8 Games Launching Next Week: ‘Destiny’ 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 online shooters, sports games, fighting games, 100-hour RPGs, or Batman. Read on for everything you need to know about the games launching the week of September 19, 2016.

1. Destiny: Rise of Iron

Release date: September 20, 2016
Platforms: Xbox One and PlayStation 4

Rumor has it that this is Destiny’s final expansion before Destiny 2 launches next year. Whether or not that’s true, Rise of Iron is a great big chunk of new content that includes a whole mess of additions, like a new campaign, a new raid, and heaps of new gear. Story-wise, a great wall on the southern border of Old Russia has fallen, and you join Lord Saladin to venture into the Plaguelands and destroy a threat to humanity. It sounds like a suitably epic expansion for this groundbreaking game to go out on.

2. NBA 2K17

Release date: September 20, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3

Fans of basketball video games know what to expect from any new NBA 2K game: refreshed rosters, with minor tweaks and improvements to a formula that’s been working fine for a long time. Last year’s installment got rave reviews, so it’s safe to assume the developers will keep what works this year, offering up a digital version of the game that’s as close to the real thing as possible.

3. Batman: The Telltale Series – Episode 2: Children of Arkham

Release date: September 20, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and mobile

From Minecraft to Game of Thrones, it seems like developer Telltale can turn any licensed property into an adventure game. That’s not a problem, because these decision-based, cinematic games tend to be really good, working with the unique strengths of each license. And if the first episode of this new Batman game is any indication, they have another hit on their hands.

Episode 2 continues where the first one left off, with a number of intriguing plot threads in motion, including a mystery about Bruce Wayne’s parents, hints about the origins of the Penguin, and a secret that only Catwoman knows. Much of how these stories play out will depend on the decisions you make, both as Batman and Bruce Wayne.

4. Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse

Release date: September 20, 2016
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

The Shin Megami Tensei series has been reliably excellent for years now. The newest installment takes place during the events of the 2013 3DS game Shin Megami Tensei IV, in which players traveled from an ancient Japanese setting into a post-apocalyptic future, collecting and fusing demons along the way. If this semi-sequel is anywhere near as good as its predecessor, 3DS owners can look forward to a meaty, top-notch RPG. Between this game and the just-released Dragon Quest VII, it’s a great time to be an RPG fan.

5. Dear Esther: Landmark Edition

Release date: September 20, 2016
Platforms: Xbox One and PlayStation 4

Dubbed a “walking simulator” by its detractors, Dear Esther is an experimental game that has you wander around a deserted island, finding and reading letters that add up to a compelling story. It’s unconventional in that there are no combat, puzzles, or much input from the player at all, other than wandering around the game world. The game acts more as a delivery device for the narrative. The game has been out on PC for a while, but this version comes with remastered audio, a new commentary track, as well as trophies or achievements.

6. The Bunker

Release date: September 20, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PC, with Xbox One following on September 24

Unless you’ve played recent titles like Quantum Break or Her Story, there’s a good chance you haven’t played a live-action game since the ‘90s, when games like Mad Dog McCree ruled the arcades. The Bunker is the latest addition to the genre’s mini-revival. It’s a live-action horror game that follows a man named John in a creepy underground bunker after nuclear war has wiped England off the map. As you might expect from a horror game, not everything is as it seems.

7. Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition

Release date: September 20, 2016
Platforms: Xbox One

Microsoft has been adding new fighters and stages to Killer Instinct since the Xbox One first launched in 2013. The game is finally finished, so it’s hitting store shelves in disc form, with all 26 characters and 20 stages ready to go. It also comes with Killer Instinct Classic 1 & 2, the original soundtrack, and a bonus skin pack. If you like fighting games and haven’t bought all this content over the years, this is the best way to get it going forward.

8. Firewatch

Release date: September 21, 2016
Platforms: Xbox One

This game came out earlier this year on PC and PS4, but now Xbox One owners can see what all the fuss is about. Firewatch is an adventure game that puts you in the shoes of a man newly hired to keep a lookout for forest fires deep in the wilderness of Wyoming. Your main human contact comes through a handheld radio you use to talk to your supervisor Delilah, with whom you might have a good or bad relationship, depending on your actions.

If that sounds a little uneventful, don’t worry; it doesn’t take long before things start getting weird. It turns out you’re not so alone out there after all.

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