New Video Game Release Guide – February 2014
By PDG Staff
Welcome to the PunchDrunkGamer.com February 2014 New Video Game Release Guide!
Tuesday – 04 February 4, 2014
Fable Anniversary (Xbox 360)
FOR EVERY CHOICE, A CONSEQUENCE. Fully re-mastered with HD visuals and audio, Fable Anniversary is a stunning rendition of the original game that will delight faithful fans and new players alike! Imagine a world where every choice and action determines what you become.
* Forge a hero based on your actions – Age and evolve a hero or villain through the actions you choose and the path you follow-be it for good, evil, or in-between.
* Build your living legend – Through deeds and actions, build a name for yourself across the land. Recruit allies and followers. Gain glory or notoriety. Who will you be?
* With an entirely new lighting system, slick new interface, all new textures, models and gameplay, Fable Anniversary is the full HD, definitive Fable experience.
* Fable Anniversary includes all-new Xbox 360 exclusive content, including Achievements, The Lost Chapters and Xbox SmartGlass integration.
Wednesday – February 12, 2014
World of Tanks (Xbox 360)
World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition is the premier free-to-play team-based action game dedicated to armored combat on game consoles. Since its PC debut in 2010, World of Tanks has been the go-to game for epic battles featuring historically accurate armored vehicles from all over the globe, and now that excitement comes to Xbox 360. Come experience what it’s like to drive a multi-ton cannon-equipped behemoth into combat today — for free!
* Massive Team Battles – The world is your battlefield. While every World of Tanks player dreams of becoming an ace tanker that single-handedly saves the day, it’s only through teamwork that you and your allies will prevail. Up to 30 tanks at a time, split into two teams, will be vying for supremacy on over 10 highly-detailed maps. Hold up your end of the bargain and your allies will work with you to coordinate an unstoppable assault against your enemies!
* Customize Your Tanks – Tank TLC. Start in the tiny-but-tough tier I vehicles and work your way up to the pinnacle of armored engineering. Upgrade your guns, turrets, engines, and other equipment to turn your already formidable fighting machine into a true powerhouse. Experience combat in over 100 different tanks, each with their own unique strengths and play styles.
* Multiple Game Modes – Take ’em from all angles. World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition features three distinct game modes: Standard, Encounter, and Assault. Standard battles are intense “capture’ scenarios where both teams attempt to secure the opposing base. Encounter battles offer only one base to capture, and both teams will fight tooth and nail to possess it. Assault mode offers a pitched battle between attackers and the defenders during single base engagement.
Thursday – February 13, 2014
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (Xbox 360, PS3)
The world of Gran Pulse is sinking into the sea and what remains is now called Nova Chrysalia. With only thirteen days remaining until the end of the world, Chaos reigns in a world that never ages. New life cannot be born. People need salvation. As Lightning, it is your mission to save as many souls as possible so that they may be brought to the new world. Along the journey, you will encounter familiar faces and engage new foes in all new lands. You must ultimately choose which souls to save and which to abandon…and fully understand Lightning’s true destiny.
* Battles – With this brand-new battle system, the player will be controlling Lightning and Lightning alone. The Paradigm Shift feature has been replaced with a unique tactical system that will provide a fresh, interactive battle experience! LR:FFXIII sees the introduction of a counter attack system! Counterblow is effective against an enemy’s physical attacks, but it is powerless against magic and some special attacks, so take care when using it.
* In The Field – Jump, climb, swing, and slide! Players can enjoy a variety of different actions by interacting with obstacles and objects. Explore every inch of the world using buildings, decorations, and furniture at your disposal.
* Customization – There are many types of garb, each with their own parameters. A tactical set consists of equipment such as garb and a weapon, along with assigned abilities. During battle, you can swap between three different sets customized to suit your needs. Changing garb also changes Lightning’s look, so both its utility and aesthetics can be enjoyed.
* Special Abilities – Lightning has the capacity to use spectacular special abilities in battles! These abilities consume EP (Energy Points), so you should think carefully before unleashing Lightning’s considerable power. Lightspeed – This special ability consumes EP. When unleashed in battle it slows the passage of time, rendering foes helpless before Lightning’s ferocious assault…
* Managing Time – A world on a course for total annihilation presents unique challenges; where certain areas, missions, and people will only be available during selected periods. How will you use your remaining time? Eradia (EP) has two functions. Firstly it allows you to use EP abilities such as healing magic and special effect magic that can do things like alter the flow of time. Secondly, EP can also be used to extend the time remaining before Zero Hour and the dawn of the Apocalypse.
