This week sees a clash between FIFA 22 and eFootball 2022. FIFA usually triumphs over PES, becoming the fastest-selling game of the year in the process. This year may see a smaller gap, however – Konami’s PES rebrand is free to play, while also offering cross-platform support.

It seems publishers no longer fear going head-to-head with FIFA – it’s a busy week with a strong mixture of big-name titles and curiously intriguing indies.

Previous Hot Wheels games have launched without any fanfare, being average at best. Driving specialists Milestone have clearly seen potential in the brand, delivering what looks set to be the definitive Hot Wheels experience Hot Wheels Unleashed is a stylish racer, not dissimilar to Trackmania, that dives deep into the toy chest.

Lemnis Gate may become a hit too – it’s a strategic, time looping, sci-fi FPS that’s launching at a low price point.

Proven hit Phoenix Point: Behemoth Edition also comes to consoles, being a worthy alternative to XCOM. Tactical FPS Insurgency: Sandstorm makes the same jump, which was well-received on PC back in 2018. Incidentally, the price of Insurgency seems to have dropped before launch – it was available to pre-order for around £35, but we’ve since seen it at closer to £25.

Retro fans have a trio of titles to consider: Atari’s Centipede: Recharged, a re-release of G-Darius HD, and ExZeus: The Complete Collection – a collection of two obscure arcade-style shooters.

Twisted psychological horror In Sound Mind should be finally with us too. That’s joined by the anime style brawler MELTY BLOOD: TYPE LUMINA, survival horror RPG Chernobylite, oddball alien evolution sim The Eternal Cylinder, and the bleak puppet theatre-style adventure A Juggler’s Tale.

There’s also the full-price hack and slash Chinese RPG Xuan Yuan Sword 7, PS4/Switch JRPG Mary Skelter Finale, the next-gen iterations of Ghostrunner, and a belated Xbox release of the delightfully janky PSVR shooter Immortal Legacy: The Jade Cipher Console Edition. Then on Switch there’s Darksiders III.

If you want to get a head start on Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania, the Digital Deluxe Edition launches 1st Oct, which is also when Sonic Colours: Ultimate is due at retail. Fiiiinally.

New release trailers

FIFA 22

eFootball 2022

Phoenix Point: Behemoth Edition

Lemnis Gate

Hot Wheels Unleashed

In Sound Mind

Centipede: Recharged

Insurgency: Sandstorm 

MELTY BLOOD: TYPE LUMINA

Xuan Yuan Sword 7

The Eternal Cylinder

Chernobylite 

G-Darius HD

ExZeus: The Complete Collection 

A Juggler’s Tale 

ConnecTank 

Agatha Christie – Hercule Poirot: The First Cases

New multiformat releases

  • FIFA 22
  • eFootball 2022
  • Phoenix Point: Behemoth Edition
  • Hot Wheels Unleashed
  • In Sound Mind
  • Lemnis Gate
  • Centipede: Recharged
  • Insurgency: Sandstorm
  • Melty Blood: Type Lumina
  • Xuan Yuan Sword 7
  • Alchemic Cutie
  • Chernobylite
  • ConnecTank
  • Agatha Christie – Hercule Poirot: The First Cases
  • UnMetal
  • Skeletal Avenger
  • ExZeus: The Complete Collection
  • A Juggler’s Tale
  • Aeon Drive
  • Unsighted
  • Astria Ascending
  • Outer Wilds: Echoes of the Eye
  • Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality
  • The Eternal Cylinder

New on PSN

  • Ghostrunner – PS5
  • KeyWe – PS5
  • Mary Skelter Finale
  • Bonfire Peaks
  • G-Darius HD 
  • AWAY: The Survival Series

New on Xbox Store

  • Harvest Moon: One World
  • Obsurity
  • Shiro
  • Creepy Tale
  • AlphaLink
  • Asdivine Saga
  • Immortal Legacy: The Jade Cipher Console Edition
  • Space Revenge
  • Takorita Meets Fries
  • Dandy Ace

New Switch retail releases

  • Sonic Colours Ultimate
  • Mary Skelter Finale
  • Blaze and The Monster Machines: Axle City Racers 
  • Fantasy Friends – Under the Sea 
  • Effie – Galand’s Edition 
  • FIFA 22 Legacy Edition
  • Hot Wheels Unleashed
  • Darksiders 3
  • Sword of The Necromancer
  • G-Darius HD 
  • Agatha Christie – Hercule Poirot: The First Cases

Next week: Far Cry 6, Metroid Dread, Hell Let Loose, Alan Wake Remastered, Tetris Effect: Connected (Switch), Puzzle Bobble 3D: Vacation Odyssey, JETT: The Far Shore, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (Switch), Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania, Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan, Moonglow Bay, RainCity, Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife, ATOM RPG, BPM: Bullets Per Minute, art of rally (PS5), Knockout Home Fitness, and Exophobia.