This Week in Gaming: “Destination Brazil” & More

Get the scoop on all the best video game releases for the week of June 2.

Murdered: Soul Suspect

Platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PC

Part noir-detective mystery, part horror story, Murdered: Soul Suspect puts you in the ghostly gumshoes of Ronan O’Connor, moments after his expiration date. A little problem like being dead isn’t gonna stop you from solving the mystery of and avenging your own death, is it? We didn’t think so. Murdered: Soul Suspect is a third-person action game that blends in-game investigations with survival as you piece together all the clues of the crime across the rickety backdrop of Salem, Massachusetts. Possess cops and witnesses to learn what they know or manipulate them into seeing the truth. Explore buildings to catch what others may have missed. Do your sleuthing while avoiding a bunch of soul-sucking demons and, eventually, you’ll set yourself free from Limbo when you finger the killer and get your revenge. Heaven can wait when there’s a mystery to solve.

Ultra Street Fighter IV

Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

It’s yet another iteration of the Street Fighter series and the only thing more mind-boggling than the list of adjectives they keep tacking onto the name is the ever-expanding roster of characters you can use to kick ass. Don’t let the title deceive you; this is actually an update to the Arcade Edition of Super Street Fighter IV, not an entirely new game. That said, it has been a while since we’ve seen Capcom throw some love in Ryu’s direction, so Ultra is adding quite a bit to the well-tread fighting game. Five new characters bring the roster well above 40 fighters, new stages give you some pretty backdrops for your bloodlust beat-em-ups, and, most importantly, two new modes make their debut: Online Training and Elimination. These are a sparring setting where you can work out the kinks to your style with friends online and a competitive 3v3 online battle mode, respectively. Adding some spitshine to the update, Capcom has pinged their fervent fans to mod the gameplay mechanics in an effort to fairly balance the game. So quit trying to sweep our leg all the time – that shit hasn’t worked since Karate Kid, and it’s certainly not gonna work in Ultra.

Destination Brazil

Platforms: Xbox One

What can we say? A video game console simply can’t call itself next-gen unless it’s pumping you all sorts of entertainment offerings in addition to your gaming. Microsoft pushed the limits of content delivery on the Xbox 360, and now they’re doing the same with the Xbox One. Their latest entertainment upgrade is Destination Brazil, and it’s here just in time to install and poke around so you’ll know all the ins and outs of getting World Cup coverage straight from your Xbox One when the 2014 World Cup kicks off next week. Quick warning; you’ll still have to watch the games on TV like everyone else but, thanks to the XBO’s ability to play nice with your cable box, you’ll be getting all kinds of goodies overlayed on your television’s feed of the game. It’s a system designed for soccer fans who simply don’t want to miss a beat of this year’s Cup, delivering notifications for the start of matches, when goals are scored, or other important highlights of the game. Once you’re tuned in, you can get tons of stats, game details, and other clutch info right on top of the live feed of the game. Of course, the obligatory social media modules are intact here so fans can show their love for their nation’s team and make it known to the whole world. Whether you’ve been focused on the lead up to the cup or you’re just a fair-weather fan of Team USA hoping we don’t get completely smashed by Germany right off the bat, Xbox One’s Destination Brazil app is gonna pump the latest details of Team USA’s ineptitude directly to your Xbox in real time so you know you’re not missing anything important while you’re in the middle of a Titanfall match.

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