Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age - Judges

Welcome to a fresh installment of R.A.G.E. Works' New Releases This Week. You guys might think that I forgot about you last week. In actuality, I could find nothing of import releasing last week. I found no games and barely any notable home video releases. The only big thing that happened last week was Spider-Man: Homecoming. Rich has a review coming for that. Now that the holiday has passed, we are back to business so let's get things started!

GAMES

Fire Pro Wrestling World (Steam Early Access)

The champ is back as Fire Pro Wrestling World hits Steam (EA) July 10.

The greatest grappling game returns to take on the world!
Customize every aspect of the match, from your wrestler to the ring itself, in your fight for the championship belt.

  • PLAY ONLINE 
    Organize exhibition matches, tournaments, leagues, championship bouts and battle royals with players from around the world.
  • MIX UP THE RULES
    Modes include Deathmatch (steel cage, barbed wire or landmines), MMA rules and no-holds barred Gruesome Fighting.
  • UNLIMITED CUSTOMIZATION
    Create your dream wrestler from over a thousand devastating moves and even more body parts to battle for custom championship belts. Personalize the ring, mat logos and even the referee!
  • REALISTIC SIMULATION
    Give your creations personalities with a robust CPU logic system that defines their every action. Does your wrestler play to the crowd, or play dirty? You provide actors for the ringside drama.

Gorn (Steam Early Access)

From the makers of Broforce and Genital Jousting, Gorn hits Steam (EA) July 10.

GORN is a ludicrously violent VR gladiator simulator for Vive, currently available on Steam Early Access. Featuring a unique, fully physics driven combat engine, GORN combatants will be able to creatively execute their most violent gladiatorial fantasies in virtual reality. Savagely strike down an infinite supply of poorly-animated opponents with all manner of weapons – from swords, maces, and bows to nunchuks, throwing knives, massive two-handed war hammers or even your blood-soaked bare hands. The only limits to the carnage are your imagination and decency, in the most brutal and savage VR face-smashing game ever produced by man.

Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age (Slick's Pick of the Week)

Final Fantasy 12 recharges its crystals on July 11.

FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGE improves upon the 2006 classic FINAL FANTASY® XII, now more beautiful and easier to play than ever. The high-definition remaster introduces several modern advancements, including reconstructed battle design and a revamped job system. With newly implemented trophies and share functions, as well as stark visual and sound improvements in true HD for the first time, players both returning and new to the game will experience a grand adventure that spans the world of Ivalice in an entirely fresh and improved way.

Read the R.A.G.E. Works review of the game now.

Minecraft: Story Mode – Season 2

Episode 1 of the new season launches July 11.

Now that Jesse and the gang have vanquished the Wither Storm, saved the world, and become totally super famous heroes, life has gotten a bit more…complicated. With more responsibilities and less time for adventure, old friendships have started to fade — at least until Jesse's hand gets stuck in a creepy gauntlet that belongs to an ancient underwater temple. Together with old pals and new comrades alike, Jesse embarks on a brand new journey filled with tough choices, good times, and at least one temperamental llama.

MotoGP 17

July 11, find out if you were born to ride.

The 2017 edition of the official MotoGPTM videogame brings all the adrenaline and need for speed of the new motorbike world champion with it. The title will include all the 2017 riders, teams and tracks; the new rules and the Red Bull Rookies Cup championship. This edition will reach 60 FPS for the first time, guaranteeing unprecedented performance and extreme enjoyability for the end user. All this will be made possible thanks to the Milestone developers’ experience and skills, developed over 20 years of dedicated work to racing.

The Bellows

The PSVR brings nightmares closer in ‘The Bellows,' July 11.

You find yourself in the shoes of a man alone in his home. The storm has been raging for what feels like an eternity, sleep refusing to fully take hold. As your windows clatter open yet again, you feel something isn't quite right. The lights no longer move as they should, the world around you starts to feel threatening… and an unsettling feeling starts to take hold…

The Bellows is a VR Horror experience designed to play like an interactive movie. Plunge yourself into a world of nightmares and fear, and discover just how frightening the past can really be.

