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New Releases: Week of 8/13/17

/ Aug 13th, 2017 No Comments

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August is reaching the half way point. Summer may not be over, but that doesn’t mean the drought persists. This week is full of plenty of games to keep you inside and out of the heat.

This week’s new releases include Agents of Mayhem, Matterfall, Sonic Mania, Nidhogg 2, and Undertale.

Agents of Mayhem – PS4, Xbox One, PC – August 15

The world is in danger and the only thing that can save it is an eclectic crew of certified bad asses. Doctor Babylon and the evil organization LEGION have nefarious plans to destroy the world’s nations. It is up to MAYHEM and its agents to stop LEGION from carrying out its plans.

D. Babs is in Seoul, South Korea, trying to find a way to get a dark matter crystal from the Cermak Comet. While the good Doctor tries to gain the crystal, it is up to MAYHEM to stop him. In order to quash D. Babs, the agents will have to go through LEGION lieutenants like the mad tinker Hammersmith and the unrelenting douchebag August Gaunt.

Agents of Mayhem features 12 Agents that are fully customizable from weapon upgrades to passive skills and more. With multiple classes you can create unique squads that can tackle the game’s missions in destructive and stylish ways. The ability to switch party members at will during missions means you can utilize your three squad members like they were different weapons.

Each agent has their own special ability that helps even the odds when LEGION soldiers are swarming around and can be customized in cool and creative ways. To tackle truly nefarious threats, every agent can unleash an ultimate Mayhem ability that can range from a boombox that makes enemies dance in a radius, calling down a tactical laser strike, causing explosions across the battlefield like a Michael Bay film, and much more.

Matterfall – PS4 – August 15

In Matterfall, Avalon Darrow is a hero-for-hire who must fight for survival on a ravished sci-fi world. You must survive this ruinous society that has been infected by the mysterious and deadly alien material known as “Smart Matter.” If you don’t stop it then it will wipe out humanity.

While Smart Matter is dangerous, you need to utilize it in order to move forward in the world’s vertical cities. Destroying enemies infected by Red “Smart Matter” and mastering alien tech and weapons using Blue “Smart Matter” are the only way to survive.



Matterfall features twitch-action twin-stick shooting that Housemarque is known for, but adds platforming into the mix with the game’s vertical cities. Mastering agility and powerful weaponry will help Darrow try and save the human race. Matterfall allows for a variety of weapon loadouts and customization making it easy to match the chaotic, explosive action to your playstyle.

Sonic Mania – PS4, Xbox One, Switch – August 15

Sonic Mania takes place after Sonic & Knuckles. Following the events of that game, Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles discover a powerful energy reading from far away. The three fly away to figure out the energy source, but Doctor Eggman sends his henchmen, the Hard-Boiled Heavies, to get there first. Sonic and company must deal with the Hard-Boiled Heavies and Doctor Eggman if they want to learn the truth about the mysterious energy.

The game is a throwback and homage to the Genesis-era Sonic games with new levels and remixes of old classic levels thrown in. Players can choose between Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles in the game. Each has their own unique skills. When Sonic and Tails are in a level together, Tails can act on his own or be controlled by player 2.

Sonic Mania

Sonic Mania.

Sonic Mania features mini-boss fights and showdowns with Doctor Eggman at the end of a Zone’s individual act respectively. There are also bonus stages in the form of homages to Sonic CD and the return of Sonic the Hedgehog 3’s “Blue Sphere” bonus stage.

Developed by Chad Whitehead, Headcannon, PagodaWest Games, there is a rich Sonic fan background behind Sonic Mania meaning it might be the return of what fans want in a Sonic game.

Nidhogg 2 – PS4, PC – August 15

Messhof is blessing us with a sequel to its cult hit Nidhogg. Nidhogg 2 is bigger, goofier, and grosser than the first game. Thanks a brand new engine, skeletal modeling, and customization, you can now battle it out against friends, frenemies, babies, and the olds with grotesque fencers.

Nidhogg 2’s mission statement is the same as the first, you’ll square off against an opponent with your weapon of choice and battle to control the camera. You want control because it’ll allow you to run to the end of the arena, which is the goal. However, any kill will immediately respawn your opponent near you, and you’ll have to survive their assault to make it to the end and jump into the Nidhogg’s mouth.


Nidhogg 2

Nidhogg 2.

Better graphics means more elaborate arenas to battle in. Some of the place you’ll go in Nidhogg 2 are places you won’t want to go like the intestines of a Nidhogg. You don’t want to know where you’ll come out of when you’re victorious, but you’ll want to get out of there quick.

Not content to bring back the nearly perfect fencing gameplay of the first game, Nidhogg 2 adds in new weapons like axes, bows and arrows, and knives to the mix. Things are going to get much more interesting this time around.

Undertale – PS4, PS Vita – August 15

Undertale is coming to PS4 and PS Vita, as well as being localized in Japanese. The original goal for localization company, 8-4 was to translate Undertale to Japanese, but in the process they decided to go the extra mile and port it to PS4 and PS Vita with cross-buy. Japanese and English language are both available in settings.



The game features no new content, but will have a few trophies. One small addition to the game came because of the game’s 4:3 presentation. Original Undertale artist Temmie Chang created border art for the game. Player’s can choose between a classic “Sepia” background that stays static, a “Dynamic” background that changes as you move through the game, and no background if you want the original Undertale experience.


Kalvin Martinez

Kalvin Martinez

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Kalvin Martinez studied Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He writes reviews, prose and filthy limericks. While he is Orange County born, he now resides in Portland, OR. He is still wondering what it would be like to work at a real police department. Follow Kalvin on Twitter @freepartysubs
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