A relatively quiet start to September gets flipped upside down this week, with some huge games arriving just in time for the warmer weather, including some big-name franchise sequels and highly-anticipated new IPs. Here’s our picks for the games releasing this week, 12-16 September 2016:
Release date: 16 September 2016 (Xbox One, PC)
ReCore is one of the most interesting looking games coming in the remainder of 2016, and it touches down this week. One of the creators behind Mega Man, Keiji Inafune, and the makers of Metroid Prime are behind this third-person action adventure, which stars Joule — one of the last surviving humans — who’s fighting her way through a destroyed desert world, working with a series of quirky mechanical pets to help her fight robotic villains.
Players will have to use Joule’s skills as well as the various abilities of her mechanical allies to survive her journey. The intriguing concept and vivid world has us quite excited for this one.
Bioshock: The Collection
Release date: 16 September 2016 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
The brilliant Bioshock series is getting a second-life thanks to a new remastered collection for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Bioshock: The Collection will feature Bioshock 1, 2, and Bioshock Infinite, all single-player DLC for all three games, and a never-before-seen video series with commentary from series creator Ken Levine. It’s a great package, with three great games – a perfect opportunity for newcomers to the franchise to finally play the award-winning FPS titles, or long-time fans to relive them.
Dead Rising Triple Pack
Release date: 13 September 2016 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
With Dead Rising 4 releasing a little later this year, Capcom is readying us for the zombie-mayhem with a collection of past Dead Rising titles. The Triple Pack includes Dead Rising, Dead Rising 2, and the standalone expansion Dead Rising 2: Off the Record. The remastered versions will feature upgraded graphics presented in 1080p and targeting 60 frames per second to deliver the classic zombie sandbox gameplay that everyone has fell in love with in a new spiffy coat of paint.
Release date: 15 September 2016 (Xbox One, PS4, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
PES 2017 brings a more refined approach with the incredible strides made last year, and 2017 looks to continue that great work with tweaks to passing, goalkeepers and a whole host of new animations, better lighting effects, and a revamp of stadia. As for gameplay improvements, the first touch mechanic will allow players to react and take the ball away from defenders in much better ways. In-step, out-step, stepovers, chest controls and plenty more ways to bring the ball under control are here and it all looks sublime. New tactical instructions are available for you to give your team, as you can set two attacking and two defending philosophies, including Tiki-taka and Gegenpress – Jurgen Klopp’s favourite – to adapt strategy mid-match to try and beat the opposition.
PES 2017 will also feature FC Barcelona as the game’s cover official stars thanks to an exclusive partnership between the club and Konami. Messi and friends are all over the game, as are their kits, stadiums, licenses, and the addition of playable Barcelona legends like Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Xavi and a host of others.
Release date: 13 September 2016 (Xbox One)
The Witness comes from the man behind the mind-bending puzzle-platformer, Braid. It’s a first-person puzzle game, where you’re on an island devoid of life but full of the remnants of life. There are puzzles strewn all over the place and a variety of structures you can explore, but what is the meaning of it all? That’s up for you to discover, often through audio diaries or environmental clues. The Witness, which was released on PS4 earlier this year to great reviews, is a quiet, smart game that’s full of secrets and puzzles to test even the brightest minds.
Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade
Release date: 13 September 2016 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Based on a multimillion-selling and extensive universe, Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade takes gamers into a vicious battle between four factions of the 41st millennium in order to control a persistent world at war. Whether it is PvP (Player versus Player) or PvE (Player versus Environment) squads will have to work together and engage in massive battles and exterminate the other factions! Players can choose from twenty different sub-factions, earn hundreds of weapons, customisation options and accessories drawn from 29 years of Warhammer 40,000 lore to create their perfect warriors.
Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past
Release date: 16 September 2016 (3DS)
Originally released for PlayStation back 2001, the 3DS version of Dragon Quest VII completely remakes the adventure with a rebuilt world, 3D models and hours of new content. The story has also been re-localised, and tells the story of Auster and his party, who discover a map which reveals some hidden secrets that they set out to discover. The colourful, fan-loved RPG sees some changes with the addition of 30 new classes as well as new abilities and spells. Online distribution will add new monsters, dungeons, and items to the game. Also new to the 3DS version is StreetPass functionality, which allows players to swap Traveler’s Tablets.
Release date: 15 September 2016 (Xbox One, PS4)
Hockey fans can return to the ice with NHL 17. The latest iteration of the game brings in a ton of new game modes and some new gameplay tweaks like authentic goaltending. Goalies now have a Reactionary Save Intelligence that takes into account position, angle and score before a goalie goes for an athletic or technical save. NHL 17 also has new Net Battle physics and more celebrations when scoring a goal.
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