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This week’s big PS3 retail releases, Dragon’s Crown and Tales of Xillia, have also found their way to the PlayStation Store. Tales of Xillia, Namco Bandai’s action RPG, has been priced at $54.99 and Dragon’s Crown, a hand-drawn beat ’em up from Atlus, has been priced at $49.99. Dragon’s Crown is also available for the Vita for $39.99 (sorry folks, it’s not a Cross-Buy title).
Also available this week is the latest addition to Sony’s Play promotion, the gravity-based puzzle platformer Ibb & Obb. And this week’s PS2 Classic is The Red Star, a great overhead shooter that takes place in an alternate Russia with robots and giant walking talks. Finally, Superfrog HD is a side-scrolling platformer from the creator of the Worms series. It’s also a PS3/Vita Cross-Buy title.
Nintendo is back in a big way this week with Pikmin 3. The latest game in one of Shigeru Miyamoto’s favorite franchises is in stores today and is sure to please Wii U owners who have been waiting for a big new title since Lego City Undercover‘s release this Spring. The PS3 is also back in a big way this week after a slow Summer. Namco Bandai’s action RPG, Tales of Xillia, and Atlus’ artful beat ’em up, Dragon’s Crown (available on the PS3 and Vita), will be available in stores on Tuesday.
What else is available this week? Well…
A game adaptation of Disney’s Cars spinoff, Planes, touches down on all Nintendo platforms (3DS, DS, Wii, and Wii U) this week. And EA has put out another Sims 3 expansion, The Sims 3: Dragon Valley. Finally, a boxed version of Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition for the PC is available this week, alongside Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers, a budget dogfighter for the PS3 and PC.
Dragon’s Crown is a beautiful new side-scrolling beat ‘em up from developer Vanillaware and publisher Atlus. It’s garnered a lot of bad publicity due to some of the art design choices, specifically the outrageous, over-the-top character models for some of the females. While the art style does take some stereotypes to the extreme, there’s no arguing that what the developers have done here is created something gorgeous and immersive and completely original. On top of this, Vanillaware has delivered a copious amount of entertainment in a tried-and-true genre, and they’ve done it on not just the PlayStation 3 but on the Vita as well, giving you the chance to continue the experience on the go. Does the gameplay make up for what many consider to be a questionable art style? Absolutely. (more…)