The Games of September

Week of 9/4

123906aThe Legend of Heroes – Trails of Cold Steel 2 (PS3/Vita): Picking up one month after the decisive collision which changed the fate of the entire nation of Erebonia. The speedy, tactical turn-based combat with the newly-developed “ARCUS” system returns with all the bells and whistles players fondly remember together with the new Overdrive mode, new means of transportation both across the land and sky, new allies, new dangers, and a renewed sense of hope as Rean tirelessly works to right the wrongs that have led the country to disarray.

126825arpTouhou Genso Rando – Bullet Ballet (PS4): Developed by CUBETYPE, Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet is a remastered shoot em up that takes place in the Touhou universe. Select from 10 playable girls and dive straight into bullet-hell! Reminiscent of a fighting game, Genso Rondo takes the traditional shoot’em up genre and infuses it with a 1v1 battle scenario, allowing for a unique gameplay experience. Learn more about the Touhou characters in Story Mode as you progress through the game, blasting your opponent with a barrage of beautiful bullets. Or if you are feeling confident, jump into online battle mode and showcase your skills to players on PlayStationNetwork.

129893aJust Sing! (PS4/XB1): Sing or lip-sync your way to stardom with Just Sing! Featuring an awesome tracklist, including smash hits from Sia, Justin Bieber, Meghan Trainor, and many more, you’ll always be in tune. With the free Just Sing Companion app, your smartphone is all you need to play. Simply download the app, pair it with your console, and instantly turn your phone into your microphone and camera. Easily create your own unforgettable music videos with up to three friends by seamlessly changing your themes and filters as you perform. Then save your video locally or share it with friends online.

Week of 9/11

126564aNHL 17 (PS4/XB1): All-new game modes, new and deeper experiences in fan-favorite modes, and the best on-ice gameplay ever make NHL 17 the most exciting EA SPORTS NHL game to date. Live out your hockey fantasy in all-new Draft Champions and World Cup of Hockey game modes, own every zone with authentic goaltenders, new Net Battles on offense and defense, and bone-crushing Collision Physics. Take your team to the next level in the most customizable EA SPORTS Hockey League ever and bring your game to life with dozens of thrilling new goal celebrations. No matter how you play the game, NHL 17 lets you shape your legacy on and off the ice.

126604aMeiQ – Labyrinth of Death (Vita): Suit up! A worldwide blackout means it’s time to put your dungeon-crawling skills to the test. The rotation of the celestial bodies has ceased, and it’s up to you to make your way through the four tower mazes and set things in motion again in this challenging dungeon-crawling RPG. Your heroines will be joined in battle by giant mechanical Guardians, whose individual parts can be customized in multiple ways to suit your battle style against a multitude of elemental enemies!

127332aReCore (XB1): From the legendary creator Keiji Inafune and the makers of Metroid Prime comes “ReCore”, an action-adventure masterfully crafted for a new generation. As one of the last remaining humans on a planet controlled by robotic foes bent on your destruction, you must forge friendships with a courageous group of robot companions, each with unique abilities and powers. Lead this band of unlikely heroes on an epic adventure through a mysterious, dynamic world. You can’t save mankind alone.

129788aPro Evolution Soccer 2017 (PS3/PS4/360/XB1): Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 sees the return of the multi-award winning franchise complete with an abundance of new features and quality improvements. PES 2017 aims to retain its title of Best Sports Game’ for a third year, as voted across the world at games shows and by major media outlets in 2014 and 2015.

128777aBatman – The Telltale Series (PS3/PS4/360/XB1): Enter the fractured psyche of Bruce Wayne in this dark and violent new story from the award-winning creators of The Walking Dead – A Telltale Game Series, and discover the powerful and far-reaching consequences of your choices as the Dark Knight. As Batman, you’ll encounter classic allies and adversaries, and as Bruce, you’ll learn the true meaning of what it means to be the man behind the cowl. Batman – The Telltale Series comes to retail as a Season Pass Disc, and grants access to the remaining four episodes in the season as they become available to download.

124985arpPsycho Pass – Mandatory Happiness (PS4/Vita): A dystopian sci-fi tale for the ages – Welcome to a society controlled by a computer, where the slightest change in your mental state can mean the difference between life, imprisonment, or worse. Rather than a social misfit, explore the world through the eyes of someone within the law – a detective. Branching Storylines – Play as either Takuma Tsurugi or Nadeshiko Kugatachi, each with their own choices and endings, as you solve the greater mystery of Sado Marine City. Delve Deeper into the World of PSYCHO-PASS – With a story overseen by original series author, Gen Urobuchi, find out more about the world and the characters fans grew to love in the anime.

130812aDead Rising HD (PS4/XB1): The original that started it all! Explore expansive indoor and outdoor areas of the Willamette Mall and use anything to fend off the hordes of enemies, including makeshift weapons like golf clubs, lawnmowers, frying pans, and more. Use Frank’s photojournalistic skills to capture the insanity on film; the better the shot, the better the reward will be!  Upgraded graphics – taking advantage of the current hardware systems, an all new version of Dead Rising can be enjoyed in gory-ous 1080p at 60 fps.

128083aBioshock The Collection (PS4/XB1): Return to the cities of Rapture and Columbia and experience the award-winning BioShock franchise like never before, beautifully remastered in 1080p. BioShock: The Collection contains all single-player content from BioShock, BioShock 2, and BioShock Infinite, all single-player add-on content, the “Columbia’s Finest” pack, and Director’s Commentary: Imagining BioShock, featuring Ken Levine and Shawn Robertson.

