This Week In Games: The Madness Begins

Remember this game? Recore? The one with the cool robot dog from E3? Yeah, it’s out this week.

And that’s not all. It’s a big week for Xbox One, a great week for sports fans and there are plenty of cool offbeat games to boot.

BioShock: The Collection (PC, PS4, XBO)

What is it? A remaster of the first three BioShock games, unless you’re on PC in which case it’s only the first two.
Should I care? They’re good games, so yes.

ReCore (PC, Xbox One)

What is it? A third-person action adventure featuring a lot of robots.
Should I care? I feel like this is much more of a shooter than people are expecting.

Dead Rising Triple Pack (PS4, XBO)

What is it? A bundle with Dead Rising 1, 2 and the third game*.
Should I care? Do you like beating the snot out of zombies? Then you’ll have some fun here.

Don’t Starve Together: Console Edition (PS4)

What is it? The multiplayer version of the survival sandbox Don’t Starve.
Should I care? Don’t Starve is very cool, so if you have friends into this genre then definitely.

Hot Shots Tennis (PS4)

What is it? A re-release of a tennis game from the PS2.

Iron Fish (PC)

What is it? A game about exploring underwater while retaining your sanity.
Should I care? I know at least one person who should.

NHL 17 (PS4, XBO)

What is it? It’s ice hockey.
Should I care? Call me when NHL 94 gets remastered.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 (PS3, 360, PC, PS4, XBO)

What is it? The latest soccer sim from Konami.
Should I care? Last year’s PES was a real challenger to FIFA, but the game was handled pretty badly on PC.

NASCAR Heat Evolution (PS4)

What is it? Racing, NASCAR style.
Should I care? Maybe if it was called V8 Supercars Heat Evolution.

Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 (PC, PS4, XBO)

What is it? The sequel to the best modern take on Pac-Man to date.
Should I care? You bloody well should. The first Championship Edition was superb.

Rive (PC, PS4, XBO, Wii U)

What is it? A fast-paced sidescrolling shooter featuring hacking and robots.
Should I care? Definitely worth a look if you need a new twin-stick shooter.

Never Ending Night (PS4, XBO)

What is it? The console launch of a side-scroller with a couple of modes: one as a puzzle-platformer, another as a hack-and-slash game.
Should I care? Most won’t, even though the aesthetic looks neat.

Mount & Blade: Warband (PS4, XBO)

What is it? Console launch of the beloved medieval first-person hybrid.
Should I care? Every time I think of this game, I think of mods and LAN parties. Not sure if it’ll do well on console.

NBA 2K17 (PS3, PS4, XBO)

What is it? Basketball.
Should I care? Is Spike Lee involved? Either way, 2K’s NBA series has some of the best presentation going around. Note that you’ll only get it this week if you pre-order; it launches September 20 otherwise.

The Witness (XBO)

What is it? Xbox One owners finally get a taste of Jonathan Blow’s latest game.
Should I care? Interested in puzzles? Then buy.

Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness (PS4, Vita)

What is it? Quirky visual novel.
Should I care? First fifteen minutes looked interesting, but it won’t excite anyone who isn’t a fan of the genre.

MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death (Vita)

What is it? The JRPG that got denied by the Classification Board.
Should I care? Most won’t.

Vex (PC)

What is it? A modern take on a classic platformer.
Should I care? Doesn’t look polished enough for what it is.

Slain: Back from Hell (PS4)

What is it? A pixel-art 2D action platformer with an undercurrent of heavy metal.
Should I care? The PS4 launch should be far less buggier than its initial run on Steam, and it’s only a 3-4 hour game. That might work for some.

Adr1ft (XBO)

What is it? Think Gravity: The Video Game.
Should I care? Make sure you know what you’re jumping into first.

Mystery Chronicle: One Way Heroics (PC, PS4, Vita)

What is it? A procedurally generated JRPG.
Should I care? I can see fans of I Am Setsuna possibly appreciating this.

Event[0] (PC, Mac)

What is it? A sci-fi explorer about trying to return to Earth.
Should I care? Could be surprisingly good if you’re into walking simulators.

Well, that’s all for this week. Christ there are a lot of games and I’m sure I’ve missed one or two. Are you picking up anything this week? Let me know either way in the comments!

Note: There’s three Dead Rising games but Dead Rising 3 isn’t a game yet, which everyone’s pointed out. Sorry about that.

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