By Jared Cornelius
Welcome back to Sweet Release! Bleeding Cool's look ahead at the new video games coming to your high powered computer math machines. Ladies and gentlemen, I'm pleased to announce this is a real good week. There aren't a ton of releases, but all of our highlighted titles are quality games. With one big retail release, it's all about the downloadable games this week, so why not start off with a genuine PC classic.
Pop the Champagne and herald the return of a classic PC adventure game thought lost to time, Grim Fandango Remastered. The old school point and click adventure title was one of the most highly acclaimed games of both its time and genre and is available to buy for the first time in almost twenty years. From the charming and twisted mind of Tim Schafer, you play as Manny Calavera, travel agent for the dead, who gets caught up in a film noir style conspiracy that may cost him his afterlife. The remasteded edition's been upgraded with better lighting and textures, while the soundtrack's been re-recorded with an actual orchestra. Schafer's Double Fine Studios even went in and recorded over two hours of commentary to give fans a fresh look at one of the best adventure games ever. Seriously, it's like someone mashed up Chinatown with the Book of Life. Grim Fandango Remastered released Tuesday on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Steam.
Back in 2011 Polish developer Techland went from relative obscurity to bona fide success with Dead Island. A few years later and a few questionable decisions later, (I'm looking at you Call of Juarez: The Cartel) they're back to zombies in their new title, Dying Light. The first person runner/combat game is a bit like someone took EA's cult hit Mirrors Edge and put in a 28 Days Later mod. Appearing to take place in a vaguely European city, you play as a mysterious parkour expert who's trying to survive a terrible epidemic that's transforming people into zombies. With an emphasis on movement and scavenging, players will be tasked with completing missions and finding supplies. However you better keep an eye on the sky, because when the sun goes down, the zombies become faster, stronger, and more aggressive in their pursuit. Techland created a huge open world environment with a ton of ways to get around and some really impressive looking movement. Additional modes include four player co-op, and a zombie mode that lets you play as a super powered flesh eater. Dying Light released Tuesday on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Nintendo is keeping their steady stream of quality downloadable Wii titles going with the superb Metroid Prime Trilogy. The Wii re-release comes with Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 2 Echoes, and Metroid Prime 3 Corruption. Originally released in 2002 on the GameCube, Metroid Prime was the series' first real jump into 3D. It was received well by fans and critics thanks in part to US developer Retro, who successfully bridged the gap between the classic Metroid gameplay and modern first person titles. Echoes the 2004 sequel features more of Primes first person adventuring with a light world dark world, Link To The Past twist. 2007's Corruption is kind of the odd man out, focusing more on the waggle functionality of the Wii, but a solid game none the less. All three games are packed up in a nice neat bundle for you with a bit of a visual upgrade on the first two titles from their Wii re-release. Nintendo's been selling these for half price the first week too, so $10 for three games isn't too shabby. The Metroid Prime Trilogy releases Thursday on the Wii U's Virtual Console.
If you've followed my writing you may know I have a soft spot for "Metroid-Vania" titles. The genre is largely defined by the gameplay found in the Metroid or Castlevania series, where character progression and items unlock new areas of the game to explore. So if you're a fan why not give Teslagrad from Rain Games a try. The 2D platform adventure game has a bit of an "electro-punk" astatic, with player using a series of magnetic and electric based items to explore and solve puzzles. It's been out on PC for a while, and it's finally making its way to PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 this Tuesday.
That all for this week folks, but why not go check out, Typing on The Dead, where I dissect the newest issue of The Walking Dead. Also go check out, Live From The Comic Shop, which gets written by our very own Christine Marie, Live at Conquest Comics in Bayville New Jersey every Wednesday. Due to weather it's probably delayed this week.
Jared Cornelius is some guy from the Jersey coast who's happy it's raining right now and not snowing. If you're trapped in the "snowpocalype" let him know on Twitter @John_Laryngitis.