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New Releases: Week of 9/24/17

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Hob Preview

September has been one hot month for video games. The trend continues as we close out the month with the release of some eagerly anticipated games.

This week’s new releases include Hob, Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, Ruiner, Cuphead, and the Super NES Classic Edition. Also releasing this week are Sine Mora EX for Switch, FIFA 18, and Gundam Versus.

Hob – PS4, PC – September 26

In Hob you explore a world in peril. Through the game’s wordless narrative, you must discover its secrets by exploring the many mysterious structures and interacting with the strange life forms inhabiting it. By transforming the world and coming up victorious in combat, you’ll discover if the world can be mended or only fall further into disarray.
 

Hob Preview

Hob.


To solve all of the game’s mysteries you’ll have to explore the large open world with plenty of ruins to explore, sprites to befriend, and enemies to punch in their dumb faces. While exploration and puzzle solving is a major component of Hob, you have the ability to grapple, punch and warp around. Using your mechanical glove-arm abilities you’ll open up new secrets and give anyone trying to cause trouble a good beat down.

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony – PS4, PS Vita – September 26

Strap in because it is time for a new Danganronpa game. In the latest installment of the beloved series, you get to enjoy the classic gameplay the game is known for with a whole new “psycho-cool” environment with sixteen brand new characters to get to know and judge.

When Kaede Akamatsu wakes up in The Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles, she takes it upon herself to lead her classmates to action. It is never straightforward or simple at the Ultimate Academy, headmaster Monokuma and his children ensure that the new group of Ultimates participate in the Killing Games.
 

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony.


Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is divided into chapters during each chapter you must participate in the Killing Game and solve the murder case involved in that chapter. The chapters are split up between Daily Life (where you get to learn about your classmates), Deadly Life (where you investigate the crime scene and gather evidence to solve the case), and Class Trial (where you figure out the logic and inconsistencies of classmates statements to find the real killer).

The Class Trial is where the real fun and chaos begins. When questionable details arise during a class trial, the Nonstop Debate begins with the students discussing specific topics in more detail. There is a lot to unpack here like Agree Points, Truth Bullets, the new Lie Bullets, and the new Mass Panic Debate, but that stuff will be easier to understand in the full game.

Ruiner – PS4, Xbox One, PC – September 26

In the year 2091, the cyber metropolis Rengkok is purgatory. Dominion of Heaven is the leading Virtuality company feeding the citizens of Rengkok a virtual world with real sensations. Not only are the masses dulled by VR, the companies fund all the jobs in the city providing citizen management systems, all in an attempt to control the economy.

The companies tell you to follow your dreams, but that is all a big lie. As the lone sane person is a world of virtual reality junkies, they label you a psychopath as you lash out against the corrupt system with extreme violence. It is more than simply being angry at the corruption though, you want to find the truth about your brother’s kidnapping and retrieve him.
 

Ruiner

Ruiner.


With the help of a secretive hacker friend and your own preternatural reflexes, augmented tools, and weapons of your enemies, you’ll be able to tear down the system and take on Heaven itself.

Ruiner’s twin-stick inspired combat is brutal and incredibly fast. You’ll have to mix brute force with precision to overcome the game’s various foes. By using a mixture of firearms and melee weapons along with your own gadgets like energy shields you’ll be able to get to the truth you desperately seek.

Cuphead – Xbox One, PC – September 29

If you own an Xbox One then you have no doubt been waiting for Cuphead. Ever since its reveal, people have been frothing at the mouth to play the charming run and gun action game inspired by classic games in the genre.

Taking huge inspiration from the cartoons of the 1930s, Cuphead’s visual and audio feature careful steps to re-create them with the same techniques they used to create them like traditional hand drawn cel animation, watercolor backgrounds, and original jazz recordings. That meticulous detail paid off in a game that looks and sounds like lost relic.
 

Cuphead

Cuphead.


Whether you play as Cuphead or Mugman or both in either the game’s single player or local co-op mode, you’ll traverse strange worlds full of hooligans. As you tackle the game’s difficult boss battles you’ll gain new weapons, learn powerful super moves, and discover hidden secrets. All while hopefully paying back your debt to the devil.

Super NES Classic Edition – September 29

After the highly successfully, controversial and hard-to-find NES Classic Edition, Nintendo is releasing its successor mini-console the Super NES Classic Edition. The system comes with an HDMI caple, a USB charging cable with AC adapter, and two wired controllers.

It’ll retail for $79.99 provided you got a pre-order or can track one down with the increased production Nintendo promised, it shouldn’t be too difficult.

The games list is where the system shines even though it only includes 22 games instead of the 30 included on the NES Classic Edition, they are some heavy hitters. Some of the standouts include Super Metroid, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Starts, Star Fox, Super Mario World, Secret of Mana, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Earthbound, F-ZERO, Final Fantasy II, and more.

However, the biggest reason to wait in line for one come launch day is the inclusion of the canceled Star Fox 2. The game can be unlocked after completing the first level of Star Fox FYI.
 

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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