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New Releases for the Week of June 21st-27th, 2013

Deadpool

Typically, the summer solstice is a leisurely time for publishers, with only a few games trickling onto store shelves. This year, digital distribution looks to break that tradition, with the longest day of the year (at least for those who live on the Northern hemisphere) teeming with ways to squander the diurnal hours. Just to be sure to save some money for the week- from the paid equipment in free-to-play title Spartacus Legends, DLC scenarios in Muramasa Rebirth, to the deck building opportunities of Magic: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014, transactions will be as abundant as sunshine this week.

360
Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep (DLC, $10)
Deadpool
Kinect Sports Gems: Boxing Fight (XBL, $3)
Magic: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014 (XBL, $10)
Ride to Hell: Retribution
Spartacus Legends (XBL, Free-to-play)

PS3
Best of PlayStation Network Vol. 1
Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep (DLC, $10)
Deadpool
Hotline Miami (PSN, $9.99, Cross Buy with PS Vita version)
Pool Nation, (PSN, $TBA)
Ride to Hell: Retribution
Rising Star (PSN, PS2 Classic, $9.99)
Spartacus Legends (PSN, Free-to-play)
Warship Gunner 2 (PSN, PS2 Classic, $9.99)

Wii U
Game & Wario (Retail and eShop, $39.99)
Mario Bros. (Virtual Console, $4.99)
Wrecking Crew (Virtual Console, $4.99)

3DS
Bugs vs. Tanks (eShop, $7.99)
Defenders of Oasis (Virtual Console, $3.99)
Farming Simulator 3D (eShop, $9.99)
LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval’s Journey (eShop, $29.99)
Project X Zone
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (eShop, $39.99)
Mega Man 6 (Virtual Console, $4.99)
Sonic Blast (Virtual Console, $3.99)
Tails Adventure (Virtual Console, $4.99)

DS
Rhythm Core Alpha 2 (DSiWare, $9.99)

Vita

LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval’s Journey
Muramasa Rebirth

PC
Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep (DLC, $10)
Company of Heroes 2
Dark
Deadpool
Endless Space: Disharmony
Jack Keane 2: The Fire Within
Magic: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014
Ride to Hell: Retribution

Robert’s Pick: Although Gamestop reported the regular edition of Muramasa Rebirth would be in stores on  June 21st, it seems like the retail giant got ahold of some faulty intel; the actual release date for standard, collector’s, and digital edition is the 25th. I’ll be spending the interim revisiting the Wii version of Vanillaware’s magnum opus, sharpening my katana and nodachi skills for what is certain to be one of the best Vita games of the summer season.

Muramasa Rebirth

SeanNOLA’s Pick: There was a time when I loved Deadpool. It was sometime during puberty and before the internet followed me around 24 hours a day. It was the right time for it: comics were very self-serious in the 90s and Deadpool was a breath of fresh air. Now all of pop-culture is steeped in irony, and Deadpool just tries too hard.I had to drop the book from my rotation a few years back because I was getting better chuckles from Spider-Man, and better action from Captain America – but I digress: A Deadpool game would have been my dream in 1998, and because of that, I’ll still pick it up. Yes, I know that there is no possible way that a wise-cracking 3rd-person shooter could be innovative or even interesting after a decade of other similar titles, but when I get my time machine, I don’t want to have to explain to TeenNOLA that not only will he have to wait 15 years for a Deadpool game, but that by the time it comes out you won’t even want to bother trying it. That would be too much for his little mind to bear. I’ll also want to pick up Tails Adventure, because that game was the main reason I bought a GameGear. TeenNOLA would understand.

Deadpool Game (2)

Eric’s Pick: Gotta send an e-fistbump Sean’s way for the Tails Adventure love. That was one of my most played Game Gear games back in the day (right behind World Series Baseball ’95 and VR Troopers). As for my main pick, I’ve got to give the nod to Project X Zone. Namco Bandai Games, SEGA, and Capcom have teamed up for a huge multi-franchise SRPG with controllable combat sequences. The roster of characters and franchises is simply incredible. Some of the highlights for me being Mega Man X & Zero, Jin Kazama & Ling Xiaoyu from Tekken, and Ulala from Space Channel 5. Those are just the tip of the iceberg, too. There’s many, many more franchises that are represented in the game. If you’re a fan of Disgaea or Advance Wars-styled games, definitely give the eShop demo a try. Launch copies of the game are limited editions with a mini-poster, mini-artbook, and a soundtrack CD.

Project X Zone

About Robert Allen

With over 35 years of gaming experience, Robert 'DesertEagle' Allen is Tech-Gaming's resident worrier/warrior who spends his days teaching at three colleges and his nights devoted to JRPGs.

27 comments

  1. I’m pretty surprised by the number of games coming out this week. Not too many must have ones though.

  2. Farming Simulator 3D is a real thing or are you trolling us? ;)

  3. I bet Deadpool will be awful.

    • I played it at e3. It’s a third-person shooter with one-liners! Deadpool makes fun of tutorials! IT’S SO ORIGINAL I CAN’T HANDLE IT!

      But at least it seemed mechanically sound.

      • Waiting for the Youtube video of a guy dressed as Deadpool, playing Deadpool, making fun of it.

        So meta it’s theta.

      • Great to see you back, Sean. Glad to know rumors of your kidnapping and/or firing are false.

        Now, if we ever hear from Ryan again….

  4. Muramasa has DLC? :(

    I’ll stick with the Wii version.

  5. Arma 3 beta is this week, Deagle. You want to play that.

  6. Game & Wario…

    Great a micro-game collection. Just what the Wii U needs.

  7. Anyone care for some World exclusive Deadpool footage?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7XLMRhhXw8

    Did I mention it’s a world exclusive?

  8. At least middle-aged NOLA didn’t have to wait for the release of the movie. Man, I don’t think Deadpool is ever coming out.

  9. Have to share my thoughts:

  10. Jeremy LaMont's More Evil Clone

    Magic: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014 for me. Especially, if I can arrange my deck with my Move controllers.

  11. Playing Tails Adventure on a 3DS sounds pretty horrific. I’m sure it looks super pixelated and really old.

  12. No love for Tiny Tina here? She was one of my favorite characters in Borderlands 2.

  13. Best of PlayStation Network Vol. 1 sounds like a DVD you’d find in the Wal-Mart bargain bin, stacked below Best Bloopers ever and 20 years of Saturday Night Live.

  14. Wait, the Olympics are long over and Mario & Sonic has been on Groupon for $20 and Best Buy for about the same. They want $40 for the digital version?!? That’s madness.

  15. I’ll give Spartacus a try. I like the show.

  16. Project X Zone this week. Should be fun.

  17. Someone needs to hop min the time machine and warn TeanSean about that GG purchase.

  18. I hope you guys review Project X Zone. I’m pretty curious about that one- SEGA, Capcom and Namco characters all roll into one SRPG.

    • I am too, to be perfectly honest. We got to see it at e3, but the Namco rep was pretty clear that she had no idea what was going on in that game, and it was really difficult to drop and understand how to play. I’m going to guess that the first 5 hours of that game is tutorial.

      • I’m about 8 hours in and really enjoying it. I can’t say much as there’s an embargo until 6/25, but if you like SRPGs and have any appreciation for the roster, it’s worth a pick-up.

        Hurrying to get a full review up soon.

  19. I have my eyes on Company of Heroes 2. Loved the first game and I’ve been waiting for the sequel for too long.

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