July 16 (cont'd)
Time and Eternity
EU: Already out
Time and Eternity makes its way out
west this month, bringing PS3 RPG'ers an epic tale of love, loss, and
dragons. The story follows Toki, a princess with a destructive alter
ego named Towa, who embarks on a time-traveling quest for revenge
after her fiance is murdered on her wedding. Over and above helping her
relive the events leading up to her big day, time can be wielded
as magic in battles. Toki will also have the ability to switch
between her Toki and Towa identities at will, and fight alongside her
ex-fiance, who's soul has taken up residence inside her pet dragon.
All things considered, that's not a bad trade off.
Turbo: Super Stunt Squad
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U, 3DS, NDS
With the new season comes summer
blockbusters--and with those come video game tie-ins. Turbo Super
Stunt Squad is one such title, borrowing its cast and plot from
Dreamwork's CGI kids' flick of the same name.
Like the movie, Turbo
centers on a garden snail named--you guessed it--Turbo, who will
stop at nothing to be the greatest racer the world (or garden)
has ever seen. In the game, players will get to select a Turbo cast member and compete in various challenges to build
up their skills and become the most awesome ball of slime the world
has ever seen. Protip: Avoid the salt.
Following on the theme of
garden-variety video games, PopCap Games is readying the launch of its
long awaited followup to Plants Vs. Zombies. The sequel--which may
or may not have something to do with time travel---returns players to the
front-lines of a zombie invasion where the only line of defence are
sentient plants with varying abilities. It will feature new locations
and strange new allies including the Bloomerang, Bonk Choy, Jumping
Bean, Snapdragon, and Chili Bean, to name a few. Super food and other
new goodies will also help players keep the undead at bay.
The Smurfs 2
Platforms: PC, Mac
Papa Smurf, Smurfette, Brainy, Gutsy,
and the rest of the pint-sized clan are back in theaters this month,
so you can bet your smurfing smurf there's a video game tie in on the approach.
Developed by Ubisoft and WayForward Technologies, it will see players
teaming up to fight Gargamel's Naughties and solve platforming
challenges. It will follow the plot of The Smurfs 2, which sees the
gang fighting to save Smurfette and beat the smurf out of Gargamel after she is smuggled away to Paris.
Platforms: PC, Mac, iOS
cult cyberpunk series is back in an all new tactical combat
adventure. Developed by Harebrained Schemes, Shadowrun Returns
breathes new life into Weisman's unique “magic-meets-technology”
vision, offering a tale of elves, orcs, dwarves, humans who must
co-exist in a gritty, futuristic world corrupted by otherworldly
Fans of the
pen-and-paper series and/or the 1993 SNES game will find themselves
at home in this all-new entry. Shadowrun Returns will retain the
games' isometric action, fusing detailed 3D characters against
animated, hand painted backdrops. Players will also be able to strike
out into Weisman's world in style all their own thanks to the game's
in-depth class-building and skill-based character progression system.
The Shadowrun Returns Editor will also make it possible for fans to
craft their own scenarios and share them fellow Steam shadowrunners.
Sir, You Are Being Hunted
Platforms: PC, Mac
You are cordially invited to join
gentlemen of high renown for a rousing evening of merriment,
libations, and the hunting of human prey. Pardon me? You were not
advised you would be playing the role of the prey? You weren't aware
that your hunters were robot killers and that this night would
find you fighting for your life in a procedurally generated world
stocked ever-so-lightly with the tools, food, and resources you will
need to survive?
Pity. Better get running.