8 Games Launching Next Week: ‘Gears of War,’ PSVR, and More

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If you’re looking for a new game to play, you have no reason to worry you’ll come up empty-handed next week. We’re entering the time of year when major blockbuster games come out at a ridiculously rapid pace. If you’re ready to move past recent games like Mafia 3 and FIFA 17 and are wondering when something new worth playing will come out, you’re in luck, because next week is packed with major releases.

There’s a little something for everyone in next week’s games, whether you’re into shooters, retro classics, world-builders, or virtual reality. Read on for everything you need to know about the games launching the week of October 10, 2016.

1. Gears of War 4

Release date: October 11, 2016
Platforms: Xbox One and Windows 10

Now that humans have triumphed over the alien threat of the previous installments, life is settling into a new kind of normal for folks in the futuristic Gears of War universe. Twenty-five years have passed, and most people are living in cities under the protection of enforcer robots. Naturally, the peace can’t last in any shooter, so the world plunges into chaos. The game centers around a group of friends led by J.D. Fenix — the son of series veteran Marcus Fenix — as they flee the city, meet up with Marcus, and take on a whole new threat.

The campaign only supports two-player co-op this go round, but the multiplayer is fully fleshed out. Expect to find familiar modes like Horde, King of the Hill, TDM, Guardian, and Warzone, alongside new ones like Dodgeball, Escalation, and Arms Race. Each one has a different set of rules, but Horde mode is the centerpiece.

2. PlayStation VR

Release date: October 13, 2016
Platform: PlayStation 4

Thanks to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, PC gamers have had access to the wonderful world of virtual reality for awhile now. Console gamers can get their first taste on Thursday, thanks to the release of the PlayStation VR headset. All you need is a PlayStation 4, a PSVR headset, and a PlayStation camera to get in on the action. Although the PS4 is less powerful than the PCs that can run the other VR headsets, the PSVR is cheaper, more comfortable, and easier to use than its competitors.

If you’re thinking of getting one, be sure to check out our rundown of the best PSVR games available at launch.

3. Dragon Quest Builders

Release date: October 11, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PS Vita

Dragon Quest is a series of role-playing games that dates back to the dawn of the genre in the 1980s. This spinoff takes the distinctively cute look and feel of those games and combines it with a Minecraft-like building simulator. The result is a surprisingly cohesive game that emphasizes the best of both worlds — you get the mission-based structure of an RPG combined with the creative leeway of block-based crafting and construction games. If that sounds like your kind of thing, download the demo to try it yourself.

4. WWE 2K17

Release date: October 11, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC

All you wrestling fans will want to take a look at WWE 2K17, the latest in the yearly franchise famous for body slams, pile drivers, and flying elbows. This year’s model sees the usual minor gameplay tweaks, but also introduces the ability to take the fight into the crowd and to backstage spaces. It also features an enormous roster consisting of both current and legendary wrestlers.

5. Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration

Release date: October 11, 2016
Platform: PlayStation 4

This fantastic game of action, exploration, and puzzle-solving has been out for about a year on Xbox One and PC. Now, for the first time, PS4 owners get their chance to play it. This version of the game comes with all the downloadable content that’s come out, plus a new single-player story called “Blood Ties” that takes place in the Croft mansion. Check out our Rise of the Tomb Raider review for more information.

6. Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 1 and 2

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Release date: October 11, 2016
Platforms: Xbox One and PlayStation 4

It would be too convenient to put all the Atari classics on a single disc, wouldn’t it? Instead of doing retro gaming fans a solid and loading all 100 old-school games into a single package, Atari has split the collection into two volumes that cost $20 apiece. Naturally, the most compelling games in the package have been neatly divided between volumes, so you’ll have to buy both if you want access to Missile Command as well as Yars’ Revenge. Even so, this one-two punch will appeal to anyone who has fond memories of playing Atari in the ‘80s.

7. Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary Edition World Tour

Release date: October 11, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC

If ‘90s shooters are more your thing, you probably spent (or misspent) a chunk of your youth blasting aliens and saving scantily-clad ladies in Duke Nukem 3D. This overtly masculine shooter has been lightly remastered for modern systems, and includes a new fifth episode designed by the people who made the originals.

8. Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors

Release date: October 11, 2016
Platform: PS Vita

Ever since Sony gave up on the PS Vita, the handheld system hasn’t been getting many new games. The ones it does get are often like Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors, which is to say they feature anime women in various states of undress whose bodies you have to rub using the touchscreen. Clearly, the developers are going for a very specific target audience here. But if that aspect of the game doesn’t bother you, you’ll find a fully-featured dungeon crawler underneath.