We’ve always maintained that there’s a reverse correlation between outdoor temperatures and the frequency of game releases. With blistering summer heat and a scant eight new titles hitting store shelves and download services, this this week’s numbers certainly seems to substantiate the theory. One group that has it made in the shade is RPG aficionados; between the publishing of Kingdom Hearts 3D Dream Drop Distance, Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time, and dare we say, Risen 2: Dark Waters, gamers should be quaffing potions at the same rate they are rehydrating.
Deadlight (XBLA, $15)
Risen 2: Dark Waters
Street Fighter X Tekken Character Pack DLC (XBL, $20.00)
The Expendables 2 Videogame (PSN, $14.99, 11.99 PS+)
Grand Theft Auto 3 (PS2 Classic, $9.99)
Risen 2: Dark Waters
Street Fighter X Tekken Character Pack DLC (PSN, $19.99)
War of the Monsters (PS2 Classic, $9.99)
3D Solitaire (eShop, $2.99)
Kingdom Hearts 3D Dream Drop Distance
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance (The Mark of Mastery Edition)
The Lost Town: The Jungle (DSiWare, $4.99)
Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time
DesertEagle’s Pick: Growlanser‘s last arrival on U.S. shores proved bittersweet. While it gave stateside gamers a double-dose of strategy-role playing goodness, bundling together both Growlanser II: The Sense of Justice along with prequel Growlanser III: The Dual Darkness, proved to be a bit too ambitious for Working Designs. The expenses for localizing two titles (along with the investment lost from Goemon‘s domestic denial) were enough to force the publisher to shut their doors in 2005. Although this week’s release of Wayfarer of Time offers only a tangential reference to previous storylines, rest assured the free-range combat encouraging cooperation magic hasn’t changed a bit. Time to don those Ring Weapons once more!
SeanNOLA’s Pick: Having just read a synopsis of the five preceding Kingdom Hearts titles (of which I have played three and understood zero) I think I’m ready for Dream Drop Distance. That being said, the fact that I would be picking a Square-Enix title that requires so much preemptive research should be a pretty major red-flag for anyone familiar with my opinion, so approach your Best Buy with caution.
Samurage’s Pick: My pick for this week shouldn’t be hard to guess. Risen 2 is still one of the best pirate games I’ve ever played. It offers swashbuckling, swearing, and high-seas adventure. My enthusiasm for it was stymied after it had so much trouble downloading and updating on my computer, but console players should have no problems of that nature. If you enjoy pirates at all, or are in the mood for a unique RPG, check it out.