God Eater 2: Rage Burst is an enhanced version of the 2013 action RPG God Eater 2, developed by Japanese studio Shift and published by Namco Bandai in the West. The game is set in a post-apocalyptic world where gigantic monsters called Aragami seek to devour humanity. Only elite warriors called God Eaters can stand up to the threat by using God Arcs – weapons infused with Oracle Cells taken from Aragami themselves.
The expanded game adds another story chapter as well as new characters, enemies and weapon types. It also introduces a new gameplay mechanic called Blood Rage, which allows the player to use their Awakening Gauge to gain various buffs.
- Release date
Aug 30, 2016
Assetto Corsa is a racing sim developed by an Italian studio KUNOS Simulazioni and published by 505 Games for the current-gen consoles. The game prides itself on realism and features an advanced physics system, over ninety authentic cars reproduced in collaboration with automotive manufacturers, and more than twenty track configurations recreated using laser scan technology. There is both single player and multiplayer functionality, with different game modes available.
Assetto Corsa has been out on PC since 2014, and several “Dream Packs” containing new circuits and cars have been released for the platform. All of these will be included as part of the base game ($49.99) on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Gran Turismo Sport is a racing game developed by Polyphony Digital and published by Sony for their PS4 platform. Like the previous installments in the series, the game aims to provide a realistic driving experience and accurately recreated high-performance cars. Campaign, Sports, and Arcade modes are included with both online and offline play. GT Sport is also fully compatible with the PlayStation VR headset.
What’s new in the upcoming title is a focus on structured competitive play and eSports. There will be two FIA-sanctioned online championships, one for countries and the other for manufacturers, with the winners awarded at the FIA’s annual prize-giving ceremony in Paris just like real drivers are. Not only that, players will be able to earn a Digital Race License recognized by real-world motorsport clubs in 22 different countries, according to the game’s producer and professional racer Kazunori Yamauchi.
Leifthrasir is a HD remake of the 2007 side-scrolling action RPG Odin Sphere, developed by Vanillaware and published by Atlus for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and the Vita. The story is set in a fantasy world called Erion and features five protagonists, each representing a different warring nation.
The original game was praised for its hand-drawn art style, and players will now be able to experience it in 1080p and 60 FPS. Leifthrasir is also said to bring refined controls and gameplay mechanics, additional stages and enemies, and both Japanese and English voiceovers.
Hearts of Iron IV is war strategy game made by Paradox Development Studio, well known for their grand strategy franchises like Europa Universalis and Crusader Kings. Like its predecessors, the upcoming game is set in World War II and allows the player to lead any nation during the conflict.
The intricate gameplay involves elements like waging war, managing production, espionage, and negotiation. Compared to the previous installments, Hearts of Iron IV is also said to be more accessible, have better AI, and feature a less rigid, sandbox-style gameplay.
- Release date
Aug 23, 2016
Madden NFL 17 is the latest installment in the popular football game franchise, made by the usual developers, EA Tiburon, for current and last-gen consoles. The upcoming title is said to offer the most balanced gameplay to date, bringing new ball carrier feedback cues, defender fake out mechanics, and an authentic defensive AI system based on modern NFL strategies.
There is also a bigger focus on Franchise mode, which some players found underwhelming in the game’s predecessor Madden NFL 16. Finally, there is a new feature called Madden 365 which will presumably provide daily updates to the game.
Grand Kingdom is a tactical turn-based JRPG developed by studio MonoChro and published by NIS America in the US. The game is set in a medieval fantasy world where four major nations are battling for dominance. It offers an expansive single-player campaign as well as online war mode where players fight for one of the Four Great Nations. Cross-play, but not cross-save, is supported between PS4 and the Vita.
Grand Kingdom has been out in Japan since November 2015, and a number of paid DLC was released so far. The good news is that the Western release will include all this content free of charge. This brings the total number of character classes up to 17, and story chapters from 12 to 48, resulting in more than 40 hours of offline gameplay.