Need a new video game to play? September is going to be a pretty big month for game releases as the holiday selling season starts to rev its engines. This week will see the launch of several well-known titles across all current-gen systems. Without further ado, here’s a list of the biggest, most interesting games you can get soon.
Dance Central Spotlight (Xbox One) – Out Now
If you have an Xbox One with a Kinect and you feel like dancing this week, look no further than Dance Central Spotlight. This digital game, which only costs $9.99, comes with 10 popular songs, including Pharrell Williams’s “Happy” and Lorde’s “Royals.” You can then add more songs through in-app purchases. Fifty new songs will be available at launch, but you can also import any songs you’ve purchased for the previous three Dance Central games on Xbox 360 once the developer makes them available on Xbox One. Sounds like a pretty good deal and a great reason to get off the couch and shake your booty.
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (PS Vita) – Out Now
The Vita game Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is kind of a playable visual novel, with loads of narration and dialog. The demented story it told was of 15 high schoolers locked in a school, and they could only escape by killing a fellow classmate. As bleak as it sounds, it was a surprisingly funny game, with a roller coaster of a plot and gameplay reminiscent of the Phoenix Wright series. This sequel is set on a desert island, but delivers more of the same – which isn’t a bad thing, considering the high marks the first one received.
The Sims 4 (Windows, Mac) – Out Now
Thanks to its broad appeal, The Sims is one of the most successful video game franchises in history. The next installment of this real-life simulator pares things down a bit. No more can you follow your Sims to work or school, nor do you have to wade through the infant and toddler stages when your Sims have babies. Instead, new characters come into the world as preteens. In place of the missing pieces are things like multitasking, which lets your Sims do two things at once, like eat dinner and talk on the phone. They’ve also expanded the emotional range of the characters and given them more free time to be under your control. If it lives up to the hype, The Sims 4 should be a smart buy for just about anyone.
Velocity 2X (PlayStation 4, PS Vita) – Out Now
This neon-colored space shooter is kind of like a modern version of Space Invaders, but with a whole lot more going on. In it, you control a well-armed ship and take out swarms of enemies from a top-down view. Then you get out of your ship, and the game switches to a side-scrolling 2-D perspective, where you play as a well-armed woman jumping between platforms and shooting the snot out of enemies. If the pre-release chatter is to be believed, this game is something special and an absolute must-have for PS4 and Vita owners.
Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate (Xbox One, PlayStation 4) – Out Now
This intense hack-and-slash action game is a bulked-up, remastered edition of a 2012 game for last-gen systems. It puts you in control of a samurai warrior and has you fend off wave after wave of enemies, from armies of swordsmen to packs of wolves. Thankfully, you are a super-powered fighter, with special moves that send out strikes in all directions – which comes in handy when you’re being attacked from all sides. And because this edition includes new story lines, scenarios, and characters, it may be worth picking up even if you’ve already played the original game.