It's a big week of releases on Sony platforms as Sora and Co. join a game about a puppet in need of a head on the PlayStation 3 and the Killzone franchise finally makes its way to the PlayStation Vita.
On the home console front, the party gets started with Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX, Square Enix's HD revision of three of the series' games featuring loads of Disney and Final Fantasy cameos.
When Kingdom Hearts first arrived on the scene, RPG fans were blown away by the mix of action-based gameplay, having Disney characters as your partners and the random appearance of multiple Final Fantasy favorites. Players ventured into various Disney movie storylines to fight The Heartless, a mysterious race of shadowy beings causing quite a bit of trouble for these magical realms.
While the Kingdom Hearts series has covered about six games at this point, a proper Kingdom Hearts 3 was only announced during the most recent E3 Sony press conference. HD 1.5 ReMIX bundles in the original Kingdom Hearts, as well as Re: Chain of Memories and 358/2 Days. While originally released in a very different order, these are the first games of the series chronologically speaking. And with three other games remaining in the KH universe, I'm guessing there's a pretty good chance we'll hear about an HD 2.5 ReMIX at some point in the future, guiding everyone in to the conclusion of the story arc when KH3 finally launches.
Sora, Goofy and Donald will be joined by a new PlayStation mascot this week when Puppeteer arrives on PSN and Blu-ray. Formerly a young boy and now transformed into a puppet with a missing head, the player must adventure across the many kingdoms of the moon in order to defeat the evil Moon Bear King and return safely home. This game looks like a charming, beautiful platforming romp, and you can pick it up digitally or on a physical disc starting this week.
The PS3 weekly update is rounded out by a trio of additional games, including annual puck-tastic hockey offering, NHL 14, the FPS meets tower defense multiplayer game, Sanctum 2 and the animal stalking simulator set in the Outback, Hunter's Trophy 2: Australia. You'll also be able to get your hands on a PlayStation 2 Classic, the massive brawler, Mystic Heroes.
Over on the PlayStation Vita, this week's big release is Killzone: Mercenary, the little shooter that could from Guerrilla Cambridge. If you've read our review of the game, then you'll know I was quite impressed with Mercenary, offering a par-for-the-course single player campaign, a large number of additional mission objectives to tackle and an online component that's slim, but oh-so-satisfying. You'll be able to grab Killzone: Mercenary and start blasting your way through the Vita's first great FPS starting tomorrow in digital and retail versions.
Finally, Mercenary will be joined on the portable front by a pair of smaller offerings, including fantasy hunting game, Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter HD and the sequel to the hit indie RPG, Dragon Fantasy: Book II.
Look for all of that, along with the usual assortment of demos, DLC, videos and the like, to arrive on the PlayStation Network tomorrow afternoon.