Be aware… Some mysteries are thicker than others. Only the bravest of souls will dare to find the illusive sneaky Chuck.

Black the Fall

Escape the regime July 11.

After decades of toil, an old machinist plots his escape from the oppressive grasp of the Communist regime. Through hidden passages, shadow and grief, he struggles. Ingenuity, reflexes and deception are his tools. Along the road, he befriends the most unlikely creature, an abandoned little robot. Could they escape this bleak and deadly world, together?

Echoes of the Fey: The Fox's Trail

Jump into mystery, July 11.

Echoes of the Fey is a series of visual novel detective stories set in the high fantasy world of Oraz starring Sofya Rykov, a Human private investigator with a dangerous secret: following a near-death experience in the war, she spontaneously developed the ability to use magic.

She is joined by her Leshin partner, Heremon ir-Caldy, a doctor fascinated by Sofya's magic but fearful it will soon come at the cost of her life. Together, Sofya and Heremon navigate the mysteries and tensions of Vodotsk, the city they intend to make both their hiding place and their home.

In “The Fox's Trail”, Sofya is hired to track down a missing Leshin with connections to the Human resistance during the occupation. Investigate how you prefer, with over 100 choice points throughout the story. Some will improve your relationship with the characters. Others will provide you critical information. And some will change the fate of the people you will come to know.

Fantastic Contraption

Build your contraption in PSVR July 11.

Craft Wonders Amongst the Clouds! Fantastic Contraption is a surreal building game for the PS VR. Come immerse yourself in a strange skybound archipelago and befriend Neko the photosynthesizing cat. Create intricate machines, then send them whirling, flinging, and trundling off to solve puzzles on the other side of a floating island.

Your task is simple: get the squishy purple ball to that goal off in the distance, or above you, or on the other side of that gap. Your tools are elegantly minimalist: spinning wheels and stretchable rods. But the solutions are endless, and there are no right or wrong ones. Every level is infinitely replayable – this is a VR experience you and your friends will play for hours.

Hunting Simulator

Sadly, you will not find Jimbo or Ned in this game on July 11.

Live the adventure of the hunt, from Alberta to Texas, or perhaps in France, Colorado or Scotland. Play single or multiplayer, choose your hunting gear and firearms of choice, including Browning® and Winchester® models, and master tracking 37 different animal species each with realistic behaviours.

Iron Crypticle

Ghouls n' Ghosts meets Gauntlet July 11.

A mysterious, malevolent force has abducted Cryptonia's princess – along with the king's royal golden treasures (shaped curiously like large foodstuffs…).

The King's washed-up knights must suit up and descend into the ancient palace crypts on a rescue mission!

Get ready for GHOULISH arcade action in this epic medieval twin-stick dungeon shooter. Up to 4 players (local co-op) can fight together to SMASH through all manner of ghouls and fiends.

Grab loot and gobble up food to build up your XP. UPGRADE your abilities to help you face the challenges of the lower floors! UNLOCK new weapons and magical items as you progress. Collect magical gauntlets to power your explosive ATOMIC FIST!

Leap of Fate

Survive the trials July 11.

Leap of Fate is a furiously-paced cyberpunk roguelite about overcoming your fears and achieving your fate. In a New York City where magic is real, you play as a technomage who must develop unspeakable powers to confront the Crucible of Fates. Can you survive the trials?

Mr. Shifty

Mr. Shifty finally BAMFs onto the PS4 July 11.

Mr. Shifty follows a teleportation-fueled heist to break into the world’s most secure facility. Shift through bullets, and master lightning-fast takedowns in an all new kind of action game: A speed-stealth, kung-fu brawler about a teleporting thief, combining fast top-down gameplay with the ferocity of '90s Hong Kong action cinema.

■ Use distraction, trickery, explore what’s possible when stealth and action become one!
■ Toy with enemies, laugh as they use doors to enter rooms.
■ Shift through walls, between bullets, cover huge distances and be everywhere at once.
■ One shot kills. Survive on skills.

