Holiday Season is starting and September is already looking pretty busy to say the least!

Knack II

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The original Knack was considered a pretty bad launch title for the PlayStation 4, but it nonetheless reached meme-status since it was often named sarcastically as a Must-Play Title on the system and people even jokingly asked for a sequel over the last few years. Surprisingly, Sony really announced a sequel to Knack during their PSX event last year and some of the audience’s reactions were hilarious. I never played the original Knack so I am not familiar with its weaknesses, but according to some impressions Knack II seems to be an improvement over the first game.

Platform: PlayStation 4
Developer/Publisher: Sony Japan Studio / Sony
Release Date: September 5th (NA); September 6th (EU)

Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth

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Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth is the direct sequel to Mask of Deception that was released in May this year (and that I’ve yet to play) and since the game is 75% Visual Novel and only 25% SRPG I would strongly recommend to play the first game before diving into this one! 🙂

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
Developer/Publisher: Aquaplus / Atlus USA (NA); Deep Silver (EU)
Release Date: September 5th

Destiny 2

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The first Destiny game was released with a lot of Marketing-Fanfare and was met by mediocre critical response. The game had some issues during its launch period, but after several updates and expansions the game got better and better and the game has kept a steady playerbase since then. I know a lot of players who still like to team up with friends and get some sessions in it and I am pretty sure that the game has been a success for Activision by now. Destiny 2 will try to improve on its formular and to extend their playerbase by releasing a PC version in October. Destiny 1 players will not be able to carry over all their stuff form the first game though (except for their physical appearance) so all players will have to start their character progression from scratch which might be a dealbreaker for some veterans, but good for new players.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Developer/Publisher: Bungie / Activision
Release Date: September 6th (PS4/XB1); October 24th (PC)

Monster Hunter Stories

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Monster Hunter Stories is a Spin-off of the popular Hunting game and was not developed by Capcom internally, but by Marvelous instead. The game was made with a kids audience in mind and features a more cute artstyle and also different gameplay than in the main titles. Instead of an action-adventure with realtime combat, Stories features a turn-based RPG battle system. The game got a lukewarm response in Japan and did not even scratch the sales of the main titles. I’ll definitely skip this and wait for Monster Hunter World instead! 🙂

Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Developer/Publisher: Marvelous / Nintendo
Release Date: September 8th

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

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7 years after the last main installment of the Ys Series, Ys VIII is finally coming to the West this month on PS4, Vita and Steam. Ys VIII follows the trend that the franchise took with Ys Seven and once again features party-based action combat and an even higher focus on the story than ever before. Players who played the Japanese version said that this might be one of the longest Ys games yet and that it sometimes feels like a Ys no Kiseki game due to the higher story amount. The game was very well received in Japan, but I know that some Ys fans don’t like the new direction the series is taking although some old-school elements like Jumping are back with this installment. It is worth noting that the PS4 and PC versions come with extra content such as additional music and new dungeons. I personally can’t wait to play this game. I already bought the OST while I was in Japan and once again it’s a brilliant OST from Falcom ;D

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, PC
Developer/Publisher: Nihon Falcom / NIS America
Release Date: September 12th (NA); September 15th (EU)

Divinity: Original Sin II

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The first Divinity: Original Sin was one of the earliest Kickstarter success stories in 2014 when it released to critical acclaim. 1 year later, developer Larian Studios went on Kickstarter again in order to fund a sequel and the game reached its target goal within just 12 hours. The first chapter of Original Sin 2 has been in Early Access since Ocotober 2016 and impressions were mostly positive which is a very good sign for the final product that will be released this month.

Platform: PC
Developer/Publisher: Larian Studios
Release Date: September 14th

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider

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Dishonored: Death of the Outsider is a stand-alone expansion for last year’s Dishonored 2 and is set a few months after the events of Dishonored 2. The game features a new playable character (Billie) and will conclude the events of the Kaldwin era according to the developers.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Developer/Publisher: Arkane Studios / Bethesda
Release Date: September 15th

Metroid: Samus Returns

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Before this year’s E3 the future of the Metroid series seemed to be questionable at best and there were more than just a few people who declared the series to be dead after the lackluster Metroid Prime: Federation Force. This changed with the announcement of Metroid Prime 4 for the Nintendo Switch and Metroid: Samus Returns for the 3DS. The latter is a remake of Metroid II which was originally released on the GameBoy. The remake will feature 2.5D graphics and several gameplay improvements such as the ability to aim in any direction and new abilities. The existence of the game was probably another reason for Nintendo to issue a DMCA takedown request of the popular unofficial remake AM2R that was released last year.

Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Developer/Publisher: MercurySteam & Nintendo / Nintendo
Release Date: September 15th

Muv-Luv Alternative

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1,5 years after their very successful Kickstarter Campaign the last part of the Muv-Luv Visual Novel games is being released in English on Steam. Muv-Luv Alternative is considered one of the best Visual Novels ever released and has almost nothing in common with the first Muv Luv game that was more or less a regular Dating Sim. I backed the localization project myself, but since I prefer to play VNs on my Vita I still haven’t played the first 2 games. Degica has announced that after the release of Alternative on Steam they will focus on bringing the game to the Vita so hopefully I won’t have to wait that much longer! 😉

Platforms: PC, PS Vita (Date TBA)
Developer/Publisher: Age / Degica
Release Date: September 18th

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

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Even 6 after the release of Ultimate vs Capcom 3 the game is still one of the more popular games at fighting game tournaments and many fans were therefore elated to see that a new MvC game would release this year. Fast forward to August 2017 and the whole situation has kinda changed. I am not a fervent follower of the fighting game community but even I have noticed that there is a certain negative vibe surrounding this game for several reasons. The demo that was playable during E3 was disappointing for many since the character models were either hit or miss, animations looked clunky and the game still felt very unfinished (which is not a surprise at that stage but then you have to ask yourself whether it would have been better to not let the public play it already). The final character roster has also been critisized by many fans since no X-Men characters will appear on the Marvel side. The most likely reason for that omission is that Marvel wants to use this game to further push their Marvel Cinematic Universe in which the X-Men have no place. This would still be kinda fine, if the producers wouldn’t try to justify it with statements like “Modern Marvel fans don’t remember X-men anyway”. All in all, fans are really concerned about the final quality of the game and after E3 fans of Tag-Team fighting games rather look at Dragonball FighterZ instead which looks amazing.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Developer/Publisher: Capcom
Release Date: September 19th

Pokkén Tournament DX

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After Mario Kart 8, Pokkén Tournament will receive an enhanced port to the Nintendo Switch as well. Pokkén Tournament DX will feature all characters that were released in the Arcade and Wii U versions and new game modes as well.

Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer/Publisher: Bandai Namco / The Pokémon Company
Release Date: September 22nd

Mary Skelters: Nightmares

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Mary Skelter: Nightmare is a new Vita-exclusive Dungeon Crawler developed by Compile Heart featuring the anime-aesthetics that the developer is known for. As far as I know the game is a pretty traditional Dungeon Crawler so it’s probably only worth checking out for fans of the genre.

Platform: PlayStation Vita
Developer/Publisher: Compile Heart / Idea Factory International
Release Date: September 19th (NA); September 22nd (EU)

Project CARS 2

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After the success of the first Project Cars, it didn’t take long for a sequel to be funded. Project Cars 2 is again targeting the racing simulation audience and will feature 182 cars from 38 different manufacturers, some which will make their debut with this installment such as Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Jaguar, Honda and Nissan. The game will also support VR-glasses and 12k resolution and Triple-Screen Support on PC.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Developer/Publisher: Slightly Mad Studios / Bandai Namco
Release Date: September 22nd

Blue Reflection

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Blue Reflection is the newest J-RPG from Atelier-developer Gust and features character designs bei Mel Kishida who previously designed the characters for the Artland trilogy of the Atelier series. The game features a group of highschool girls who solve problems of their friends and co-students by transforming into magical girls and fighting monsters in another dimension. From the top of my head I can’t remember any JRPGs with a magical girl theme, so if anyone waited for this combo, now is the time!

