This week's new game picks: 'NBA 2K20,' 'Monster Hunter: World - Iceborne,' plus 'Final Fantasy VIII,' 'Spyro' remasters, more

Retro remasters of "Final Fantasy VIII" and the "Spyro the Dragon" trilogy arrive from September 3, when "Children of Morta" blends action, randomized levels, and a generational story, while basketball sim "NBA 2K20" reaches for the stars, "Monster Hunter: World" adds the frosty Iceborne expansion, and pinball-referencing action adventure "Creature in the Well" launch on September 6.

Final Fantasy VIII Remastered
PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch from September 3

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The very well received 1999 role-playing game may not have been credited with reinventing the genre, as with immediate predecessor "Final Fantasy VII," but was still a solid entry to the epic-scale franchise, blending character development with turn-based, tactical battles.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy
Nintendo Switch, PC from September 3

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Having already landed on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, this competently and comprehensively overhauled collection is now arriving on Nintendo Switch and PC, containing the original "Spyro the Dragon" (1998), "Spyro 2" (1999), and "Spyro: Year of the Dragon" (2000) which, according to last year's enthusiastic reviews, stand up just as well as they did 30 years ago.

Children of Morta
PC and Mac from September 3 (PS4, XBO and NS in October)

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Venture into the wilds as one of four members of the Bergsons, whether parent or child, to uphold the family's calling as guardians of Mountain Morta against an approaching Corruption. Randomized levels make every excursion different while recovered loot and experience can be used to advantage for the entire family.

NBA 2K20
PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Windows PC from September 6

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Play your way to the top of the professional basketball game either in the present day (NBA or WNBA), with updated teams and kits, or through a number of classic eras; the MyCareer story features performances from actors Idris Elba, Rosario Dawson, Ernie Hudson and stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Amid the furore surrounding mystery in-game purchases and gambling, "NBA 2K20" even features a digital slot machine.

Monster Hunter: World - Iceborne
PlayStation 4, Xbox One from September 6 (PC in January 2020)

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A new and much chillier area of "Monster Hunter World" to discover, explore and tame, complete with its own set of creatures, items, materials, and hazards, plus an expanded range of combat possibilities. Available as an expansion to the original 2018 game, which was a critical and commercial hit, or together in a combined pack.

Creature in the Well
Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC from September 6

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Delve deep inside an abandoned facility where a weather control machine has lain dormant thanks to its own defenses and a monstrous creature. A curious and well-anticipated mix of pinball, light-beam combat, and puzzle solving.