Serial Cleaner

Serial Cleaner is a story-driven, fast-paced stealth/action game, characterized by a 1970s theme and aesthetics. The protagonist cleans up murder scenes by disposing bodies, covering up blood stains and hiding murder weapons and other incriminating evidence.
Exploring, experimenting and fast paced decision making are the key words here. Getting caught and questioned would put a black mark on the protagonist’s career and the environment is often crawling with itchy-fingered police officers accompanied by nosy bystanders. The game uses Real-World Data to modify gameplay according to the time of day in player’s location.
Serial Cleaner takes a humoristic, slightly macabre approach to its subject matter, and doesn’t treat itself too seriously. Just take a look at the protagonist. He is a 30-ish man with a sharp sense of style and an iconic 70s look, complete with a mustache, large sunglasses, and tight pants.
Game Features:
– fully realized 1970s-inspired setting
– just take a look at that art style!
– the game uses Real-World Data to modify levels accordingly with the current time of day in the player’s whereabouts
– levels take inspiration from actual 1970s murder scenes
– humor and atmosphere inspired by Fargo series and Pulp Fiction movie
– playful approach to solving each level, which rewards exploration and experimentation

Warlocks vs Shadows

Enter the World of Warc-. . . Warlocks on PS4 July 11.

Warlocks vs Shadows is an intense and dynamic action RPG/brawler game experience. Destroy enemies with a blend of violence and cunning strategy, discover powerful items, build your roster of special powers and attacks, and triumph against all odds.

Choose from 11 uniquely powered characters, each Warlock has its own special powers and play experience: every game is exciting & different!
Enter a gorgeous 2D world of vivid pixel graphics, hypnotic art design and brilliant music. Each character and the huge variety of enemies are gorgeously rendered: battle massive war machines that tower over the screen and fiendish monsters that blast you with a terrifying variety of attacks.

Play the Campaign mode in single player or co-op, then fight your friends in Deathmatch modes for up to 4 players, and see who can survive the ultimate test of action, reflexes and skill!

Can you unleash ultimate mayhem on the Shadows and prevent the destruction of the universe? Call your Warlocks to battle!

YamaYama

On July 11. . . this happens.

Play as one of the armless rejects in the YamaYama arena of joy. Your goal is to impress the flat god faces of the Underverse by FatSuiting your opponents into oblivion. YamaYama has a lot of gamemodes tailor-made for humans of all ages, cats and dogs… Horses are allowed to play but should be under supervision. YamaYama is made with easy-to-learn controls, so you can play with both video game veterans and casual players. Take on the challenge and start on your path to become the greatest FatSuiter this side of the Artic Circle.

The End is Nigh

On July 12, you'll wish this game were as ‘easy' as Super Meat Boy.

The End Is Nigh is a sprawling adventure platformer where the player takes control over Ash, one of few “things” that have “survived” the “end of the world”.

Follow Ash as he flops his way through a future of pain and suffering. Feel his stress levels rise as you throw him into an endless swarm of decaying, mutant animal-like creatures and help aid his final epic quest… to simply make a friend (out of pieces of people he finds along his journey).

Oh, also you collect video game cartridges and tumors! if that does anything for ya.

Features:

  • 600+ levels!
  • 12+ explorable chapters!
  • 20+ collectible and fully playable mini game cartridges! (each with their own tiny achievements!)
  • 80+ achievements that will make you feel good about yourself
  • 100s of collectible little squishy tumors!
  • loads of hidden extras and endings that you will probably see someone else find before you do!
  • and stress!

Asdivine Cross

Classic RPG gaming hits the 3DS July 14.

After Harvey, a member of a band of outlaws known as the Watchers, is arrested while attempting to loot the chancellor's mansion, he finds himself locked up in the dungeon.
There, he strikes up a conversation with a young woman who appears to be in similar straits, but to his surprise, she tells him she is none other than the Princess of the very castle in which they are being held.

