Well, it may have started a long time ago, in this very same galaxy that we are in, but the final episode of the epic, 42-years-in-the-making, Star Wars nonology finally releases today. To celebrate this historic occasion in popular culture, I've decided to take a look back at a handful of games that have made the jump from that universe since then. While there are dozens of releases I could consider from the past four decades, I've decided to narrow it down to just a few that I have particularly enjoyed and/or played the most over that time frame. So, without further ado, I humbly present to you, 6 of my very favorite Star Wars games.
Welcome back to the now notable new game releases. This week featured the release of the latest entry in the Darksiders franchise, Darksiders: Genesis, which saw the much-needed return of Joe Mad(ureira) and his other ex-Vigil coworkers (now at Airship Syndicate) to the series. Other reasons to be excited about this game (as if that wasn't enough by itself) include the fact that this game is actually a series prequel that mixes things up with a top-down, loot-focused, action RPG style, the fact that it features optional two-player co-op this time around, or the fact that it finally introduces Strife, the long-awaited gun-toting fourth horseman, to the franchise.
Also out just recently, Steam versions of Halo - The Master Chief Collection and Red Dead Redemption II, and a Switch version of the scary-as-hell (but in a good way) Alien: Isolation. Fight through Hell and back, then jump past the break to see more new releases from the last three weeks.
We're back for the second week in a row, with more new releases. Although to be quite honest, it was a little hard to find enough noteworthy releases from just this past week. We really kinda had to stretch a bit near the bottom. That being the case, perhaps we were a touch overzealous when we said we would do this every week going forward. We will try, certainly, but depending on the quantity of quality releases from week to week, it may realistically need to often be an every two or three weeks type of thing. We'll just have to see hot it goes.
At any rate, the biggest release this week without question was (EA and) Respawn Entertainment's hotly-anticipated Star Wars game, Jedi - Fallen Order. Ever since E3, we have been practically counting down the days until we could get our hands on this title. Here's hoping it's better than EA's 2017 Star Wars disaster, Battlefront II.
Also out this past week, the latest Pokemon twofer, Sword and Shield; the third entry in the Romancing SaGa...saga; and the Arcade Archive, Yie Ar Kung-Fu. Become a Jedi, then jump past the break to see more new releases from the last 7 days.
Hello 12/12 readers. For far too long now we have been much too infrequent with what was initially supposed to be weekly articles highlighting the latest new game releases on the PlayStation Store, Nintendo eShop, and Steam. At the same time, we've been completely ignoring other great platforms like the Xbox Games Store and GOG. We would like to apologize for that. In an effort to simultaneously remedy all of these glaring issues, starting today we will be switching to a new all-encompassing article, simply titled, The Weekly New Game Releases. And, yes, we are going to try to stick to a weekly frequency this time.
For our first article in this new format, we will be covering all of the big new releases from just this past week, including the arguable highlight, NFS: Heat. Though likely very similar to its 2017 predecessor, this new Need For Speed entry does feature a few key differences such as the exclusion of loot boxes, the inclusion of Ferraris, and a brand new dynamic weather system. Plus, it's a new Need For Speed so it's got to be at least some fun to play, right?
Also out this past week, Layton's Mystery Journey for the Switch; Death Stranding for the PlayStation 4; and another River City (Ransom) game for multiple platforms. Be unruly, be expressive, then jump past the break to see these new releases, in addition to a few others that we were several weeks overdue posting about.
Well, it's still October and this month, there's an old Nintendo classic out to help get you in the holiday spirit, Vs Castlevania. The arcade-adapted version of the fantastic NES original, Vs Castlevania is essentially the same game but with a shorter time limit. If you already own the Castlevania - Anniversary Collection, Vs may not be worth your while. If you don't though, I would strongly recommend getting it. It wasn't one of the very best NES games for nothing.
Also out in the past month, a remastered version of the spooktacular 2009 Ghostbusters game; The Witcher III: Wild Hunt: and several great Dragon Quest games. "Enter at your own risk!" Jump past the break to see more new releases that have come out since 28 days earlier.
Happy October, 12/12 readers! I'm sure we don't have to tell you that Halloween is right around the corner now. And that being the case, what better way is there to kick off the countdown than by being visited by the frighteningly good 2009 Ghostbusters video game, now newly reanimated (and remastered) on the PlayStation 4?
