Videogame Releases: Week of December 16th, 2012

Videogame Releases: Week of December 16th, 2012

In the midst of this week’s videogame releases, heavens collide as the 25th anniversaries of two classic franchises are heralded with a free crossover game.

Street Fighter x Mega Man (PC)

In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the first ‘Mega Man’, Capcom has decided to go back and release the fan-made ‘Street Fighter x Mega Man’. Naturally, fans already upset at Capcom for one thing or another still managed to fall over themselves to download the free title, straining Capcom’s Unity site.

As much as the game embraces the legacy of the early classic ‘Mega Man’ titles (a feat that Capcom can’t seem to manage on its own), the mechanics of the ‘Street Fighter’ bosses aren’t ignored either. Fans of both series ought to be pleased, especially with the game’s familiar difficulty curve. Even players ignorant of classic Capcom wares may still be held by the game’s challenging rhythm, with or without the nostalgia.

Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD (PS Vita)

It has been a long time, Stranger, but once again players can enter the night by hunting bounties and stifling demons. The HD version of this game was well received last year when it came to consoles, but a Vita version seemed like pipe dream. Instantly, ‘Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD’ is now a top Vita title.

Labyrinth Legends (PSN)

‘Labyrinth Legends’ is a cutesy dungeon crawler that looks to have some fun puzzles. The best feature, however, has to be the local multiplayer. As much fun as the more serious dungeon crawlers can be when each player has a dedicated monitor, gathering some friends together to share a screen in the living room creates dynamic of cooperation and consternation that can be more enjoyable as each minute passes. That is, unless a player constantly falls behind and gets upset. That’s when friends become enemies.

Transformers Legends (Android)

Make no mistake, this ‘Transformers’ card game, available on the Android platform now (and on iOS in the future), will be huge. With the combination of art style, ‘Transformers’ fans, and a compulsion to collect them all, ‘Transformers Legends’ will take over the mobile life of someone that you know. “Card-based” in this game means that assembling the right team to face-off against others is critical. The game may seem free, but be forewarned, there are so many available upgrades that All will never become One.

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