Fight Boredom, Check Out These 4 Games Launching Next Week
After the firehose spray of huge new games that was unleashed last week, things are finally calming down as the majority of the year’s big games are now available. But that doesn’t mean nothing is launching between now and the new year. Below, we highlight four games coming next week to a variety of platforms, including a couple of potentially excellent titles.
1. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
- Coming November 25 to Nintendo 3DS/2DS
The Persona series has been big in Japan for many years, but the audience Stateside has been growing steadily as new games are released. With good reason, too: They’re generally considered among the best RPGs out there, right up there with the likes of Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest. The games star groups of high schoolers who socialize and attend class during the day, then go out to fight monsters at night.
Persona Q takes the characters from Persona 3 and 4 and sticks them in a different kind of role-playing game. It maintains the social aspect but turns the dungeon crawling into a first-person adventure, with an emphasis on mapping the dungeon by using the stylus on the 3DS’s bottom screen. Fans of Japanese RPGs will definitely want to keep an eye on this one.
2. Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions
- Coming November 25 to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC, and November 26 to Xbox One and Xbox 360
Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved was one of the first Xbox Live Arcade games, released way back in 2005, and helped prove there was a market for smaller games on the then-new Xbox 360 console. The gameplay was simple: Fly a ship around on the screen, shoot swarms of enemies, and try to stay alive as long as possible to rack up a high score. The clincher was that the game was silky smooth to play, with flashy neon graphics backed by pumping techno beats.
The third installment in the franchise looks like it offers up the same irresistible gameplay, with more than 50 levels and a handful of new modes. The levels come in a variety of shapes, including three-dimensional ones like spheres, cubes, and capsules that you can circumnavigate with your ship. It looks like a blast. You can watch the trailer to see for yourself.
3. Akiba’s Trip Undead & Undressed
- Coming November 25 to PlayStation 4
Here’s a game American audiences might find a little on the strange side (OK, maybe a lot on the strange side). Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed is a risqué Japanese action-RPG set in a vampire-infested district of Tokyo. Basically, you wander the streets and use an in-game smartphone app to identify which people are these “Synthesizer” vampires, then engage them in hand-to-hand combat.
Here’s where it gets weird. Your goal in these fights is to strip the vampires of their clothing, exposing them to sunlight — which, of course, vanquishes them to an early second grave. The game wasn’t very well received when it launched in August on PS Vita and PS3. Maybe it’ll fare better on the PS4?
4. Raven’s Cry
- Coming November 27 to PC
If it’s a pirate’s life for you, check out Raven’s Cry, a swashbuckling action game that takes place in the Caribbean in the 18th century. The game follows the age-old story of a man out for vengeance after his family is murdered, which is far from original, but at least it gives you a reason to go out and impale a bunch of bad guys.
The combat fits with the setting, so you’ll send enemies to their maker using swords, guns, and the freshly sharpened hook you have in place of a hand. The game has you traverse both land and sea, engaging with other ships and mysterious natives on the islands you discover. It sounds like it could be an interesting historical romp if they pull it off. There hasn’t been much buzz about this game, though, so look for reviews if it sounds interesting.
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