Tuesday – February 18, 2014
NASCAR ’14 (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
It’s your turn to immerse yourself in the full-throttle thrill of the world’s most exciting motor sports racing series in NASCAR ’14. Take the wheel from your favorite driver and participate in the race week experience complete with practice, qualifying, and race day challenges. With your favorite personalities and live replay, NASCAR ’14 is the authentic NASCAR experience for fans.
NASCAR ’14 has everything you love about the racing experience:
* NASCAR Highlights – Take the wheel from your favorite driver in “NASCAR Highlights” to determine the outcome of each race’s biggest thrills from the season. Eutechnyx recreates the action where the condition of the cars is exact, weather the same, track positions identical – the only difference is you!
* Career Mode – Work your way through the ranks in a comprehensive career mode; complete with custom car builds, sponsor acquisition, and R&D to get your team into victory lane.
* Official Teams & Tracks – Race against the official NASCAR teams & drivers on your favorite tracks from the high banks of Daytona, to the twists & turns of Sonoma, and exhilarating speed of Talladega.
* Leagues – Take competition to the next level and host online leagues with your friends, fully supported by dynamic statistics, challenges, rankings and replay.
* Online Multiplayer – Take advantage of dynamic skill-based matchmaking, tournaments, and easy drop in/out server browser functionality for a fair and enjoyable experience.
Earth Defense Force 2025 (Xbox 360, PS3)
The long awaited sequel that hardcore shooter fans demanded, Earth Defense Force 2025 is an action shooting bonanza that arms players to repel the most terrifying invasion of giant aliens and ravagers the world has ever seen. Equip hundreds of weapons across four character classes; exterminate menacing creatures of all sizes, and save the world! Eight years since the defeat of the alien invasion and the destruction of the Mothership, civilization recovered most of the prosperity it once had. But a new catastrophe falls upon Earth once again. In 2025 a new state of emergency arises as giant aliens and insects are discovered deep underground. The Ravagers have evolved, and are stronger than ever. The Earth Defense Force must now stand up to these terrifying creatures to save humanity once more!
* Dozens of all-new missions, environments, and aliens from the minds of SANDLOT STUDIOS.
* Multiple difficulty modes, including the infamous “INFERNO” difficulty mode.
* Hundreds of giant insects and aliens on-screen AT THE SAME TIME.
*Hundreds of high performance weapons that upgrade with higher difficulty levels!
* Destructible environments! To save cities, you’ll have to destroy them!
* Four new soldier classes with multiple armor power-ups and all-new vehicles to command and control.
Tuesday – February 25, 2014
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, the origin of Dracula and his legendary connection with the Belmonts was revealed. In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, fans can expect thrilling new twists and challenges. In this shocking conclusion to the Lords of Shadow saga, Dracula returns once again, weakened and yearning for release from his immortal bonds. Facing a new and powerful threat, the vampire lord must reacquire his old powers – and only his castle holds the key. However, the famed Belmont clan also seek his ultimate destruction.
Thief (PC, Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3)
Garrett, the Master Thief, steps out of the shadows into the City. In this treacherous place, where the Baron’s Watch spreads a rising tide of fear and oppression, his skills are the only things he can trust. Even the most cautious citizens and their best-guarded possessions are not safe from his reach. As an uprising emerges, Garrett finds himself entangled in growing layers of conflict. Lead by Orion, the voice of the people, the tyrannized citizens will do everything they can to claim back the City from the Baron’s grasp. The revolution is inevitable. If Garrett doesn’t get involved, the streets will run red with blood and the City will tear itself apart.
* YOU ARE GARRETT, THE MASTER THIEF – Step into the silent shoes of Garrett, a dark and lonely thief with an unrivaled set of skills. The most challenging heists, the most inaccessible loots, the best kept secrets: nothing is out of your reach.
* THE CITY: YOURS FOR THE TAKING – Explore the sick and troubled City, from its shady back alleys to the heights of its rooftops. Sneak into rich houses, Infiltrate the best-guarded mansions and lurk in every dark corner… unnoticed and unsanctioned.
* CHOOSE YOUR APPROACH – Leverage Garrett’s arsenal to take down guards with your blackjack, shoot one of your many arrow types or use your newly acquired focus abilities to manipulate the environment and outsmart your enemies. What kind of master thief will you be?
* UNPRECEDENTED IMMERSION – Become one with the world thanks to ground-breaking visual elements and a truly tactile and visceral first-person experience. Through jaw-dropping Next-Gen technical possibilities, THIEF delivers unprecedented immersion through sights, sounds and artificial intelligence.
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