Into the Spotlight: May 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;

Kirby: Triple Deluxe



Developer: HAL Laboratory

Publisher: Nintendo

Platform: 3DS

Release Date: May 2nd

In his latest adventure, Kirby travels to a new land called Floralia after a giant beanstalk, called the Dreamstalk, grows beneath Kirby’ house and King Dedede’s castle and propels them into the skies above Dream Land. Kirby must defeat the creature Taranza to change Dream Land back to normal. Triple Deluxe is built off of the Return to Dream Land engine, so the 2.5D style returns with the added feature of Warps Stars allowing travel between the background and the foreground. Along with new copy abilities like Beetle and Circus, Kirby can eat a new item called the Miracle Fruit. This turns you into Hypernova Kirby, capable of swallowing massive objects like trees and trains and can be used for a number of puzzles in the game.

Transistor

Developer: Supergiant Games

Platform: PS4, PC

Release Date: May 20th

From the creators of the critically-acclaimed Action RPG Bastion, this game puts a unique spin on the Action RPG genre. Red, a young singer, finds a mysterious weapon that calls itself the Transistor after assassins attempt to take her life. They have to travel through a futuristic city fighting an enemy known as the Process to uncover the truth. The unique combat design combined fast-paced action with turn-based strategy, while utilizing a attack system that incorporates different combinations of styles and traits.

The Swapper

Developer: Facepalm Games, Curve Studios

Platform: PS4, PS3, PS Vita

Release Date: May 2014

Although this game has come up before as being included in Humble Indie Bundle 11, it will be making its debut on the Playstation platform as well. This atmospheric puzzle platformer stars an astronaut isolated in deep space. Equipped with an experimental device that clones the user and can swap control between them, the astronaut must explore the cold harsh landscape. With a game like this, the immersion is much greater when playing with the volume up and the lights off.