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New Releases: September 5th-11th, 2019

With titles like Divinity: Original Sin 2, Utawarerumono: Zan, Final Fantasy VIII Remastered, River City Girls, and Spice and Wolf VR arriving, this week offers a number of notable titles. It’s also the week that NBA 2K makes its annual appearance, potentially giving hoops fans a reason to be happy.

Header image: If My Heart Had Wings, Switch

PlayStation 4
Blasphemous (digital, $24.99)
Flowers Are Dead (digital, $19.99)
GreedFall (physical and digital, $49.99)
Monster Hunter: World – Iceborne Deluxe Edition (digital, $49.99)
NASCAR Heat 4 (physical and digital, $49.99)
NBA 2K20 (physical and digital, $59.99)
NBA 2K20 (Legend Edition) (physical edition, $99.99)
NBA 2K20 (Digital Deluxe)
River City Girls (digital, $29.99)
Spice and Wolf VR (digital, $24.99)
Sudden Strike 4: Complete Collection (physical and digital, $49.99)
Throne Quest Deluxe (digital, $5.99)
Trials Rising: Crash and Sunburn (digital, $TBA)
Utawarerumono: Zan (physical and digital, $59.99)

Switch
Arcade Archives Pinball (digital, $7.99)
Asdivine Menace (digital, $11.69)
Battle Supremacy – Ground Assault (digital, $19.99)
Blasphemous (digital, $24.99)
Bulletstorm: Duke of Switch Edition (digital, $29.99)
Creature in the Well (digital, $13.49)
Deadly Premonition Origins (digital, $29.99)
Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition (digital, $49.99)
Fifty Words by POWGI (digital, $7.99)
Final Fantasy VIII Remastered (digital, $19.99)
Gnomes Garden: Lost King (digital, $9.99)
Gun Gun Pixies (physical and digital, $49.99)
Headliner: NoviNews (digital, $13.99)
Himno (digital, $4.99)
Hopping girl Kohane Jumping Kingdom: Princess of the Black Rabbit (digital, $19.99)
Hyperforma (digital, $9.99)
If My Heart Had Wings (digital, $17.99)
Just Black Jack (digital, $1.99)
NBA 2K20 (physical and digital, $59.99)
NBA 2K20 (Legend Edition)
NBA 2K20 (Digital Deluxe)
Omakeidoro! (digital, $19.99)
Pocket Clothier (digital, $12.99)
Remothered: Tormented Fathers (digital, $29.99)
Risk of Rain 2 (digital, $29.99)
River City Girls (digital, $29.99)
SpaceColorsRunner (digital, $5.99)
Space Cows (digital, $11.69)
Spice and Wolf VR (digital, $24.99)
Star-Crossed Myth – The Department of Punishments (digital, $29.99)
Star-Crossed Myth – The Department of Wishes (digital, $29.99)
Super Kirby Clash (digital, $free)
The Battle of Mahjong (digital, $9.99)
The Long Journey Home (digital, $29.99)
Throne Quest Deluxe (digital, $5.99)
Trials Rising: Crash and Sunburn (digital, $TBA)
Wand Wars (digital, $19.99)
Wuppo: Definitive Edition (digital, $11.99)

Xbox One
Blasphemous (digital, $24.99)
Creature in the Well (digital, $14.99)
Gears 5 (physical and digital, $59.99)
GreedFall (physical and digital, $49.99)
NBA 2K20 (physical and digital, $59.99)
NBA 2K20 (Legend Edition) (physical edition, $99.99)
NBA 2K20 (Digital Deluxe)
River City Girls (digital, $29.99)
Trials Rising: Crash and Sunburn (digital, $TBA)

PC
Blasphemous ($24.99)
Creature in the Well ($14.99)
Fit for A King ($8.99)
Gears 5 ($59.99)
GreedFall ($49.99)
NBA 2K20 ($59.99)
River City Girls ($29.99)

Robert’s Pick: Zan means “slash” in Japanese, signaling  that Utawarerumono Zan breaks from the visual novel storytelling and strategy role-playing found in Mask of Deception/Mask of Truth. For musou aficionados, this might be advantageous. I had a brief hands-on with the title at E3 and was able to deliver subordinate-crushing combos and even tackled a boss without any need for guidance. Part of the fun was witnessing the attack styles delivered by Zen’s cast of 12+ playable characters and up to three assistants who helped dish out the damage.

