With last week’s barrage of E3 news and announcements, there was little in the way of video game releases. Thankfully, this time around there’s plenty to talk about, with today’s update spotlighting several hotly anticipated 2015 launches.
- Batman: Arkham Knight [PS4 | XB1 | PC]
- Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition [PS4 | XB1 | PC]
- Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward [PS4 | PC]
- PlanetSide 2 [PS4]
- Ender of Fire [PS4]
- Suikoden III [PS3]
- Art Academy: Atelier [Wii U]
- Yoshi’s Woolly World [Wii U]
- J-Stars Victory VS+ [PS4 | PS3 | PSV]
- MotoGP 15 [PS4 | PS3 | XB1 | 360 | PC]
At the head of this week’s string of releases we have Batman: Arkham Knight. It’s the fourth in the series (or third, if you happen to be a Rocksteady purist) rounding out the Bat’s most successful stint in video gaming. Of course, with talk of this being the last Arkham title, there are murmurs that the caped crusader may be on his way out too.
Needless to say, there’s plenty of mystery surrounding Rocksteady’s final part in the trilogy. This, along with the game’s superbly refined combat and predator systems, will hopefully keep players hooked as they wrestle with new features such as the Bat(tank)mobile.
Alongside this we have yet another remaster in the form of Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition. Coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, this retooled version sports improved graphics along with bonus game content and a few mechanical tweaks. More importantly, gamers will be able to play through Devil May Cry 4 using one of five characters, utilising a full wardrobe of costumes.
This week also sees the launch of Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward. For those out of the loop, XIV is Square Enix’s MMORPG that was re-released a couple of years ago, arriving on PS3, then PS4. The Heavensward expansion brings with it new regions to explore, enemies to kill, and dungeons to crawl. On top of that, there are two new player races and three classes including the Machinist, Astrologian, and the iconic Dark Knight.
Finally, we have yet another gorgeous Wii U exclusive as Yoshi’s Woolly World finally touches down at retail. Being developed by Good-Feel isn’t the only similarity this latest Nintendo game has with 2010’s Kirby’s Epic Yarn. Both games sport a unique knitted aesthetic comprised entirely of cloth and woollen textures. The key difference here though is how Woolly World feels to play, as it will be using the same systems and mechanics as old games with Yoshi leading the way.