Into the Spotlight: April 2014
With the hype train circulating around AAA releases each month, some titles end up getting left in the dust. That’s where we come in, giving the games that may not get the marketing push a little boost. This month, I would like to highlight 3 titles that offer something a little different;
Ragnarok Odyssey Ace
Developer: Game Arts
Publisher: Xseed Games
Platform: PS3, Vita
Release Date: April 1st
This game is an updated version of Ragnarok Odyssey that was released for the Vita in 2012. Based off of the universe of the MMORPG Ragnarok Online, this real-time Action RPG draws influence from the Monster Hunter style of killing monsters and collecting/crafting items. One of the unique aspects of the game is the lack of a leveling system, which is replaced with a Card System. Cards can be equipped to your character’s gear that boost stats and abilities, with upgraded gear allowing you to equip more cards. The Ace update will also be available on the PlayStation 3 and will be bringing all the original DLC, new enemies, new skills, new dungeons, and much more. It will also be possible to import save data from the original game on the Vita.
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC
Release Date: April 16th (PC on April 24th)
The next game in the series, Trials Fusion, will be bringing the enhanced gameplay features from Trials Evolution to the next generation. The intuitive physics gameplay returns in form for single and multiplayer, as well as skill games, track editing and sharing, and global leaderboards. Fusion will also add new updates, the biggest of which is the FMX Physics Tricks System, which finally adds tricks beyond backflips and frontflips to the Trials formula. Other features include a futuristic setting with next-gen visuals and enhanced social interaction. Fusion can also be linked to the mobile Trials Frontier, which will be released sometime in 2014.
Child of Light
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Release Date: April 30th
This platforming RPG was surprising when revealed last year utilizing the UbiArt Framework engine, the same engine used for Ubisoft titles Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends. This engine allows for a striking hand-painted visual style that looks alive. The story revolves around Aurora, a young girl from 1895 Austria who is taken to the kingdom of Lemuria to rescue the sun, moon, and stars from the Queen of the Night. The narrative will take an interesting direction by playing out like a poem, with the story crafted into verse and rhyme. The gameplay in Child of Light is a mixture of 2D platforming and Active-Time Battle combat, teaming up with allies found along your quest. It also has a multiplayer feature that lets a second player control Igniculus, a firefly sent to aid Aurora.