WWE 2K18, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Rogue Trooper Redux, Dungeons 3 added to Xbox Store

A quartet of new games is now available to download through the Xbox Games Store for the Xbox One.

2K Games slams the competition with the launch of WWE 2K18, and it’ll be joined by Ubisoft’s South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Rebellion’s Rogue Trooper Redux, and Kalypso Media’s Dungeons 3.

You can learn more about all of today’s additions to the Xbox Games Store after the break.

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Gran Turismo Sport, WWE 2K18, Jackbox Party Pack 4, more added to PS Store

Get ready to go on a wild ride with friends of all stripes in this week’s PlayStation Store update.

To start things off, Sony will launch the first online-focused entry in the Gran Turismo franchise, Gran Turismo Sport. 2K Games will offer up their own knockdown-dragout clash for the PS4 this week with the release of WWE 2K18. However, for the true cutthroat competitor, there’s The Jackbox Party Pack 4, the latest party game compilation from Jackbox Games.

Two very different sets of friends round out the rest of the PlayStation Store update. The South Park gang will tackle superhero franchises in South Park: The Fractured But Whole, and Deck Nine will continue the story of Life Is Strange: Before the Storm in Episode 2: Brave New World.

You can learn more about this week’s additions to the PlayStation Store (including a handful of Vita games) after the break.

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Square Enix will re-release Star Ocean: The Last Hope in November for PC and PS4… 8-Bit Adventure Anthology brings back Shadowgate, The Uninvited, and Deja Vu on October 31

Some forgotten favorites are coming back this Fall courtesy of Square Enix and Abstraction Games. Square Enix will remaster Star Ocean: The Last Hope for the PC and PS4, while Abstraction Games is resurrecting Shadowgate, The Uninvited, and Deja Vu in a new compilation.

You can learn more about both re-releases after the break.

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EA closes Visceral Games and indefinitely delays their Star Wars game… Sony announces two Star Wars: Battlefront II PS4 bundles

It was a bad day for game developers today as EA announced the closure of Visceral Games (and an indefinite delay for their Star Wars game). But the publishing powerhouse also teamed up with Sony to produce two Star Wars: Battlefront II bundles for the PS4.

You can read more about both stories after the break.

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Become part of The Resistance in Wolfenstein II’s awesome Launch Trailer… Doom officially launches for the Switch on November 10

Captain America rather famously socked Adolf Hitler in the jaw back in the 1940s, but Wolfenstein’s BJ Blazkowicz has a more extreme reaction to finding Nazis on American soil in an alternate 1960s. And Blazkowicz’s love of heavy artillery is actually rather similar to Doomguy’s reaction to the forces of Hell on Mars, which will be available for Switch owners very soon.

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New Retail Releases: WWE 2K18, Gran Turismo Sport, Fire Emblem Warriors, More

It’s impossible to say that a single genre is representative of “video games” in 2017, and this grab bag approach is n full display in this week’s new retail releases report.

2K Games will launch their latest wrestling sim, WWE 2K18, for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Sony will follow that up with their simulation, Gran Turismo Sport, an online-focused racer for the PS4.

However, Nintendo is taking the opposite tack and launching Fire Emblem Warriors, a swords-and-sorcery mashup of the franchise’s entire history for the Switch and New 3DS. The crazy kids from South Park will also march into stores this week in South Park: The Fractured But Whole for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. And speaking of RPGs, Atlus will release Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond The Myth for the 3DS.

You can read all about the rest of this week’s new retail releases after the break.

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The Evil Within 2, Real Bout Fatal Fury, Realms of Arkania, more added to Xbox Store

There are scares-a-plenty in today’s additions to the Xbox Games Store.

Bethesda is back with The Evil Within 2 for the Xbox One, and indie developer Shining Gate Software launched horror puzzler Decay: The Mare for the console. Elsewhere on the Xbox Games Store, Hamster Corporation is bringing back Real Bout Fatal Fury, and United Independent Entertainment is likewise re-releasing the RPG Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny.

You can learn more about all of today’s additions to the Xbox Games Store after the break.

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The Scientifically Proven Best Video Games of All Time #66: Mega Man 2

“The Scientifically Proven Best Video Games of All Time” is a statistical meta-analysis of 44 “Best Video Games of All Time” lists that were published between 1995 and 2016. Catch up on how we decided to sort the games and the rest of the Top 100 in the Introduction.

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The first Mega Man game is a bit of an odd duck, which has become even more pronounced as the years go by. The graphics are simplistic, the sound is tinny, there’s only six Robot Masters instead of the traditional eight, and there’s even a score counter (a feature that was jettisoned from the dozens of sequels that followed). There’s just a smoothness to subsequent games in the franchise that Capcom had yet to master with the first entry.

But like most Mega Man fans, I only learned all this after the fact. At the time, whatever memories I have of the first game were formed by guide writers who described it as an unfairly difficult game, old episodes of Captain N, and the fact that none of the local rental outlets owned a copy (unsurprisingly, Lee Trevino’s Fighting Golf was always available).

I finally got the chance to see what all the fuss was about with Mega Man 2, which was also the first game in the Mega Man franchise to be spearheaded by Capcom’s Keiji Inafune. With an expanded role in the sequel’s development, Inafune became known as the “Father” of Mega Man to plenty of fans, and codified many of the traditions and patterns the series is known for.

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