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New Releases: July 4th-10th, 2019

From Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle, which adapts characters and missions from the popular anime’s third season to Stranger Things 3: The Game, which does the same for the Netflix series, it’s a strong week for licensed titles. But those seeking original titles shouldn’t worry, with titles like Senran Kagura Peach Ball and SolSeraph arriving across the next seven days.

Header image: Clannad, Switch

PlayStation 4
Arcade Archives: Ninja Spirit (digital, $7.99)
Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle (physical and digital, $59.99)
Corpse Killer: 25th Anniversary Edition (physical, $59.99)
Sea of Solitude (digital, $14.99)
SolSeraph (digital, $14.99)
Stranger Things 3: The Game (digital, $19.99)
They Are Billions (digital, $29.99)

Switch
Ankh Guardian – Treasure of the Demon’s Temple (digital, $7.99)
Ape Out (digital, $14.99)
Arcade Archives: Clu Clu Land (digital, $7.99)
Asdivine Dios (digital, $11.69)
Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle (physical and digital, $59.99)
Clannad (digital, $44.99)
Desktop Table Tennis (digital, $7.99)
Dobutsu Shogi World (digital, $39.99)
Grass Cutter: Mutated Lawns (digital, $6.29)
Hero Express (digital, $4.99)
Hyperlight Ultimate (digital, $5.99)
Ovivo (digital, $6.99)
Paradox Soul (digital, $4.99)
Penguin Wars (digital, $14.99)
Pure Mahjong (digital, $9.99)
Senran Kagura Peach Ball (physical and digital, $39.99)
Siralim 3 (digital, $14.99)
SolSeraph (digital, $14.99)
Stranger Things 3: The Game (digital, $19.99)
Terraria (physical and digital, $29.99)
Voxel Sword (digital, $7.00)
What Remains of Edith Finch (digital, $19.99)
World of Riders (digital, $8.99)

Wii U
Horror Stories (digital, $3.99)

Xbox One
Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle (physical and digital, $59.99)
Doughlings: Invasion (digital, $9.99)
Grass Cutter: Mutated Lawns (digital, $6.99)
Hero Express (digital, $4.99)
Sea of Solitude (digital, $14.99)
SolSeraph (digital, $14.99)
Stranger Things 3: The Game (digital, $19.99)
They Are Billions (digital, $29.99)

PC
Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle ($59.99)
Combo Postage ($TBA)
Dungeon of Dragon Knight ($TBA)
Eagle Island ($TBA)
Godhood ($TBA)
Kingdom Wars 2: Definitive Edition ($TBA)
Rogan: The Thief in the Castle ($26.79, VR)
Sea of Solitude ($14.99)
SolSeraph ($14.99)
Stranger Things 3: The Game ($19.99)
Tiny Metal: Full Metal Rumble ($TBA)

Robert’s Pick: While Quintet (Soul Blazer, Illusion of Gaia) is no longer around, that doesn’t mean the world has to endure the absence of ActRaiser. Sure, this week’s release of SolSeraph isn’t a true sequel, but it’s a spiritual successor that adheres to the genre-uniting formula of the 1990 release, blending platforming with village management. As odd as it sounds, the two are quite complimentary.

Back when it was released for the SNES, it was an unlikely pairing that felt genuinely innovative. In the hands of ACE Team, it’s likely to exude cerebral creativity, much like the studio’s previous efforts. From Rock of Ages inspired fusion of giant ball demolition, tower defense, and European history, to Abyss Odyssey’s incorporation of Chilean folklore, ACE Team’s output is consistently something I look forward to. Even when their games are flawed, it’s still gratifying to see the team tackle some unorthodox concepts. Speaking of fusions, Senran Kagura Peach Ball’s blend of pinball and fan-service has my attention.

Matt’s Pick (Editor, DigitallyDownloaded): If you’re one of those people that’s fuming that there’s no national Pokedex in the new Pokemon titles, kindly do two things: 1) get over yourselves. Enough is enough. 2) Give Siralim 3 a go! Siralim is a roguelike monster collecting dungeon crawler that features hundreds and hundreds of critters to collect, and effectively endless gameplay. Sure, it looks humble, but the hyper-indie presentation belies something both deep and charming. You’ll wrestle with clumsy, bloated menu systems, but only because there’s so much customisation you can do in this game.

It’s a game that naturally fits the handheld experience, so the Switch will be the way to go with Siralim 3. Every time I play one of these titles I get a strong rush of nostalgia for my childhood, which was spent in no small part playing a lot of Nethack and Castle of the Winds. Any game that can take me back to that era is a worthy game indeed.


Ryan’s Pick: FMV games were quite the sight to behold when Sega CD first came out. While I never owned the Kris Kross: Make My Video game, I did enjoy a whole lot of Sewer Shark. More and more FMV games continued to release on 3DO, SegaCD 32X, and Playstation. Road Rash (which was eventually ported to PS1), Warhawk, and Corpse Killer are three of my favorites. I’m making my choice Corpse Killer: 25th Anniversary Edition this week because it provides an experience you really can’t get anymore with recent games.

The game itself is fairly straightforward, you move to areas, watch the full motion video sequences, and then shoot at zombies and soldiers as the screen pans like Operation Wolf or dare I say Revolution X. While you don’t necessarily need to shoot CDs to unlock Aerosmith characters in this game, you do have various kinds of bullets in your arsenal that you will need to use on specific enemies and bosses. Shooting the bosses with the right bullets is pretty important, and I remember this being one of my stumbling blocks when playing. The video interludes are a bit campy, if not hilarious, so please be warned. Again, if you hold this game against current-gen I feel like you may have a tough time getting past the limited graphics and repetitive gameplay, but for me this game represents a really cool part of game history when video was integrated with games to give it a slightly different feel compared to just traditional sprites or low-poly 3D.

 

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. Clannad is coming prepare those tissues.

  2. So let me get this right. Robert and Zack Reese are friends. Zack used to be a part of new releases. Robert picks a Sega game that looks pretty average over Senran Kagura Peach Ball. Seems fishy.

  3. Robert disliked Citizen of Space, which was a Sega game, so I’m not sure that theory holds. He seems to like most Japanese games, and Atlus/Sega puts out those. I think that’s a better explanation.

  4. What happened with Jay and Azario?

    Senran Kagura Peach Ball this week.

  5. Attack on Titan 2 is a new game or just an expansion?

  6. SolSeraph seems priced too low. It’s either super short or not polished.

  7. “If you’re one of those people that’s fuming that there’s no national Pokedex in the new Pokemon titles, kindly do two things: 1) get over yourselves.”

    Ugh 😧

  8. I’m curious how they’re going to adapt Stranger Things into a game.

  9. Crypt Killer isn’t coming out the 5th. Limited Edition games is allowing people to pre-order it on that day. Now you’re going to have to keep track of preorder dates I guess.

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