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New Releases: Week of 9/7

/ Sep 7th, 2014 No Comments

Destiny PlayStation Exclusive Content

Goodbye summer, it was nice knowing you but the drought won’t be missed. Fall is not quite here yet but with pumpkin spice slowly creeping into everything, it will be in full swing soon. One thing is certain, fall means AAA games for thirsty nerds. This week’s new releases include Destiny, NHL 15, MX vs. ATV: Supercross, and Teslagrad. Edit note: MX vs. ATV: Supercross will be released on October 28.

Destiny – PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 – September 9

The universe was made to explore and humanity made to expand. Humanity experienced a Golden Age, mankind expanded past its simple home planet to populate the entire Solar System. Everything was good until the darkness came causing the Collapse. The grand experiment ended.

Humanity retreated back to Earth, where it was saved from destruction thanks to the Traveler. This mysterious protector enabled space exploration and provided salvation. The Traveler now allows a special crop of Guardians to wield great powers to combat the hostile alien races out to destroy humanity.

 

Destiny Ghost Edition

The Destiny Ghost Edition

Unless you have been living under a rock then you have heard of Destiny. At this point it is its own cottage industry. Activision and Bungie have not been silent on sharing details of the game from timed PlayStation DLC to a public Alpha and Beta and more. It is a stark contrast to the nebulous details on the Destiny concept when Bungie originally revealed its ten-year plan for the game.

Those contemplating picking up the Expansion Pass for Destiny should look into buying the Limited Edition or Digital Guardian version of the game. The Digital Guardian version saves you a bit on the Expansion Pass. While the Limited Edition doesn’t save you any money, it has excellent packaging.

The postcards and map are nice trinkets, but it is the presentation of them and the art book that makes the difference. The notebook everything comes in looks and feels good, a perfect way to get into the Guardian mood. It is worth picking up if you can track it down.

NHL 15 – Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 – September 9

A few weeks ago sports fans got their hands on Madden 15, and one thing Madden signals is more sports games on the horizon. This week fans of the hockey can get their stick and puck on with NHL 15.

Last year NHL 14 was one of the EA sports franchises that missed the next-gen craze, but NHL 15 is hitting both current-gen and old-gen consoles this year. Coming to new platforms, NHL 15 features improvements and new features for the PS4 and Xbox One versions.

 

NHL 15

NHL 15

NHL 15 will include 12 player collision physics, real puck physics, better player-likenesses and models, authentic NHL arenas, living crowds, group celebrations and a new commentary team.

While these features won’t be in the PS3 or Xbox 360 versions, they will include EASHL and GM Connected modes and other features not in the current-gen versions. Despite receiving graphical improvements, the current-gen will lack some of the more robust old-gen modes.

MX vs. ATV: Supercross – Xbox 360, PS3, PC – October 28 (edited)

THQ’s bankruptcy lead to many of its IPs landing at different homes. Nordic Games picked up several of them including the MX vs. ATV series. MX vs. ATV: Supercross is the most recent game in the series and the first following THQ’s demise. Supercross retains the franchise’s key goal of racing on either motocross bikes or ATVs.

 

MX vs. ATV: Supercross

MX vs. ATV: Supercross

The game features 17 Supercross Tracks to race MX and ATVs on in 5 series. Nordic aimed to ensure the game had an authentic feel with 80 licensed motocross companies and 40 professional riders to choose from. Supercross has a new physics and control system and Real-time Terrain Deformation. It includes online multiplayer with up to 12 players and local 2 player racing. Fans of the series can get their motocross and ATV fix this week.

Teslagrad – Wii U – September 11

In Teslagrad you take control of an orphan boy fleeing from malevolent forces into a treacherous tower full of dangers to avoid and puzzles to solve. As the boy solves the puzzles that bar his path in the tower, he gains new tools to get through trickier obstacles and learns of the conflict between a tyrannical king and the sect who called the tower home.

 

Teslagrad

Teslagrad

Teslagrad originally came out on PC, Mac and Linux at the end of 2013. Much like many titles from independent developers, a console version was in the works, but would see a later release. The game throws tough puzzles and innovative boss battles at the player. Teslagrad’s art style, subtle storytelling and level design make it a great fit for the Wii U.

 

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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