See you in hell, January doldrums. February arrives with an eight-platform release, a free PS4 title, a thickening ‘Fables’ plot and more. Come check out this week’s packed slate of videogame releases.
The Lego Movie Videogame (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, Wii U, Vita, 3DS, PC)
Those who know the ‘Lego’ videogame series are familiar with its trademark humor, which usually involves a lot of slapstick and parody. That was true before the games used any kind of voice acting, and it’s true now that they have loads of VO. The movie looks to be funny, and there’s every reason to believe that ‘The Lego Movie Videogame‘ will be another fun, family-friendly ‘Lego’ title.
Who says that the survival horror genre is dead? ‘Outlast‘ was a huge hit on the PC last fall. The game comes to the PS4 with all the heraldry of the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection. You play as a journalist who finds more than he bargained for at Mount Massive Asylum.
The Wolf Among Us: Smoke and Mirrors (360, PS3, PC, Mac, iOS)
In the first episode of ‘The Wolf Among Us’, called ‘Faith‘, all the pieces of a kick-ass noir story (full of darker versions of fairy tale characters) were assembled, setting the stage for what will hopefully be a deep, riveting adventure game story. That means that expectations for the next episode, ‘Smoke & Mirrors‘, are critically high. Here’s hoping that Bigby can bring the noise.
Bravely Default (3DS)
Published by Nintendo, ‘Bravely Default‘ supposedly embodies the best spirit of ‘Final Fantasy’, without the mess of that franchise’s last fifteen years. Legend has it that when the folks at Square Enix realized they had a good game on their hands, they pulled the ‘Final Fantaszy’ name off it, but left in place the names, crystals and other tropes of the series. This should be a must-own for turn-based RPG fans – provided they have a 3DS.
Fable Anniversary (360)
Though the original ‘Fable’ may have been marred by some overzealous hype prior to release, the game has huge fan base. With retouched visual and audio assets, new achievements, ‘The Lost Chapters’ content and Xbox SmartGlass support, ‘Fable Anniversary‘ is a lot more than a simple up-res.
Dustforce (XBLA for 360, PSN for PS3 & PS Vita)
Released on the PC two years ago, ‘Dustforce‘ is poised to be a massive success on consoles. The game has the exact kind of slick precession that its forebears ‘N’ and ‘N+’ demanded, but in a more interesting environment.