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New Releases: Week of 8/30

/ Aug 30th, 2015 No Comments

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

This week is like a heavy weight title fight of new releases. The summer drought is broken truly with the heavy hitting releases dropping this Tuesday. We officially kick out the thick holiday season in style!

The force is strong with the happiest toys-to-life game series with the release of Disney Infinity 3.0. We may have been waiting, but finally we get to see what may be the final tactical espionage game with the long awaited release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Take a journey through the desolate wasteland with our favorite road warriors in Mad Max. Enjoy some digital board game realness with Armello, and some utter insanity with Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls.

Disney Infinity 3.0 – PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC, Mobile – August 30

The latest entry in the Disney Infinity series brings Star Wars characters into the mix. The galaxy far, far away serves as the focus of the majority of Disney Infinity 3.0. The starter pack includes Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano figurines, as well as the Twilight of the Republic campaign. The Inside Out playset will launch alongside the Starter Pack and other individual figurines.

Disney Infinity 3.0

Disney Infinity 3.0.

Twilight of the Republic takes place before Star Wars Episode II with Skywalker and Tano venturing to Geonosis and come across a reactivated Droid factory. The two must get to the bottom of whom is behind the new droid army. In their journey, the two jedi will come across a number of familiar Star Wars prequel characters and head to plants Coruscant and Tatooine.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC – September 1

After the bombshell at the end of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes and the destruction of Militaires Sans Frontieres (MSF), Big Boss falls into a coma. Waking up nine years later, he starts a new mercenary group, Diamond Dogs and a new Mother Base.

Adopting new codenames, “Punished/Venom” Snake ventures into Afghanistan to track down those responsible for the fall of MSF and rescue Miller. While Snake and Miller’s initial motive is revenge for MSF, they soon become ensnared in a new mission to stop a plot to engineer a new Metal Gear system.

Anyone that played The Phantom Pain’s prologue, Ground Zeroes, will find the gameplay largely similar. The one difference is The Phantom Pain features an open-world to explore now. Completing objectives with non-lethal in the larger open-world is still encourage, but players can choose to go about things how they see fit.

During missions players can choose to bring a number of helpful companions with them such as the Quiet, D-Horse, D-Walker, and DD. Each companion offers their own unique benefits. Much like Peace Walker, The Phantom Pain offers a robust base building mechanic, which means you can Fulton anything and send it back to Mother Base. From sheep to infantry, you can equip and walk around your own Mother Base as you see fit.

Mad Max – PS4, Xbox One, PC – September 1

The post-apocalyptic road warrior venture into the Plains of Silence didn’t go as planned. A rowdy group of War Boys under the orders of warlord, Scabrous Scrotus, forced Max off the road and stole everything he had on him. Clothes, supplies, weapons, and car were all gone by the time he awoke under the harsh sun.

Mad Max

Mad Max.

Left to rot, Max travels across the wasteland to recover what was taken from him. Along the way he meets a mechanic named Chumbucket who’s main goal is to make the perfect vehicle called the Magnum Opus. The two form a mutually beneficial partnership allowing for Chumbucket to complete his Opus and Max to exact vengeance on the maniacal warlord, Scrotus.

For more on Max Max, check out our E3 2015 preview.

Armello – PS4, PC – September 1

The Kingdom of Armello is undergoing turmoil and unrest when its king becomes compromised. The current king under the dark influence of the Rot causes a wealth of problems for Armello. This prompts heroes from each of the kingdom’s clans to journey forth to become the new king or queen of Armello usurping the dark king. Which hero will become the new ruler of Armello?



Armello has four clans to choose heroes from: rat, rabbit, bear, and wolf. Each hero will have his or her own strengths that make them particularly suited to storming the castle and becoming the new ruler. The game a digital facsimile of a traditional fantasy tabletop RPG complete with dice rolls and card draws to facilitate player actions. The game supports up to four players with each player aiming to storm the castle and become the new king or queen of the kingdom. The board has a number of additional objectives to complete like exploring dungeons, completing quests, battling rival heroes, and capturing settlements.

Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls – PS Vita – September 1

Taking place six months after the first Danganronpa and before the second game, Ultra Despair Girls follows Komaru Naegi, the younger sister of the first game’s protagonist. Komaru’s been imprisoned inside an apartment complex with no awareness of the events occurring outside. When she is finally able to venture outside her apartment prison, she encounters the insanity of the outside world and is attacked by Monokuma robots.

As she gains the ability to fight them, she is once again captured by a sinister force, the Warriors of Hope. Encountering unlikely allies along the way, she must save her friend while finding a safe haven away from the city.

Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls

Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls.

Ultra Despair Girls is a departure from the Danganronpa visual novel formula. Instead it uses a third-person adventure style of gameplay with horror elements. The game features a number of gameplay elements present from the first Danganronpa such as “Truth Bullets” with additional bullets unlocking throughout the game, and the “Scissor Fever” gauge utilized by the first game’s Toko Fukawa again here. Players have the ability to upgrade Komaru’s Hacking Gun or Toko/Jill’s scissors.

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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