter

Release Date: March 31st, 2015

Platform: XB1


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 Neverwinter is the spiritual descendant of the first real MMORPG, AOL’s Neverwinter Nights which came out in 1991. It’s set in the fictional land of Faerûn, where most standard Dungeons and Dragons campaigns take place, as well as tons of novels and any game bearing the D&D logo. Neverwinter is a free-to-play MMO and easily the most polished currently available on the Xbox One.

 

Story of Seasons

Release Date: March 31st, 2015

Platform: 3DS


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 Story of Seasons is the first US entry in what used to be called the Harvest Moon series of games to be denied that title by former publishers Natsume. It’s what you would expect of a Harvest Moon game - Farming, selling of crops, tending of animals, subtle supernatural elements, inexplicable farm inheritance, etc. - just with a new name.

 

Dead or Alive 5: Last Round

Release Date: March 30th, 2015

Platform: PC (Steam)


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 This one’s been around for a bit, but it’s just hitting PCs via Steam this week. DoA5:LR features the 32 character from DoA5: Ultimate with two new characters and over 300 costumes. The game reportedly has increased “softness” for the character models, though one would hope as much of the development team’s focus would go towards gameplay mechanics as Team Ninja’s notorious over-the-top jiggle physics. Bleh.

New Releases: Week of March 23, 2015

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 12:41 — frizzlefry2

 Is everyone recovered from the St. Patrick’s Day ruckus? Good, then let’s talk gaming. Or Spring! Spring, spring, spring! If you’re (un)lucky enough to live in the Northeast, you’re absolutely ready for Spring. Demonstrating her twisted sense of humor, Mother Nature decided to play another sick joke and stick the Northeast with several more inches of snow less than 12 hours into spring. Enough!!! Anyways… New releases this week feature the current trend in next generation gaming: Remasters! Claptrap, Tiny Tina and Mad Moxxi in 1080p running at 60fps? Yes, please! Sneaking around, hunting Sligs and flatulating on command as our favorite Mudokon Abe? You’re damn right!!! Hurling controllers and spitting vitriol at From Software’s latest maddening creation? Wouldn’t have it any other way... 

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Bloodborne

Release Date: March 24th, 2015
Platform: PS4

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 Featuring many of the same action RPG elements of Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls, From Software’s Bloodborne immerses the player in Yharnam fighting its’ bestial denizens while searching for an elusive medical cure all. New features include the addition of guns and melee weapons capable of transforming into a weapon appropriate for your specific combat situation: a short bladed weapon effective in close quarter combat can be transformed into a long bladed weapon for appropriate longer range melee combat. Players can also dual wield-using their gun in one hand while carrying a bladed weapon with the other. 


Borderlands: The Handsome Collection

Release Date: March 24th, 2015
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One

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 Borderlands on next generation systems!!! Borderlands: The Handsome Collection includes both Borderlands 2, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and ALL associated content. Skins, additional playable characters and DLC are all included in this handsome new collection. The collection runs at 1080p and 60fps and includes a new four player couch co-op mode. Four player couch co-op drops the framerate to 30fps. I played couch co-op at Gearbox’s Borderlands Couch Party at PaxEast and the drop in framerate wasn’t noticeable. Additionally, previous generation save files are transferrable platform family to platform family so uploading your maxed out Mechromancer shouldn’t be a problem. All this content should easily satiate Gearbox fans until Battleborn releases!


Infinite Crisis

Release Date: March 26th, 2015
Platform: PC

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 Turbine’s MOBA, based on the DC comic of the same name, gets its long awaited PC release. Battle your friends in this free to play game (read microtransactions!) as your favorite Superhero or villain across Infinite Crisis’ many destructive environments. Teams battle as squads to destroy enemy turrets and drones and complete in game objectives all in an effort to capture or destroy the opposing teams power core. Control or destroy the opposing teams power core to lead your squad to victory. 


Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin

Release Date: March 27th, 2015
Platforms: 3DS, PS Vita

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 Kai, Zane, Cole, Jay, and Lloyd must defend Ninjago from Ronin and his army of dark samurai in the sequel to Lego Ninjago: Nindroids. After Ronin steals their memories with the Obsidian Glaive, the five ninjas forget how to use their elemental powers. Our heroes must race to find their Obsidian weapons, regain their memories and their powers before Ronin finishes his plan and unleashes evil upon Ninjago.

 

Life is Strange: Episode 2-Out of Time

Release Date: March 24th, 2015
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360

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 Follow the adventures of Maxine Caulfield in Square Enix’s episodic graphic adventure. Maxine discovers her unique ability to rewind time and alter future events. Altering future events, however, is not without its peril. Changes made by Maxine in the present, no matter how small, may lead to big and scary consequences in the future. Life is Strange features five episodes in total with a new episode delivered every seven weeks.


Metal Slug 3

Release Date: March 24th, 2015
Platforms: PS4, PS Vita

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 Metal Slug 3 is a PSN port from the original Metal Slug 3 (2000). Run and gun your way through endless enemies making your way to the final boss battle that awaits. Along the way you’ll find weapon upgrades, Metal Slug tanks and POWs, who when freed, provide random items and weapons. POW’s also provide you with a score bonus when you complete the level. Metal Slug 3 was the first in the Metal Slug series to feature branching paths. Each path leads to the same boss battle, but they’ll differ in terms of difficulty, length, weapon availability and POW numbers. 


Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty!

Release Date: March 27th, 2015
Platform: Xbox One

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 Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty! was developed by Just Add Water as a “ground up remake” of Oddworld Inhabitants classic Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee. Gameplay is still centered around 2D side scrolling puzzle-platforming rendered with a 3D physics engine. The result is 2.5D gameplay-2D gameplay with 3D visuals. Follow Abe in his quest to free his enslaved Mudokon friends from the zulags of RuptureFarms and the evil Sligs and Glukkons that control them. Abe has a trick or two up his sleeve, either directing his Mudokon friends to do his bidding or possessing and controlling Sligs. Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty! is a remake of one of the the classic puzzle platformers in gaming history. If you missed the Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee original release, this is your chance to play a true classic updated for the next generation.


Pillars of Eternity

Release Date: March 26th, 2015
Platforms: PC, OS X, Linux

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 Pillars of Eternity is an entirely crowd funded fantasy RPG developed by Obsidian Entertainment. Similar to Baldur’s Gate, the game will feature party based tactical gameplay, a fixed isometric view and 2D pre-rendered backgrounds. Main characters will be customizable based on class, race, sub-race, sex, culture, traits, skills and appearance. Your party can consist of up to six players-all of which are recruited during your adventures through the world. Obsidian revealed that both the plot and setting of the Pillars of Eternity to be original IP.


Slender: The Arrival

Release Date: March 24th (PS4) & 25th (XBox One), 2015
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One

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 Slender: The Arrival, a survival horror game based on The Slender Man from the Something Awful forums and developed by Blue Isle Studios, is the sequel to Slender: The Eight Pages. Follow Lauren as she seeks to solve her friend Kate’s disappearance. Armed with only a flashlight, she uses clues found in the environment to piece together Kate’s trail all while being followed and tormented by the Slender Man. Blue Isle Studios included several neat game mechanics: the Slender Man’s behavior changes chapter to chapter: an interesting mechanic to keep players uncomfortable and on edge,and looking directly at the Slender Man results in in both audio and video distortion further ramping up the scare.  

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