10 Games Launching Next Week: ‘Metroid’ and More

Aside from No Man’s Sky, it’s been a slow couple of months for fans of big blockbuster games. Thankfully we have a steady stream of smaller-scope games launching next week, at least one of which is sure to pique your interest. There’s a little something for everyone in next week’s games, whether you’re into racing games, dungeon crawlers, or multiplayer action games. Read on for everything you need to know about the games launching the week of August 15, 2016.

1. Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars

Release date: August 15, 2016
Platforms: PC

This mash-up between a Japanese role-playing game and a dating sim originally launched on handheld systems a couple of years ago, but now PC gamers can have their shot at it. Basically, monster-filled dungeons are popping up, and a group of students chosen by the Star God are the only ones equipped to take them on. So you pair up with a female student, create some magic star children, and head into the monster-infested depths. According to reviews of the original, that set-up is the most interesting thing about this otherwise ordinary JRPG.

2. Absolute Drift: Zen Edition

Release date: August 16, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4

This stylish top-down driving game is all about drifting. For those who aren’t caught up on the Fast and Furious movies, drifting is when you crank the handbrake as you go into a turn, sending the rear of your car into a controlled sideways slide. It’s fun to do in driving games, even if you’d probably cause a fortune in property damage if you attempted it in real life. Anyway, this game is about precision drifting through twisty courses. It’s been well received on Steam, so check out the trailer.

3. Bank Limit: Advanced Battle Racing

Release date: August 16, 2016
Platforms: PC, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive

Judging by the trailer alone, sci-fi battle racing looks pretty fun in Bank Limit. You and your opponents control ships that soar along tracks, occasionally going into outer space to fly through rings. Along the way, you can attack your opponents with lasers and other weapons. It looks fast, smooth, and fun. Check out the trailer, especially if you have a VR headset.

4. Bound

Release date: August 16, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4

Here’s something you don’t see every day: a platformer based on dance moves. The world of the game takes place in the mind of a woman remembering her childhood, so the things you’ll encounter tell a story that the developers promise is emotional and affecting, delivered mostly through imagery and metaphor. So I guess it’s not one of the Mario-style platformers we’re used to. The game’s art and animation are certainly unique, so keep an eye out for reviews if it sounds intriguing.

5. Grow Up

Release date: August 16, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC

Grow Home was a charming little game about a robot who had to climb giant stalks of plants to escape a colorful planet and reach his space ship hovering high above. This sequel looks similar, but with a few new gadgets and abilities to spice up the running, jumping, and climbing. The difference is that the ship has exploded on an alien planet, so now you’re trying to collect the pieces and bring them to the moon.

6. AdVenture Capitalist

Release date: August 16, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4

So-called “idle games” are strangely addictive experiences that are all about clicking or tapping to rack up a high score. That’s basically what AdVenture Capitalist is. You start with a lemonade stand, and you have to press a button to make lemonade. Sell enough lemonade and you can hire people to make the beverage for you. Rack up more cash, and you can start other businesses that earn you money, letting you make investments and find investors who will funnel more money into your capitalist empire. On and on it goes, while your fortune piles up. You can actually try the game here for free to see if it’s worth getting on PS4. Or you can just get it for free on Steam.

7. Inversus

Release date: August 16, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PC

This unique multiplayer game pits you against one to three opponents. It takes place on a black and white grid, with everyone’s movement limited to squares that match their character’s color. Like in Splatoon, shooting your weapon changes the color of the map to your benefit. The game’s hard to explain, but you’ll get the idea if you watch the trailer to see it in action.

8. F1 2016

Release date: August 19, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC

Racing with regular cars is all well and good, but sometimes it’s fun to put the pedal to the metal in the fastest cars in the world. Formula One cars can go up to 220 miles per hour and pull off the fastest cornering on the planet. That’s what you do in F1 2016. This racing sim has loads of cars and tracks, along with real-life drivers, plus a career mode that spans 10 seasons. Be warned, though: Last year’s installment got pretty mixed reviews.

9. Metroid Prime: Federation Force

Release date: August 19, 2016
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

No, this isn’t the game Metroid fans wanted — hopefully we’ll get that on the NX — but that doesn’t mean it’ll be bad. Metroid Prime Federation Force is a co-op first-person shooter in which you and others play as marines from the Galactic Federation. In the campaign mode, you and your crew run missions on planets from the Metroid Prime series, shooting aliens and working together to complete whatever goal you’re given.

The other half of the game is a sport called Blast Ball. It features similar gameplay mechanics, but here you’re trying to shoot a ball into a goal. None of this looks like previous Metroid games, but it’s being made by a talented team, so it may be worth checking out.

10. Style Savvy: Fashion Forward

Release date: August 19, 2016
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

The other 3DS game launching this week is Style Savvy: Fashion Forward, a game that lets you design clothes, style hair, apply makeup, and generally manage your own fashion boutique. If you have a New Nintendo 3DS, you can tap certain Amiibos on the device to get themed clothes from the likes of Mario, Zelda, and Samus.

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