The Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is Rocket League, a multiplayer sports game that mixes soccer with car combat.
Originally released as a downloadable title for the PS4 and PC last Fall, Rocket League eventually made its way to the Xbox One earlier this year. Since then, it’s won multiple “Game of the Year” awards and become a smash hit with players who love multiplayer-focused games and stylized futuristic sports.
Now it’s available in a retail-exclusive Collector’s Edition for the PS4 and Xbox One, and you should add it to your circulating game collection right away. It has an incredibly broad appeal and Rocket League’s local multiplayer options also make it a good choice for “Game Night” programs.
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New Release Round-Up
- Retail Releases: Rocket League, Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII, Carmageddon: Max Damage
- Nintendo Download: Legend of the Mystical Ninja, Baseball Simulator 1000, Flying Dragon: The Secret Scroll, more
- PlayStation Store: The Banner Saga 2, The Warriors, Energy Hook, more
- Xbox Games Store (Friday): Carmageddon: Max Damage, Dex, Red Dead Redemption (Xbox One Backwards Compatibility)
Warp Zoned’s Weekly Warp-Up
We’re in that rather blissful post-E3/pre-Gamescom rift where nothing much of note happens in the video game industry. Thankfully, Pokemon Go is here to make the Summer a little more exciting. But remember to steer clear of dead bodies when you’re trying to catch ’em all.
Another favorite Summer pastime is the recently-ended Summer Games Done Quick charity stream. But you can still go back and relive all of this year’s great runs, and don’t forget to watch the event’s “3-Legged Race” kickoff by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
New Game Announcements
- Aksys announced plans to port Virtue’s Last Reward and Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors to new platforms.
- Inti Creates teamed with Yacht Club Games to announce a retail edition for the Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack.
Pre-Launch Updates and Release Date Announcements
- Resident Evil 4 will shamble onto the PS4 and Xbox One on August 30.
- Atlus will release Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse on September 20.
- Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 will be released on September 13.
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was named E3 2016’s “Best of Show” by Game Critics Awards.
- Here’s some good news… every Xbox One game published by Microsoft will also be released as an Xbox Play Anywhere title.
Other Game News
- Turtle Rock announced a “vigorous overhaul” for Evolve and re-released it as a free-to-play title on the PC.
- Splatoon’s Callie and Marie joined Super Mario Maker on July 8.
Rumor Has It
- Pikmin 4 is “hard to fit” into Nintendo’s list of priorities, but they haven’t forgotten about it.