What's Out This Week: July 1st (North America)
Posted by Anthony Bacchus
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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.
Sniper Elite 3 (Xbox One / Xbox 360)
Rebellion's latest tactical shooter has already found a vantage point at the top of the UK charts this week, and hopefully it can find the same success here in North America. Sniper Elite 3 is the sequel to Sniper Elite V2 but is the first time the franchise will debut on next-gen consoles. The core gameplay hasn't changed all that much from its predecessors but picking off a target from across the map still makes for a satisfying experience. Reviews have been mostly solid with many publications calling it the best game in the series. 360 owners can also benefit from a $20 savings over the Xbox One version.
| Publisher: 505 Games | Developer: Rebellion Developments | Release Date: July 1st | Cost: $59.99 on Xbox One, $39.99 on Xbox 360 |
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (Xbox One / XBLA)
The critically-acclaimed Metroid-vania action platformer on PS3 and Vita comes to Xbox this week, and we couldn't be happier. Guacamelee has an amazing art style, an awesome soundtrack, and brilliant level design to more than justify the asking price. What's that? You don't have the dough right now? No problem, because Xbox One Gold members are getting this one for free this month as part of Games With Gold. This definitive version also comes with a few extra add-ons so if you missed out on this timed PlayStation exclusive, you're already covered.
| Publisher: Activision | Developer: DrinkBox Studios | Release Date: July 2nd | Cost: $14.99 |
Far Cry Compilation (Xbox 360)
Before Far Cry 4 releases this November, now would be the time to catch up on everything Far Cry. This package comes loaded with Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3, and it's off-the-wall spin-off, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon — all for a pretty decent price. For the complete experience, we recommend downloading Far Cry Classic on your Xbox 360 if you also want to play an updated version of the original game.
| Publisher: Ubisoft | Developer: Ubisoft | Release Date: July 1st | Cost: $29.99 |
Another World - 20th Anniversary Edition (Xbox One)
This classic point-and-click adventure game came to Xbox One last week with no announcement of any kind, so we added it for you here. Another World celebrates its 20 year milestone, and while mechanically the game is starting to show its cracks, it's still a timeless experience that everyone should try.
| Publisher: The Digital Lounge | Developer: Martial Hesse-Dreville | Release Date: June 25th | Cost: $7.99 |
Contrast (Xbox One)
Xbox One owners had to wait, but according to the developers this is "the tightest version of the game" the've ever made. Contrast is a puzzle-platformer that has players manipulating "light sources and real-world objects to create unique shadow landscapes." Contrast's visual style is also worth checking out and players get to play in 3D and 2D spaces to solve the games' many puzzles.
| Publisher: Compulsion Games | Developer: Compulsion Games | Release Date: June 26th | Cost: $14.99 |
Putty Squad (XBLA)
Promising retro platforming, Putty Squad hopes to win over some of the old-school gamers as well as the casual ones. You'll need to use Putty's ability to morph, grow, stretch and more to save his friends. Putty Squad is a remake of the 1994 game and has already been released on PlayStation 4; There are no details of an Xbox One version being released.
| Publisher: System 3 Software Ltd | Developer: System 3 Software Ltd | Release Date: June 25th | Cost: $12.99 |
Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition (Xbox One)
Another indie game that sort of showed up with no warning last week. Xbox One owners get all DLC in this crazy zombie-killing, car-destroying, action game presented in a top-down perspective like the old GTA games. Overcoming the zombie threat isn't easy, so upgrading your vehicle is a must if you want to survive.
| Publisher: EXOR Studios | Developer: EXOR Studios | Release Date: July 1st | Cost: $14.99 |
This is a great week for indie titles as we saw more developers release their games on Microsoft's new console. Because indie devs can publish at any time, it can be difficult for us at Pure Xbox to provide all of you wonderful readers a heads-up on these releases. A surprising amount of them released last week after we had already published our last issue of What's Out This Week. We're going to try and keep you more informed as best as we can in the future. Not to worry, we aren't complaining; more games are always a good thing anyway.