New Game Releases For Aug 18-24: Us Like Spies

If you’re into games where you’re a spy – and if you are, your secret is safe with is – you have a couple of options this week. First up is probably my most anticipated game of the week, which is Counterspy for PS3, PS4 and Vita. Set during the Cold War and featuring an art style reminiscent of Team Fortress 2 (especially that game’s character trailers), the game plays primarily in 2D except that you can have from-cover shootouts that swing the camera behind you for a 3D, over the shoulder perspective.

The other spy game this week has a similar art style but a very different gameplay mechanic. Klei Entertainment, who have been on a roll the last few years with Shank, Shank 2, Mark of the Ninja, and Don’t Starve, are taking their spy game, Invisible Inc. (PC, Mac), to the turn-based strategy space. Stealth elements in a strategy game? Why not.

PlayStation 4 owners are lucky enough to get the first crack at Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, the sequel to the pixelated-blood-soaked 2012 hit. By all accounts its more of the same, and by all accounts there ain’t a damn thing wrong with that. The game is expected to roll out on PC and other platforms in the 3rd and 4th quarters of the year.

Even though I’ve lost touch with JRPGs the last handful of years, I still respect them and feel oddly comforted by the fact that they continue to exist and especially that they come to the U.S. I guess I just like the idea of there being an alternative to the grittier, more overly-serious “Western RPGs” like Skyrim, Mass Effect, and The Witcher. Tales of Xillia 2 is the latest such game, and it comes to PS3 this week.

Rounding out the releases this week are the PS4 and XBone ports of Diablo III and the PS3 and PS4 ports of Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare. By the way, is anyone else playing the Dark Ages world of PvZ2 right now? Screw those jesters and wizards, am I right??