This Week’s New Releases + Game News: May 23, 2016

vgl-pickThe Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is Valkyria Chronicles Remastered (PS4), a tactical RPG from Sega.

Originally released for the PS3 in 2008, Valkyria Chronicles captured the hearts and minds of gamers everywhere with its blend of magical characters and tactical modern warfare. This re-release will include enhanced graphics, a new set of Trophies, and all the previously released downloadable content. Perfect for anime fans and anyone who likes a deep RPG experience.


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This Week’s New Releases + Game News: May 16, 2016

vgl-pickThe Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is a two-fer of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Doom.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End might be Nathan Drake’s last adventure, but it has finally arrived on the PlayStation 4 this week courtesy of Naughty Dog. The development team has decided to step away from the Uncharted franchise, so if it does continue in some way, they won’t be the one holding the reins. This makes Uncharted 4 even more important as not only is it the latest game in a popular and long-running adventure series, but its a last hurrah (of sorts) for a developer that makes some of the best games around.

The developer behind Doom (PC, PS4, Xbox One), id Software, has an equally impressive resume, but it’s been a long time since they released anything and an even longer time since they explored the world of Doom. But they’ve managed to recapture some of that magic with their simply-titled reboot and its expert melding of shooter styles from the 90s and today will appeal to a lot of people. However, just note that it’s also ridiculously gory, so it won’t appeal to everybody.


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This Week’s New Releases + Game News: May 9, 2016

vgl-pickThe Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is
Battleborn (PC, PS4, Xbox One), a “Hero Shooter” from Gearbox. According to the developer, a “Hero Shooter” is a game where players will be able to choose from over 25 different characters (some of whom that don’t even like guns) to fight back against an evil mastermind trying to control “the last star in the universe.” It’s pulpy sci-fi from the people who made the Borderlands franchise, what’s not to like?


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This Week’s New Releases + Game News: May 2, 2016

vgl-pickThe Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is Tales From the Borderlands (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One), a collected edition of the episodic Borderlands spinoff. Developed by Telltale Games, players will travel back to Pandora for a story brimming with intrigue, adventure, and humor. Fans of Telltale’s previous titles will love it and fans of the Borderlands franchise will love it.


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This Week’s New Releases + Game News: April 25, 2016

vgl-pickThe Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is Star Fox Zero (Wii U), the latest space opera starring Fox McCloud. Developed and published by Nintendo, Star Fox Zero is the first new entry in the franchise in almost a decade and comes packaged with a tower defense spinoff, Star Fox Guard. Reviewers have noted that Star Fox Zero’s controls are difficult to master, but fans of the series (and Nintendo-produced games in general) will definitely want to try it out.


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This Week’s New Releases + Game News: April 18, 2016

vgl-pickThe Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is a three-way tie between Dark Souls III (PC, PS4, Xbox One), Ratchet & Clank (PS4), and Bravely Second: End Layer (3DS).

Dark Souls III is the third (and presumably, final) game in From Software’s gothic fantasy series that reminds me quite a bit of a grim and gritty take on The Legend of Zelda. Fans love its relentless difficulty and wide variety of grotesque monsters, so Dark Souls III is one adult players will definitely want.

Developer Naughty Dog has taken the original Ratchet & Clank and given it the full remake treatment to launch alongside the movie adaptation. Critics weren’t too kind to the film, but they love the game (which adds new characters, new bosses, and new weapons to the platformer-styled shenanigans), and it’s a perfect match for the “All Ages” segment of your population and adult players who remember playing the PS2 original more than ten years ago.

Finally, Bravely Second: End Layer is a retro-inspired RPG from Square Enix that, again, will appeal to adult patrons who grew up with this style of game. The large game world is even bigger in the sequel and should also keep fans of the franchise busy finding every secret and battling every monster for a very long time.


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This Week’s New Releases + Game News: November 23, 2015

vgl-pickThe Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is Star Wars: Battlefront (PC, PS4, Xbox One), a Star Wars battle sim designed for online multiplayer. Developed by DICE, this is the first new Battlefront game in a decade and it lets players recreate some of the films most exciting moments with battles on Hoth, Tatooine, and Endor.

Two other new titles, both published by Nintendo, will also be of interest to your library patrons this week. Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon for the 3DS is a dungeon-crawling RPG starring the popular “Pocket Monsters,” while Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash for the Wii U brings Mario and his friends back to the tennis court for the first time since 2012.


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This Week’s New Releases + Game News: November 16, 2015

vgl-pickThe Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is a tie between Fallout 4 (PC, PS4, Xbox One) and Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox One, Xbox 360).

Bethesda’s Fallout 4 gives players plenty to do as it’s the latest open world post-apocalyptic game from the developer. The first-person RPG will let players explore New England in the aftermath of a nuclear war and create a wholly unique character and adventure. Players will even be able to craft an entire city to serve as their base of operations.

Meanwhile, Rise of the Tomb Raider will be the second game to explore Lara Croft’s early adventures. Developer by Crystal Dynamics, with assistance from co-publishers Square Enix and Microsoft, Rise of the Tomb Raider will show the part where Lara Croft changes from an amateur archaeologist and adventurer into “The Tomb Raider.”

Also of note this week is Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void, the finale to Blizzard’s “Starcraft II Trilogy.” Focusing on the Protoss faction, the standalone game will actually “unite the three races in the ultimate battle for survival against an ancient evil threatening all life in the universe.”

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