Sony is continuing to pump out new video game releases with the week of December 21, 2014. Like the week previous, Sony continues its strong indie support across all three active platforms. The Wii U is taking us down memory lane with an old classic on the Virtual Console, and the Xbox platforms are once again without games for their discounted console.
Microsoft continues to be absent from new video game release lists with nothing to show. Sony, on the other hand, has been pumping out at least five games a week for the last three months, varying from the AAA developed entries or smaller indie projects. This week is no exception to this trend.
This week, TRINE: Enchanted Edition brings the original fantastical puzzle platformer to the PlayStation 4 using the visually stunning TRINE 2 engine. It also brings online multiplayer to the game for the first time on the PlayStation platform. The game’s mechanic was built around the player switching between a knight, wizard, and thief at the press of a button in order to solve the puzzles the game presented. The three characters each had their own special abilities, which had to be used in concert to overcome the difficulties on their quest, but now up to three players can play together in what used to be a single player experience.
The more nostalgic gamer will find a welcome new video game release with Duck Hunt for the Wii U Virtual Console, a section of Nintendo’s online market place that sells games from past systems for play on the Wii U and 3DS. Duck Hunt originally used the Nintendo Light Gun, as the gamer would shoot ducks (in an 8-bit comedic fashion) and clay discs out of the air on their old tube CRTV’s. With the Wii Remote now serving as the Light Gun, it will bring one of the most addictive games from the old system into the HD era along with the dog that mocks you with every miss you make. The game is also a tie in to Super Smash Bros. which will see the dog from Duck Hunt as a playable character in the game’s forthcoming DLC.
One other release worth noting is the second episodic release for Broken Sword 5, a point-and-click adventure in the vein of King’s Quest, Maniac Mansion, and other PC games from that era. The series saw a resurgence of interest when the original game, Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars, saw a Director’s Cut with and extended plot and Nicole Collard as a playable character. The new version had a release in 2009 for the Wii and DS. The reception was overwhelmingly positive, and ports were later made to the iOS, PC, Mac, and Linux platforms over the next three years.
The latest entry into the series, Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse, is following the Telltale Games model of episodic releases, with Episode 2 launching this week on the PlayStation Vita in North America.
Be sure to check back with the Inquisitor every week for our complete breakdown of the latest new video game releases.
New Video Game Releases for the Week of December 21, 2014
Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse: Episode 2
Duck Hunt (Virtual Console)
Digital (Cross Buy)
PlayStation 3 | PS Vita
Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse
Switch Galaxy Ultra
Digital (Cross Buy)
PlayStation 4 | PS Vita
Trine: Enchanted Edition
[Image Source | Revolution Games]