Before we get on with this week’s breakdown, we must first introduce Nintendo’ latest hardware revision of its popular gaming handheld. The awkwardly named “New 3DS” touches down this Friday, bringing new functionality to the portable system along with two spectacular launch titles. The update’s biggest features include enhanced specs, a second thumb stick and 3D that won’t blur whenever holding the console at an angle. We would struggle to call it a successor, but there’s still plenty to excited for.
- Evolve [PS4 | XB1 | PC]
- AeternoBlade [PSV]
- Chivalry: Medieval Warfare [PS3]
- Hyper Void [PS3]
- Jungle Rumble: Freedom, Happiness, and Bananas [PSV]
- Super Stardust Ultra [PS4]
- Unmechanical: Extended Edition [PS4]
- Red Riding Hood [Wii U]
- Blek [Wii U]
- Mappy-Land [Wii U]
- Blaster Master [Wii U]
- Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate [3DS]
- Don Bradman Cricket [PS4 | XB1]
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D [3DS]
- The Escapists [XB1 | PC]
- Kirby Fighters Deluxe [3DS]
- Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy+ [3DS]
- Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe [3DS]
It’s been a good few years since the last big game from developer Turtle Rock Studios. Responsible for Valve’s extremely popular Left 4 Dead series, the team’s latest project does carry over a few traits, chief among which is Evolve’s focus on co-operative multiplayer. Well we say co-operative but, in truth, there’s a competitive twist. Teams of four hunters will scour the surface of a far-flung planet, battling against all sort of exotic wildlife. At the very top of the food chain will be one of Evolve’s ferocious player-controlled monsters, tasked with eviscerating the other players before it ends up in a trophy room.
If one monster hunting video game wasn’t enough this week, Capcom is set to premiere the latest in its power-selling Monster Hunter series. Although not a complete overhaul of the core franchise template, 4 Ultimate makes a few key changes, finally enabling online co-op for its portable fanbase. Elsewhere, hunters can expect a slew of new creatures to fight, both big and small, along with three bonus weapon classes and a shed-load of content to swing your Gunlance at. Yes, we said Gunlance. Be sure to check out Dom’s review later today.
Also accompanying the New 3DS is The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. Considered to be the darkest and most unconventional game in the series, Nintendo has given it a complete makeover, adding new features along with the visual upgrade. Already the re-make has been garnering praise from critics across the board including our very own Blair who scored it a terrific 9/10. Owners of the New 3DS can also look forward to several other games including a new Ace Combat and Kirby.
Turning away from Nintendo’s handheld we have Team 17’s The Escapists on Xbox Live and PC. Meanwhile, PlayStation gamers will finally be able to enjoy Super Stardust Ultra on their PS4’s, with other titles launching such as Chivalry and Unmechanical: Extended Edition.