This Week’s New Releases + Game News: August 31, 2015

vgl-pickThe Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is Madden NFL 16 (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One), the latest football simulation from EA Sports. This year’s game focuses on improved passing/receiver controls, but I think football fans are going to love it all the same.

That said, a number of big games were released this week and almost any one of them could have been the Pick of the Week including Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Until Dawn, Dishonored: Definitive Edition, and Disney Infinity: Star Wars. Those titles, and a few others, are listed right here:

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Mega Man Legacy Collection: The VGL Review

megamnalegacycollectionOriginally released for the NES from 1987 through 1993, Capcom’s Mega Man Legacy Collection (PC, PS4, Xbox One) brought the first six games from the Mega Man franchise together in a single package. Players of a certain age (thirthysomethings, mostly) will thoroughly enjoy the side-scrolling platformers, preserved here with redrawn graphics and a high definition sheen.

I recently reviewed the Mega Man Legacy Collection for Warp Zoned, and while it was difficult to completely suppress my nostalgic love for the Mega Man franchise, I think the games in the compilation hold up well today for patrons looking to revisit them and new fans trying them out for the first time:

It’s impossible to look at a compilation like the Mega Man Legacy Collection without wondering how much influence my own memories have on my opinion of it. It’s not an unfair question. In my youth, I worshiped the six NES games that made up the “Mega Man Classic” universe (Mega Man, Mega Man 2, Mega Man 3, Mega Man 4, Mega Man 5, and Mega Man 6). I’m honestly not sure if I’ll ever be able to think of them objectively. Has the potent mixture of childhood nostalgia and muscle memory forever clouded my judgment? But I also have to wonder: does it matter?

The Mega Man Legacy Collection is currently available as a download-only title for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. You’ll be able to add it to a circulating collection sometime next year, when the compilation will also be released as a retail disc/cartridge for the PS4, Xbox One, and 3DS.

This Week’s New Releases + Game News: August 24, 2015

vgl-pickThe Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is LBX: Little Battlers Experience, yet another “teens force tiny creatures to do battle” game from Japan. Developed by Level-5 and published by Nintendo, the 3DS title is based on the popular manga and anime series also created by Level-5. In the game, a group of kids create tiny palm-sized robots that do battle in slightly less-tiny arenas.

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This Week’s New Releases + Game News: August 17, 2015

vgl-pickThe Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is Toy Soldiers: War Chest (PC, PS4, Xbox One), the third game in Signal’s popular tower defense/strategy series. This time, four fictional toy armies will do battle with iconic characters from He-Man: Masters of the Universe, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, and Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed II.

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This Week’s New Releases + Game News: August 10, 2015

vgl-pickThe Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is Rare Replay, a compilation for the Xbox One that covers the extensive history of Rare. As a developer, Rare was at the top of their game in the late 90s, and this collection includes all of their biggest hits (minus the Nintendo-published titles, of course). It’s perfect for anyone looking to relive the glory days of the NES, Super NES, and Nintendo 64.

Other New Retail Releases

Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight (3DS)

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Best of Gamescom 2015 Winners Selected by Gamescom Committee

gamescomEvery year, Germany’s Digital Gaming Culture Foundation (Stiftung Digitale Spielekultur) supervises the Gamescom Committee, a small group of journalists who choose the best games that were present at the Gamescom expo. The Gamescom expo is held in the Summer, and serves as the European equivalent to the Los Angeles-based E3 Expo.

While most of these titles are still in development, you should keep them in mind when you add games to your collection this Fall and into 2016.

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This Week’s New Releases + Game News: August 3, 2015

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There’s no Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week this week as I’m pretty unfamiliar with all of these games.

Other New Retail Releases

  • Lost Dimension is the latest tactical RPG from Atlus. Set to be released for the PS3 and Vita, Lost Dimension asks players to join the ranks of SEALED, “eleven psychics with superhuman abilities,” who are doing battle with The End. But watch out, at least one of those psychics is a traitor!
  • Legend of Kay Anniversary resurrects the ten-year-old PS2 game for a new generation of players on the PS4 and Wii U. This new version of the game has received a graphical makeover, but the cat is still kung fu fighting.
  • Finally this week, Arc System Works’s latest fighting game, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, will be released for the Vita.

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