Destiny has arrived as the titan amongst all the other new video game releases for the week of September 7, 2014. Original revealed as an easter egg in Halo 3: ODST, Bungie’s next first person shooter has been one of the most anticipated games in recent memory with untold dollars in production costs. And in the wake of the Traveler, all other games quake in its presence as previous few games are scheduled to come out this week.
Before we talk about Destiny, we will briefly visit what other new video game releases are due out this week. One of the first is a re-release of Mega Man X5 from the original PlayStation. The Capcom Unity Blog announced the game’s debut on the PlayStation Network as a PS One classic for play on the PlayStation 3, PS Vita, and the PSP, if you still have one. Originally intended to be the final entry in the X series, one other game was made, even with lukewarm reception to MegaMan X5. The plot revolves around a large space colony which is on a collision course with Earth. As a result, the player is only allowed a limited number of stage attempts before the player must deal with the impending crisis. Otherwise, the game stays true to the classic Mega Man formula in where the gamer chooses between 8 states and defeats a boss at the end of the stage and the special weapon of the boss is earned. MegaMan X5 originally released on January 31, 2001 for the PS One.
Sports fans who could care less about the first person shooter genre will find solace in the release of NHL 15 as the sole sports title in this week of new video game releases. The annual hockey franchise is making its next-gen debut on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. New features for the next-gen version of NHL 15 include an overhaul in physics allowing for secondary collisions, pileups, and other realistic happenings in the gameplay. Puck physics also benefit from the increased horsepower, as does the arenas themselves. 28 NHL arena have been recreated for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One editions of the game.
Finally, we turn our attention to Destiny itself. A franchise that has a planned 10-year life cycle, Destiny is arguably one of the most ambitious projects for a developer combing multiple genre influences into an online universe. MMO, First Person Shooter, RPG and loot combine together to create a world gamers have had two opportunities to explore in the alpha and beta versions of the game. The creators of Halo are betting big that this game will not only sell record numbers, but have the ability to bring gamers together to form raiding parties for the end game content.
In the off chance you have not heard anything about Destiny, the game centers around Earth, nearly 700 years into the future after a Golden Age of exploration, peace, and massive jumps forward in technology bestowed upon them by a massive white sphere simply known as “the Traveler.” This massive white sphere now hovers, with signs of damage and age, above the last city on Earth, and the remnants of its powers given to the player, known as a Guardian. A “darkness” followed the Traveler long ago, bringing an end to the Golden Age of Earth — and it is poised to come again, though this time defeat is all but a certainty. Only Guardians wielding a power known only as the “light” from the Traveler can hope to push back the “darkness” again.
Destiny is the first of 4 games in the Destiny universe that are part of a publishing deal with Activision, which became public knowledge after the unsealing of court documents during the infamous Activision lawsuit against former Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vincent Zampella. No information has been revealed on the next game in the series, nor if they will continue to support the outgoing generation of consoles as Destiny is.
Our complete list of new video game releases for the week of September 7, 2014 is below. To view the games of the previous week, click here.
New Video Game Releases For The Week Of September 7, 2014
Adventure Island(NES Virtual Console)
Retail & Digital
PlayStation 4 | PlayStation 3 | Xbox One | Xbox 360
MegaMan X5(PS One Classic)
PlayStation 3 | PS Vita | PSP
Retail & Digital
Playstation 4 | PlayStation 3 | Xbox One | Xbox 360
Planetarian – The Reverie of a Little Planet
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