By Jared Cornelius
Spring is officially here friends and it's time to drop the controllers and go outside. Oh wait it's still kind of lousy here on the east coast, I guess I can convince myself to stay inside for another week. That's ok though because this week is powerhouse of releases, with games to suit all tastes. Stealth, RPG, 2-D shooter, and a double serving of action adventure.
inFamous: Second Son, takes players back to developer Sucker Punch's morally ambiguous super hero universe. The 3rd person action game takes place in Seattle, seven years after the definitive ending of inFamous 2. Players control Delsin Rowe a disillusioned Seattle youth, (1992 says hi) who has the ability to absorb super powers from other people. Since the last game's events, the country has taken a Days of Future Past stance on super powered beings and that doesn't sit well with Delsin. Infamous features a large open world city, a morality system that shifts the story's tone, and super powered level traversal that doesn't employ web swinging. The last two infamous games were great and I have high hopes for Second Son, interested parties should look for the infamous collection that includes the previous 2 games and Festival of Blood DLC. Infamous: Second Son will be available Friday on PlayStation 4.
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, returns the series to stealth after Metal Gear Rising's detour into the bombastic. The long running 3rd person stealth action series continues the story of Big Boss, (yeah that's a character's name) as he attempts to infiltrate a military black site to extract operatives. The games set in 1975 after the events of Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker and sets up as a prequel to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain for anyone who cares about continuity. Series director Hideo Kojima has remarked that the game will be more open with players being able to choose how the story takes place based on how they play. Early previews of have suggested the game can be beaten in under three hours, but also appears to have remained faithful to the series high quality standards. MGS V Ground Zeroes released Tuesday on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3.
Yaiba Ninja Gaiden Z, offers players the chance to be a zombie, cyborg, ninja. I'll let you digest that for a moment…zombie, cyborg, ninja! In all seriousness the 3rd person action adventure puts players in the role of Yaiba, a recently dispatched ninja, whose been resurrected to take revenge on series mainstay Ryu Hayabusa. You'll do battle with a horde of zombies to stop an infectious spread as a detour on your quest for vengeance. Yaiba looks very cool with a really neat cel shaded art style. The game has a fun grindhouse feel to it and has its tongue firmly in its cheek. If cel-shaded, grindhouse, zombie, cyborg, ninja wasn't enough for you the game was also worked on by Comcept Studios. The developers of the recently funded Mighty #9 Kickstarter and original developer of Mega Man, Keiji Inafune. I'm waiting for this one with real excitement as I'm a huge Mega Man fan. Yaiba Ninja Gaiden Z released Tuesday on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 with a PC version coming March 20th.
Final Fantasy X-X2 HD Remaster offers RPG fans the chance to relive two of the PlayStation 2's most popular games. Fans again take control of Tidus and Rikku and battle an ultimate evil called Sin. You know if you like this kind of thing or not so I'm not going to recap the story, but two well-reviewed RPG's for $39.99 seems like a good deal. Re-live Blitzball from X and X-2's weird pop starlet dress up system. Final Fantasy X-X2 released Tuesday for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.
Luftrausers, might be my most anticipated game this week, and this is a week with zombie, cyborg, ninjas! From beloved indie developer Vlambeer, Luftrausers is a 2D shootem-up (shmup) where players are given a 360 degree range of movement for their rausers (plane). Looking like a cool mix of 1942 and Robotron, you'll avoid waves of fire, do battle with other rausers and battleships, earning different pieces for your rauser. Luftrausers boasts over 125 combinations of weapons, bodies, and propulsion systems along with 100 levels. The soundtrack by Kozilek is a really cool catchy chip-tune mix. Luftrausers launched Tuesday on PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and Steam.
That's all for this week, I think the winter games drought is officially over. With Titanfall and Dark Souls II last week, Infamous and Metal Gear Solid this week, there's no shortage of AAA games. On top of that I'm still entrenched in the fantastic South Park: The Stick of Truth, and Strider is doing a great job of scratching my Metroid-Vania itch. I'm planning on picking up Luftrausers and Infamous this week and if you'd like my thoughts in 180 characters check out my Twitter. Keep your eyes peeled to the site for awesome things like Typing on The Dead, Bleeding Cool's Walking Dead recap column and until next week stay gold.
Jared Cornelius is some guy from New Jersey's coast who still thinks fart jokes are funny. If you'd like to challenge his juvenile sense of humor you can contact him on Twitter @John_Laryngitis