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New Releases: Week of 9/3

/ Sep 4th, 2016 No Comments

The Tomorrow Children

The first full week of September sees some smaller, more unique games coming out. If you happen to be recovering from hanging out at PAX West then there are some games this week that’ll help you out.

This week’s new releases include Earthlock: Festival of Magic, Mother Russia Bleeds, The Tomorrow Children, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice.

Earthlock: Festival of Magic – Xbox One, PC – September 1

The world of Umbra stopped spinning on its axis mysteriously thousands of cycles ago. No one quite knows why. That’s about to change though when the desert scavenger Amon sets out on a simple quest in the beautiful yet harsh environment of Umbra. Things sprawl out of control rapidly, and soon Amon and several other unlikely heroes embark on a journey to save Umbra.

Earthlock: Festival of Magic

Earthlock: Festival of Magic.

Umbra is not for the faint of heart. It is full of monsters that Amon and his party will have to overcome in turn-based battles. Each party member can utilize two different stances to mix it up in combat, and by improving relationships between characters can result in powerful abilities or unique perks. A cool part of the battle system is kiting, which allows you to tackle as many enemies as you’d like with more experienced gained for fighting more enemies.

Earthlock: Festival of Magic is also currently free for the month of September to Games with Gold members on Xbox One.

Mother Russia Bleeds – PC – September 5

Mother Russia Bleeds takes place in an alternate Soviet Union in the 1980s. It focuses on imprisoned antiheros with crippling drug addictions thanks to the Russian mafia.

The game follows them as they break out of prison and embark on a journey of hate-filled vengeance. They are out to get to the bottom of what makes the mafia’s drug so potent and its grip on the authorities.

Mother Russia Bleeds

Mother Russia Bleeds.

In a nod to beat ‘em ups of yore, Mother Russia Bleeds is an unrelenting, hard hitting game. Up to four players can team up and take on the harsh streets of the cold and violent USSR.

Players can utilize guns or melee weapons outside of their fists to take out enemies. Also, players will be able to fill their syringes with drugs off of defeated enemies, which will allow them to refill health or go into berserk mode.

The Tomorrow Children: Founders Pack – PS4 – September 6

The Tomorrow Children asks players to unite in order to rebuild an alternate future Soviet Union that has been decimated by a failed science experiment. Now mankind is on the verge of extinction and cooperation is the only thing that will save it. It is up to you and friends to restore civilization by building your town and its defenses.

Players must come together to build their own towns in this Soviet dystopia. Each projection clone will be fully upgradeable and customizable. They will be able to mine, build, defend the town, and use jetpacks, among anything else you can discover.

The Tomorrow Children

The Tomorrow Children.

To rebuild civilization, players will have to mine “islands” in the Void, where vital resources exist. Oh, and you’ll have to make sure your town can survive the Izverg, which are giant kaiju looking monsters, out to stomp out your civilization.

The Tomorrow Children will be free-to-play at a full launch date later. On September 6, you can get the early access Founders Pack, which include plenty of premium content. It is a $30 value for only $19.99. Get in early and start building up your town.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice – 3DS – September 8

Phoenix Wright returns in an all-new adventure with Apollo Justice and many familiar faces. Spirit of Justice sees the return of many fan-favorites, as well as plenty of new characters like Rayfa, the Royal Priestess of the Kingdom of Khura’in.

Phoenix will travel to a mythical courtroom in the Kingdom of Khura’in, where the Kurain Channeling Technique originated. Here Phoenix must battle to bring about a legal revolution.

In more traditional courtroom fare, Apollo must handle the cases for Wright Anything Agency while Phoenix is away. The case he takes on will have massive ramifications.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice.

The lawyer-less court system of Khura’in will be a new battlefield to lay down justice. In the mythical courtroom players will have to master the art of Divination Séance to revisit the last moments of a victim’s life. Players must use their deductive skills to discover the truth in these visions.

While Khura’in will be a breath of fresh air for players, everything that makes the Ace Attorney series so charming returns. Fans will enjoy witty dialogue, unusual cases, and have to utilize investigative techniques to figure out cases.

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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