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New Releases This Week: September 25 Through October 1

Forza Horizon 3 leads the charge in a fairly impressive week of new releases. In addition to the highly rated arcade racer, the latest entry in the FIFA series is coming, as well as console ports of Darkest Dungeon and XCOM 2.

Wherever you're playing, there's a good chance that there's something new for you – even on Vita.

Darkest Dungeon (PS4, Vita) – September 27
FIFA 17 (Xbox One, PS4, PS3, 360, PC) – September 27
Forza Horizon 3 (Xbox One, PC) – September 27
Shantae and The Pirate's Curse (3DS Retail) – September 27
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, Vita, PC) – September 27
Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice (3DS) – September 27
XCOM 2 (Xbox One, PS4) – September 27
Nebula Online (PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android) – September 29
Unloved (PC) – September 29
Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits/Fleshy Souls (3DS) – September 30 

For a deeper look at this year's releases, take a look at our continuously updated master list.

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October Cover Revealed – Horizon Zero Dawn

Guerrilla Games surprised and intrigued many when it debuted its new franchise, Horizon Zero Dawn, at E3 in 2015. The Dutch developer is best known for its work on the Killzone franchise, but after toiling on that series for over a decade, decided it was time to change things up. Horizon Zero Dawn is an open-world action/RPG starring a fierce redhead named Aloy. She must survive in a post-post apocalyptic world where machines have taken over and humans are living in a primitive state at the bottom of the food chain. We traveled to Guerrilla Games’ studio in Amsterdam to find out how Horizon Zero Dawn became a reality and why the team wanted to try a new genre.

Throughout our trip, we discovered more about Aloy and where her journey takes her. As a resourceful hunter with a bow, Aloy has always been fascinated with technology and the ancient relics from the past. Growing up as an outcast with no parents, she searches for the truth about her origins, but she also finds more than she bargained for about the dangers of the world and why it has been changing. We got up and close and personal with new machines such as the laser-blazing, hyena-like Scrapper. We also went hands-on with a new, early portion in the game, where we encountered a side quest and saw more of the game’s machine ecosystem in action. Animals travel in packs, and often come to each other’s aid, meaning victory rarely comes easy. Our cover story is packed with information about the tools that Aloy has at her disposal to stand a chance against these mammoth beasts, the lore of this strange backdrop, and what types of side content is available in this vast open world. 

Horizon Zero Dawn launches on February 28 for PlayStation 4. 

CLICK ON THE COVER TO SEE THE ENTIRE SPREAD, FRONT AND BACK

To learn more about our upcoming online coverage and see some of what we experienced on our visit to Guerrilla Games, check out our Horizon Zero Dawn coverage trailer below or watch and share it on YouTube

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In addition to our cover story, we interview Pokémon Go mastermind John Hanke, explore how video games are being used in long-distance relationships, look at the survival game trend and where it’s headed, and have in-depth, hands-on impressions on Dead Rising 4. We also share our thoughts on this past Gamescom with hands-on impressions of Metal Gear Survive, Resident Evil 7 Biohazard, and Watch Dogs 2

Can’t wait to get the full story on Horizon Zero Dawn? Print subscribers should see their issues arriving in the next week, but if you subscribe digitally, the issue will be live later today (available on PC/Mac, iPad,  Android, and Google Play). You can also get the latest issue through third-party apps on NookKindle, and Zinio starting tomorrow. To switch your print subscription to digital, click here, or to create a new subscription to the digital edition, click here.

Our exclusive online coverage on Horizon Zero Dawn will hit all throughout September, so keep checking the hub below for interviews with the creators, more hands-on impressions, and to learn about Aloy and the lore of this machine-driven world. 

