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Transformers: Rise Of The Dark Spark Rolls Out With Loads Of Games On PSN

By Ryan Winslett 2014-06-23 19:00:50 discussion comments
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This week’s list of new game releases on PlayStation platforms offers a little something for everyone, including massive, transforming robots, adorable shopkeepers, fast cars, curveballs and, um, Farming Simulator 14?

The summer months are usually a slower time for new game releases but, this week, that doesn’t seem to be the case for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Vita. Kicking things off will be a game that hopes to be more than meets the eye, Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark.

“Celebrating three decades of Transformers greatness, Rise of the Dark Spark features more than 40 playable characters across both the single player campaign and the co-op Escalation mode,” said Sony Social Media Specialist, Ryan Clements in a recent launch announcement. “The dev team behind Rise of the Dark Spark has made an effort to bridge the generations of Transformers together, linking the world of Generation One, the Paramount Pictures films, and also Activision’s Cybertron titles.”

That all sounds a bit confusing, I’m sure, so let’s see if we can break it down. High Moon Studios is not, in fact, behind this latest Transformers game, which probably comes as a shocker (and a bit of a bummer) for the previous Cybertron titles. Instead, this game serves as a prequel to War for Cybertron, which I suppose means High Moon could one day return to complete their trilogy. Instead, in the movie world, the Transformers come across a powerful device that has the ability to rip a hole in reality and unite dimensions. As a result, three generations and storylines from the beloved franchise will be somehow united in this one game. At the very least, this all sounds very intriguing.



But that’s only the tip of the iceberg for this week’s new releases. While Rise of the Dark Spark will arrive on both the PS4 and PS3, the PS3 and Vita crowd will be able to dive into a light and colorful RPG as Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland finally arrives. BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma brings the latest iteration of this fan-favorite fighter to the Vita this week, while the completely unrelated, yet just as blue, Blue Estate brings arcade first-person shooting to the PS4.

Old-school-inspired RPG End of Serenity arrives on the Vita and (gasp) PSP this week, while Vita owners with a love for green tractors and loads of livestock can finally dip into one of the most highly anticipated games of this generation, Farming Simulator 14.

Gearheads will want to check out GRID Autosport on the PS3 this week, while R.B.I. Baseball 14 brings the classic series to the PS4, complete with a classic look and gameplay.

The PS2 classic Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon will leave RPG fans breathless (due to saying its ridiculously long name) as a digital offering this week, while Valiant Hearts: The Great War marches onto the PS4 and PS3.

Warpping things up this week will be the Vita runner, Z-Run, which sees the player sprinting through the zombie apocalypse to avoid becoming a snack, while the PS3/Vita title XBlaze Code: Embryo is a visual novel that tells the backstory of the BlazBlue universe.

Look for all of that, along with your usual dose of DLC, demos and the like, once the PlayStation Network weekly update goes live Tuesday afternoon.
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