What's Out This Week: June 24th (North America)
Posted by Anthony Bacchus
GRID Autosport, Outlast, Valiant Hearts and more!
So you're browsing your local retailer's Xbox One and Xbox 360 section and have no idea what new games were released this week. No one seems willing to help and you feel alone and scared. Surely, there must be a way — an easy way — to get the info on the latest releases. Rest your worried head young Spartan, because at pX we got you covered on what's hitting retail stores and the Games Store.
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark (Xbox One / Xbox 360)
The new Transformers game serves as both a prequel to the excellent Transformers: Fall of Cybertron and a movie tie-in with Transformers: Age of Extinction, which hits theatres this weekend. While we aren't ever opposed to giant robots duking it out and blasting each other away, we're feeling a tad bit underwhelmed by what has been showed up to this point of Rise of the Dark Spark. High Moon Studios is no longer calling the shots and has passed the torch to developer Edge of Reality, which means the new team has some pretty big shoes to fill. This also marks the first time the series arrives on next-gen consoles.
| Publisher: Activision | Developer: Edge of Reality | Release Date: June 24th | Cost: $59.99 on Xbox One, $49.99 on Xbox 360 |
GRID Autosport (Xbox 360)
GRID zooms back onto the Xbox 360 with their latest entry this week and it should leave fans of the series very satisfied. The talented Codemasters team has been fine-tuning the career mode so that it's bigger, faster, and more enjoyable than ever before. Join a huge online community with RaceNet Clubs where you can form your own online groups to compare and best one another on and off the road. Autosport promises over 80 new cars, 22 locations and five unique driving styles which should tide people over for a while — at least until the next GRID.
| Publisher: Codemasters | Developer: Codemasters | Release Date: June 24th | Cost: $49.99 |
Outlast (Xbox One)
Just like one of the many crazed patients at Mount Massive Asylum, Outlast came out of nowhere last week, appearing on the Xbox One's game store without any warning. This ultra scary survival horror title puts you in control of a dedicated journalist, hoping to report on the weird happenings at an insane asylum. Armed with only a digital camera (that also functions as a source of light), you're going to need to keep your wits and bravery intact to uncover what's going on in the asylum and more importantly, make it out alive.
| Publisher: Red Barrels | Developer: Red Barrels | Release Date: June 18th | Cost: $19.99 |
R.B.I. Baseball 14 (Xbox One)
Classic baseball franchise gets a modern makeover, this time on Xbox One. Sure, you can nab this one on iOS and Android for cheap but not everyone wants to swing a bat while waiting at a bus stop or inline at Starbucks. The console version boasts better graphics and updated rosters for new players. Developer MLBAM is promising to bring updated rosters during the season to all versions of the game.
| Publisher: MLB.com | Developer: MLB.com | Release Date: June 24th | Cost: $19.99 |
Sixty Second Shooter Prime (Xbox One)
A twin-stick shooter that only lasts sixty seconds doesn't sound all that much fun, but this surprising little indie game proves it can be. In our review, we called it a "fun distraction for a bargain price," and we're sticking to that. No, don't expect this to top Geometry Wars or Super Stardust, but it still manages to maintain a similar degree of sensory overload and that addictive "one more try" mentality. And honestly, what more could you want for five bucks?
| Publisher: Happion Labs | Developer: Happion Labs | Release Date: June 19th | Cost: $4.99 |
Valiant Hearts: The Great War (Xbox One / XBLA)
Valiant Hearts sounds like a special little video game. Taking inspiration from letters written during the Great War, this puzzle adventure game tells the story of four different characters affected by the war but possibly connected. Ubisoft is once again using the much-loved UbiArt Framework engine last seen in Rayman Legends and Child of Light. The game will explore themes of love, sacrifice, and friendship which means we're surely going to be in for an emotional ride. Yay!
| Publisher: Ubisoft | Developer: Ubisoft Montpellier | Release Date: June 25th | Cost: $14.99 |
There's quite a bit of stuff to choose from this week, isn't there? We're definitely going to give GRID Autosport a spin first and begin creating our own online club. And because we like to scare ourselves silly, we're going to cozy up with Outlast. Valiant Hearts: The Great War also sounds like a perfect way to spend our upcoming weekend. Do you have plans to pick up any of this week's games? Let us know in the comments.