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October Cover Revealed – Horizon Zero Dawn

Guerrilla Games surprised and intrigued many when it debuted its new franchise, Horizon Zero Dawn, at E3 in 2015. The Dutch developer is best known for its work on the Killzone franchise, but after toiling on that series for over a decade, decided it was time to change things up. Horizon Zero Dawn is an open-world action/RPG starring a fierce redhead named Aloy. She must survive in a post-post apocalyptic world where machines have taken over and humans are living in a primitive state at the bottom of the food chain. We traveled to Guerrilla Games’ studio in Amsterdam to find out how Horizon Zero Dawn became a reality and why the team wanted to try a new genre.

Throughout our trip, we discovered more about Aloy and where her journey takes her. As a resourceful hunter with a bow, Aloy has always been fascinated with technology and the ancient relics from the past. Growing up as an outcast with no parents, she searches for the truth about her origins, but she also finds more than she bargained for about the dangers of the world and why it has been changing. We got up and close and personal with new machines such as the laser-blazing, hyena-like Scrapper. We also went hands-on with a new, early portion in the game, where we encountered a side quest and saw more of the game’s machine ecosystem in action. Animals travel in packs, and often come to each other’s aid, meaning victory rarely comes easy. Our cover story is packed with information about the tools that Aloy has at her disposal to stand a chance against these mammoth beasts, the lore of this strange backdrop, and what types of side content is available in this vast open world. 

Horizon Zero Dawn launches on February 28 for PlayStation 4. 

CLICK ON THE COVER TO SEE THE ENTIRE SPREAD, FRONT AND BACK

To learn more about our upcoming online coverage and see some of what we experienced on our visit to Guerrilla Games, check out our Horizon Zero Dawn coverage trailer below or watch and share it on YouTube

(Please visit the site to view this media)

In addition to our cover story, we interview Pokémon Go mastermind John Hanke, explore how video games are being used in long-distance relationships, look at the survival game trend and where it’s headed, and have in-depth, hands-on impressions on Dead Rising 4. We also share our thoughts on this past Gamescom with hands-on impressions of Metal Gear Survive, Resident Evil 7 Biohazard, and Watch Dogs 2

Can’t wait to get the full story on Horizon Zero Dawn? Print subscribers should see their issues arriving in the next week, but if you subscribe digitally, the issue will be live later today (available on PC/Mac, iPad,  Android, and Google Play). You can also get the latest issue through third-party apps on NookKindle, and Zinio starting tomorrow. To switch your print subscription to digital, click here, or to create a new subscription to the digital edition, click here.

Our exclusive online coverage on Horizon Zero Dawn will hit all throughout September, so keep checking the hub below for interviews with the creators, more hands-on impressions, and to learn about Aloy and the lore of this machine-driven world. 

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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare PlayStation 4 Beta Begins October 14

At this year's Call of Duty XP event, Activision announced the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare beta will begin on October 14.

The beta will be exclusive to the PlayStation 4. Players will be able to access the beta by pre-ordering the game. No word was given as to how long the beta will last.

For more on Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, check out our cover hub.

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience Confirmed, Coming In October

A product page for the rumored Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience has just appeared on Konami's website. This edition will include both Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

The edition of the game will also include DLC for both The Phantom Pain and its multiplayer mode, Metal Gear Online. You can find a list of all the DLC included here.

The Definitive Experience is set to be released on October 11, 2016. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version will cost $ 49.99. The publisher says it will announce the Steam price at a later date.

Be sure to read our review of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

Our Take

Of course this was coming. Not that bad of a deal if you somehow haven't played either MGS V title by now though.

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Report: Dark Souls III DLC Launching In Japan In October

From Software’s latest adventure into methodical dark fantasy combat is about to get bigger. Reports out of Japan suggest that Dark Souls III is about to get DLC.

The information first showed up in weekly Japanese gaming magazines according to Siliconera. The site reports that two DLC packs are incoming, priced at ¥1,200 ($ 12), with a “season pass” bundle of both for ¥2,000 ($ 20). 

The images reportedly show new weapons, a snow-covered environment, and a new PVP map called “Immortal Competition.” The first DLC add-on will be out on October 26 in Japan for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

For more on Dark Souls III, check out our review.