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, PC
Developer/Publisher: Gust / Koei Tecmo
Release Date: September 26th (NA); September 29th (EU)

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony

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Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is the 3rd main installment in this crazy Visual Novel series, but as far as I know it is not a direct continuation of 1 and 2 since that storyline was concluded with the Danganronpa 3 anime series. Danganronpa V3 therefore has a completely new setting although series mascot Monokuma and the basic principles of the game will still remain. To be honest, I don’t know much more about the game at this point since I didn’t want to spoil myself by accident, but I am looking forward to seeing the direction this game takes. I admit that I am not the biggest fan of the franchise and that I prefer other Visual Novel series, but 1 and 2 were definitely entertaining enough to give this one a shot as well.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, PC
Developer/Publisher: Spike Chunsoft / NIS America
Release Date: September 26th (NA); September 29th (EU)

Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash

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Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash could be called Tamsoft’s response to Splatoon and if you followed the Senran Kagura Franchise, that is known for its scantily clad female Shinobi cast, it is not surprising that girls in bikinis shooting each other with water pistols sounded like a great concept for a spin-off game. As far as I know the reception in Japan has only been mediocre, but fans of the series probably won’t care. 😛

Beware: The trailer is extremely NSFW!

Platform: PlayStation 4
Developer/Publisher: Tamsoft / XSEED Games (NA); Marvelous (EU)
Release Date: September 22nd (EU), September 26th (NA)

Total War: Warhammer II

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Only 1 year after the first Total War: Warhammer Creative Assembly is already releasing a sequel to this Fantasy-Strategy game which will offer additional races and of course a new campaign mode as well. The new races that were already announced are the Lizardmen, High Elves, Dark Elves and Skaven. The cool thing is that players who own the first game will unlock all races from the first game in Multiplayer from the start and Creative Assembly has also announced that after the game’s release they will release a patch that adds a combined map of both regions in order to deliver the complete Warhammer experience. For me this is yet another Total War Game that I want to play, but since I already own several of these games and have yet to play them, I fear that it will still take a while until I’ll be able to play this one.

Platform: PC
Developer/Publisher: Creative Assembly / SEGA
Release Date: September 28th

Cuphead

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Since its reveal in 2014 Cuphead has been one of the most promising Indie-titles out there and after several delays this Sidescrolling-Platformer is finally set to release this month. The game features a unique artstyle that has been heavily influenced by 1930’s cartoon and if you see the game in motion it really feels like a playable old-school cartoon which makes the game super charming. I am really curious to see whether the gameplay can hold up with the aesthetics as well!

Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Developer/Publisher: StudioMDHR Entertainment
Release Date: September 29th

Gundam Versus

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Gundam Versus is the fifth installment in the Gundam Vs. series which focuses on 2 vs 2 Mecha fights (although 3vs3 will be possible with this installment as well). The game features dozens of different Gundams from all Gundam eras and features a new “Boost Dive” mechanic that allows players to quickly boost downward which maks combat more dynamic and fluid compared to previous games.

Platform: PlayStation 4
Developer/Publisher: Bandai Namco
Release Date: September 29th (NA)

Star Fox 2

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Yes, a “new” SNES game is coming in 2017!!

When Nintendo revealed the SNES Classic there was one game on its game list that stood out amongst great hits like A Link to the Past or Final Fantasy VI: Star Fox 2! The direct sequel of the first Star Fox was supposed to be released for the SNES back in 1995 and although the game was completed by the developers, Nintendo decided to cancel at the last minute. The reasons for cancelling the game were the imminent release of the Nintendo 64 (although the N64 got delayed in the end) and Nintendo’s desire to have a clean break between 3D games on the SNES and 3D games on the N64. Nintendo also wanted to avoid direct comparisons with 3D games on more advanced consoles such as the first PlayStation or the SEGA Saturn. The only playable version of the game out there is based on a ROM-Image that featured the early alpha version of the game which still featured a lot of bugs. It is therefore more than just a nice surprise that Nintendo decided to include Star Fox 2 to the library of the SNES Classic so that over 20 years after its planned release, players will finally be able to play it.

Platform: SNES Classic
Developer/Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: September 29th

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