9 Games Launching Next Week: ‘Bioshock’ and More

Let’s say you’re done with (or not interested in) recent games like No Man’s Sky 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 our way next week. There’s a little something for everyone in next week’s games, whether you’re into racing games, sports games, or 100-hour RPGs. Read on for everything you need to know about the games launching the week of September 12, 2016.

1. Bioshock: The Collection

Release date: September 13, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC

By almost any measure, Bioshock is one of the standout series from the last console generation. These philosophical shooters carried the torch lit by Half-Life to prove that you could tell a good story while still offering shooter fans all the action they craved. This collection packages all three Bioshock games and all the single-player DLC released for them, and brings them to the current generation of hardware. Super fans will also be interested to see the included video series “Director’s Commentary: Imagining BioShock,” which lets players in on the creation process thanks to commentary from game director Ken Levine.

2. Recore

Release date: September 13, 2016
Platforms: Xbox One and Windows 10

The makers of Mega Man and Metroid Prime are heading up development of this Microsoft exclusive. The game takes place in the distant future on a world called Far Eden. It follows the adventures of a woman named Joule and her robot companions as they go around messing up enemies and collecting their glowing blue cores. The action looks fast and fluid, which could make for an enjoyable romp. That said, the game is being headed up by Keiji Inafune, whose recent Mighty No. 9 was a disaster. So it’s definitely a good idea to check the reviews before buying.

3. NASCAR Heat Evolution

Release date: September 13, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC

It’s been a great year for racing game fans of all stripes, with releases like Assetto Corsa, Trackmania Turbo, F1 2016, and the upcoming Forza Horizon 3. But next week we’re getting the officially licensed NASCAR game, the first installment from developer Monster Games in a long time. The game promises realistic stock-car racing, with 23 licensed NASCAR tracks, 43 real drivers, and a slew of game modes. Since the developer hasn’t made a racing game in some time, it’s probably wise to check out the reviews before buying. If they’re not fantastic, Xbox One owners may be better off waiting for Forza Horizon 3 later this month.

4. Dead Rising series

Release date: September 13, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC

The Dead Rising series is about slaughtering hordes of zombies with all manner of creative (and ridiculous) weapons. Developer Capcom is re-releasing the series in a somewhat confusing manner. Here are the details:

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

  • Dead Rising
  • Dead Rising 2
  • Dead Rising 2: Off the Record
  • Dead Rising Triple Pack (which contains the above three games)

All of those configurations release digitally on September 13, with the individual games costing $20 apiece, and the Triple Pack running at a cool $60.

If you prefer retail discs, you can buy Dead Rising on September 13 and Dead Rising 2 on September 27. Dead Rising 2: Off the Record and the Triple Pack will not be released on disc.

PC

All of the other Dead Rising games are already available on PC, so the only one coming to PC on September 13 is the original Dead Rising, via Steam.

5. NHL 17

Release date: September 13, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

In the world of sports games, any given installment of an annualized franchise probably isn’t going to be groundbreaking. Instead, you get iterative changes. That’s how it goes with NHL 17, an installment that brings a new Draft Champions Mode that lets you do a fantasy draft and a Franchise Mode that offers team management. You also get greater control during Net Battles, which offers better offensive and defensive zone play. Last year’s installment was mostly well received, so you can probably expect similar results from this edition.

6. Pac-Man Championship Edition 2

Release date: September 13, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC

Pac-Man might not seem like a big name in gaming in 2016, but it sure was in 2007 and 2010, when the first Pac-Man Championship Edition and its deluxe re-release came out to rave reviews. Like the arcade original, this game is all about getting a high score, but developer Bandai Namco has included a whole mess of improvements and brilliantly designed additions that make it a total blast, even in 2016. Keep an eye out for reviews of this game. If it’s anything like its predecessor, it will be well worth your time and money.

7. Pro Evolution Soccer 2017

Release date: September 13, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360

Konami has nearly extricated itself from the video game business altogether — with the exception of an odd Metal Gear spinoff and its yearly Pro Evolution Soccer series. This year’s edition of the footie franchise boasts tweaks that give you better control over the ball and more realistic physics. This game series almost never falters, so you can expect a high level of quality if you’re into the international soccer scene.

8. The Witness

Release date: September 13, 2016
Platforms: Xbox One

This first-person puzzler is already out on PlayStation 4, so there’s no question it’s a fine game that anyone who enjoys a good mind-bender should take a look at. It comes from the mind of developer Jonathan Blow, who helped kick off the modern indie gaming scene with Braid, a side-scrolling platformer that was stuffed to the brim with creative puzzles.

The Witness does away with the platforming idea in favor of first-person navigation between line-drawing puzzles. The puzzles become more complex as you go deeper into the wilderness environment of a mysterious island. You might want to keep a walkthrough handy in case you get stuck, but this one’s a safe bet.

9. Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past

Release date: September 16, 2016
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

If you think all handheld games are small-scale, then this one will prove you wrong. With a main quest that spans over 100 hours and a script so dense Square Enix has been hesitant to splurge on having it translated to English, Dragon Quest VII will keep you occupied for a long time. It follows pretty standard Japanese role-playing game tropes, so expect to customize your character, fight in random battles, and take on loads of powerful bosses. Even so, this series is as reliable as Old Faithful, and this is the first time this particular installment has made it Stateside. Any RPG fan should check it out.

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