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New Releases: Week of 8/27/17

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Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Hoo boy, summer’s nearly over and the summertime drought or sadness or whatever is ****ing over. PAX West is at the end of the week and damn if you’re not going then you’ll have plenty to console you. This week’s new releases are so stacked, we’re going to focus on the ones we think are the coolest, but there are many, many more coming out.

Outside of the game we’re going into a little more depth for, here is what’s coming your way this week: Everybody’s Golf, The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor, Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition, Redout, Resident Evil Revelations, Rock of Ages 2: Bigger & Boulder, Warriors All-Stars, Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack, and even more.

This week’s new releases we’re focusing on are Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Absolver, Windjammers, Yakuza Kiwami, Life Is Strange: Before the Storm, and Last Day of June.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle – Switch – August 29

Worlds collide when vortexes ripped apart the Mushroom Kingdom. The event transports the chaotic Rabbids into the once-peaceful kingdom, presumably peaceful because Bowser must have been busy planning his upcoming dream wedding.

To deal with the influx of new threats, Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Yoshi must team up with four Rabbids heroes. By combining their powers they may have a chance to stop chaos from reigning in the Mushroom Kingdom.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle lets you engage in tense tactical turn-based combat where cover is an asset and utilizing each of the characters’ unique traits will be a boon. The game is filled with hundreds of weapons to arm your party with, and puzzles to solve.

Battle through four unique worlds and overcome Rabbids-inspired enemies and bosses to save Mushroom Kingdom. You can tackle the challenge alone or with a friend in co-op challenges.

Absolver – PS4, Xbox One, PC – August 29

Prospects take a sacred vow when they choose to join the Absolvers. The Absolvers are an elite corps of combatants fighting to maintain stability in the world. Prospects enter the forsaken lands and take on other Prospects in combat in order to learn their place in the world and to become true Absolvers.



As they fight to become part of the elite corps, they learn new combat styles and attacks; acquire better weapons, powers and armor. The combat is fat and intense with real-time flow of attacks, dodges, feints, and counters. Customization is up to the player’s tastes as they can change up combat styles, weapons, and attack sequences.

Absolver allows players to team up with other Prospects to tackle the dungeon mines of Adal in its PvE mode or try to prove their might against other Prospects in different combat arenas in the game’s PvP mode.

Windjammers – PS4, PS Vita – August 29

Windjammers is finally returning to consoles to let a new generations of players experience the classic and intense competitive disc throwing game from Data East. In Windjammers, two players face off across different courts to throw discs at their opponent’s goal to score points.

The simple premise is deepened by having to adapt to new courts and the game’s six playable characters with their own stats and super-throws. Learning the swings of how and when to throw discs, use super-throws and more make Windjammers easy to start, but hard to master.



DotEmu has tirelessly re-created the arcade experience for PlayStation 4 and PS Vita allowing players to Jam both at home and on-the-go. Best of all Windjammers is cross-buy!

Not only does the game support local play, DotEmu has added in competitive online play to the game. Now you can play against your buds or randos from around the world!

Yakuza Kiwami – PS4 – August 29

In 1995, Kazuma Kiryu is doing well as an up-and-coming yakuza of the Tojo Clan’s Dojima family. Hell, he even has his own sub-family! Things don’t ever go well for Kiryu for long.

When Kiryu’s childhood friend, Yumi is kidnapped by Sohei Dojima, the Patriarch of the Dojima family, he and his sworn brother, Akira Nishikiyama rush after them to try and save Yumi.

That’s when things go wrong. Kiryu arrives to find Nishiki with a smoking gun standing over the lifeless body of Dojima. Instead of letting Nishiki take the blame, Kiryu takes the weight going to prison for ten years.

Yakuza Kiwami

Yakuza Kiwami.

In 2005, Kiryu is released from prison to find everything is different. Nishiki is changed, Yumi is missing, and the Tojo Clan is on the brink of civil war after ten billion yen was stolen from their coffers. Kiryu doesn’t get a moment to rest before getting caught up in all of it.

Yakuza Kiwami improves the resolution, framerate, textures and loading times of the PS2 original. Additionally, content was added to clear up some of the game’s plot point with 30 minutes of cut-scenes added. New side quests and activities have been added as well.

It also features the system introduced in Yakuza 0 where Kiryu can switch between different fighting styles in combat. Oh and there is the Majima Everywhere system where Goro Majima can pop up at any moment to challenge Kiryu.

Life Is Strange: Before the Storm – Episode 1 – PS4, Xbox One, PC – August 31

Life is Strange: Before the Storm takes place 3 years before the events of Life is Strange. It follows 16 year-old Chole Price who is a rebel at her preppy school. In an unlikely series of events Chole becomes friends with Rachel Amber, one of the beautiful and popular girls.

The game focuses on Chole and Rachel Amber’s budding relationship with their friendship acting as the core of Before the Storm. When Rachel discovers a terrible family secret, she’ll need Chole to help her through the tough time. For Chole, she needs a friend because being a tough longer is getting old.

Life is Strange: Before the Storm

Life is Strange: Before the Storm.

Instead of featuring time travel as a core gameplay mechanic, Chole has a unique “backtalk” ability to get herself out of tough situations. Chole’s mouth doesn’t always make things better and talking back can make things worse. Also instead of taking photographs, Chole can mark walls up with graffiti.

Those looking to get the complete experience in Before the Storm may want to buy the Deluxe Digital Edition that include all three episodes, a Mixtape mode, a special outfit pack, and a bonus episode, “Farewell”, where you can play Max one final time.

Last Day of June – PS4, PC – August 31

When Carl and June decide to take a trip to their favorite spot, the day takes a turn for the worst. Through a random accident, June loses her life in a horrible car crash.

Now alone and injured from the accident, Carl longs for the days he spent with his beloved. Soon he discovers a mysterious power that allows him to revisit the day of the event from multiple people involved. By changing the past, he may be able to say the day and June’s life.

Last Day of June

Last Day of June.

By journeying into different portraits, Carl can change the events of that horrific day. Players can solve emotionally charge puzzles to turn back time and fix Carl’s broken heart.

A Steam exclusive launch bundle including the great, Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons will be available from the game’s launch date until September 14. You can get Brothers for free with your purchase of Last Day of June with an additional 10% taken off the game’s list price.

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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