Just ahead of Friday’s PS4 launch comes a motley mix of fine videogames that refuse to suffer the stigma of being called “last gen heroes.”
Note: PS4 launch titles will be covered in a separate post.
Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus (PS3)
‘Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus‘ is set to conclude the recent time-bending trilogy of ‘Ratchet and Clank’ titles. It could also be a fitting conclusion for the whole series, though Insomniac probably won’t wait too long before coming back with a title for the PS4. This time around, the duo must escort Vendra Prog before stumbling into an unknown sector that poses a universe-breaking danger. But don’t worry about all that. You don’t need to know the story or the characters to enjoy these zany platforming games.
XCOM: Enemy Within (360, PS3, PC)
“Hello, Commander. Locate and eliminate the traitorous members of EXALT.”
Last year’s excellent ‘XCOM: Enemy Unknown’ saw the alien invastion battle renewed on a variety of platforms. The game has spawned an intriguing sequel/expansion called ‘XCOM: Enemy Within‘ which can be played as a standalone game on the 360 and PS3, but requires the base game on the PC.
SimCity: Cities of Tomorrow (PC)
Not unlike ‘Civilization V’, a shake-up in leadership following last year’s controversial ‘SimCity’ has given way to a promising expansion in the form of ‘SimCity: Cities of Tomorrow‘. While it hardly corrects many critics’ issues, the utopia/dystopia possibilities of ‘Cities of Tomorrow’ are hard to ignore.
Injustice: Gods Among Us – Ultimate Edition (PS4, 360, PS3, PS Vita)
‘Injustice: Gods Among Us – Ultimate Edition‘ bundles the six DLC characters, 40 extra character skins, and 60 additional S.T.A.R. missions with the original DC Universe fighter. The “Ultimate” version will be the first edition for the Vita, the PS4 (this week as well) and eventually the PC.