This week, gaming enthusiasts get a dream line-up of releases, including a nerve-racking horror, the return of a beloved first-person shooter franchise, and a no-holds-barred driving experience, with The Evil Within, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and F1 2014 hitting South African store shelves.
The Evil Within
14 October (Xbox One, PS4, PC, Xbox 360, PS3)
Arguably the scariest looking game of the year drops this month, as The Evil Within makes its debut on the gaming scene.
Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami served as the game’s director, and the story follows veteran police detective Sebastian Castellanos as he investigates the scene of a gruesome mass murder, finding himself in a deranged world where hideous creatures wander among the dead.
The game is played from a third-person perspective in which scavenging for supplies and learning when to fight or run are key factors in surviving, much like Resident Evil, but for a new generation.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
17 October (PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3)
The third game in the fan-loved Borderlands series takes a new step forward, into the past. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel follows Handsome Jack’s descent into villainy, focusing on his escape and capture of the Hyperion company’s base on Pandora’s moon Elpis, placing the game’s story before the events of Borderlands 2.
Gameplay in The Pre-Sequel will remain similar to Borderlands 2, but with the addition of new mechanics. Two new varieties of items have been added, including laser guns, and items possessing a cryogenic elemental effect, which can be used to slow down and freeze enemies. Gravity will also have an effect on motion while in space, causing players to jump higher but slower, and items such as loot and dead bodies to float away.
17 October (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)
Codemasters is back with F1 2014 and the long-running video game franchise has embraced the new turbocharging era of the sport, with the latest edition featuring a newly developed “torque heavy power unit” noticeable right away after applying throttle to unleash the additional power.
Since the game has the official F1 license, it includes all the regulation changes applied in the 2014 season, allowing players to run the Bahrain Grand Prix at night as well as battle at Sochi, Russia and in Spielberg, Austria at the Red Bull Ring
Another novelty is the implementation of a different driver evaluation system granting the player the possibility to adjust the game according to his level while a new very easy mode as well as shorter career options have been added.