This week is really packed with promising new videogames at an odd time. Viva la summer!
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, Wii U, 3DS, PC)
It’s hard for anyone to forget the Michael Bay version of ‘Transformers’, especially since it shows up in theaters every few years to dispense bad jokes, indistinguishable anthropomorphic machines, and lots of explosions. Meanwhile the two ‘Cybertron’ games have given us a ‘Transformers’ property without all the self-parody and nonsensical plotting, but with gameplay elements similar to the ‘Gears of War’ series. ‘Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark‘ seeks to combine both the movie series and the game series into a messy but (hopefully) playable game.
Valiant Hearts: The Great War (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
I love the UbiArt Framework engine (and accompanying art style) of ‘Child of Light‘ and ‘Rayman Legends‘. This new game, ‘Valiant Hearts: The Great War‘, runs very somber, with a story built on the actual letters of World War I soldiers. Considering the medium, the art style and the subject (the tragic elements of a war less remembered each day), I hope that the public might support the game out on principle alone.
GRID: Autosport (360, PS3, PC)
Codemasters has brought no less than five very distinct racing disciplines to players with ‘GRID: Autosport‘, all emphasizing the PS3 and 360 as target platforms (rather than porting over to PS4 and Xbox One). As such, this is the first racing title to grab my attention since ‘Forza 5’ and ‘Need for Speed: Rivals’ were less than I had hoped.
Xblaze Code: Embryo (PS3, Vita)
Gamers who enjoy Arc System Works’ fighter series ‘BlazBlue’ owe it to themselves to check out the story prequel ‘Xblaze Code: Embryo‘. Since it’s not a fighter, fans of Japanese visual novels may also want to give it a look.
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare (PC)
After a successful debut on the Xbox One, ‘Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare‘ is finally coming to the PC. The team at PopCap has stated that the PC version has been reworked specifically to take advantage of the PC platform, input, UI, etc.