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New This Week in Video Games – Company of Heroes 2, Deadpool, Hotline Miami

by William Schwartz

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Company of Heroes 2 – PC – In the world’s darkest hour you are a commander of the Soviet Red Army, entrenched in brutal frontline warfare to free Mother Russia from the Enemy invaders.  It is 1941 and the beginning of what will become the bloodiest conflict of World War II resulting in more than 14 million military casualties.  Witness the struggles of the Red Army from near defeat through their incredible triumph over Germany in the most challenging and costly theater of the war, the Eastern Front.

Deadpool – Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC  – Some of you may know me as the Merc with the Mouth. And it’s time to get mouthy. Prepare to get Deadpooled – That’s right, $#*! just got real! Couple things I’d like to get off my chest: I’m a mercenary for hire with an accelerated healing factor. I like to run my mouth. Some say I’m unstable but I’m very stable. (Yep, totally stable) (What about that time we beat the dude with his own arms?) (That doesn’t count) And if you want to know what gets me going in the mornings, it’s chimichangas! (Mmmmm Chimichangas) WHOA, I feel better now. All right. I’m gonna battle for the safety of humans (and bewbs!) and mutants (and bewbs!)

Game & Wario – Nintendo Wii U – Wario and friends are bringing new ways to play with the Wii U GamePad controller! Use the GamePad creatively whether it’s shielding you from suction-cup arrows, becoming a disco floor for dance battles, or acting as a thief’s best tool against detection. Playing and sharing in the WarioWare fun is an experience you won’t find anywhere else. Discover a collection of unusual games that stretch the boundaries of traditional “video games.” Use the Wii U GamePad controller in new ways to tackle wildly addictive challenges. In combination with the TV, use the motion-sensing GamePad to skillfully slalom down slopes, fire at invading robots and aliens, and take pictures of suspected felons. Play games to earn bragging rights among your friends and also to earn special coins to redeem for WarioWare prizes. With a wide assortment of truly unique games for everyone, you’ll be coming back again and again.

Hotline Miami – PS Vita, PlayStation 3 – Hotline Miami is a high-octane action game overflowing with raw brutality, hard-boiled gunplay and skull crushing close combat. Set in an alternative 1989 Miami, you will assume the role of a mysterious antihero on a murderous rampage against the shady underworld at the behest of voices on your answering machine. Soon you’ll find yourself struggling to get a grip of what is going on and why you are prone to these acts of violence.  Rely on your wits to choreograph your way through seemingly impossible situations as you constantly find yourself outnumbered by vicious enemies. The action is unrelenting and every shot is deadly so each move must be quick and decisive if you hope to survive and unveil the sinister forces driving the bloodshed. Hotline Miami’s unmistakable visual style, a driving soundtrack, and a surreal chain of events will have you question your own thirst for blood while pushing you to the limits with a brutally unforgiving challenge.

Project X Zone – Nintendo 3DS – The ancient treasure called the “Portalstone” has been stolen and a rift in time and space has allowed crossovers from various universes. The ambitions of various people, organizations and creatures have become intertwined, turning this incident into a great source of turmoil. The past, future, and even distant worlds from other dimensions have been drawn into what will be become a long journey for our heroes.

Muramasa Rebirth – PS Vita – In a land of myth and legend, a tale of two souls and 108 deadly blades begins. Muramasa Rebirth, the follow-up to Murasama: The Demon Blade, comes vividly to life on the PlayStation Vita handheld entertainment system with redesigned high-res graphics, enhanced controls, and available downloadable scenarios.

Spartacus Legends – Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 – Developed in collaboration with the critically acclaimed television series from Starz, Spartacus Legends invites you to experience raw, visceral combat using multiple fighting styles and thousands of different weapon combinations. Follow your gladiator’s journey through multiple arenas and watch as they strive to reach legendary fame, or meet death at the hands of another. Compete with friends online and see if you have what it takes to kill them all.

Borderlands 2:  Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep – Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC – The biggest campaign add-on in Borderlands history, Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep immerses players in an ever-changing fantasy world filled with never-before-seen dangers and foes along with plenty of new loot and fantastical versions of fan-favorite characters!  Coming to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep is included with the Borderlands 2 Season Pass and will also be available a la carte for 800 Microsoft Points / $9.99. The Borderlands 2 Season Pass (available for $29.99) includes all four downloadable campaign add-ons (Captain Scarlett and her Pirate’s Booty, Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage, Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt, Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep) along with the Ultimate Vault Hunter Pack.

Ride to Hell: Retribution – Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC – Following an intense tour of duty, Jake Conway returns home from Vietnam to find his brother brutally murdered by a notorious biker gang known as the “Devil’s Hand”. Obsessed with getting payback, Jake begins his journey hell bent on destruction, intent to catch his brother’s killers between the crosshairs of reckoning and vengeance. Set within the 60’s legendary era of anarchy, Ride to Hell Retribution is a gritty and raw action adventure that encourages players to open up the throttle and rule the highways as they ride a warpath to revenge.

 

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