New titles, technologies among summer releases gamers watching forWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
By Michael Siebenaler and Sagar Sharma, Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writers
This summer’s upcoming video game releases include standard offerings, returning franchises and exciting new technologies.
Players can diversify their game libraries with the current Nintendo Wii U as well as the upcoming PlayStation 4 (coming by the end of this year) and Microsoft’s new Xbox console (more details coming May 21).
The LeapMotion Controller (PC) will release sometime in July as the world’s most powerful and sensitive 3-D motion-control and motion-sensing technology.
“New Super Luigi U” will release this summer on Wii U as downloadable content (DLC) for “New Super Mario Bros. U” game owners. This special DLC will have 82 updated stages playable as Luigi, who can jump higher than Mario. “Mario Golf: World Tour” will release on the Nintendo 3DS, offering a community play option as well as worldwide, competitive, real-time multiplayer matches.
Oher upcoming releases include:
May 6: The PlayStation 3 Legacy bundle will have a 500 GB hard drive for $299 plus “inFAMOUS 2” and the original full version of “Gran Turismo 5” with a voucher for more than $20 of bonus DLC, including new cars and tracks.
May 14: “Metro: Last Light” (Square Enix), the sequel to 2012’s highly popular “Metro 2033,” releases on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 while “Crash City Mayhem” (Majesco) releases on Nintendo 3DS.
May 21: “Worms Collection” (Maximum Games) and “Fast & Furious: Showdown” (Activision) release on PS3 and Xbox 360 while “Resident Evil: Revelations” (Capcom) comes to the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U with enhanced graphics, giving players a chance to experience the scares on a bigger screen.
May 24: “Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D,” originally released on the Wii, comes to the 3DS handheld system with upgraded 3-D effects.
May 28: “GRID 2” (Broadway) on PS3 and Xbox 360 has arcade racing fans excited for its robust single and multiplayer modes. With an advanced AI and car damage physics, this racer might expand on the promise the original title showed. “Fuse” (EA) for PS3 and Xbox 360 will release from the creators of “Ratchet & Clank” and “Resistance” and will feature a four-player co-op and heavy emphasis on Fuse-powered weapons to help teammates in battle.
May 31: “Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded” on the PC/Mac will bring the raunchy game series back to the forefront.
June 4: “Remember Me” (Capcom) on PS3 and Xbox 360 will feature futuristic action and allow players to customize their own combos in the extensive Combo Lab. “Painkiller: Hell & Damnation” (Nordic) for PS3 and Xbox 360 offers an exciting trigger-happy first-person shooter with a co-op campaign and a large arsenal of gruesome weapons. “Minecraft” (Microsoft), an Xbox 360 exclusive, moves from Xbox Live to this retail disc and will include all the latest DLC.
June 9: “Animal Crossing: New Leaf” will release from Nintendo on the 3DS and will also be included with a special 3DS XL bundle.
June 14: “The Last of Us” (Sony Computer Entertainment) will feature zombie apocalypse action from Naughty Dog, the studio of the “Uncharted” game series, for PS3. Also available in Survival Edition.
June 24: The Nintendo eShop will release the eclectic “Game & Wario.”
June 25: “The Sims 3 Island Paradise” (EA) will release on PC/Mac, where players can build and manage a five-star resort hotel among several other amazing activities and is also available in limited edition. “Deadpool” (Activision) will release on PS3 and Xbox 360 while “Muramasa Rebirth” (Aksys) will release exclusively on the PlayStation Vita and also be available in a Blessing of Amitabha edition.
July 9: “NCAA Football 14,” the college football game standard, will feature former University of Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson on the cover.
July 16: “Turbo,” based on the upcoming movie, will zoom onto multiple consoles from D3Publisher while “Rune Factory 4” (XSeed) will hit the 3DS. This role-playing game follows the tale of a hero who has lost his memory and is charged with the task of running a town and discovering the mysteries that present themselves to the player. “Shin Megami Tensei IV” (Atlus) on the 3DS will place players in the role of a samurai who must defend his kingdom from rival factions in this Japanese RPG.
Aug. 4: “Pikmin 3,” a Wii U exclusive, will feature new Pikmin creatures like the flying Winged Pikmin that follow the player and can carry items in the air.
Aug. 6: “Disney’s Planes,” based on the upcoming movie, will release on multiple consoles while “Tales of Xillia” (NAMCO) will only release on the PS3, also available in a collector’s edition. “Dragon’s Crown” (Atlus) will hit the PS3 and PS Vita. This 2-D action multiplayer beat-’em-up will not have a crossplay feature, but will feature cross-saving.
Aug. 18: “Disney Infinity” (Disney Interactive) will incorporate collectible figurines based on famous franchises such as “Toy Story” and “The Incredibles” on the PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U.
Aug. 20: “Tom Clancy Splinter Cell: Blacklist” (UBISoft) will bring new exciting gameplay elements including “kill in motion” and an all-new snake cam.
Aug. 27: “Madden NFL 25” will excite NFL fans with Barry Sanders on the cover while “Killer is Dead” (XSeed) is coming on PS3 and Xbox 360 from Suda 51 — need we say more?
Have a great gaming summer!
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