From bending an army of orcs to your will to transporting your dead (yet still complaining) father to a proper burial ground, this week’s batch of new releases on the PlayStation Network ranges the spectrum, offering a little something for everyone to close out the month of September.

First up this week is the highly anticipated Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, which arrives on the PlayStation 4 as both a physical copy and digital download. I knew very little about this game heading into E3 2014 and, following a brief eyes-on demonstration of the open-world orc-slaying epic in action, it quickly became one of my most anticipated titles of the show.

It looks like critics agree, as Shadow of Mordor has already pulled in some rather fantastic reviews, leaving Gaming Blend to ask the question: Could this be the sleeper hit of the year? Find out for yourself starting tomorrow, when it becomes available for download.



If manipulating the forces of Sauron isn’t your idea of a good time, you certainly won’t be left out in the cold this week, as there are quite a few other games arriving in the PlayStation camp.

First up is Chariot, rolling onto the PS4. You take on the role of a brave and honorable princess, tasked by the ghost of her dead father to find a perfect burial mound. This quest will require you to lug his coffin across the countryside and, since the king is also all about the bling, you’ll need to collect oodles of jewels along the way.

Falling Skies: The Game also brings its take on strategy combat to the PlayStation 3 this week, alongside the PlayStation 2 Classic title based on the hit Pixar film, The Incredibles.

Futuridium EP Deluxe flies onto the PS4 and Vita as a cross-buy title this week, offering up retro tunnel flying goodness with a thumping soundtrack. The Vita will also be home to two new Invizimals games this week, including The Alliance and The Lost Kingdom. The former has you searching for battle-ready creatures in the real world to train and take into tournaments while the latter is a third-person action adventure game set within the same universe.

The first five volumes of the Namco Museum will be offered as PSone Classics this week, alongside strategy RPG Natural Doctrine, which is launching on all three consoles.

I got a kick out of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, and you can too as the PS3 fighting game finally arrives alongside the bizarrely named RPG, Short Peace Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day.

Another RPG, Pier Solar and the Great Architects will hit the PS3 and PS4 this week, as well as PS4 cooperative action game, Second Chance Heroes and PS3/PS4 murder mystery solver, Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment.
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