April 16 (Cont'd)
Platform: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U
EU: April 19
Metropolis is in ruins and its heroes have gone to war. Welcome to the alternate universe of Injustice: Gods
Among Us, a fighting game from NetherRealm Studios (Mortal Kombat
2011) that casts the super men, women, and villains of DC Comics as unhinged vigilantes who aren't so much concerned with the
affairs of humans as they are with beating the stuffing out of their super-friends.
The story, penned by DC Comics scribes
Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti, finds Batman's gang going up
against Superman and his allies after the Man of Steel establishes an
oppressive regime in retaliation for the death of his wife and
child at the hands of the Joker. Injustice: Gods Among Us will
feature a massive cast of DC familiars including Batman, Lex Luthor,
Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Bane, Harley Quinn, and other fan favorites. Minigames and the 200-mission S.T.A.R Labs challenge
mode will also add some variety between the plot-driven bouts. Check
out the full list of playable characters in , and take a peak at the campaign mode
Western JRPG-ers will finally get their
hands on this sequel to 1995's Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner. An
updated port of the 1997 (Japan-only) original, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil
Summoner: Soul Hackers takes the series into a future where
supernatural forces and technological wonders have run amok, and it's
up to a ragtag group of hackers to save humanity from enslavement.
Similar to other titles in the Shin Megami Tensei line, Soul Hackers
will revolve around collecting and “fusing” demons to
summon in battle. This 3DS remake will also expand upon the original
title with 30 additional demons, new dungeons, freshly animated cut
scenes, enhanced controls, and a COMP hack mechanic that will allow players to tinker with
gameplay mechanics on the fly. Learn why the 3DS makes a great home for the Shin Megami Tensei series in our 2011 Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked review.
Build an empire and dominate the
universe in this “4X” action-strategy title from Zero Sum Games.
Emphasizing e(x)ploration, e(x)pansion, e(x)ploitation, and
e(x)termination (hence the “4X” designation), StarDrive will
motivate players to build fleets, explore worlds, settle colonies,
and bring swift annihilation to any human or computer opponents who
get in their way.
Following in the same vein as other 4X strategy titles,
StarDrive will ship with loads of customizable options, giving
players the opportunity to select their favorite alien race, construct
ships, micro-manage their empire, and lord over every ground and space battle. Developers have promised
StarDrive will also cater to the modding crowd, so expect a continual stream of content to keep you
We Sing: UK Hits
EU: Out now
Match talents with David
Bowie, Spice Girls, Coldplay, and other overseas music stars in this
UK-centric version of Le Cortex's We Sing series. A port of the UK's
2011 Karaoke Wii title, We Sing: UK Hits will let would-be pop stars croon along to 40 of the
biggest hits from across the pond, while beating top scores in solo
mode or competing against friends in numerous multiplayer sing-offs.
Bonus points are awarded for matching the exact pitch and rhythm of
special “Star Notes”, and players can also test their skills in the
Jukebox and Real Karaoke modes.
Warning: We Sing UK Hits includes Rick Astley's “Never Gonna Give You Up”. We're not sure if Le Cortex is honoring
the '90s superstar or attempting to resurrect a long dead meme.
Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins
EU: April 26
The brick-headed Chase McCain headlines
this 3DS prequel to the Wii U's Lego City Undercover. The portable
adventure recounts McCain's early days as an officer of the law and
grants players access to an open world full of criminals to catch,
vehicles to crash, Lego sets to build, and collectibles to horde.
Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins may not match its Wii
counterpart in terms of visual flare or features. That said, it was also
developed by TT Fusion, meaning it will receive the same care and
Lego charm as other TT games in the building block video game family. For an idea of what you can expect, check out our evaluation of its big brother in LEGO City Undercover review.
Platform: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Connor Kenway's DLC quest continues in
this third chapter of The Tyranny of King Washington saga. Building on
the events from Chapter 2: The Betrayal, Redemption will conclude the
alternative reality storyline that imagines a world where Connor
Kenway never joined the Assassin Brotherhood and George Washington has tossed aside his noble ambitions to lord over
the United States of America as its new, power-hungry king.
reality, Connor Kenway is known by his birth name, Ratonhnhaké:ton,
and stalks his prey using skills and abilities picked up from his
years in his tribe. Can our revolutionary assassin save the (soon to be) free
guessing yes, but it'll still be fun to watch.