Of course, if that isn't enough to stir your spirit, there's a somewhat scary number of other good recent releases to tell you about. Well, actually it's just the usual twelve...but they are all pretty good. Some of these include, From Software's much publicized, yet never actually released outside of Japan (until now), Metal Wolf Chaos; Remedy's exciting new third-person action game, Control; and the Arcade Archives version of the Sega Master System/TurboGrafx-16 classic, Vigilante. Get slimed, then jump past the break to see more new releases from the last ten weeks.
Along with last week's Xbox One hit, Gears 5, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (2019) represents the first of the biggest titles from this summer's Electronic Entertainment Expo to finally start being released, and fans seem like they couldn't possibly be any more excited about it. Of course, fans always get excited when we're talking about a new Zelda title, even when said title actually happens to be a remake of a remaster of a 26-year-old original Game Boy game. Though, that being said, we don't think Nintendo's ever used an art style quite so simultaneously cool and adorable before. So, perhaps the hype is justified after all.
Also out in the past three weeks, a remastered port of Final Fantasy VIII (for the first time ever on a Nintendo console); a remastered port of Castle Crashers (also for the first time on a Nintendo console), and the Arcade (Archives) version of the pretty rad Master System and TurboGrafx-16 classic, Vigilante. "Far from Hyrule with no way home." Jump past the break to see more new releases from the last 21 days.
Well, it's September 9th, 2019, which means its time for another 12/12 console anniversary. Yes, today makes 24 years since Sony's very first PlayStation console was first released in North America. Though Sega and Nintendo pretty much owned the home console landscape at the time they decided to enter the frey, a combination of smart business decisions and key partnerships, in addition to some pretty massive missteps by the competition helped Sony to quickly become the dominant force in the industry. A position they have continued to enjoy for the majority of their console-making career.
Sony first began their foray into game consoles in the late 1980s when they entered into a partnership with Nintendo to create a CD-ROM add-on called the Play Station for the upcoming Super Nintendo console. The partnership was rocky though, particularly when Nintendo went behind their back to form another partnership with Sony's competitor Philips. At one point Sony even approached Sega with a proposal to a similar partnership to the one they had with Nintendo, but Sega, unfortunately, declined. Eventually, Sony decided to abandon the project altogether in favor of creating their very own gaming system for the next console generation. This, of course, is what would go on to become the PlayStation.
After settling on engineering the console to specialize in handling three-dimensional polygonal graphics, Sony then had to figure out how to get games made for its system. For this, they mainly relied on securing hundreds of deals for third-party games, both exclusive and multi-platform. In addition, they also acquired the British video game company Psygnosis which, along with creating the fantastic wipEout series for them (one particularly excellent entry of which appears on our list below), also had the unintended benefit of resulting in a more economical, dedicated game development system for their new console.
Finally, Sony needed to figure out how to get a jump on the already long-established competition. They accomplished this in two ways. With Nintendo, they primarily did this simply by beating them to market, since their next generation Nintendo 64 console wasn't even ready for release until the following year. And with Sega, they simply found a way to capitalize on their blunders, particularly by undercutting them on price. By selling the PlayStation for $100 less than Sega's Saturn, they made it a lot more attractive to otherwise undecided console shoppers who couldn't quite see the additional cost benefit of Sega's offering.
Even with a leg up though, without the right games, the PlayStation brand wouldn't have lasted very long. But great games are something that every PlayStation console has always had in spades. Read on for our list of 12 of the best ones the original PlayStation had to offer.
Well, it's nearing the end of summer and we've come back just in time to give you one more New Nintendo eShop Releases before the leaves start falling on us. This week's big release is an exciting new action title from PlatinumGames. Astral Chain has you playing as an officer of the Ark, a future megacity where you must solve cases and do battle using stylish combos similar to those found in other great PlatinumGames...games. Astral Chain also features unique character designs by manga artist Masakazu Katsura.
Also out in the past two months, a widescreen port of the legendary Sega arcade classic, Space Harrier; the newest entry in Nintendo's legendary Fire Emblem series (for the first time on Switch); and the Arcade (Archives) version of the fantastic TurboGrafx-16 title, Ninja Spirit. "Two bodies fight with a single mind." Jump past the break to see more new releases from the last nine weeks.
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