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The Most Anticipated Games Coming This Month

The Escapist Staff | 1 Sep 2014 04:00
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Destiny


Releases September 9, 2014 for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, and Xbox 360. Developed by Bungie. Published by Activision.
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Paul says: Chances are you've already heard all about Destiny, Bungie's latest first person shooter slash RPG slash MMO that's taking consoles by storm this September. But just in case you've been living in an underground bunker for a science experiment on social isolation the past year, here's the low-down: In the far future, humanity has colonized the solar system with the aid of a mysterious entity known as The Traveler. However, an event known as "The Collapse" has reduced humanity to a fraction of its former glory, and now the Traveler lies sleeping over the last bastion of civilization.

You play as a Guardian, one of the warriors empowered by The Traveler, and with the help of your Ghost (a small floating robot voiced by none other than Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage), you'll take to the stars in the hopes of reclaiming what was lost and defeating the hostile aliens seeking to end humanity once and for all.

While there have been some grumblings that Destiny looks to be just a next-gen Halo, after extensively playing both the alpha and the beta, something about it just hits all the right buttons for me. It's got the right amount of sci-fi action, the RPG system is robust enough to offer you customize your character without being confusing, and there's plenty of incentive to explore its environments for secrets and loot - I was constantly finding new gear and weapons that were just beyond the Beta's level cap and was eager to keep searching for more. The MMO aspects of the game are handled well, you'll often encounter other players during your explorations but you never feel as though the game world is crowded. It remains to be seen just how open world or extensive the final game will be, but either way Destiny is definitely a day one purchase for me.


Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes:


Releases September 23, 2014 on Wii U, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Vita, and iOS. Developed by Avalanche Software. Published by Disney Interactive Studios.
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Janelle says: Disney Infinity brought a magically memorable experience to consoles back in 2013, albeit with a few missteps. With Disney Infinity 2.0, Disney is looking to do Infinity right. Players will now have a wide array of attacks and movement orientated skills, allowing them to traverse 2.0's focus on vertically orientated game design. Your virtual Toy Box is still the centerpiece hub of your Disney Infinity 2.0 universe and will also be undergoing changes and enhancements. These will include auto-generating content, ready made plans released on a daily basis, and a more fine-tuned control structure. With all the new bells and whistles packed into Infinity 2.0, early adopters of the original shouldn't feel left in the dust. Infinity 2.0 will be backwards compatible, allowing Toy Box saves, characters, and power discs from the original game to be imported and used.

Disney Infinity 2.0 will launch complete with a whole new cast of characters, including Marvel Super Heroes. Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk and Hawkeye are just some of the new characters to be available at launch, in addition to classic Disney favorites such as Maleficent, Tinker Bell, and Aladdin.


Defense Grid 2


Releases September 23, 2014. Developed and published by Hidden Path Entertainment.
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Josh says: Tower Defense is one of those genres that is at once wildly entertaining and endlessly frustrating. They all start off easy enough, but as you progress, you get to those levels that take you a dozen tries to complete. Defense Grid, developed and released by Hidden Path Entertainment in 2008, was incredibly well received by critics and fans alike. A Kickstarter project was created for the sequel, but it failed to meet its $1 million funding goal, and it turned into basically just a map pack for the original. Fortunately for fans of the game, the team wasn't put off by the failed Kickstarter, and eventually found someone to financially back the sequel, which will be published by 505 Games.

The journey from the moderately successful release of Defense Grid to the launch of Defense Grid 2 is so fascinating, in fact, that former Escapist Editor-in-Chief wrote a book about it, which you can get free by pre-ordering the Special Edition.

I haven't played Defense Grid extensively, but the hours I did spend with it were glorious, in a "why is this tutorial so hard" sort of way. If you like a bit of challenge with your classic Tower Defense game, definitely plan to check out Defense Grid 2 when it hits in September. In addition to the obvious adjustments - new maps, new towers, and new enemies - there are now multiple modes to play in, as well as competitive and cooperative multiplayer. It's slated to release for PC, Xbox One, and PS4, so you have some options on how you play it.

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