6 Games Coming Next Week: ‘Forza Horizon 3’ and More

Let’s say you’re finished with (or not interested in) recent games like ReCore and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. You’re probably looking at your video game shelf and wondering when something new you’ll want to play will come out.

You’re in luck, because a handful of noteworthy games is heading your way next week. There’s a little something for everyone in next week’s games, whether you’re into racing games, sports games, dungeon crawlers, or handheld role-playing games. Read on for everything you need to know about the games launching the week of September 26, 2016.

1. Forza Horizon 3

Release date: September 27, 2016
Platforms: Xbox One and Windows 10

Forza Horizon is one of the most enjoyable racing series around. The games take place in open worlds, with a wide variety of race types scattered around the map. This installment drops players in Australia and has them drive all manner of vehicles — from Porches to ATVs — through environments like highways, dunes, forests, caves, vineyards, and beaches. And if you get lonely driving solo, you can play with up to three friends in co-op racing. This game is utterly fantastic, so read our review to see if it appeals to you.

2. FIFA 17

Release date: September 27, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360

It’s time for this year’s FIFA game, which means you’ll get a soccer experience that’s not too far off from the one that came out last year. As with all annual sports games, you’ll find mostly minor tweaks to the gameplay, in addition to updated rosters and schedules. The marquee feature of FIFA 17 is a story mode called “The Journey.” It introduces you to Alex Hunter, a young prospect who, with your help, overcomes adversity and rises through the ranks of international sports stardom. Reviews are already rolling out for this game, and it looks to be shaping up nicely.

3. Darkest Dungeon

Release date: September 27, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PS Vita

This game’s been available on PC for a while now, but it’s finally coming to PlayStation. The whole game kicks off when some poor sap ventures too deep beneath a Gothic mansion and unleashes all manner of horrors. The mansion’s dungeon-like cellars then become a Wild West for adventurers to go in and clear each area. Your job is to assemble parties of four to go down and face the horrors. The goal is to slay enemies and bring your team back alive before they go insane. It’s no easy task.

4. Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice

Release date: September 27, 2016
Platform: Nintendo 3DS

Any Sonic game worth its salt is all about speed and fast thinking. Those two ingredients are key in Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice, a game that puts Sonic, Tales, Knuckles, Sticks, and a new character named Amy in a series of colorful side-scrolling levels. The trick is that you have to manipulate the elements to progress. Each character has unique abilities or tools (like Amy’s enormous hammer) you’ll need to use to progress through certain areas, so you’ll need to use everyone in conjunction to get to the end. It looks like a fun modern-day platformer, but considering Sonic’s spotty history, check the reviews before buying.

5. XCOM 2

Release date: September 27, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

In this strategy game, an unpleasant cohort of aliens has invaded Earth and set up a tyrannical government meant to keep us lowly humans in our place. That’s not how you roll, so you gather a group of rebels and fight to take the planet back, one turn at a time. The game was well received by players and critics alike when it launched on PC earlier this year. For more info, check out these reasons you should be playing XCOM.

6. Yo-Kai Watch 2

Release date: September 30, 2016
Platform: Nintendo 3DS

Like Pokémon, Yo-Kai Watch is a series of kid-friendly role-playing games that centers around collecting creatures. But instead of cute monsters, you’re collecting “yokai,” which are basically ghosts you can enlist to fight the other ghosts you happen upon. The games are huge in Japan, but haven’t gotten much of a foothold in the West yet.

Also like Pokémon, the game comes in two nearly identical versions: Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls. They’re basically the same, but each one has unique yokai you can’t get in the other unless you trade them with friends.

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