September continues to deliver on the gaming front, 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, 19-23 September 2016:
Batman: A Telltale Series – Episode 2: Children of Arkham
Release date: 20 September 2016 (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
Telltale’s episodic story-driven Batman game gets its second chapter this week, picking up from the events of Episode 1. For those unfamiliar with Telltale’s games, they’re somewhat of a throwback to the storytelling point-and-click adventures of yesteryear, albeit with modern gameplay twists. So don’t expect another Batman Arkham game here, but rather a slower-paced look into the dual-life of Batman/Bruce Wayne. In this second episode, the Dark Knight must uncover the truth of what Thomas Wayne was up to and why he was murdered. In order to learn more about his father, Bruce will have to investigate Gotham’s criminal past. The question is who is going to ask the questions: Bruce Wayne or Batman?
Release date: 20 September 2016 (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3)
NBA 2K17 gives players a chance to return to the court. Like all annual sports games, it’ll have the prerequisite improvements in animations and graphics, but there are some cool new changes in NBA 2K17. Enhancements to the MyTeam, MyGM and MyLeague modes have been added, but the biggest change comes to MyCareer mode. Instead of the linearity of previous iterations, players will embark on a new story, which will require players to create their own NBA star-to-be. How you decide to build your player will affect his skills and attributes, the new revamped creation tool shows how these decisions will change things like dunking, dribble, speed and more.
Destiny: Rise of Iron expansion & Destiny: The Collection
Release date: 20 September 2016 (Xbox One, PS4)
The latest expansion for Bungie’s popular first-person shooter arrives this week. Rise of Iron, which revolves around the Fallen (who have breached the Wall surrounding the Cosmodrone in Old Russia), will feature a new campaign, missions, PvE locations, PvP maps, gear, a raid, and a new zone on Earth called the Plaguelands. The new PvP mode is called “Supremacy” and is a 6v6 game similar to Call of Duty‘s “Kill Confirmed”. Artifacts will be receiving an overhaul as well.
If you’re yet to delve into the world of Destiny, a re-release of the game is releasing this week too. Entitled The Collection, the game features the full Destiny base game, along with This collection along with every expansion released to date, including Rise of Iron, along with a level 40 character boost.
Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse
Release date: 20 September 2016 (3DS)
One of Japan’s best RPGs of 2016 will finally make its way to SA this week. It’s a post-apocalyptic role-playing game that takes place in the 2030s following a devastating war between the angels and the armies of Lucifer. Now, Tokyo’s population is ruled by angels and demons, and one teenager will step up to save Tokyo and, in turn, save himself. The game currently holds an 86/100 on Metacritic.
Wheels of Aurelia
Release date: 20 September 2016 (PC); 5 October (Xbox One, PS4)
Wheels of Aurelia is a narrative road trip game set in the roaring Italian 70s. Half racing game, half interactive fiction, it tells the story of Lella, a restless woman driving on the roads of the western coast of Italy, the famous Via Aurelia. The game plays like an old-school isometric arcade racer, except that you get to chat with your passenger while driving. The story takes places at the end of the 70s – a time of terrorism, kidnappings, and political turmoil in Italy – and it will introduce you to that world and its dynamics through a cast of characters that you have never met in a video game. It’s up to you to discover their motivations for driving along the coast of Italy and away from their homes.
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