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One of my most anticipated games of 2015 is 13AM Games’ forthcoming fast-paced, action party game Runbow. The game features a never-before seen color mechanic and a massive local nine-player multiplayer mode – and now it has become even more appealing thanks to the addition of special guest characters from a whole host of other Wii U indie titles. The nine-person Wii U party game is expanding it’s roster with Shovel Knight (Shovel Knight), Juan and Tostada (Guacamelee!), CommanderVideo and CommandGirlVideo (Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien), Swift Thornebrooke (Sportsball), Scram Kitty (Scram Kitty and His Buddy On Rails) and Rusty (Steamworld Dig: A Fistful of Dirt). While none of the new characters have any special powers or introduce any new gameplay mechanics, a representative from the developer explained, “Adding these characters came from a desire to celebrate games we love and fellow eShop developers who have been supportive of Runbow.” You can view all of these characters in action in the new trailer below. Runbow is expected to launch this year.
Following in the footsteps of its divisive forebears, Dark Souls II is an incredibly challenging and endlessly atmospheric action-RPG. Now, with three expansions under its already sizable belt, Dark Souls II is about the most bang a player can expect for their buck for this gaming year, and even though it lacks the power and punch of the original Dark Souls, it has enough new elements and content to easily justify itself. A brutal and beautiful ride, Dark Souls II is an easy pick for my favorite game of the year.
Prepare to dig your way to victory with Shovel Knight, the game that combines retro aesthetics with modern world building, and leaves you coming back for seconds.
In this side-scrolling platformer, you play as the titular character Shovel Knight, who has lost his beloved companion, Shield Knight, in the Tower of Fate. Before he can save Shield Knight however, Shovel Knight must defeat The Order of No Quarter. Only then can Shovel Knight face his greatest enemy, the evil Enchantress.