This Week’s 5 Biggest Game Releases
Destiny is still soaking up play time for many gamers, but not everyone is crazy about blasting aliens on faraway planets. Some people want to know what other games are on the horizon. If you’re one of those people, you’ve come to the right place. Below, we take a look at the five biggest games launching this week across all systems. Check them out so you can plan your purchases now.
- September 26 (Wii U)
Judging by its recent sales numbers, the Wii U could use some more games capable of convincing people to buy the console. Hyrule Warriors certainly has the name recognition. Billed as a mash-up between Zelda and the enduring Dynasty Warriors series, this game drops Link, Princess Zelda, Ganondorf, and loads of other Zelda characters into the middle of massive battles against hordes of enemies.
The idea is to hack and slash your way through the crowds, using melee combos to chop away at their numbers. This kind of gameplay will come as no surprise to Dynasty Warrior fans, but people hoping for a Zelda-like experience are going to wonder what the heck is going on. Judging by early reviews, some people are on board with the game (The Telegraph gave it a perfect score) and some people aren’t (Gamesradar gave it a 2 out of 5). To see where you stand, read the reviews, watch the trailer above, and see if Hyrule Warriors appeals to you.
- September 23 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii, PS Vita, 3DS)
Soccer hasn’t quite caught on in the United States like it has in other parts of the world — OK, the entire rest of the world — but that doesn’t mean FIFA 15 should be off your radar. This latest entry promises to offer just about everything a soccer fan could ask for in a video game. But since, like most sports games, FIFA titles come out yearly, most of the tweaks and improvements in this installment are incremental.
That said, developer EA Canada promises totally revamped ball physics, more emotion in the players, and more realistic crowd reactions — they’re more amped up during matches between rivals, for instance. This year’s edition might not reinvent the wheel, but with so many soccer fans chomping at the bit for a new game, it doesn’t really have to.
Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes
- September 23 (PS3, PS4, PC, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, iOS)
Skylanders may have started the trend of having players buy toys to access characters in a video game, but Disney has hopped on the bandwagon in a big way. Disney Infinity games are kind of like a variety show in that they feature a number of modes that let you do things like build levels, battle through dungeons, and plant towers to defend yourself from swarms of oncoming enemies.
This edition of the game is dipped in Marvel lore, so the toys and in-game characters are superheroes like Captain America and Spider-Man. While the previous game was directed toward younger audiences, this one is aiming to rope in movie and comic book fans as well, so it has some stuff for adults, too. But before you rush to the store, know that the toys don’t come cheap. The starter kit retails for $75, and then you’ll probably want to buy more toys once you start playing.
Arcana Heart 3: Love Max!!!!!
- September 23 (PS3, PS Vita)
Arcana Heart 3 is an all-female fighting game that launched on the PlayStation Network in 2011. The hook behind it is that each player chooses a character and an “Arcana” to give their fighter special powers. Arcana are celestial beings based on Tarot cards that allow you to use unique combos. This Love Max!!!!! edition is an updated version of the game that features rebalanced gameplay, new story content, and a handful of new modes.
People who don’t play fighting games might find it strange that a developer would rebalance the gameplay, but it’s actually pretty common for the genre. Game creators want to make sure no character is too over- or under-powered, and minimize anything that might feel cheap or annoying. Street Fighter IV, for example, has come out in three different versions over the past five years. If you’re looking for a deep fighting game to work out your aggression, Arcana Heart 3: Love Max!!!!! has you covered.
Defense Grid 2
- September 23 (PC, Mac, Xbox One, PS4)
If any tower defense fans were under the impression they’d done all the tower defending that needed to be done, they’re wrong — dead wrong. Defense Grid 2 proves this by offering loads of new aliens trying to invade your space station to steal your sci-fi goodies. The only way you can stop them is by strategically building attack towers along their paths.
If this sequel is as good as the original, gamers are in for a treat. Defense Grid: The Awakening scored an 82 out of 100 on Metacritic, with many reviewers floored by how much content it offered and how much fun it was for the relatively low price. Since this sequel will offer a two-player co-op mode and a map maker, there’s even more reason to check this game out.