Here we are at the tail end of Summer and the first days of Fall; the kids are going back to school, we’re trading in our iced mocha’s for pumpkin spice latte’s, and the 4th quarter battle is about to begin. However, while it’s the developers who are the combatants, it is us, the game players, who are the true winners.
Sony has done one hell of a marketing job for this game. Just about every person I know who plays video games with any kind of frequency wants to play Spider-Man, or I guess the official title, Marvel’s Spider-Man, because we don’t want to confuse it with all of those other Spider-Men not owned by Marvel. Anyway, this game is poised to be one of the biggest of the year and will most certainly be an event title that all of your friends will be talking about. Don’t fall victim to the dreaded FOMO!!!!
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age (PC/PS4)
After being released in Japan in 2017, the latest entry in the JRPG Dragon Quest series is finally coming to western shores. Unlike Final Fantasy, which transitioned into a more quasi-modern sci-fi setting, Dragon Quest has proudly stayed in the high fantasy realm. In this entry you play as a young villager who must complete a coming-of-age passage to determine if he is a man or not. Hijinks ensue.
NBA 2K19 (PC/PS4/Switch/Xbox One) – Releases Sep. 7th
Basketball season is almost upon us which means we are getting a new entry in the long running NBA 2K series. Play as all your favorites, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, etc. Dominate the boards, tell people “not in my house”, and do that dance from Fortnite after you score a basket. This is the NBA at its best. Accept no imitators.
NBA Live ‘19 (PS4/ Xbox One) – Releases Sep. 7th
Basketball season is almost upon us which means we are getting a new entry in the long running NBA Live series. Play as all your favorites, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, etc. Dominate the boards, tell people “not in my house”, and do that dance from Fortnite after you score a basket. This is the NBA at its best. Accept no imitators.
SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy (PS4/Switch) – Releases Sep. 7th
In what has been a pretty great year for fighting game fans, we have yet another title to add to the stellar list of 2018 fighting games. SNK Heroines features an all-female roster that is sure to delight many (albeit for possibly different reasons) and should be a welcomed new franchise for long time SNK fighting game fans. There’s even a female version of Terry Bogard, also named Terry in a win for non-gender specific names everyone.
Ports and Re-releases:
428: Shibuya Scramble (PS/PS4) – This one is a bit of a cheat, possibly, since the game is old but is new to all of us outside of Japan. 428 Shibuya Scramble was originally a PS3 game that only came out in Japan. Now we over in the west can experience Spike Chunsoft’s visual novel, or since it’s a fully acted live-action film instead of computer generated images, would we call this closer to something like an interactive movie? According to the Steam product page for the game you have the ability to switch between 5 different stories all happening simultaneously via the “JUMP system”. By jumping between these stories you will unravel more of the mystery as you works towards getting all 50 (!?) endings.
Gone Home (Switch) – Releases Sep. 6th. Here it is, the game that started the modern “walking simulator” era, and in this writer’s opinion, is still the best. If you still haven’t given Gone Home a chance then the less I say about the game, the better. All I will say is that you play as a young woman who returns home one night after being away and you find the mansion your family occupied to be completely empty, only learning about what happened to them in a multitude of clues left scattered around the huge house. It’s a creepy game that more than earns its ending, as well as all of the accolades. Don’s sleep on this one, buy it today for your Switch (or any other device it is already currently out on).
Hyper Light Drifter: Special Edition (Switch) – Releases Sep. 6th. Springing forth from the mind of developer Alex Preston, Hyper Light Drifter is a magnificent action RPG that is brimming with color and sound. After being released over the course of the last 2 years on just about every modern gaming platform available, we are getting a special edition for the Switch that includes (from the Nintendo website) a new secret finding costume, a tower climb challenge, the crystal shot which allows you to freeze enemies, and the blade caster. Give this one a look for sure.
Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner Mars (PC/PS4/PSVR). Releases Sep. 6th. Our second auteur driven title of the week, ZoE 2 is Hideo Kojima’s mech game that he was able to work on between Metal Gear games. This version of the game also comes with the ability to play it in VR, so if you feel like throwing up you should maybe give this a try.
Destiny 2: Forsaken (PC/PS4/Xbox One) – Cayde is dead. I repeat, Cayde is dead. If this sentence makes sense to you then pick up Forsaken. If it doesn’t, go back and play Destiny and Destiny 2 then get Forsaken. You’ll be happier for it. Actually, if you’re a PS Plus member you can download and play Destiny 2 for free and start becoming horribly addicted to it like the rest of us. It’s totally worth it.
Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: Red Cat Corps/White Dog Squad (3DS) – Releases Sep. 7th. In case you didn’t get enough small monster collecting from Pokemon you can now play Yo-Kai Watch in the off season between those games. Gotta’ catch ‘em all as well!
Moonfall Ultimate (PC/PS4/Switch/Xbox One) – The (probably) not as good action RPG of the week. Maybe go get Hyper Light Drifter instead.
Ninjin: Clash of Carrots (PC/PS4/Switch/Xbox One) – Pixel graphics, anthropomorphic animals, Japanese stuff; seems like the perfect recipe for a beat ‘em up game. Too bad it doesn’t look very good.
Planet Alpha (PC/PS4/Switch/Xbox One) – This side scroller has some very nice looking graphics, but aside from that I am having a hard time knowing what exactly the game is about. There are mostly just cryptic references about being able to control the day and night cycles. If you get this game let me know how it plays.
Super Street: The Game (PC/PS4/Xbox One) – Looks like we’ve got ourselves a racing game here, however I’m not sure I dig the name, it’s a bit odd. Sometimes I wonder if there is a list of “really bad names for your game” that circulates among all of the developers. God knows it sure seems that way sometimes.
Another Sight (PC) – Releases Sep. 6th. A blind girl, a cat, Monet, Nikola Tesla, and Thomas Edison all walk into a video game…
The Inner Friend (PC) – Releases Sep. 6th. In this narrative driven adventure game you will “Journey through a surreal world inspired by childhood nightmares and psychology”, which sounds just grand. Play this one with the lights off.
Immortal: Unchained (PC/PS4/Xbox One) – Releases Sep. 7st. Touted as a “…ultra-hardcore action RPG…”, this game sees you playing the “…role of a living weapon, unleashed to stop the source of a cataclysmic event threatening to end all worlds”. Some pretty heavy shit.
NASCAR Heat 3 (PC/PS4/Xbox One) – Releases Sep. 7th. THE CARS GO FAST IN A CIRCLE!!!