That said, I can’t recommend the game for people seeking Utawarerumono’s story. Essentially, Mask of Deception’s full-bodied narrative is condemned so much that is loses much of its appeal and will be rather confusing for newcomers. But if you’re yearning to kick ass with a collection of capable combatants, Zan should fit the bill this week.


Ryan’s Pick: Grab a big bucket of blood and dump it on your head, because Blasphemous is here! This brutal 2D platformer has my vote this week because the visuals are absolutely horrifying and overall remind me of something that could have easily been released on TurboGrafx16 when I was a kid that I probably wouldn’t have been able to own. This, and you definitely fill your helmet with blood and dump it on your head within the first five minutes of the game. Sold.

Visually the game does remind me slightly of Dead Cells in that you are able to dodge/roll past enemy attacks as they attempt to murder you through various means.This is absolutely not a bad thing, Dead Cells was great and I still think the main character’s shrug animation is the funniest thing on Earth. It gets me every time. Okay back to Blasphemous. The story seems to be just as esoteric and strange as that of the Dark Souls franchise, so I am excited to see what type of strange and awkward sequences we’ll be experiencing while you adventure through the game. Developer The Game Kitchen has said that the game does have non-linear levels, so I’m curious to see if it’s a new mechanic or if they mean vania-style levels. We shall see. One noteworthy mechanic that I think will be pretty cool to try is the ability to parry instead of just dodge-rolling all the time. It seems like that if you can time it right you can sometimes perform a brutal finishing move on enemies after one of these parries. Weird and bloody is how I like my 2D platformer action games, so you’ll catch me repenting on Sept. 10th.

Matt’s Pick (Editor, DigitallyDownloaded): I love Utawarerumono. I love it so much. I hear that it was the developer’s attempt to bring together many different traditional Japanese stories and aesthetics – including that of the native Japanese, the Ainu, and consequently there’s nothing else quite like it. It tells a beautiful, elegant story, combined with graceful tactical action, and some pretty good fanservice, because who doesn’t like a bit of that?

I am disappointed that Utawarerumono Zan is just the story of Utawarerumono, but distilled down to such brevity that you’re not going to understand what’s going on if you haven’t played the two games that are currently available in English (150-odd hours worth there), or at least watched the (equally gorgeous) anime. I wanted a new story in the Utawarerumono world. On the other hand, as an action take on the existing events, it really works. Tamsoft developed it, and as you’d expect from the team behind the likes of Onechanbara and Senran Kagura, there’s a good sense of Dynasty Warriors-style action in there. For existing Utawarerumono fans, and existing fans only, this is a great new way to look at a story that deserves a lot more attention.

About Robert Allen

With over 35 years of gaming experience, Robert 'DesertEagle' Allen is Tech-Gaming's resident worrier/warrior who spends his days teaching at three colleges and his nights devoted to JRPGs.

7 comments

  1. I don’t think I ever thank you all for compiling the new releases. Do you one of the best jobs in the biz!

  2. I’ll probably pick up Utawarerumono Zan someday after it hits Steam and drops in price.

  3. Another week, another generic Asdivine game. Man, these guys are hitting that RPG Maker template hard.

  4. When I see titles like “Hopping girl Kohane Jumping Kingdom: Princess of the Black Rabbit” I think:

    1) You’re just making that shit up.
    2) There’s a typo and “Girl” should be capitalized.

    Turns out you’re right and that’s how it’s written out.

  5. I heard River City Girls was getting a physical version. So it’s not coming out this week?

  6. Gear 5 is the first Gears gam I won’t be getting at launch. It looks like a bad YA adaptation.

  7. Top girl has some serious side mouth.