This Week In Games: The Madness Begins

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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. Should I care? OH MY GOD THE PS4 FINALLY HAS A TENNIS GAME.

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.


    Oh shit son, The Witness and Bioshock are out this week? I thought they were way off. And I didn't even know about the Dead Rising triple pack, not that I'm sure I care. I like the games but usually only get a short way through the story before getting sidetracked.

    Why is MeiQ even listed seeing as there isn't any legal way to obtain it?
    Also out this week:
    Dragon Quest VII (3DS)
    Worlds of Magic: Planar Conquest (PS4)
    Grand Prix Rock 'N Racing (Wii U)

    Hopefully we actually get Touhou Genso Rondo this week... The physical version is next week but the digital should have come out last week.

      Dragon Quest is a big deal, Dippa

      *stares scornfully*

      As far as I can ascertain (this is not legal advice) you will not be committing an offence by purchasing MeiQ from a foreign retailer. However, that retailer would be committing an offence by (arguably) offering the game for sale in Australia. The issue is that these things aren't enforced (which is good, I say!)

        I thought it was illegal to import RC material into the country, and illegal to sell it here, but not illegal to be in possession of it (unless you're in crazy WA).

          You are right. CUSTOMS (PROHIBITED IMPORTS) REGULATIONS 1956 - REG 4A(1AA) adds RC material to prohibited imports. Previously it was just 'objectionable material'. Oh well, at least I was never intending to import this game *shifty eyes*...

        that retailer would be committing an offence by (arguably) offering the game for sale in Australia

        It really is a good thing that isn't really enforced as that would open up a legal minefield for Sony and Microsoft given how easy it is to switch regions on their systems and purchase games digitally off their stores.

          I think they'd be OK since when you open up an account for a different region you are representing that you come from that region. You might have a point if Sony/MS could easily identify the region from the IP address or something. But yeah, so many people do it that enforcement is impractical. I'm pretty sure if you gave the taxpayers a choice between putting their dollars to work catching drug dealers or catching people who play RC games, they'd go with the drugs :-P

            You can buy directly from iffy europe store and choose AU/NZ import. They even have a blurb mentioning for AU/NZ region the rating will be PEGI instead of the AU rating because it was not classified.


            I bought it.

              I've bought most of my games off Iffy's store because with the lack of gst added it usually ends up being cheaper than what the games are going for down here (special edition of Neptunia VII was cheaper of the store than regular one was retail, even after shipping) I I chose to skip this one since I thought IF wouldn't try to release it here, I'm kinda sad now that I didn't give then the benefit of the doubt

                Well still can be ordered if you really want it. I can't wait for unrealistic boob jiggle + mecha rpg.

                  I honestly thought of picking up for the sheer absurdity of a title that has been rated for teens and such across the rest of the world is suddenly RC'd here. I mean Australia got mocked enough when one of the atelier titles got an R18+ rating

                Indeed one of the reason why I picked it up too. This is as stupid Atelier Rorona Plus rated 18+. But at least it didn't get RC. I see no reason why this game get RC, maybe because of the excessive boob jiggle?

    Wait what do you mean the Wii U is getting a game.

      Poppycock! The last time that happened was in the fall of ought-four. I remember it well, as I had an onion tied to my belt, which was the style of the time...

    Please please please confirm RIVE is out on Wii U.

    Anyway, buy this game regardless of which platform. It's for all intents and purposes the developer's swansong. Bittersweet, as I played the demo last year, it may have even changed its mechanics a bit, but it was so good.

    Get RIVE. You will not be disappointed. Bioshock's great and all, but who'd want to encourage that lot after Infinite. I mean really.

      Bioshock's great and all, but who'd want to encourage that lot after Infinite.
      Me... because infinite was incredible.

        I agree. Infinite might not have as big impression as Bioshock but it is a great game. Especially the plot twist and if you play finish Burial at Sea DLC

      What dev? Why should I care? :p
      Never heard of it before today.

        Trust me.

        Eyebrow waggle.

        Damn it.

        Ignore that.

        Trust me.

    Damn I didn't realize PES was out already... didn't notice the demo had even come out. I tend to buy it every other year so assuming this year's demo is good then I'll get that.

    Is there a Vita version of Pac Man CE 2? I love having a quick bash on the first one on Vita, but can't see myself playing it at home on the couch.

    Dead Rising 3 on the PS4??? Has anyone told Capcom and Microsoft?

      I think it's actually Dead Rising, Dead Rising 2 and Dead Rising 2: Off The Record.

      Last edited 12/09/16 11:07 am

    I loved Bioshock, and I'm sure the remake is amazing, but I simply can't get past the fact that this is a full price release when they promised backwards compatibility for XB1 back in December, and that the remake is FREE on Steam for owners of the original. I'm not expecting free, but some kind of discount should be offered.

    Dead Rising triple pack is 1, 2 and 2 (Off the Record) NOT 3

    I so badly wanna play Recore and Bioshocks (never played them)

    But I need to finish Dragon Age: Inquisition and Far Cry 4.

      Bioshock 1 is absolutely a must play. I would put it in the top 5 games I have ever played. Infinite is fantastic too.

    Its 3pm on the 13th and still no sign of the witness.... i think i might cry

    New/old Bioshock hype gives me an excuse to dust of the old splicer cosplay. Or at least redo the mask.

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