126607aNASCAR Heat Evolution (PS4/XB1): After over a decade, Monster Games returns to the NASCAR franchise. This all-star developer created the original NASCAR Heat and NASCAR: Dirt to Daytona in the early 2000’s, two of the most highly rated and best-selling NASCAR titles of all-time. This dedicated group has built NASCAR Heat Evolution from the ground up to ensure a brand new racing experience. Race as your favorite NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers across all 23 licensed NASCAR tracks in stunning HD. Whether you’re a rookie or racing veteran, get ready for a good time.

119882aDragon Quest VII – Fragments of the Forgotten Past (3DS): Travel to the past to save the present as you restore forgotten lands and battle an unknown evil in this classic DRAGON QUEST adventure -­ completely reimagined from the ground up for the Nintendo 3DS system. Customize your party from more than 30 vocations and level up in turn-based battles to learn new spells and abilities in this timeless quest!

126938aNBA 2K17 (PS3/PS4/360/XB1): Following the record-breaking launch of NBA 2K16, the NBA 2K franchise continues to stake its claim as the most authentic sports video game with NBA 2K17. As the franchise that “all sports video games should aspire to be” (GamesRadar), NBA 2K17 will take the game to new heights and continue to blur the lines between video game and reality.

Week of 9/18

125349aShin Megami Tensei IV – Apocalypse (3DS): Debuting as the top seller for its launch in Japan, Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse is headed to the Americas. The story of Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse depicts the remnants of Tokyo, ravaged by a catastrophe. Demons and humans co-exist, but in this state, the remnants of humankind are just a prize being fought over by the higher deities. One lone Hunter, the game’s protagonist, meets an early demise and through a pact with a lesser god, is brought back to life in exchange for his pledge of servitude. From there, the protagonist allies with other Hunters in the ruins of post-apocalyptic Tokyo beginning a plot that crosses over with the events of the original Shin Megami Tensei IV.

Week of 9/25

125401aFIFA 17 (PS3/PS4/360/XB1): One of the industry’s leading game engines, Frostbite delivers authentic, true-to-life action, takes players to new football worlds, and introduces fans to characters full of depth and emotion in FIFA 17. For the first time ever in FIFA, live your story on and off the pitch as the Premier League’s next rising star, Alex Hunter. Play on any club in the premier league, for authentic managers and alongside some of the best players on the planet. Experience brand new worlds in FIFA 17, all while navigating your way through the emotional highs and lows of The Journey. Complete innovation in the way players think and move, physically interact with opponents, and execute in attack puts you in complete control of every moment on the pitch.

127138aXCOM 2 (PS4/XB1): XCOM 2 is the sequel to XCOM: Enemy Unknown, the 2012 award-winning strategy game of the year. Earth has changed and is now under alien rule. Facing impossible odds you must rebuild XCOM, and ignite a global resistance to reclaim our world and save humanity.

 

113773aSonic Boom – Fire & Ice (3DS): Race through this epic new adventure as Sonic, Tails, Amy, Knuckles or Sticks to stop Dr. Eggman, and an all new adversary D-Fekt. Harness the power of fire and ice to blaze through obstacles, puzzles, and freeze enemies in their tracks. Utilize Sonic’s speed, Tails’ flight, Knuckles’ strength, Sticks’ Boomerang and Amy’s hammer to explore, fight and race through an undiscovered land. Compete with your friends in 2 player bot racing and unlock 6 new tracks as you collect artifacts throughout the world. Battle bosses so huge they take up both screens. Play mini games filled with challenging puzzles and time trials including a new iteration of the popular Sea Fox.

130816aDead Rising 2 HD (PS4/XB1): The sequel to the smash hit features new protagonist, motorcycle racer Chuck Greene, as he visits a seedy casino town called Fortune City. The game first introduces weapon combinations like the “Portamower” and “Paddlesaw,” two player co-op, and four player gladiator battles to the Dead Rising series. Upgraded graphics – taking advantage of the current hardware systems, all new versions of Dead Rising 2, and Dead Rising 2: Off the Record can be enjoyed in gory-ous 1080p at 60 fps.

127328aForiza Horizon 3 (XB1): You’re in charge of the Horizon Festival. Customize everything, hire and fire your friends, and explore Australia in over 350 of the world’s greatest cars. Make your Horizon the ultimate celebration of cars, music, and freedom of the open road. How you get there is up to you. Discover thrilling new driving gameplay like Danger Sign Jumps, Convoys, and Drift Zones. Be the boss of your own Horizon Festival. Customize every aspect of your game. Hire and fire friends to win you fans, or invite them to join in the all-new 4 player online campaign co-op.

127091arpShantae Half-Genie Hero (PS4/Vita/WiiU): Shantae embarks on her first full HD adventure! After three highly successful outings with Shantae, Shantae: Risky’s Revenge, and Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, Shantae and her friends finally get a full HD console-based sequel! Boasting vivid, detailed high-definition graphics that retain the 2D hand-drawn sprites the series is known for, this newest entry in the Shantae series almost looks like a playable TV show! Presented as a stage-based 2.5D platformer with heavy exploration elements, Shantae uses her trademark Hair-Whip Attack to dispatch enemies, then takes advantage of her Belly Dance Magic to transform into 8 different forms that each have their own unique abilities and move sets.

126524aYo-Kai Watch 2 (3DS): As the cause of all of life’s troubles, Yo-kai are hiding everywhere! Explore the seaside town of San Fantastico or the sleepy village of Harrisville in search of new Yo-kai to befriend. Then time travel 60 years into the past with a new hero – Hovernyan – to ensure the Yo-kai Watch Model Zero is created and your timeline is preserved! For the first time, battle friends online or via local wireless to earn rewards for the main adventure. To earn more, guide a Yo-kai through an all-new 4-player co-op action mode! Plus, you can trade Yo-kai Medals with friends, too!