This Week’s New Releases + Game News: August 22, 2016

vgl-pickThe Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is F1 2016, the latest open wheel racing simulation from Codemasters. Available now for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One, F1 2016 will feature an enhanced Career Mode, as well as the complete 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship schedule with 21 tracks and 22 drivers.

Also of note this week is a pair of 3DS titles from Nintendo. Metroid Prime: Federation Force is a co-op-focused spinoff from the main Metroid series that doesn’t star intergalactic bounty hunter Samus Aran. Instead, players will join up with a squad of Galactic Federation Marines as they do battle with Metroids and Space Pirates on a distant planet.

Meanwhile, Style Savvy: Fashion Forward is the third game in Nintendo’s fashion franchise, and it’ll give budding business owners the chance to stock thousands of items in their boutique or “design clothes fit for a fashionista, style some wicked hair, master the art of make-up, and even become the next top model.”


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Best of Gamescom 2016 Winners Selected by Gamescom Committee

gamescomEvery year, Germany’s Digital Gaming Culture Foundation (Stiftung Digitale Spielekultur) supervises the Gamescom Committee, a small group of journalists who choose the best games that were present at the Gamescom expo. The Gamescom expo is held in the Summer, and serves as the European equivalent to the Los Angeles-based E3 Expo.

While most of these titles are still in development, you should keep them in mind when you add games to your collection this Fall and into 2017.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was named “Best of Gamescom,” and the full list of winners and nominees can be found below. Continue reading

This Week’s New Releases + Game News: August 15, 2016

vgl-pickThe Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is No Man’s Sky, a space exploration simulator for the PC and PS4.

Developed by Hello Games, an ultra-tiny developer from the United Kingdom, No Man’s Sky gives players a procedurally-generated playground with billions and billions of planets to play in. Exploring the universe and naming your discoveries is an important part of the game, as is discovering the secret that lies at the very center of the map. No Man’s Sky is one of those games that should appeal to everybody, and might even pull in patrons who just want to see what all the fuss is about.


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This Week’s New Releases + Game News: August 8, 2016

A handful of new games were released on retail shelves this week, but the Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is once again taking the week off because none of them stand out too strongly. But a complete look at industry news from the last seven days and this week’s digital releases can be found below.


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This Week’s New Releases + Game News: August 1, 2016

A handful of new games were released on retail shelves this week, but the Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is once again taking the week off because none of them stand out too strongly. But a complete look at industry news from the last seven days and this week’s digital releases can be found below.


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Preview of New Game Consoles and Peripherals Set to Launch in Fall 2016 @ School Library Journal

nesclassiceditionAre you up-to-date on the new video game hardware and add-on peripherals that’ll be available this Fall? Microsoft will release an update to their Xbox One console this Summer, while Sony will unleash their highly-anticipated PlayStation VR headset in October. Nintendo is also in the thick of things, and they’re technically going back in time to release the NES Classic Edition, a microconsole pre-loaded with 30 favorites from the NES.

Teen Librarian Alanna Graves recently looked into each new piece of hardware for School Library Journal’s Teen Librarian Toolbox:

This year is a big year for video games. Pokemon Go is sweeping the nation, and there is new hardware being released for the Big 3 consoles: Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo within the next 12 months. Many libraries are still circulating older console games for Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii, and justifiably so since many patrons have yet to make the jump. So, what does all this new hardware mean for libraries?

For libraries that already have a PS4, the PlayStation VR could offer a virtual reality experience at a cheaper price, while Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition would be great for “Retro Night” programs.

This Week’s New Releases + Game News: July 25, 2016

Every publisher took the week off, so there’s no Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week this week. But there’s plenty of news from Comic-Con available after the break.


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This Week’s New Releases + Game News: July 18, 2016

vgl-pickThe Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is Monster Hunter Generations, a monster hunting game for the 3DS from Capcom.

The Monster Hunter franchise got its more than a decade ago, and since then, its built a small, but loyal, following among gamers. The latest entry in the series, Monster Hunter Generations, will add new customization options and a new crop of monstrous bosses.

A few other new releases should also be on your radar this week. That includes Songs of the Deep (PC, PS4, Xbox One), a side-scrolling “MetroidVania” from Insomniac Games and exclusively available at GameStop, that follows a young girl who goes under the sea to rescue her missing father. Also of note is Resident Evil 5, a PS4/Xbox One re-release of the popular co-op title; and Ghostbusters (PC, PS4, Xbox One), a tie-in game partly based on the new movie.


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