December’s bitter cold brings another short list of videogame releases, with only the PlayStation series of platforms (and Bruce Wayne) to fill the void.
Gran Turismo 6 (PS3)
With the 15th anniversary of ‘Gran Turismo’ arrives the sixth numbered installment. ‘Gran Turismo 6‘ is exclusive to the PS3. The game boasts more than 1,200 cars and some 71 different track layouts over 33 locations. Those numbers, along with a new physics engine, a track layout editor and legacy wheel support, should mean the most robust version of the ultimate driving simulator yet. However, after spending considerable time with ‘Forza 5’, my biggest hopes for ‘Gran Turismo 6’ are an engrossing career mode and not to see a single microtransaction.
Tiny Brains (PSN for PS4)
‘Tiny Brains‘ is a cooperative action puzzler where players take the roles of a hamster, a rabbit, a mouse and a bat. The game debuts on the PS4 before the S3 and PC because Sony wanted it, which suggests good things. It will be interesting to see how the four-player gameplay, which requires the different abilities of each player, shifts to accommodate just a single player.
Rainbow Moon (PSN for PS Vita)
‘Rainbow Moon’ has been out on the PS3 for some time, but now the strategy RPG comes to the Vita with cross-save support. The isometric view and turn-based battling make for the special kind of gameplay that some players love. This is a welcome addition to the Vita’s library.
Initiation Challenge Map Add-on for ‘Batman: Arkham Origins’ (360, PS3, Wii U and PC)
In what may be the one killer piece of DLC for ‘Batman: Arkham Origins‘, Bruce Wayne must face off against his teacher Kirigi and pass a series of tests that looks quite reminiscent of Bruce Wayne’s training with the League of Shadows in ‘Batman Begins’.