As I was putting this together I noticed that the majority of the games coming out this week were not on the 11th and I was like, “What is that all abo…ohhhhhhhhh, right, 9/11”. It looks like the only game coming out that day is V-Rally 4, so be sure to honor the memory of those we lost by racing your Citroën C4 WRC down a mountain on dirt roads. I’m also updating the post’s name to include the entire week as many games aren’t necessarily coming out on Tuesday, but over the course of the full week.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (PC/PS4/Xbox One) – Releases Sep. 14th
I have to admit, when the Tomb Raider reboot came out in 2013 I was highly skeptical. I didn’t need a gritty re-imagining of Lara Croft who was a helpless victim who grunted in agony and despair every two seconds, but then I read Singing Brakeman’s excellent Franchise Festival entry on the Tomb Rader series and I decided to give the game a try. I was almost instantly satisfied by the way the game turned out. The criticisms I had thought existed were just that, thoughts in my head. Lara was tough, angry, hopeful, tired, and compassionate, you know, like a real person, and that was what made Tomb Raider (2013) a great re-boot. Now we’re at the third chapter of Nu Lara’s story and this time it appears she is going to bring about a 2012-esque end of the world prophecy to fruition and doom us all; but first she has to kill some jaguars.
V-Rally 4 (PS4/Xbox One) – Switch and PC versions will release in the coming weeks
Automotive racing is about moving forward, only looking back to ensure that you keep from making any mistakes on your path to your goal, the finish line. Moving along the same track 4 or 5 times, learning from what you’ve already been through in the hopes that you do just a little bit better than your preceding lap. The crowd watches with excitement to see how well you do, cheering when you progress, and letting out cries of dejection when you fall behind. After all, you’re the best there is, you should be the standard bearer, a shining example of what a good racer is. We, as players, come in all genders and ethnicities, from different cultural backgrounds, but when we hit the pavement in our Subaru Impreza rally cars we are just one thing, racers. That is why the computer drivers respect us, it’s why we respect ourselves. Some players may think that only certain types of people are allowed to race, but I say fuck them, we can all race, and we will always have the right to race. Don’t let anyone take that away from you.
Senran Kagura Reflexions (Switch) – Releases Sep. 13th
I’ll just let the official Nintendo website do the talking for this one, and remember, this is from the OFFICIAL NINTENDO WEBSITE:
“Can you feel it? The beating of her heart… In a classroom after school, learn the ways of “Reflexology” by syncing with her heart and body. SENRAN KAGURA combines with HD Rumble on the Nintendo Switch!
She called you into the classroom after school. She’s waiting there for you. But she might not be her usual self…
Delve into intimacy by massaging her hands and helping her relax. Explore her many daydreams to see her in different lights. Get to know her as an energetic admirer, an experienced warrior, a curious classmate…and much more. ♪
Massage her with everything you’ve got, and you just might restore a piece of her lost heart. Help her put all the pieces back together, and her feelings for you just might change…
Enjoy an exciting Reflexology experience together with a special girl. ♡ ”
Black Clover: Quartet Knights (PC/PS4) – Releases Sep. 14th
Based on the anime series of the same name, this game is a 4v4 online fighting game not unlike the latest Naruto game and January’s Dissidia Final Fantasy NT (which was quite forgettable in my opinion). I’ve got no background info on this anime, it looks pretty generic, perhaps a fan of the show can enlighten us in the comments.
NHL 19 (PS4/Xbox One) – Releases Sep. 14th
Four years ago I decided to get into hockey. Being a SoCal cute boy I had two choices, the Anaheim Ducks or the LA Kings. After watching a couple of Ducks games I left feeling unimpressed and bored, then I watched a Kings game and was instantly hooked. They were my team now, and I was so impressed by goalie Jonathan Quick and centre Anze Kopitar that I knew I’d be watching hockey for the rest of my life. That the team went on to win the Stanley Cup that year was the icing on the cake I needed. The Kings have been a bit cold the last couple of seasons, but it doesn’t matter. I’ve been following the Padres and Chargers since I was a child, I know how to wait. Anyway, there’s a hockey game coming out on Friday.
