Rejoice, gamers, for that magical time of the year is upon us once again! Yes, that wondrous six weeks before E3 affectionately known as The Shits. No publisher in his right mind is going to release jack shit between Pax East and E3, and the new releases are dribbling down one or two at a time. The industry likes to shoot its wad in early spring then and lay low so they have something to show at the convention in Cali. We only have one new release this week, but it is a bona fide AAA badass from the code magicians at Ubisoft Montreal.
Child of Light
Release Date: April 30, 2014
Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, WiiU, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Child of Light is a visually stunning puzzle/platformer that features RPG elements and turn-based combat. The game is set in Austria, in the year 1895. Princess Aurora has gotten sick and awoken in a fantasy world with a firefly companion. In the real world she may have been a sick little girl, but here she is Princess Asskicker: she can fly, she can fight, and she doesn’t need a guy to come and save her. The game is mostly a platformer with some light puzzle elements thrown in. Aurora levels up like an RPG, complete with skill trees and crafting. The combat, however, is old school turn-based goodness. If you have a friend and a spare controller, that friend can then control the firefly, Igniculus, who may not necessarily be a great help in combat, but he does have a secret or two up his sleeve. Do fireflies have sleeves? Whatever...Child of Light is already getting some good scores and may be the best shot you have at gaming nirvana until Watchdogs hits the shelves. Gamers can take Aurora and her pet firefly for a spin, on every platform known to man, starting April 30.
The Amazing Spiderman 2
Release Date: April 29, 2014
Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Nintendo 3DS, WiiU, Xbox 360, Xbox One, iOS, Android
The video game tie-in to the new Spiderman movie is available on multiple platforms. Expect some web-slinging, wall crawling, and Spidey smart-assery. Oh yeah, expect Carnage as well. This one is out now on several consoles and mobile devices.