We’ve got a dozen releases today, so if you are only seeing the top two titles, Crysis 3 and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, you are missing some other sweet goodies. There is a trip down memory lane with the Capcom Arcade, a revival of super-title F-Zero for the Wii U, and even the release of the new Wii U bundle if you wanted to jump in on that bandwagon. We’ve even got a PSP title on deck if you can believe it. Scroll through and check em out – The Bridge looks like a cool and unique indie title for this week. It’s a good time to be a gamer…
1. Crysis 3 [Xbox 360, PS3, PC]
In the wake of the alien invasion, New York lies covered by a giant nanodome. Hidden from the rest of the world a secretive military faction has set up shop in the ruins of the city. What do they want? Who are they? What have they found? Uncover their true motives and bring them down from the inside out. Prophet releasing an explosive arrow against an attacking mech enemy in Crysis 3 Return to the fight as Prophet, the Nanosuit soldier on a quest of discovery and revenge. The award-winning developer Crytek is back with Crysis 3, the first blockbuster shooter of 2013. Return to the fight as Prophet, the Nanosuit soldier on a quest to rediscover his humanity and exact brutal revenge. Adapt on the fly with the stealth and armor abilities of your unique Nanosuit as you battle through the seven wonders of New York's Liberty Dome. Unleash the firepower of your all-new, high-tech bow and alien weaponry to hunt both human and alien enemies. And uncover the truth behind the death of your squad while reestablishing the power of human will in a rich story full of exciting twists and turns. Crysis 3 is the ultimate sandbox shooter, realized in the stunning visuals only Crytek and the latest version of CryENGINE can deliver. Now, prepare to assess, adapt, and attack.
2. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance [Xbox 360, PS3]
In the near future, cyborg technology has become commonplace throughout society. Three years have passed since the collapse of the Patriots system that had been secretly controlling the global power balance from the shadows. However, peace remains elusive. The dissemination of cybernetic technology has triggered instability and conflict as those who control the trade gain increasing power. Furthermore, large 'Private Military Companies', or PMC's, that had been supported and controlled by the Patriots have collapsed, spawning countless rogue entities with origins to larger criminal organizations. These renegade PMCs employing cyborg technology have become increasingly more disruptive shifting policy and power at will. As a member of the peace-keeping PMC 'Maverick Security', Raiden lives by the mantra of protecting and saving lives. But as the world plunges further into asymmetric warfare, the only path that leads him forward is rooted in resolving his past, and carving through anything that stands in his way
3. Assassin's Creed 3: The Tyranny of King Washington [Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, PC]
Entitled The Tyranny of King Washington, the noncanonical story revolves around an alternate history where George Washington seizes power and becomes 'King of America' following the events of the American Revolution. The player will be tasked with overthrowing the dictator. The single-player campaign will be separated into 3 episodic installments which will be available post-launch. In the DLC, Connor will gain new abilities: the "Power of the Bear" for strength, the "Power of the Eagle" for speed, the "Power of the Wolf" for stealth, "Warpaint" to enhance the abilities, and "Alpha of the Pack", giving the ability to call wolves to help in battle.
4. ZombiU Wii U Bundle
The Wii U ZombiU Deluxe Set comes with all the contents of the standard Wii U Deluxe Set, plus the addition of the ZombiU game, a black Wii U Pro Controller and a collectible booklet featuring artwork from the game and never-before-seen developer commentary. Nintendo Land will also be included as a downloadable game, rather than a packed-in disc. The jam-packed ZombiU Deluxe Set will be available at a suggested retail price of 9.99, a savings of if all items were purchased separately. In addition, people who purchase this bundle are automatically enrolled in the Digital Deluxe Promotion, a program that allows Wii U owners to receive 10 percent back in points for each download they purchase in the Nintendo eShop. These points can then be used for future Nintendo eShop purchases.
6. Hakuoki: Warriors of the Shinsengumi [PSP]
Hakuoki: Warriors of the Shinsengumi for the PSP (PlayStationPortable) system is the first action game from the hit series Hakuoki. As a member of a legendary group of warriors from bygone Japan, battle against imperial forces, demons, and more in the first hack/slash game from this critically acclaimed series. Based on the visual novel, Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom, Hakuoki: Warriors of the Shinsengumi brings together the great storytelling that defines this series and action-packed adventure for everyone to enjoy.
