Videogame Releases: Week of March 4th, 2014

Videogame Releases: Week of May 4th, 2014

This week’s eclectic assortment of videogames offer a strong showing for Sony platforms. Come see the oddities!

Bound by Flame (PS4, PS3, 360, PC)

With ‘Bound by Flame‘, you get a whole mess of lore about demons, power and possession – but it’s all just a pretense for what we hope is a fun third-person action RPG. With an ambitious unknown game like this, half the fun is figuring out what works and what doesn’t.

Stick It to the Man! (PS4, Wii U)

Stick It to the Man!‘ is a comedy platformer that, despite its interesting marketing choices, was extremely well received it was first released last year. Now it comes to the Wii U and PS4 (as a PS Plus title, no less) ready to grab hold of new audiences with its zany humor.

MLB 14: The Show (PS4)

Sony’s MLB series is not only the end-all, be-all for baseball videogames, it’s also easily the highest rated sports title. With ‘MLB 14: The Show‘, the biggest deal is the PS4 version, which finally comes out a month after the PS3 and Vita.

The series now supports year-to-year save transfers, which is huge for fans of the “Road to the Show” player creation mode. It also has the ability to share the Online Franchise Mode with other players, and that’s a really intriguing feature that sounds great for groups of fans. The PS3, PS4 and Vita versions all support cross-save. For new players, a dynamic difficulty can scale the game as the player improves. The PS4 version looks great, and Sony has clearly put a lot of effort into all the stadiums. Let’s hope that the rest of the game bears out the platform upgrade as well.

Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi (PS3)

Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi‘ is a combination of two visual novels that were born on the PS2 and have been upgraded for the PS3. Players take the role of a young woman named Chizuru as she attempts to navigate the supernatural end of the Edo (samurai) period.

God of War Collection (Vita)

Now for the Vita comes the ‘God of War Collection‘, a retouched version of PS2’s original Greek-mythology-on-steroids ‘God of War’ and ‘God of War 2’. With trophies and a visual upgrade, this is a good way to experience the third-person action.

Borderlands 2: Limited Edition PlayStation Vita Bundle (Vita)

This bundle is the North American debut of two items, the PlayStation Vita redesign and the Vita version of ‘Borderlands 2’. The Vita is an amazing platform that seems to finally be getting the support that it has needed for years, and the addition of ‘Borderlands 2’ as a cross-save compatible (PS3) title is a big deal, even if it only supports two players in online co-op.

4 comments

  1. William Henley

    Okay, that Bound by Flame looks REALLY good. Also intrigued by Hakuoki, but I don’t have a PS3 at this time

    • William Henley

      I just like that style of game, and you don’t see it much in the US. They seem to be popular in Japan, but only a few have English hacks. And from your description, I am not trying to get the character laid.

      • No, I agree. It’s all about availability and I praise companies like Aksys who go through the effort of licensing and localizing when sales aren’t guaranteed.

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