Ports and Re-releases:
Surgeon Simulator CPR (Switch) – Releases Sep. 13th. I don’t care for this game because it’s sloppy and frustrating, but I guess that’s the point isn’t it? However, using the Switch’s joy-con controllers to perform horrendous surgeries sounds intriguing, and this might be the one time where PC players cannot claim that the mouse and keyboard are the better input.
Bastion (Switch) – Releases Sep. 13th. Originally released on the Xbox 360 in 2011 to critical acclaim, Bastion was soon ported to just about every console you can imagine. Now Nintendo Switch owners can add this modern classic to their libraries.
Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut (Switch) – Releases Sep. 13th. After a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012, Wasteland 2 was released on PC in 2014, with the director’s cut coming a year later. Now the tactical combat game is making its way to the Switch to give you yet another fantastic game to play while you sit in the airport waiting for your flight to Terra Haute.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country (Switch) – Releases Sep. 14th. According to the Xenoblade wiki, this game, “…features gameplay mechanics very similar to the main game. However, unlike the main game, in which only the Drivers can be directly controlled, players can control both Drivers and their resonated Blades”. I think if I had actually played this game, instead of letting it sit on my shelf since December of last year, the description would make a lot more sense. I guess if you didn’t procrastinate like me you’ll be happy to know that there is now more content available for the game.
State of Decay 2: Daybreak Pack (Xbox One) – Releases Sep. 12th. One of the very few Xbox exclusives from this year is getting a new mode called Zombie Siege. Team up with your friends online to take out large waves of zombies that are intent on killing you, eating you, and generally making your day very bad.
A Hat In Time: Seal The Deal (PC) – Releases Sep. 13th. PC platformer A Hat In Time is getting DLC this week. According to the Steam page, the game is adding a new chapter, a higher difficulty mode, co-op, and a bunch of outfits and stuff. I’m still holding out for a console release, but I’m not sure how much longer I can wait.
THIS WEEK’S “MOBILE GAME BEING PORTED TO THE XBONE” GAME:
Revenant Dogma (Xbox One) – Releases Sep. 12th. Wait, whhaaaaaatt? Kemco is porting this mobile JRPG to the Xbone BEFORE porting it to the Switch (it’ll come out sometime later this year, probably). It looks really generic, but if you’re an Xbox only gamer and you like JRPGs then maybe you take what you can get.
Nintendo Labo: Toy-con 3 Vehicle Kit (Switch) – Releases Sep. 14th. I didn’t buy into the cardboard hype of Labo, it just didn’t seem like something I would be interested in. I can respect the ingenuity of them, but at the end of the day I just want to hold a controller and sit on my couch. This set looks a bit more up my alley as you can build a steering wheel and pedal to play Mario Kart 8; that seems fun. Is it worth the price tag? I don’t know, but I bet you’d have a good time with it. Aside from the steering wheel you can also build a flight stick and submarine control.
ADIOS Amigos (PC/Xbox One) – Releases Sep. 12th. Embark on a cosmic journey alone or with up to three friends. Experience “…serious astrophysics…” as boasted on the Steam page, in a game where “…everything moves…”. Their big goal here, it seems, is to get veteran and rookie players together to enjoy something that both challenges the hardcore and rewards the novice.
Gift of Parthax (PC) – Releases Sep. 12th. A solo arena fighting game in which you play the role of a wizard who must defeat various enemies as you try to save your friend.
BFF or Die (PC) – Releases Sep. 13th. This game looks to capitalize on the Overcooked craze by allowing four players, as aliens trapped on Earth, to work together to solve puzzles.
Razed (PC/ Xbox One) – Releases Sep. 14th. Built with speed runners in mind, Razed is a platforming game with some very stylized neon graphics. The game looks pretty crazy and could be something worth watching out for.