[Source: Hachima via Siliconera]

 

Our Take
While we're labeling this report, it's because we haven't laid eyes on the information ourselves (though Siliconera is absolutely trustworthy). I suspect that we'll see a Western release in short order, if not simultaneously. 

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Report: Dark Souls III DLC Launching In Japan In October

From Software’s latest adventure into methodical dark fantasy combat is about to get bigger. Reports out of Japan suggest that Dark Souls III is about to get DLC.

The information first showed up in weekly Japanese gaming magazines according to Siliconera. The site reports that two DLC packs are incoming, priced at ¥1,200 ($ 12), with a “season pass” bundle of both for ¥2,000 ($ 20). 

The images reportedly show new weapons, a snow-covered environment, and a new PVP map called “Immortal Competition.” The first DLC add-on will be out on October 26 in Japan for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

For more on Dark Souls III, check out our review.

[Source: Hachima via Siliconera]

 

Our Take
While we're labeling this report, it's because we haven't laid eyes on the information ourselves (though Siliconera is absolutely trustworthy). I suspect that we'll see a Western release in short order, if not simultaneously. 

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Gwent’s Closed Beta Slightly Delayed Until October

Players anxious to dive back into the world of The Witcher after finishing Blood and Wine are going to wait a little bit longer than anticipated. The Gwent team at CD Projekt Red announced today that the closed beta for the competitive card game will not be coming in September as they originally planned.

Gwent: The Witcher Card Game will now begin its closed beta on October 25, to give the team more time to work on the game. Players who signed up on the game's official website will receive invitations when the beta goes live. Currently the beta is only scheduled for Xbox One and PC players.

A PlayStation 4 version of Gwent will come at a later date. To read our hands-on impressions with the game at E3, head here.

[Source: Gwent]

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Koei Tecmo Announces October Release Date For Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence – Ascension

The Nobunaga's Ambition series has always brought players to the world of feudal Japan, featuring characters from real world history. The follow-up to the latest game in the series, Sphere of Influence, is coming on October 25.

Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence – Ascension will be coming to PlayStation 4 and PC. The game is set in Sengoku Era Japan, and will allow players to choose from over 2,000 characters to take control of on the battlefield. Get a glimpse at some of these characters in the first official poster. 

Though the game's story follows multiple warlords and complex political machinations, many of the missions will be centered on Yukimura Sanada, one of the most famous Japanese samurai of his time. Players will follow him from becoming a warrior at a young age to his rise to becoming a military commander.

This is the first game in the series that will add naval battles and
sieges, including the siege of Osaka, a well-known event in the period
of warring states. More details are to be released in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on the official website.


Our Take
While the naming convention may be a little confusing, the Nobunaga's Ambition series has always provided a good mix of historical accuracy with exciting strategy gameplay. I'd also love to see a follow up to the crossover this series had with Pokémon a few years back.

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[Update] Rise Of The Tomb Raider Coming To PS4 In October

Rise of the Tomb Raider is finally coming to the PS4 this October with the subtitled 20 Year Celebration Edition, which includes a bevy of new content.

The Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration Edition (out October 11) includes the Rise of the Tomb Raider game, all the released DLC, a new story chapter named Blood Ties (including VR support), online Endurance co-op gameplay, Extreme Survivor difficulty mode, and new weapons, outfits, and expedition cards.

Xbox One and PC owners can also get this new content, and if they own the season pass, they'll get it for free.

Blood Ties lets players explore Croft Manor to claim ownership from a contested claim by Lara's uncle, with a zombie invasion called Lara's Nightmare at the end. The Endurance co-op gameplay, meanwhile, lets two people raid tombs as well as craft and survive as long as they can with their resources out in the jungle. Endurance co-op features leaderboards to gauge your skills against others.

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Our Take
Making this free to existing owners is a nice move, letting everyone celebrate Lara's accomplishments. 

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