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New Game Releases: June 6th-12th, 2014

1001 Spikes

Two things will be dominating the industry this week: 1) the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo and 2) the interactive adaptation of How to Train Your Dragon 2. Given the incursion of a giant as well as flying, fire-breathing beasts, this week’s roster of new releases is dominated by a significant swath of indie counter-programming, with a number of notable titles coming to PCs and the Wii U.

PlayStation 3
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2 (PSN, $9.99)

Wii
How to Train Your Dragon 2

Wii U
Chubbins (eShop, $5.99)
How to Train Your Dragon 2
I’ve Got to Run! (eShop, $1.99)
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (eShop, $7.99)

Xbox 360
How to Train Your Dragon 2

Xbox One
1001 Spikes (XBL, $14.99)

3DS
Color Zen (eShop, $3.99)
How to Train Your Dragon 2

PC
Chicken Invaders 4 (Steam, $4.49)
Close Combat: Gateway to Caen (Steam, $TBA)
Crimsonland (Steam, $TBA)
Crimzon Clover WORLD IGNITION (Steam, $TBA)
Concursion (Steam, $9.59)
Dead Bits (Steam, $TBA)
Enemy Mind (Steam, $7.99)
Extreme Roads USA (Steam, $11.99)
Final Slam 2 (Steam, $TBA)
Flashout 2 (Steam, $TBA)
Freespace 2 ((Steam, $TBA)
GhostControl Inc. (Steam, $7.49)
Groove City (Steam, $4.24)
Haunt the House: Terrortown (Steam, $9.99)
Ionball 2: Ionstorm (Steam, $TBA)
Ludwig (Steam, $8.99)
Munin (Steam, $TBA)
Pixel Puzzles: UndeadZ (Steam, $TBA)
Pulstar (Steam, $TBA)
SPINTIRES (Steam, $26.99)
The Lost Crown (Steam, 8.99)
World War 2: Time of Wrath (Steam, $TBA)
Z (Steam, $TBA)

Robert’s Pick: While I feel a tinge of guilt not giving the nod to any of the promising PC indies headed to Steam this week, I’m going to have to vouch for an established title: the re-release of 2005’s Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2. As with many role-playing sequel’s, playing the predecessor is perfunctory. If you haven’t played the original game, not only will you miss of the most intriguing cliffhangers of the PS2-era, but you might also overlook many of the nuances of thesequel’s storyline. JRPG fans, so yourself a favor and add the complete Digital Devil Saga experience to your digital library.

Shin Megami Tensei Digital Devil Saga 2

 

Gonçalo’s Pick: I love JRPGs, but embarrassingly, I know very little about the Shin Megami Tensei series. I have no idea how this series slipped past me during the PS2 days, but perhaps it’s time I finally give it a go. From story to gameplay, its praise seems never-ending and I’m excited to find out why.

SMT Digital Devil Saga 2

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.

30 comments

  1. A whole lot of Steam releases that I haven’t heard of. You guys need to separate the quality from the chaff.

  2. Halfman Halfhorse

    I’m waiting on LEGO: How to Train Your Brick Dragon 2

  3. Where’s the pixel art from?

  4. Jay is the Name

    Maybe Sony will offering a B1G1 free on SMT: Digital Devil Saga for PS+ subscribers. Ok, I’ll keep dreaming.

    • You should niche games usually don’t get promotions like that. Even when Sony does RPG flash sales, they’re for games like ME, Amalur, and even Ni no Kuni. They know people who like these types of games will break down and spend.

  5. Also Games with CAPS should be outlawed. That is all.

  6. Two things will be dominating the industry this week:

    1) Geoff Keighley shilling who knows what
    2) Adam Sessler acting methed out and looking scary.

  7. 1001 Spikes looks kind of fun. It’s probably hard as f*ck, though.

  8. My dragon doesn’t need no training.

  9. Freespace 2 has two parenthesis. Must be to show how awesome the game is.

  10. Is any version of 1001 Spikes cross-buy?

  11. cash sex vodka

    So who went to E3 this year?