Monthly video game roundup: September

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 2:57pm

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Releases:

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Sept. 1): Xbox, PlayStation, PC

This sequel to “Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes” focuses on the main protagonist Snake’s journey through 1983 Afghanistan and his rescue of his former partner from Soviet Forces. The player is encouraged to use stealth and non-lethal weapons as they move through the open world map on cars or tanks or even horseback.

(Check out Daily Arts writer Jacob Rich’s review of the game.)

Mad Max (Sept. 1): Xbox, PlayStation, PC

This game brings the world of the new “Mad Max” movie to the small screen. As the player, customize your car and explore the desert, collect scraps to modify and upgrade and fight to survive. Gas is a precious resource, and the weight and drag of your custom car affects how quickly you will run out a fuel. Don’t make your car too heavy, or it will waste resources; don’t make it too light, or it won’t withstand attacks.

Super Mario Maker (Sept. 11): Wii U

As of Step. 11 it is finally possible for lovers of the “Super Mario Bros.” franchise to create levels of their own. This new title allows the player to create custom levels with elements from any of the previous Mario titles. Additionally, they can customize the elements and characters further with unique power-ups and the ability to mix-and-match. When your game is finished, post your level to “Course World” and share it. Then go and try your hand at some of the levels made by other creators. With new items unlocked as you play and challenges to test your skills, the game rewards you for continued play.

(Check out Daily Arts writer Jacob Rich’s review of the game.)

NHL 16 (Sept. 15): Xbox, PlayStation

This year’s title in the “NHL” series, “NHL 16” features updated rosters, new single player gameplay innovations and three ways to play as a team. Who you put on your team and how well you work together matter, so choose carefully. You can even play as the goalie, a custom character or the general manager.

Forza Motorsport 6 (Sept. 15): Xbox

Forza Motorsport 6” dropped this month and brings over 450 Forzavista cars and 26 race locations. The cars are customizable and come with a fully working cockpit. The game has a 1080p resolution with 60 frames per second, and it shows. Graphic details, like water on the tracks, aren't only there to look pretty though, as the player could actually hydroplane and spin out if they aren’t careful.

FIFA 16 (Sept. 22): Xbox, PlayStation, PC, iOS, Android

The first of the “FIFA” titles to feature female players, “FIFA 16” was released on the 22nd of this month. Featuring 25 changes to mobility, including a swing-step move and new tackling moves, this game focuses on ease of movement. The intelligence of the AI players has also been upgraded to make sure that your teammates won’t let you down during tricky midfield transitions.

Lego Dimensions (Sept. 27): Xbox, PlayStation, Wii U

Warner Bros. newest Lego game is crossover mania. To play, collect the various characters and place them on the base to send them through the portal and digitally upload them to your game. This title features characters from famous fictional universes including “The Simpsons,” “Back to the Future,” “Scooby-Doo,” “Portal 2” and more.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 (Sept. 29): Xbox, PlayStation

Released to Xbox and PlayStation platforms the 29th, “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5” is the latest of Activision’s popular skate simulator.This title includes offline single player, online multiplayer and a skate park level designer. The game rewards trick combos and clean runs, as well as extended gameplay with an in-game level up system for your character.

 

News:

Hideo Kojima’s goes Tagging (Sept. 1):

After a fallout with publishers Konami, designer Hideo Kojima had his name removed from “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.” In light of this, he spent the launch day of the game stalking around in game stores and autographing anything related to the game he could get his hands on. Like a graffiti artist tagging a freshly painted wall, Kojima refused to have his involvement in the project wiped away. He clearly believes that a creator deserves to have his name on his work, even if he has to put it there himself.

Five Nights at Freddy’s RPG (Sept. 15):

Creator and Developer, Scott Cawthon has officially announced his next game, and it’s still a “Five Night’s at Freddy’s” game. However, it is not a continuation of the horror plot or even the genre. “Five Nights at Freddy’s World” is a RPG and will be light and fun rather than nightmare inducing. This game will allow players to control some of the most popular characters from the Five Night’s franchise and bring them out of the dark into the light.

Star Fox Zero Delayed (Sept. 18):

A message from Shigeru Miyamoto, designer for Nintendo, was published to the company’s official Facebook announcing a new launch date of “Q1 2016” (Q1 stands for first quarter, i.e. sometime in the first 3 months). The game was originally scheduled to be out in time for the 2015 Holiday season but has been pushed back in order for the developers to more thoroughly complete and polish the game. They would rather wait than release an unfinished game.