7. Generation of Chaos: Pandora's Reflection [PSN]
Dark clouds blanket the withered skies and block out the sun; cracked earth and choking fog rule the land. This colorless world, showing no signs of life, is known as Hades. The barren land is blasted by chilling winds that cut to the bone... This is where we meet our heroes—Yuri, a young girl cursed with a disease draining her life away; and Claude, her protective older brother who will stop at nothing to save her. As they travel in search of a cure, they find themselves embroiled in a conflict that will determine the fate of the world and, just maybe, the fate of the siblings. They’ll lose old friends, meet new friends, and travel on a path that will lead them to the very doorstep of destiny...
8. Capcom Arcade Cabinet [PSN / XBLA]
Capcom Unity announced the full list of titles for its upcoming release: Capcom’s Arcade Cabinet. The 8-bit games, originally released in 1984-1988, will be grouped in five different packs and released on a staggered schedule from February 20 through mid-May. The first game pack will contain titles: Black Tiger, Avengers and 1943: The Battle of Midway for 400 MSP. Black Tiger will also be available as a demo on February 20. Each pack afterwards will be priced at 800 MSP. The four remaining packs will be released as follows: Game Pack 2 - March 5 Ghosts n Goblins, Gun Smoke, and Section Z Game Pack 3 - March 19 Side Arms, Legendary Wings and Trojan Game Pack 4 - April 2 Comando, The Speed Rumbler and Exed Exes (Savage Bees) Game Pack 5 - April 16 1942, SonSon, Pirate Ship Higemaru
9. Urban Trial Freestyle [PSN/Vita]
Urban Trial Freestyle™ challenges players to push their risk-taking to the absolute limits to deliver maximum stunt rewards. The game`s nonstop action is complemented by a host of features including trophies, multiple game modes, leader boards, rider and bike customisation, and much more. With slick urban detailed graphics and an innovative physics engine fine-tuned for fun pick-up and play, the game has been specifically engineered to get the most out of each platform. Urban Trial Freestyle™ has been greatly influenced with the support of Julien Dupont, the "godfather of urban trial freestyle." Julien is known around the world for his unique street style and technique, mashing down barriers and setting new records.
10. Serious Sam Double D XXL [XBLA]
Once again, Sam ‘Serious’ Stone must use the Time-Lock to travel through time and destroy the enemies of humanity’s past, in order to save its future. But since his last outing, 2 important new relics have been discovered: the Gunstacker and the Jump Pad. Only Sam is serious enough – and crazy enough – to use this untested technology... but this time he is not alone. Dan ‘Huff’ Huffington, lost soul bent on revenge squirrel jerky connoisseur, was minding his own business when he was caught in Sam’s temporal wake and pulled back through time. Split by centuries, but united by a mutual appreciation for making big ugly monsters explode, Sam and Huff have come to negotiate for humanity’s survival... with stacks and stacks of guns.
11. The Bridge [PC]
The Bridge is a 2D logic puzzle game that forces the player to reevaluate their preconceptions of physics and perspective. It is Isaac Newton meets M. C. Escher. Manipulate gravity to redefine the ceiling as the floor while venturing through impossible architectures. Explore increasingly difficult worlds, each uniquely detailed and designed to leave the player with a pronounced sense of intellectual accomplishment. The Bridge exemplifies games as an art form, with beautifully hand-drawn art in the style of a black-and-white lithograph.
12. A Valley Without Wind 2 [PC]
A Valley Without Wind 2 brings a vast platforming adventure together with a compelling turn-based strategy game -- all within a living, breathing world full of danger and surprises. A complete re-imagining that takes the best ideas from the first game and takes them to the next level. This time around, you play as a mage who has infiltrated the inner circle of the evil overlord Demonaica in order to gain the power of immortality that he uses to terrorize the land. Now that you too have this power, it's time to lead an uprising, and ultimately try to bring Demonaica and his henchmen back to mortality so that you can be rid of them forever. Explore to steal power from the overlord and from other evil third parties scattered around the world. Dispatch resistance members to handle various tasks including laying siege, scavenging, recruiting, and constructing. Avoid Demonaica, who directly terrorizes your troops, until you are ready to take him down in single combat. Your immortality came at great personal cost, but it makes you the one last hope of saving the world from the ultimate evil.