The summer drought has officially set in at PlayStation Land, as Sony’s trio of home and portable consoles offer up only a handful of new releases this week, most of which will only draw interest from their respective niche audiences.
I of course mean no disrespect to those developers brave enough to release their titles in the dreaded months of summer, I’m just saying that, as in years past, you’re not going to see a lot of AAA blockbusters crammed into this week’s lineup of launches. Instead, you’re looking at a remastering of a 20-year-old game, a Tour De France title, an anime adventure game, a hidden object game, and a clever puzzle game starring a brilliant cat and his beloved pet mice.
Originally released back in 1991, Another World introduced gamers to a whole new breed of platforming adventure games full of creative ideas and intriguing visuals. Going on to become a sort of cult classic, Another World 20th Anniversary Edition brings everything that made the game so special to the PlayStation 4, PS3 and Vita as a cross buy offering wrapped in a spiffy new paint job. For those looking to see where a lot of 90’s tropes came from, or just in the market for a gaming history lesson, look for this digital download to become available once the PlayStation Network update goes live tomorrow afternoon.
Also launching as a digital title on the PS3 tomorrow is Le Tour De France—Season 2014, the latest game that puts layers behind the handlebars of 21 of the most prestigious races in the cycling world. This is just the latest in a long line of games that help to show off the amazing benefits of digital releases. While Tour De France might not warrant a retail release here Stateside, the sport certainly has a loyal following of gamers that would be happy to get their hands on the game, even if they can’t grab a physical copy. That’s what I call a win-win for the publishers and gamers alike.
Next up on the ole docket is the latest in a long line of games based on the hit manga/anime series, One Piece Unlimited World Red. Explore a brand new world with Luffy and his mates as they battle their way through countless adventures, side quests and more. If you’re into that sort of thing, I’m sure you’re already shivering with anticipation.
One of the more successful and critically praised hidden object games will arrive on the PlayStaiton 3 this week, too, and it’s called Sacra Terra: Kiss of Death. In this game, you are on a quest to save your fiancé from an evil force that feeds on suffering. In order to do that, you’ll need to help other star-crossed lovers reunite to weaken your enemy’s powers. And that, apparently, will require a sharp eye.
Finally, there’s MouseCraft for the Vita, which actually has nothing to do with exploring blocky landscapes made entirely out of cheese.
“Discover an epic tale of a crazy cat scientist who is striving to unlock the potential of a mysterious mouse-powered machine in this clever puzzle adventure,” reads the announcement on the PlayStation Blog. “In MouseCraft, players help a group of mice in their relentless quest for cheese, guiding them to their goal by stacking different types of Tetrominos along their path.”
Look for all of that, along with your usual helping of DLC, videos, sales and the like, to hit the PlayStation Network Tuesday afternoon.