12 Video Games Coming Next Week: ‘Black Ops 3 Beta’ and More
Lots of games are launching next week, but lots of them have flown under the radar of many gamers. But just because you might not have heard of a game doesn’t mean it’s unworthy of your attention. While lots of big-name franchises are coming to new platforms next week, lots of smaller games are launching as well.
So whether you’re into sexy anime chicks, zombie survival games, stealthy heists, or more, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find something worth your time. Read on to discover all the video games worth knowing about that are launching the week of August 17.
1. Tales from the Borderlands: Episode 4 – Escape Plan Bravo
Releases August 18 for PS4, PS3, and PC
Releases August 19 for Xbox One and Xbox 360
Releases August 20 for Vita and mobile
Lately, developer Telltale has had a run of excellent adventure games that basically play out as movies, with the player being called on to explore new environments, tap buttons during action sequences, and choose how conversations progress. Tales From the Borderlands is based on a series of popular first-person shooters set on a Wild West-like planet. This take on the franchise feels wholly different from the games that inspired it, but it still manages to fit right in with the games’ style and lore.
2. Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Library & The Monster Seal
Releases August 18 for PS Vita
If you like scantily-clad anime women and role-playing games, look no further than Dungeon Travelers 2. Gameplay-wise, it’s a first-person turn-based RPG that has you and a party of up to 16 girls work together to “seal” sexy lady monsters in dungeons. Because of cultural differences between Japan and the West, publisher Atlus had to remove four images from the game to avoid an “Adults Only” rating for its U.S. release. But don’t worry, the game still shows plenty of skin.
3. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD
Releases August 18 for PC
This Final Fantasy spin-off is an action role-playing game, which means combat takes place in real time, with attacks mapped directly to buttons rather than locked behind menus. The game follows 12 students of a magical academy as they try to protect important crystals from an evil empire. The game came out in Japan on the PlayStation Portable in 2011, but this version has been upgraded to HD.
4. Helldivers: Super-Earth Ultimate Edition
Releases August 18 for PS4, PS3, and Vita
Helldivers is an intergalactic shooter in which you command a squad of four futuristic fighters as they blast through waves of aliens. The graphics look great, offering a top-down view of the action that lets you strategize exactly which insectoid baddies you want to riddle with bullets first.
Previously available as a digital-only title, the game is now getting a physical release. This version comes with all the DLC and bonus content ever published for the original.
5. Resident Evil: Revelations 2
Releases August 18 for Vita
The original Resident Evil: Revelations was an an odd little game. At launch, it was a Nintendo 3DS exclusive that came out the same year as Resident Evil 6 for consoles. The weird thing was, critics and fans liked the handheld game better than the main franchise installment.
This sequel offers similarly tough, horror-themed gameplay that involves lots of puzzle solving and zombies killing. It came out episodically on other systems already, but this version features the whole game from start to finish.
Releases August 18 for PS4, PC, and Vita
From the creator of the unique platformer Thomas Was Alone comes Volume, a stealth game that plays a lot like Metal Gear Solid. You view the action from a top-down perspective as you sneak through various environments, trying to stay out of sight of the roaming guards. The goal is to complete heists without being seen, of course, and the twist is that you can’t attack the guards. To even the odds, you have a set of tools you can use to distract them in various ways. It looks like an interesting take on the stealth genre that fans of Thomas Was Alone will definitely want to check out.
Releases August 18 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC
Originally released under the title ZombiU as a Wii U launch title, Zombi is a first-person survival game set in a zombie apocalypse. One of the cool things about it is that when you die, you come back to life as another survivor. And if you want to get back the gear you collected, you have to return to where you died, find a zombified version of your old character, and kill him or her. The game is seriously challenging, but that’s what makes it fun.
8. Call of Duty: Black Ops III Beta
Releases August 19 for PS4
The full game doesn’t come out until November 6, but if you preorder Call of Duty: Black Ops III on PS4, you get a code that lets you participate in a multiplayer beta that takes place August 19 – 23 (the PC and Xbox One beta runs August 26-30). This sneak-peek includes three maps and seven modes that you’ll be able to test drive ahead of anyone else.
Beta tests like these rarely go smoothly, so you might want to clear your schedule if you’re going to try to get onto the servers right when they go live. That said, this is your best chance to get an early look at this year’s installment of the blockbuster shooter franchise.
Releases August 19 for Xbox One
Smite is a multiplayer online battle arena game (MOBA for short). This growing genre has caught on big time on PC, with games like League of Legends, Dota 2, and Heroes of the Storm attracting millions of players, but we have yet to see a standout MOBA on a console.
That could change with the Xbox One release of Smite, a game that puts you in the shoes of a Greek, Mayan, Chinese, or Norse god. Each character has unique abilities that are appropriate to their mythology. And unlike most MOBAs, there’s no auto-attack here. You have to personally land each attack, which brings a more hands-on feel to the action than other similar games. The game is free to download, so give it a shot on August 19, when it comes out of beta.
10. Velocity 2X
Releases August 19 for Xbox One and PC
Velocity 2X is a game of constant movement, tight controls, and nonstop, well, velocity. The game is divided into two nicely integrated types of action. One is a top-down space shooter that has you piloting a ship to blast enemies and collect gems. The other is a side-scrolling platformer that sees you sprinting through caves, dispatching enemies, and flipping switches. Each portion of the game plays like a dream, yet somehow the sum is greater than the individual parts.
It launched earlier this year on Sony’s systems to rave reviews, but now PC and Xbox gamers have a chance to see what the fuss is about.
11. Risen 3: Titan Lords – Enhanced Edition
Releases August 21 for PS4
This game originally launched on previous-generation systems last year, but now it’s getting the obligatory update to bring it to modern consoles with improved graphics and all the DLC included in the package. Oddly, although the original game was available on Xbox 360, no plans have been announced to bring this edition to Xbox One.
The game is an open-world action RPG, but reviews of the original release were tepid, citing rampant glitches and questionably designed gameplay systems. But if you want to steep yourself in a world of seafaring fantasy and pirate adventures, this game scratches that itch.
12. LBX: Little Battlers eXperience
Releases August 21 for Nintendo 3DS
Based on an anime series you can watch on Nicktoons, this game is set in a world in which kids make tiny robots that duke it out against each other in arena battles. Each robot has special abilities, and you can customize each of their parts in all kinds of ways. It’s kind of like a futuristic take on Pokémon, but with a seriously deep customization mechanic.