New Video Games This Week: ‘Dragon Quest Builders’, ‘Gears of War 4’, and More

New releases include Gears of War 4, WWE 2K17, and Dragon Quest Builders

This week will see the release of the highly-anticipated PSVR, and the list of game releases definitely reflects that.

The bulk of game releases this week will of course be either PSVR exclusives or VR compatible, but there are still a number of games to look forward to even if you don’t plan on purchasing PSVR. The majority of the VR titles look awesome and/or ridiculous, and might help convince you if you’re still on the fence about VR, such as RIGS: Mechanized Combat League. Non-VR titles include Dragon Quest Builders, which is one of the most purely fun games in recent memory, the latest Gears of War, which takes the series back to its roots, and this year’s WWE 2K. All in all, there should be something for everybody this week and plenty to keep you busy for a while, whether you’re jumping on the PSVR bandwagon or not.

Stay tuned every week for the latest video game releases and daily for all your gaming news.

Monday, October 10

  • 100ft Robot Golf (PS4, PSVR): If playing real-time golf in a completely destructible environment with 100-foot robots sounds up your alley, this is the game for you. You can use your golf club to destroy obstacles (such as skyscrapers) to clear a path or hinder your enemies, and play with up to four robot golfers either split screen or online. It also features a solo campaign, VR support, and a wide variety of environments, ranging from cities to the moon’s surface.

Tuesday, October 11

  • Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors (Vita): This was originally scheduled for release on September 20 and was included in our new video games list for that week, but it was actually delayed to this week.
  • Dragon Quest Builders (PS4, Vita): This open-world sandbox action adventure RPG is based on an alternate ending to the first Dragon Quest game. You play as the Legendary Builder, whose job it is to rebuild Alefgard, defeat the evil Dragonlord, and restore the ability to build to the general population. The game features a lengthy story mode, which is divided into four chapters, as well as an unlockable free building mode where you can share your creations online and utilize other players’ as well. Learn more about Dragon Quest Builders here.
  • Gears of War 4 (Xbox One): The fifth installment in the popular third-person shooter series follows JD Fenix and his friends Kait and Del, who escape an attack on their village and must rescue their loved ones and discover the source of a new threat. The game features two player co-op (either locally or online), dedicated 60fps multiplayer servers, and redefined cover gameplay. Gears of War 4 successfully replicates the best aspects of the first game, while the new generation of characters makes it a little less hypermasculine.
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience (Xbox One, PS4): This Metal Gear Solid V collection includes Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, its prologue Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, and all DLC content.
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration (PS4): The sequel to the 2013 franchise reboot Tomb Raider, which released for Xbox One and Xbox 360 in November 2016 and PC in January 2016, is now coming to PlayStation 4. This enhanced version will include the new Blood Ties single player content, co-op play for Endurance mode, “Ultimate Survivor” difficulty mode for the main campaign, and VR support, as well as all previously released DLC.
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider: Blood Ties (Xbox One): As mentioned previously, the Blood Ties expansion will be bundled with the PS4 version of Rise of the Tomb Raider, but it will also be available separately for Xbox One and PC, either for $10 or as part of the Season Pass. It adds a story mode in which Lara’s uncle contests ownership of the Croft Manor, and also adds a replayable survival mode called Lara’s Nightmare in which the manor is overrun with zombies.
  • Reus (Xbox One, PS4): The highly-rated god game in which you control giants that can alter the environment was first released for PC in 2013, and is now coming to consoles. You control four giants with unique abilities and can terraform the planet however you wish. The only thing you don’t directly control is mankind, although you can observe them and reward/punish them; as they achieve various developments, you unlock new content.
  • WWE 2K17 (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3): The upcoming professional wrestling game from 2K games is the 18th game in the WWE 2K series and features thousands of new moves and animations, backstage and in-arena fighting, and the biggest roster to date.
  • Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni (Vita): This Japanese title is now being released in North America and Europe, with 7 playable characters, 28 story missions, hack-and-slash action complete with aerial combos, pleasure powered weapons, and the return of the clothing destruction system. The publisher promises that “between the bouncy busty brawling, high-intensity aerial combat, shredded clothing and the sight of pleasure powered providers of pain propelled directly into your eyeballs, you are in for the experience of a lifetime” (via Gematsu).

Wednesday, October 12

  • Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour (PS4, Xbox One): This HD remaster of the original Duke Nukem 3D features an all-new eight level fifth episode from the game’s original episode designers.

