New Game Releases for June 23-29: How About We Just Play Outside This Week?

As spring rolls into summer, the game release calendar remains largely unimpressive. So the tradition of using the slow warm weather months to catch up on last year’s backlog continues this year. Oh, did you think I was going to say you should use the slim pickings as an excuse to go outside? Hahahaha…outside…that’s funny.

Valiant Hearts

However, if you’ve got the itch and you absolutely must buy a game this week, you might want to consider Valiant Hearts: The Great War (PS3, PS4, X360, XBone, PC), a unique puzzle adventure game with absolutely beautiful 2D art and animation (using the same UbiArt Framework technology that brought the last two gorgeous Rayman games to life).

Another buzzed-about 2D game hitting this week is the platformer Shovel Knight (Wii U, 3DS, PC), which promises to combine an 8- and 16-bit aesthetic with more modern game design.

Another World

Speaking of combining the old and the new, one of the most beloved and influential games of all time is seeing its latest re-release with Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition (PS3, PS4, Vita, XBone, Wii U, PC, mobile). While the title – originally known as Out of this World to gamers in the U.S. – saw a previous upgraded version released alongside the game’s 15th anniversary, that was only made available for PC and mobile. This new edition will mark the first time the game has officially appeared on consoles since the 3DO version all the way back in 1993!

While the racing game genre isn’t as crowded as it used to be, there are a few franchises that have managed not to be killed off by EA or Sony and Microsoft’s first-party offerings. One such franchise is Grid, which sees its third entry this week, Grid Autosport (X360, PS3, PC).

If none of these games tickle your fancy and you still feel like your week won’t be complete without buying something, you do have a few more options: the PC version of Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare; standalone expansion Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies for PC; Farming Simulator 2014 – the fifth (!) entry in that series – for 3DS, Vita, and mobile; and “visual novel” XBlaze Code: Embryo for PS3 and Vita.