This week we have a great Lego Dragon to burgle, a big bad wolf to bristle, and Microsoft’s latest Kinect game. Also, more ‘Titanfall’, which means that it’s a Titan-sized week for videogame releases.
Lego: The Hobbit (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC, Vita, 3DS)
When it comes to co-op games that can be played locally with just about anybody, I’m not sure anything beats the Traveller’s Tales ‘Lego’ franchise. ‘Lego: The Hobbit‘ focuses on the first two ‘Lord of the Rings’ prequel films. Recent Lego titles like ‘Lego Marvel Super Heroes‘ and ‘The Lego Movie Videogame‘ have set the bar high while maintaining the same basic formula. It will be interesting to see where ‘The Hobbit’ fits in terms of quality. With the voice acting and music lifted straight from the films, Warner Bros. undoubtedly has another hit on its hands. (The Wii U version is due in another two weeks.)
The Wolf Among Us: A Crooked Mile (360, PS3, PC, iOS)
Telltale’s ‘The Wolf Among Us‘ really picked up steam in its second episode, which means that expectations are high for ‘The Wolf Among Us: A Crooked Mile‘. The game series has been really effective in building a dark, tense mood within the seedy and murky world of Bill Willingham’s ‘Fables’. I’m more excited for the new episode than any other of Telltale’s recent series, which is some pretty high praise. The wait between episodes can be taxing but is worthwhile all the same.
Kinect Sports: Rivals (Xbox One)
Despite rather unpopularly bundling a new Kinect with the Xbox One, Microsoft has some restraint when it comes to Kinect-heavy titles. Enter ‘Kinect Sports: Rivals‘. Developed by the once-fabled Rare Studios, ‘Rivals’ features wake racing (jet skis), climbing, target shooting, soccer, bowling and tennis. It should scratch the itch of anyone looking for a Kinect-only, ‘Wii Sports’-like experience on the Xbox One.
Persona 4 (PSN for PS3)
PS2 title or no, ‘Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4‘ was first released just under six year ago in 2008. The RPG took the high school series out of the high school, but retains the murder mystery and summoning characteristics. This PS3 release is just a PS2 Classic version, not to be confused with the ‘Golden‘ Vita version of the spin-off fighting game.
Though the 360 version drops the frame rate down from 60 to 30, I expect the 360 version will be a huge success. It contains every mode, level and unlockable perk of the Xbox One version.