Games of the summer
Video games are released all the time and it can be a struggle trying to keep up with them. Thankfully the amount of games released tend to slow down in the summer months. Here are some games to keeps an eye out for.
“Kirby Triple Deluxe” (Nintendo 3DS)
The adorable pink puffball is back in action on the Nintendo handheld. In this new entry releasing on May 2, Kirby does what he does best: saving Dream Land and copying the powers of his enemies.
“Borderlands 2” (PlayStaton Vita)
Get ready to shoot Bullymongs and laugh at Handsome Jack’s quips on the go with this port of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 version of the same namesake coming out on May 6. It will feature a cross-save function for owners of the PS3 version which will allow them to transfer their saves on the Vita version to the PS3 version or vice-versa.
“Bound By Flame” (PS4, PS3, 360, PC)
Releasing May 9, this upcoming fantasy role-playing game features a demon-possessed main character and forces players to choose between using the evil powers offered or disregard them for a force of good. Depending on how the player users their powers and the choices made will determine how the story will play out. The developers Spiders have stated that they have made the combat intentionally difficult to give it a “Dark Souls” vibe.
“Transistor” (PS4, PC)
“Transistor” is developer Supergiant Games’ follow up to the critically acclaimed “Bastion.” Players control Red who stumbles upon a sword called the Transistor that he must protect from the evil organization called the Process. Combat in the game takes place in real-time until Red’s action bar is filled up, after which players can press a button and enter planning mode. In planning mode the game stops and allows the player to choose where Red will be positioned and what attacks she will use. “Transistor” comes out on May 20.
“Wolfenstein: The New Order” (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC)
B.J. Blazkowicz is back to fight the Nazi powers on May 20. “Wolfenstein: The New Order” however takes place in an alternate history in which the Third Reich won World War II and have dominated Earth using super weapons. The game features a slew of enemies ranging from Nazi soldiers, mechanical dogs, and giant robots. To help B.J. on his quest, he is equipped with a wide array of weapons, some of which he can dual wield, from the likes of a pistol to a giant laser cannon. Hopefully Mecha-Hitler makes an appearance like in “Wolfenstein 3D.”
“Watch Dogs” (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC)
Releasing on May 27 with a Wii U port scheduled for later this fall, “Watch Dogs” is Ubisoft’s take at a modern open-world game. Players play as Aiden Pierce a gifted hacker who is out to get revenge on the people who murdered his niece. Aiden’s smartphone is where all the hacking takes place and he is able to hack into almost every piece of technology in the fictionalized world of Chicago. Videos have shown him hacking into traffic lights causing accidents while another video showed Aiden surrendering to the police and he caused a massive blackout before escaping.
“Mario Kart 8” (Wii U) –May 30
“Mario Kart 8” continues on the traditional gameplay the “Mario Kart” series is famous for but add in two new features, including an anti-gravity sections and HD visuals. The Koopalings, seven characters that debuted in “Super Mario Bros. 3,” are now playable for the first time ever in the series. Online multiplayer makes a return for up to twelve racers along with four player local multiplayer which runs at 60 frames per second. Players can get their hands on a copy come May 30.
“The Last of Us: Remastered” (PS4)
Naughty Dogs’ swan song of the PlayStation 3, “The Last of Us” is headed to the PS4 on June 20. The remastered version of the game will have improved visuals, run at 60 frames per second and feature native 1080p display, commentary during cinematics and all the downloadable content that was released for the PS3. This includes the “Left Behind” single player DLC and the map packs for the multiplayer.
“Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark” (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, 3DS, Wii U)
When there’s a Transformers movie there’s a Transformers movie tie-in game. “Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark” takes the two video game Transformers franchise, the movie tie-in games, and the Cybertron series and mashes them together. The game is being touted as a sequel to “Fall of Cybertron” and a companion to the upcoming film Transformers: Age of Extinction. The game, which releases on June 24, will allow players to choose if they want to be an Autobot and protect the Earth or affiliate with the Decepticons and destroy the Earth.
“The Evil Within” (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) –August 26
The creative mind behind the “Resident Evil” series, Shinji Mikami is at it again with “The Evil Within” this August 26. Players control Detective Sebastian Castellanos as he awakens in a world where monsters walk about. Sebastian must fight off the monsters along with his growing fears and madness in order to survive and discover what is really going on.
E3 this year is from June 10-12 who knows what will be announced then and released shortly after.
With that, the Mace and Crown would like to wish its readers a happy summer, and remind everyone to be on the lookout for other games at this year’s E3 gaming conference from June 10 to 12.