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New Game Releases: July 23rd-29th, 2015

Lost Dimension

From high-definition remakes of Abyss Odyssey, Legend of Kay Anniversary, and N++ to PC ports of Funk of Titans and Way of the Samurai 4, this week’s schedule of new game releases offers an abundance of familiar titles. For those seeking fresh experiences, there are a few delights, from Lost Dimension mixture of role-playing and visual novel-like narrative to The Swindle, a procedurally-generated, steam-/cyberpunk-styled, caper that’s headed to multiple systems.

Header Image: Lost Dimension, PlayStation 3, PS Vita

PlayStation 3
Life is Strange – Episode 4 (PSN, $4.99)
Legend of Kay Anniversary (also on PSN, $24.99)
Lost Dimension (also on PSN, $39.99)
King’s Quest Chapter 1: A Knight to Remember (PSN, $9.99)
The Swindle (PSN, $14.99)

PlayStation 4
Abyss Odyssey: Extended Dream Edition (PSN, $14.99, PS+ $8.99)
King’s Quest Chapter 1: A Knight to Remember  (PSN, $9.99)
Legend of Kay Anniversary (also on PSN, $29.99)
Life is Strange – Episode 4 (PSN, $4.99)
N++ (PSN, $19.99)
Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment (PSN, $19.99)
The Swindle (PSN, $14.99)
Velocibox (PSN, $12.49)

Wii U
Canvaleon (eShop, $11.95)
DK Jungle Climber (eShop, $9.99)
Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria (eShop, $9.99)
Legend of Kay Anniversary (also on eShop, $24.99)
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (eShop, $14.99)
The Quiet Collection (eShop, $4.99)

Xbox 360
Life is Strange – Episode 4 (PSN, $4.99)

Xbox One
Life is Strange – Episode 4 (PSN, $4.99)
King’s Quest Chapter 1: A Knight to Remember (XGS, $9.99)
The Swindle (XGS, $14.99)
World of Tanks (XGS, free to play)

3DS
3D Street of Rage 2 (eShop, $5.99)
Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria (eShop, $9.99)
Epic Word Search Collection (eShop, $7.99)
Fantasy Pirates (eShop, $0.99)
I Love My Cats (eShop, $24.99)
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (eShop, $14.99, New Nintendo 3DS only)

PS Vita
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma EXTEND (also on PSN, $39.99)
Lost Dimension (also on PSN, $39.99)
The Swindle (PSN, $14.99)
Velocibox (PSN, $12.49)

PC
Airport Madness 4 (Steam, $8.49)
Bears Can’t Drift!? (Steam, $12.99)
Colonial Conquest (Steam, $8.99)
Cradle (Steam, $12.99)
Feist (Steam, $13.49)
Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 (Steam, $7.99)
Funk of Titans (Steam, $6.99)
Icy (Steam, $9.74)
Idol Magical Girl Chiru Chiru Michiru Part 1 (Steam, $14.99)
King of Dragon Pass (Steam, $11.99)
Kyn (Steam, $19.99)
Legend of Kay Anniversary (Steam, $19.99)
Pulsen (Steam, $16.14)
Spectrum: First Light (Steam, $9.99)
Starchaser: Priestess of the Night Sky (Steam, $8.99)
The Swindle (Steam, $12.74)
The Talos Principle: Road To Gehenna (Steam, $13.49)
The Viceroy (Steam, $17.99)
Time Clickers (Steam, free to play)
Victor Vran (Steam, $17.99)
Way of the Samurai 4 (Steam, $19.99)
Zotrix (Steam, $9.74)

Robert’s Pick: Although I’ve only put about ten hours into Lost Dimension, I like what I see so far. As a role-playing game with strong visual novel-like elements, you assume the role of Sho Kasugai, a member of an organization tasked with stopping “The End”- an enigmatic figure hell-bent on destroying the world in thirteen days. While the character design might not appeal to everyone (the actual animations are gorgeous), I have little criticism for the combat mechanics. With an expansive, uninhibited range of movement that’s often punctuated with an attack command, Valkyria Chronicles is a lazy reference point. Small, but intriguing elements like being able to bequeath a turn to an ally ensure tactical traits that outstrip SEGA’s game. Similarly, the ability to look into your comrades future provide distinction to Lancarse’s (Etrian Odyssey, Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey) latest.

Lost Dimension (1)
Gonçalo’s Pick:
 Although it’s tempting to see Streets of Rage 2 return with the added effect of 3D my pick this week leans towards another series that despite flawed, is often undeservingly maligned. Way of the Samurai is a series that tends to fly under the radar for most, a shame considering few games offer similar levels in freedom of choice. Although PC users are only now receiving this 4 year old game, Way of the Samurai 4 is still worth checking it out provided you own a controller and that the porting process is properly handled.

Way of the Samurai 4

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.

13 comments

  1. Plugging your own reviews I see? Nicely done.

  2. jason vvoorhees

    lately, Ive been buying things that are on sale, rather than just getting whatever is a new release. It’s been saving me a bit of cash.

  3. I’m hoping that Five Nights at Freddy’s 5 is a fighting game with all the characters from previous games. Imagine Purple Guy vs. Chica!

  4. The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (eShop, $14.99, New Nintendo 3DS only)

    That brings the total number of New 3DS exclusives up to 2.

  5. King’s Quest’s is back? Oh man, that’s brings back some memories. So is this one true to the original series?

  6. Just did a google search for “Lost Dimension”.

    In the side bar, it says “4/5 – PlayStation Blog.

    Click on the link and it shows at article from one of the dude at Atlus.

    How exactly is this ok?

  7. 3D Street of Rage 2, since I loved the game and the first 3DS one was a decent enough port.

  8. is Lost Dimension a crossbuy title? if so, I’ll grab it.

  9. BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma EXTEND is just coming out for Vita now?

  10. As a fan of viking stuff, I have my eye on the special edition of Kyn.

  11. Where’s our Lost Dimension review? I’m holding out for another positive review!