Steam Winter Sale
Now that Christmas is finally done, give a gift to yourself. Better yet, give several. The Steam Winter Sale is here and there are discounts to be found by the sleighful. Over 10,000, according to the Steam website. The sale will continue until January 4th, so you have plenty of time to find just the right games for ringing in the new year. Jump past the break and take a peak at just a few of the many wonderful deals that Santa brought you.
I missed last week's post. Sorry about that. The most noteworthy release from the past 14 days would have to be this week's The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel. The latest entry in the popular 26-year-old Japanese RPG series, Trails of Cold Steel was actually localized instead of the previous Legend of Heroes story arc. Though Trails of Zero (as it was titled) may still be brought over to the west at some point in the future.
Also out these past two weeks, the holiday-themed sequel to Hatoful Boyfriend, Trine 3, and a pair of PlayStation 2 games for the PS4. Go play Trails in the Sky on PlayStation Portable or Steam, then skip ahead to Cold Steel, then jump past the break to see more of this fortnight's new releases.
Humble Store Sale: DRM-Free Holiday
For the next three days, the Humble Store is featuring a DRM-free holiday sale. As is usually the case on the Humble Store, many of these DRM-free titles also include Steam codes. There will be new deals every day from now until Christmas, so check back often. As of the time of writing this, there are several incredible deals on offer. Jump past the break to see what Santa has in his bag for you.
New Steam Releases: Turok
Now on Steam, you can play the Nintendo 64 hit, Turok! Night Dive Studios has delivered a graphically enhanced PC version of the popular first-person shooter, complete with controller support and newly-added achievements. They had announced previously that they will soon be releasing Turok 2 on Steam as well. It's nice to be able to access some N64 games on the service now. Let's hope we'll see more of that in the future.
Also out this week, a Steam port of Final Fantasy VI, the seasonally-appropriate sequel to Hatoful Boyfriend, and a crazy beat 'em up / sports competition game set in the River City Ransom / Super Dodge Ball universe. Take an 18-year-old Nintendo 64 classic, polish it up for modern PCs, then jump past the break to see more of this week's new releases.
It's Mega December, apparently, as three new Game Boy Advance Mega Man games hit the Wii U Virtual Console this week. Mega Man Zero 4 is the more notable title, as it plays much more like the challenging action platformer Mega Man games of old. The other two are the dual-release pair of tactical RPG Mega Man Battle Network 5 games (essentially the same game but with a few minor differences between them). Zero 4 was the last entry to be released in the excellent Zero series and is definitely worth a look.
Also out this week is the long-awaited Wii U version of Minecraft, and an indie Japanese action-adventure game called The Legend of Dark Witch 2. Get ready, equip your Z-Saber, then jump past the break to see this list of new releases.
Although this has certainly been another great week for shoot 'em ups, the biggest Steam release was a different type of arcade action game, Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign-. The latest entry in the popular 2D fighting game series, Guilty Gear Xrd is the first to use 3D cel-shaded graphics as opposed to the 2D sprites and cel animation that had been used previously. It is also the third title in the 17-year-old series to be released on Steam.
Also out this week, the final chapter in the Final Fantasy XIII series, and a pair of great shoot 'em ups (Raiden Legacy and Helldivers). Heaven or hell. Duel 1. Let's rock! Jump past the break to see more of this week's new releases.
In 2003, SEGA and Nintendo came together and delivered what turned out to be the last great (modern) F-Zero game. Despite the success of that title, the time that has passed since then, and the fervent demand from fans, and for reasons that are not quite clear, Nintendo hasn't indicated that they have any intention of releasing a new F-Zero game in the foreseeable future.
In 2012, Sony's incredibly talented Studio Liverpool released the last great WipEout game. Regrettably, Sony announced their unfortunate decision to close the studio later that same year. With no new F-Zero coming anytime soon and no new WipEout game coming possibly ever, where can gamers turn to get their fast futuristic racing fix?
Enter Shin'en to save the day with their latest Wii U downloadable title, FAST Racing Neo. While it's a little bit sad that Nintendo would be apathetic enough to let another publisher eat their lunch on their own console, F-Zero fans will no doubt be more than happy to pick up this discount offering as a ready alternative. The fact that Shin'en saw fit to include local split-screen multiplayer, online multiplayer, and pro controller support, and all at a low sub-$20 price point, is just the ridiculously sweet icing on the cake. Thank you Shin'en. Let's hope that the people in charge at Nintendo (and Sony) are paying attention.
Also out this week, a very interesting-looking turn-based tactical action-adventure game from the makers of SteamWorld Dig, Tomonobu Itagaki's somewhat troubled Devil's Third project, and a 3DS port for Terraria. A new competitor has entered the race. Jump past the break to see more of this week's new releases.
New PlayStation Store Releases: Yakuza 5
So, following the introduction of the New Nintendo eShop Releases last week, as well as the New Steam Releases, the week before, this week 12/12 Games is proudly debuting the New PlayStation Store Releases. Keep checking the site often, and every seven days you can expect to find out about the weekly highlights for all things PlayStation.
This week, the big release is, without a doubt, Yakuza 5. First releasing in Japan in 2012, Yakuza 5 has been on many gamer's radars for the past three years, as they patiently waited and hoped. Finally, this week, fans of the series have at last been rewarded with a western release of the latest entry. Considering the pretty high level of quality that the overall series is known for, it's probably safe to assume that their waiting hasn't been in vain.
Also out this week, an Earth Defense Force double-shot, Guns, Gore & Cannoli, and a psychological horror game where you play from the point of view of a two-year-old. Wait three long years to be able to dive into an incredible world of Japanese organized crime, then jump past the break to see more of this week's new releases.
This week on Steam, the standout title was Dariusburst Chronicle Saviours. An enhanced port of the fifth arcade installment to the popular Darius shoot 'em up series, Dariusburst Chronicle Saviors not only lets you experience the hard-to-find Another Chronicle game, but also the entirely new Chronicle Saviours campaign. If you are a fan of the Darius series, or even shoot 'em ups in general, you should probably give this game a look.
Also this week, the Dragon Quest franchise finally made its Steam debut, Just Cause 3 parachuted in, and Rainbow Six Siege kicked down the door. Play with two monitors for a more authentic arcade experience, then jump past the break to see more of this week's new releases.
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