This week, gaming enthusiasts get a dream line-up of releases, including an over-the-top action shooter, the return of a beloved wrestling franchise, a no-holds-barred road of redemption, and a the king of the court, all hitting South African store shelves.
31 October (Xbox One)
One of the Xbox One’s most unique exclusives releases this week, as Insomniac Games (Ratchet & Clank, Resistance) deliver a new colourful and zany action-platformer.
Set in the fictional open world metropolis Sunset City in 2027, players control a fully customizable FizzCo employee in Sunset Overdrive who fights the OD’d, humans transformed into monsters after consuming an energy drink. Players wall-run and use zip-lines and grind rails to swiftly navigate Sunset City, and have a large weapon arsenal to use in action, and yes… it looks as crazy as it sounds.
31 October (Xbox 360, PS3) [Xbox One, PS4 release date: 21 November]
WWE 2K15 is meant to signify the start of a new generation, turning the franchise into a true wrestling game rather than “a fighting game with WWE Superstars in it.”
New to the game is a chain wrestling mini-game during grappling that has been implemented to make matches play out more realistically, a three-tier stamina meter which controls the pace of a match, a revamped submission system, and enhanced fighting styles and skill that resemble the characters’ real-life counterparts.
And of course, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game will feature the same face and body scanning tech that was used for NBA 2K14 to ensure that the models look as close to the real wrestlers as much as possible. Textures for clothing, beards & long hair have been updated.
Lords of the Fallen
31 October (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Lords of the Fallen looks like it could be one of the sleeper hits of 2014, and could be up anyone’s alley who loves the Darksiders or Dark Souls franchises.
The hack-and-slash RPG follows Harkyn, a convicted criminal whose sins are visible on his face, in the form of runes. The world’s rulers are working to banish all evil from humans; it is unclear what exactly this might mean for someone like Harkyn. When an army of long-defeated gods attacks the human realm, Harkyn is released from prison with a chance at redemption.
The game is divided into acts and isn’t completely open-world like other game in the genre. That said, there are alternate quests and things to explore in each area.
31 October (Xbox One, PS4, PC, Xbox 360, PS3)
Everyone’s favourite basketball sim squeaks back onto the court this week with some new enhancements and features to rope in newcomers and please hardcore fans.
Not only can you create yourself as a character in the game, but using a camera designed for use with a PlayStation 4 or XBox One will allow users to scan their own faces to make a scarily accurate representation of themselves.
The customization continues with MyLeague and MyGM modes. Users are able to to fully customize rosters, season length, postseason length, salary cap, trade, draft and injury settings—and much more.
What game are you most looking forward to playing this week? Let us know in the comments section below.