It’s a short list of 9 titles for this week for video game releases. The heavy hitters for the quarter are coming in just a few weeks, but that doesn’t mean you should overlook some of the goodies this Tuesday. Slide through the deck and check out see for yourself! Gaming Trend – growing your backlog one week at a time…
1. Skulls of the Shogun [PC]
Washing up on the shores of the afterlife, players meet and join forces with vibrant ghost-samurai warriors, magical animal-monks, and mustachioed samurai generals on the way to capture Skulls of the Shogun. Players immerse themselves in battle with fun and unique game play features amidst lush, eerie environments. Also featuring 4-player local and networked multi-player and an original score inspired by old samurai films and dub, Skulls of the Shogun offers simple-yet-deep, refined and offbeat gameplay.
2. Dungeonland [PC]
Dungeonland is a cooperative action game where players take control of a group of adventurers in their visit to a crazy and dangerous medieval theme park. The Evil Lord Dungeon Master, tired of seeing his Grand Plan for World Domination constantly being thwarted by nosy, big-chinned heroes, is scheming to stop them once and for all! With the aid of a considerable loan from the Evil Overlord Foundation, Dungeon Master has laboriously built a nefarious theme park, tempting adventurers with a chance to explore the most dangerous and exotic places, fight the most powerful monsters and possess the most wondrous magical items.To this most unlikely place, he gave the name… Dungeonland. Playing as The Rogue, The Warrior or The Mage, players will loot, level up, customize their hero and acquire new skills as they work their way through waves of monsters and traps leading all the way through deadly dungeons. From deadly jungles, to lush magical gardens and a dragon's lair, players will adventure through meticulously crafted themed environments all the way up to the tower of Dungeon Master himself.
4. Hitman HD Trilogy [Xbox 360, PS3]
Experience more than 40 intense missions across 3 classic Hitman games, each re-mastered in glorious HD. Whether you're a longtime fan or new to the franchise, this is your opportunity to take on the contracts that defined the series and fully established Agent 47 as the world's deadliest assassin.
5. Wizardry Online [PC]
Wizardry Online is a free-to-play MMORPG developed and produced in Japan by Gamepot, Inc based on the classic Wizardry computer games originally created by Sir-Tech. Like many MMORPGs, players can create their own character and explore and advance in an open world with other players that are also connected. A player may create a character using a variety of class/race/attribute combinations found commonly in most MMORPGs. A more dangerous addition to the gameplay is the potential for Permanent death also known as Permadeath. Upon character death, you have a chance of losing your character forever. The chance of losing your character can be reduced by sacrificing items. Wizardry Online features five races (Human, Elf, Porkul, Dwarf (male-only), and Gnome (female-only)) as well as four classes (Fighter, Priest, Mage, and Thief). Similar to previous Wizardry games, a new character will receive a random number of bonus points they can assign to attributes. Each class has a requirement for a number of points in a one or more attributes in order to select that class. Throughout the game you will be able to change your class. Open-world player-versus-player (PvP) is also a large part of the game. Players can attack any other player in town or in dungeons at any time and the same permadeath consequences also apply should a player fall victim to a PvP death. Player characters that have been slain (either by monsters or by other players) can be looted of their belongings by other players.
6. Puddle [eShop, XBLA, PSN, PC, Vita]
Puddle is a puzzle-platform video game developed by Neko Entertainment and published by Konami for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PlayStation Vita. The game was also self-published by Neko Entertainment for Wii U, and for the PC through Steam, GOG.com, and Desura.
8. Omerta: City of Gangsters
OMERTA – CITY OF GANGSTERS is a simulation game with tactical turn-based combat. Taking the role of a fresh-from-the-boat immigrant, with dreams of the big life, the player will work his way up the criminal hierarchy of 1920’s Atlantic City. Starting with small jobs, his character recruits a gang and expands his empire by taking territory from other gangsters. Eventually he establishes his own crime syndicate and becomes the de facto ruler of Atlantic City.
Antichamber (originally known as Hazard: The Journey of Life) is an upcoming single-player first-person puzzle-platform video game developed by Alexander Bruce. In Antichamber, the player controls the unnamed protagonist from a first-person perspective as they wander through non-Euclidean levels. Regarding typical notions of Euclidean space, Bruce has stated that "breaking down all those expectations and then remaking them is essentially the core mechanic of the game"