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New Game Releases: January 14th-20th, 2016

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With the first few weeks of the new year behind us, the procession of new game releases is finally starting to pick up, with publishers providing a number of high profile adaptations. From Atelier Escha & Logy’s journey to PS Vita, Dragon’s Dogma and A Boy and His Blob’s trip to PC, as well as Resident Evil Origins Collection’s leap through time, the next seven days signal a promising, if not port-filled future in the year ahead.

Header image: Atelier Escha & Logy Plus artwork

PlayStation 4
5 Star Wrestling: ReGenesis (PSN, $19.99)
Attractio (PSN, $19.99)
Baseball Riot (PSN, $4.99)
Croixleur Sigma (PSN, $14.99)
Dark Cloud 2 (PSN, PS2 Classic, $14.99)
Klaus (PSN, $19.99)
Inside My Radio (PSN, $14.99)
Life is Strange (retail release, $29.99)
Life is Strange: Limited Edition (retail release, $29.99)
Klaus (PSN, $TBA)
Resident Evil 0 (PSN, $19.99)
Resident Evil Origins Collection (also on PSN, $39.99)
Stargust Vanguards (PSN, 9.99)
Tachyon Project (PSN, $9.99)
The Deadly Tower of Monsters (PSN, 14.99)

Wii U
Metroid: Zero Mission (eShop, Virtual Console, $7.99)
Near Earth Objects (eShop, $2.99)
Space Hulk (eShop, $29.99)
The Perplexing Orb (eShop, $3.99)
Wicked Monsters BLAST! HD+ (eShop, $7.99)

Xbox One
A Boy and His Blob (XGS, $TBA)
Albedo: Eyes From Outer Space (XGS, $12.49)
Electronic Super Joy (XGS, $9.99)
Gemini: Heroes Reborn (XGS, $14.99)
Life is Strange (retail release, $29.99)
Life is Strange: Limited Edition (retail release, $29.99)
Oxenfree (XGS, $19.99)
Resident Evil Origins Collection (also on XGS, $39.99)
Zheros (XGS, $TBA)

3DS
Lionel City Builder 3D: Rise of the Rails (eShop, $4.99)
Slice It! (eShop, $5.99)
The Keep (eShop, 412.99)

PS Vita
Atelier Escha & Logy Plus (PSN, $39.99)
Atelier Escha & Logy Plus Limited Edition ($54.99)
Steins;Gate Limited Edition (retail release, $39.99)

PC (Available via Steam unless noted)
A Boy and His Blob ($TBA)
Attractio ($TBA)
Battle Pixels ($1.69)
Blade and Soul ($TBA)
Bladestar ($TBA)
Chef Solitaire: USA ($TBA)
Crowman & Wolfboy ($3.99)
Cyber Team Manager ($TBA)
Darkest Dungeon ($19.99)
Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen ($29.99)
Echoes Of Aetheria ($TBA)
Gemini: Heroes Reborn ($TBA)
Halloween Forever ($TBA)
Herding Dog ($TBA)
Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak ($TBA)
Kivi, Toilet and Shotgun ($0.59)
Masked Shooters 2 ($3.99)
Nordenfelt ($8.09)
Oxenfree ($19.99)
Protoshift ($TBA)
Raining Blobs ($TBA)
Resident Evil Origins Collection ($39.99)
Slime Rancher (Early Access, $19.99)
Sol 0: Mars Colonization ($TBA)
Stop Online – Battle of Words ($4.49)
Super Intergalactic Gang ($TBA)
Tacopocalypse ($9.99)
The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human ($TBA)

Robert’s Pick: When Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky was published on the PlayStation 3 last year, I thoroughly enjoyed my playthrough. Although the franchise could have easily slipped in stagnation after 17 years, Escha & Logy delivered. The interwoven tale of the two leads felt more mature, alchemy received an overhaul, and the game clock has been tempered, making the forty+ trek mostly blissful. If you missed the PS3 version or just prefer to tackle crafting on the go, Atelier Escha & Logy Plus is another great role-playing experience for Vita owners.

Atelier Escha & Logy Plus
Gonçalo’s Pick: I have always had a penchant for Rogue-like mechanics in my games. Something about the rising stakes within the punitive confines of perma-death appeals to me greatly, perhaps because it reminds me of my days playing Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord. Though this sub-genre is a tad overused by indie devs, Darkest Dungeon adds an interesting element of psychological stress and how it affects your party members. It brings a fresh new twist to an old genre and I am all for it.

Darkest Dungeon

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.

16 comments

  1. I’m trying to figure out if Desert like witch girls or fox girls more.

    Have me sights on Steins;Gate Limited Edition, especially with Amazon offering 20% off. That’s a new version, right? right?!?!

  2. preordered Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen for about $23 and some change. Downloading now (slowly)

    • I think I paid a dollar more. Have to wait until I get out of work to play.

      Anyone know if Steam has remote downloading?

  3. Everytime I look up Nintendo’s eShop games, I get more and more depressed. It’s like they’re not even trying anymore. I’ll give them the VC titles, even if they’re overpriced, but the rest are awful. Some look like shovel ware knock offs of Super Money Ball except without the monkeys.

    I expect more from Nintendo.

  4. Man, its been a crazy week. First I get to Sean Penn, now I’m behind bars and can’t access my Steam account. Really want to play Prison Architect so I can design a place with plenty of structural flaws.

  5. I’d rather play new games that rehashed ones I’ve already beat more than a year ago. Both the PS4 and Xbone are disappointing- half the library are remasters, ports, and indie games that aren’t really that good.

  6. I own Atelier Escha & Logy for the PS3, but I sadly haven’t had the time to play it 🙁

  7. I assume A Boy and His Blob is a remake of the Wii game that was a remake of the 2600 game.

  8. I’m hoping you give us a Space Hulk review. I like the way you write.

  9. Hard to justify paying $30 for Life is Strange when <$20 deals have been floating around. Good game, though, with a great soundtrack.

  10. Hasnt Darkest Dungeon been out for a while.