Not quite believing her tale, yet unable to leave her behind, Harvey assists her in escaping in an effort to find out if she is really not the impostor she is accused of being, or if he is just being taken for a ride…

So that does it for games this week. There were a few games that either were supposed to come out but didn't or that I just could not find enough information on. For that, I apologize. Now we move on to movies. We have a pretty action-packed week whether you stay home or go to theaters. July is definitely not done with the heat as yet!

MOVIES

We kick off our home releases with a series that may or may not know when it is time to quit.

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The Fate of the Furious

The Fate of the Furious: SteelBook [Includes Digital Copy] [Blu-ray/DVD] [Only @ Best Buy] [2017] - Front_Standard

In the eighth installment of the Fast and the Furious series, Dominic Toretto's crew are rocked to their core when they must face their most dangerous adversary yet: Dom himself (Vin Diesel), who is now working with a shadowy cyber-terrorist known only as Cipher (Charlize Theron). As DSS agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and the rest of the team attempt to fight back, they find themselves in an alliance with their old enemy, assassin Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham).

Smurfs: The Lost Village

Smurfs: The Lost Village [Includes Digital Copy] [UltraViolet] [4K Ultra HD Blu-ray] [2 Discs] [2017] - Front_Standard

The little blue homunculi created by Belgian cartoonist Peyo return for another adventure, this time involving a quest through the Forbidden Forest to discover a long-hidden village hinted at in a treasure map. Smurfette (voiced by Demi Lovato), Brainy (Danny Pudi), Clumsy (Jack McBrayer), and Hefty (Joe Manganiello) must evade the clutches of the evil wizard Gargamel (Rainn Wilson) as they embark on their journey to find another community of Smurfs.

The Lost City of Z

The Lost City of Z [Blu-ray] [2016] - Front_Standard

During an expedition in the Amazon in 1906, British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) grows obsessed with finding a lost city that could be the key to understanding the origins of human civilization. Over the next two decades, he returns to the Amazon multiple times in the hope of unearthing its location.

Their Finest

Their Finest [Blu-ray] [2016] - Front_Standard

During the Blitz of World War II, a female screenwriter (Gemma Arterton) works on a film celebrating England's resilience as a way to buoy a weary populace's spirits. Her efforts to dramatize the true story of two sisters (Lily Knight and Francesca Knight) who undertook their own maritime mission to rescue wounded soldiers are met with mixed feelings by a dismissive all-male staff.

Gate: The Complete Collection

Gate: The Complete Collection [Blu-ray/DVD] [8 Discs] - Front_Standard

When a mysterious gate suddenly appears in Tokyo's Ginza district and begins spewing armed warriors and flying monsters, the world is thrown into turmoil. Although the deadly attack is thrown back by Japan's Self Defense Force, there's now a new and entirely unknown land on the other side of the portal, and Japan is effectively at war with a nation on the other side.

Determined to secure peace, the JSDF must send an armed force into the Gate, but ogres, dragons and a ruthless Empire populated by elves, humans, and half-animal warriors aren't the only dangers they'll face. With the resources of two worlds at stake, the balance of power on both sides of the Gate is destabilizing, and betrayal can come at any time, from any quarter. Officer Youji Itami and the JSDF's Third Reconnaissance Team must find a way to persevere & bring peace to the two nations

And so we move on to the big screen where there will literally be more fun than a barrel of monkeys.

IN THEATERS

War for the Planet of the Apes

In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

Wish Upon

Jonathan Shannon (Ryan Phillippe) gives his 17-year-old daughter Clare (Joey King) an old music box that promises to grant its owner seven wishes. Skeptical at first, Clare becomes seduced by its dark powers when her life starts to radically improve with each wish. Everything seems perfect until she realizes that every wish she makes causes the people who are closest to her to die in violent and elaborate ways.

That is gonna do it for this edition of New Releases This Week. Apologies that it came out at the end of the week, but it was tougher than normal to get gaming information. As always, I will try to get this to you as early as possible. Already looking up the info for next week. See you here next time!

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