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New Game Releases: October 2nd-8th, 2014

Final Fantasy XIII

From The Creative Assembly’s attempt to provide Alien aficionados with an experience that matches the white-knuckle tension of the original film to Visual Concept’s sixteenth iteration in their beloved basketball franchise, this week itinerary of new releases has a number of notable highlights. Beyond Alien: Isolation and NBA 2K15, a few other titles remind us that gaming season is in full swing, with Super Smash Bros. and Skylanders Trap Team arriving on store shelves.

PlayStation 3
Alien: Isolation
Jet Car Stunts
NBA 2K15
Skylanders Trap Team
Skylanders Trap Team Dark Edition Starter Pack
Strider 2 (PSN, PSOne Classic, $5.99)

PlayStation 4
Alien: Isolation
Divekick: Addition Edition (PSN, $TBA)
Driveclub
Driveclub PlayStation Plus Edition (PSN, Free for PS+ subscribers)
Dust: An Elysian Tail
NBA 2K15
Pix the Cat
Skylanders Trap Team
Skylanders Trap Team Dark Edition Starter Pack
Styx: Master of Shadows

Xbox 360
Alien: Isolation
NBA 2K15
Skylanders Trap Team
Skylanders Trap Team Dark Edition Starter Pack

Xbox One
Alien: Isolation
NBA 2K15
Project Spark Starter Pack
Skylanders Trap Team
Skylanders Trap Team Dark Edition Starter Pack

Wii U
99Seconds (eShop, $2.49)
Castlevania Dracula X (eShop, $7.99)
Red Riding Hood (eShop, $1.00)
Skylanders Trap Team
Skylanders Trap Team Dark Edition Starter Pack

3DS
Skylanders Trap Team
Super Smash Bros. (eShop, $39.99)
Tenkai Knights Brave Battle

PS Vita
Jet Car Stunts
Pix the Cat

PC
Alien: Isolation (Steam, $49.99)
A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda EX (Steam, $3.99)
Costume Quest 2 (Steam, $14.99)
Last Knight: Rogue Rider Edition (Steam, $5.99)
Metal Dead (Steam, $TBA)
Monomino (Steam, $4.49)
MX vs ATV Supercross Encore Edition (Steam. $TBA)
NBA 2K15 (Steam, $59.99)
Styx: Master of Shadows (Steam, $23.99)
Final Fantasy XIII (Steam, $14.39)

Robert’s Pick: Make no mistake: Skylanders are an expensive hobby. After spending seventy-five dollars on the starter pack, players will soon be greeted by a near-irresistible urge to purchase additional figurines, which not only add additional characters to the game, but transform DLC into the tangible. However, if players can temper their longings to own every single one (or have an excessive amount of disposable income), Skylanders can become a gratifying pastime, especially since each successive entry has demonstrated backwards-compatibility with the previously-release figures.

Skylanders Trap Team’s two additions to the proven formula are deft. There’s villains that can be ensnared and forced to fight again other creatures. Although they aren’t given real-world form, like other characters, they are brought to life by a speaker on the Portal of Power, which is an entertaining idea. Trap’s other new element are Skylander Minis, which sustain the concept that “smaller is cuter”, transforming key characters into chibi-form. As an adult I’m excited for the game; I couldn’t imagine how ecstatic ten year-old me would have been.

Skylanders Trap Team

 

Gonçalo’s Pick: As a game collector I generally prefer owning physical copies over digital releases. Don’t get me wrong, downloadable games offer many advantages over their disc-based counterparts. For one thing, I don’t have to worry about my games getting scratched beyond recognition.  It also allows us to play retro titles that we wouldn’t have the chance to otherwise due to rarity or Ebay’s knack for overpricing anything launched before the Playstation 2.

Enter Strider 2, a game which many consider to be the only true sequel to the Capcom’s Arcade original. Featuring 2D characters over 3D backgrounds, Strider 2’s gameplay remained similar to the first title while ramping up its trademark flashy acrobatics and combat. Perhaps the only drawback to this game would be its unlimited continues, making for an overall easier experience.

Strider 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.

15 comments

  1. So all my old Skylanders will work with the new one?

  2. I can’t believe that Driveclub is finally coming out.

    Remember how Sony made it seem like we were getting the whole game free on PS+. Now I hear it’s more of a demo. More E3 lies.

  3. I was really psyched for Alien: Isolation but some of the reviews were kind of meh. I think I’ll wait for a price drop, which will probably happen pretty soon.

    • I like the idea of an Alien game being survival horror and less about shooting, but it could easily get frustrating after a while since you can’t kill it only run away.

  4. Might have to try Project Spark, which looked kind of cool when I last saw it.

  5. No prices for Playstation stuff?

  6. Didn’t A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda come out a while ago?

    • Yep, it did. This new version adds two levels I think.

      • I’d stay away. I thought the game was going to be an old school Contra clone, but I was let-down. The physics and level design just aren’t there. Also there’s little enemy variety so things get old real quick.

  7. Bought SSB today. Guess what? It’s more Smash Bros.

  8. FFXIII doesn’t come out till the 9th, FYI.

  9. I love Skylanders. I’ll be picking up Trap Team and a few figures.

  10. Skylander Trap Team for me this week.

  11. its great………………………………