Someone missed the memo about the summer drought with the new video game releases for the week of July 27, 2014. There are a good amount of games dropping this week and while many of them are ports, collections, or remasters, there are some titles that you should give some serious thought to picking up.
The biggest profile new video game release for the week is without a doubt, The Last of Us: Remastered. The game was one of the most acclaimed titles for the PlayStation 3 and considered its swan song by many. Developed by Naughty Dog (Crash Bandicoot, Jak & Daxter, Uncharted), the post apocalyptic third-person shooter was arguably one of the most ambitious titles on the platform and was so optimized for the quirks of the PlayStation 3’s hardware, that to simply get the game to run on the PS4 was one of the hardest things the developer has ever faced. Speaking to Edge, Naughty Dog commented on the transition from the PlayStation 3 to the PlayStation 4:
“I wish we had a button that was like ‘Turn On PS4 Mode’, but no,” creative director Neil Druckmann says. “We expected it to be Hell, and it was Hell. Just getting an image onscreen, even an inferior one with the shadows broken, lighting broken and with it crashing every 30 seconds… that took a long time. These engineers are some of the best in the industry and they optimised the game so much for the PS3’s SPUs specifically. It was optimized on a binary level, but after shifting those things over [to PS4] you have to go back to the high level, make sure the [game] systems are intact, and optimize it again.”
Apart from running from fungal infections, the PlayStation family is also receiving one of the most endearing “rogue-like” games from the PC, Rogue Legacy. As explained on the PlayStation Blog, the game has a very simple premise: a randomly generated dungeon plays host to four bosses with their own unique environments. After they are defeated, the final boss must then be defeated. The catch comes in the games brutal difficulty and the death as a reward system. Once a character dies, the gold is passed onto a randomly generated “heir,” each with their own abilities induing ADHD (faster movement), dwarfism (able to access certain, small access points), color-blindness (the game is played in black & white) and other special characteristics. The gold can be spent improving these abilities, enhancing the castle, unlocking the castle blacksmith and so on. All of these help the “heir” on their journey into the dungeon and the cycle repeats.
The last game out of these new video game releases we would like to point out is the Ratchet & Clank Collection for the PS Vita as a digital download. The collection is based off the HD port of the original PS2 games for the PlayStation 3. The three games included in the collection are: Ratchet & Clank, Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, and Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal. The addition of the Ratchet & Clank Collection to the PS Vita is the final action platformed of the 3 that helped define the PlayStation 2 and the studios themselves. The other two were Sly Cooper developed by Sucker Punch who went onto develop inFamous and Naughty Dog who developed the Jak & Daxter trilogy.
New Video Game Releases For The Week of July 27, 2014
All-Star Slammin’ D-Ball (PS One Classic)
The Last of Us: Remastered
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky
LEGO Ninjago Nindroids
PS Vita | 3DS
Mega Man Battle Network (GameBoy Advance Virtual Console)
Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds
PS Vita (D)
Xbox One (D)
PS4 (D) | PC
Ratchet & Clank Collection
PS Vita (D)
PS3 (D) | PS4 (D) | PS Vita (D)
Treasures of Montezuma: Arena
PS Vita (D)
XType Plus Wii U eShop