Thursday, October 13

  • Ace Banana (PSVR): In this arcade-style archery game, you play as a Banana Archer protecting your banana stash from – what else? – waves of thieving monkeys. If they get your bananas, it’s game over. The virtual reality game features both single and multiplayer modes.
  • Batman: Arkham VR (PSVR): If you’ve ever wanted to feel what it’s like to be Batman, now you can. Look through the eyes of The Dark Knight and utilize his legendary gadgets as you unravel a plot that threatens the lives of his closest allies.
  • Crazy Machines 3 (PC, Mac, Linux): The latest installment in the Crazy Machines series is a hyper-realistic simulation that features physics-based puzzles and allows you to build crazy machines that you can share them with the world via Steam Workshop.
  • DriveClub VR (PSVR): The popular 2014 racing game is being recreated as a standalone PSVR title.
  • Eve: Valkyrie (PSVR): This multiplayer space shooter is set in the Eve Online universe. You can earn XP to unlock new ships and upgrades, and play solo or form a squad with up to five players to coordinate your attacks. The three core ship classes are Fighter, Heavy, and Support, and you can craft new ships and upgrades using in-game currency and salvaged materials from destroyed enemies. Also being released simultaneously is the game’s mobile counterpart, arcade shooter Eve: Gunjack.
  • Moto Racer 4 (Xbox One, PS4, PC, Mac): The latest installment in this motorbike racing series, developed with Unreal Engine 4, will feature multiple single and multiplayer game modes, including King of the Hill, Last Man Standing, and Survival. You can play splitscreen or online with up to 10 players. See VG247 for more information on some of the games modes you can expect.
  • Rez Infinite (PS4, PSVR): The fully remastered version of psychedelic rail shooter Rez, first released in 2001, is coming to PSVR with all-new content known as “Area X”.
  • RIGS: Mechanized Combat League (PSVR): If we had to choose only one game we’re looking forward to most on PSVR, it’s RIGS: Mechanized Combat League, in which players take control of large mechs, “Rigs”, to compete in a professional sports competition set 50 years in the future. Matches will consist of two three-man teams that will be equipped with different weapon loadouts. There are three different game modes, Power Slam (players have to score takedowns in order to jump through a ring in the middle of the arena), Endzone (two teams attempt to control a holographic ball by running through the opponent’s goalpost), and Team Takedown (which players like TDM).
  • Rollercoaster Dreams (PSVR): Rollercoaster Dreams is an amusement park management game set in a VR world, allowing players to build and experience their own theme parks in virtual reality. Although it can be played on a regular display, the developer says the VR experience is on an entirely new level.
  • Shadow Warrior 2 (Xbox One, PS4, PC): Set five years ahead of its predecessor, Shadow Warrior 2 will place players in the role of modern ninja Lo Wang as he battles through armies of demons that have invaded his world under Zilla command. The new game will introduce a 4-player co-op mode for the franchise, with each player experiencing the narrative as Lo Wang but appear anonymous to other players.
  • SuperHyperCube (PSVR): In SuperHyperCube, players begin with a simple single cube, a cube that matches a hole in an approaching wall. Players are tasked with fitting their cube through the wall, but once players pass through a wall, additional cubes will snap onto the original, creating a new random cluster of cubes. It’s your job to rotate the cube so that it fits through the hole in the next wall, and so on and so forth. As the cluster grows, the hole becomes harder to see, so players will have to use the PS VR headtracking capabilities to figure out exactly what your shape should look like.
  • Thumper (PS4, PSVR): Thumper is a rhythm hell game that will take VR players on a colorful and fast trip on a rollercoaster-esque track where gameplay gets more difficult (and faster) as the player progresses to new levels.
  • World War Toons (PSVR): An intentionally ridiculous take on war, mixing the idea of old school first-person shooters with cartoon-inspired silliness, including riding rockets, pianos falling out of the sky, and tanks launching into the air. The game will head into open beta when PS VR launches on October 13th.
  • Yesterday Origins (Xbox One, PS4, PC): Yesterday Origins follows the tale of an immortal man who comes back to life after each “death”, forgetting his previous life entirely. In present day, he and his immortal partner will set out to find a special artifact that will allow him to be immortal without losing his memory. To find the artifact, players will have to solve puzzles and complete each challenging quest to advance.

Friday, October 14

  • Disney Magical World 2 (3DS): On Friday, Disney’s Magical World 2 will finally make its way to the States, nearly a year after its release in Japan. The game is described as a life simulation game for Disney-loving 3DS owners. In Disney’s Magical World 2, players will play mini-games to earn coins to buy and customize their own houses with. Players will be able to gather and craft items, create their own gardens, and build their own furniture for their houses.
  • Hatsune Miku: VR Future Live (PSVR): Hatsune Miku fans will get another treat in 2016 with the release of Hatsune Miku: VR Future Live for PS VR. It features Hatsune Miku of Project Diva fame, who puts on the show of a lifetime that is best experienced with the complete immersion of the PS VR headset and headphones. The concert stage will react to your enthusiasm, so the more enthusiastically you wave your controller and sing along out loud, the more light and stage effects you’ll see.

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