Some big-name titles come crashing into our consoles and PCs this week, including the latest instalment in Ubisoft’s stab-’em-up franchise, a dino-packed FPS, and a new Guitar Hero release to get us finger-tapping from our couches once again
Here are our picks for the biggest games launching the week:
Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate
Release date: 23 October 2015 (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – Buy on Raru.co.za
The last couple of Assassin’s Creed titles have left us wanting a little more, but it looks as if the latest entry into the series, Syndicate, will deliver on its promises.
Set in 1868 London, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate marks the first time players can switch between two main protagonists freely throughout the game, and the first main game with a playable female character. The two Fryes have specialized uses like Jacob being better in close combat and Evie excelling in stealth maneuvers. Syndicate also includes a new means of transportation in the rope launcher that allows Evie and Jacob to rappel up buildings and use a zip-line between them, and carriages and trains can be used to get around London. London will a good deal larger than Unity’s Paris and won’t feature multiplayer or a companion app.
Guitar Hero Live
Release date: 23 October 2015 (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U) – Buy on Raru.co.za
Music games have had a slight absence in recent months, but the original shredder is back and better than ever. Guitar Hero Live returns to the roots of Guitar Hero by focusing only on the guitar. The new controller also features a six-button grid system instead of the typical five-button layout featured on similar games. Expect to rock out to tracks from Pearl Jam, 36 Crazyfists, In Flames, Blink 182, Kasabian, Panic at the Disco, Rush, Paramore, Green Day, Korn, and Red Hot Chili Peppers, amongst others.
Just Dance 2016
Release date: 22 October ( PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Wii) – Buy on Raru.co.za
The latest addition to the Just Dance series includes a new mode called ‘Dance Party’. ‘Dance Party’ has both competitive and co-op multiplayer modes with the ability to send recordings of performances and challenges to other players. For the PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U versions, Just Dance 2016 will have a mode called “Showtime”. This mode allows players to record lip sync music videos to various songs. It’s basically like being a superstar of the stage, except without all the money and peer pressure.
Like previous versions of the game, Just Dance 2016 features the motion performance rhythm dancing fans expect and love. This latest version includes popular songs by Meghan Trainor, Iggy Azalea, One Direction, and more. Once again most of the songs are the popular hits from this past year, so if you aren’t already sick of them then you can dance you heart out to them.
Primal Carnage: Extinction
Release date: 22 October (PS4 – digital edition)
From Circle 5 Studios and Panic Button comes an unusual class-based online multiplayer shooter that pits dinosaurs against people in Primal Carnage: Extinction, but it has dinos, guns, and action – so we’re in.
On a mysterious island overrun with prehistoric monsters, players can choose to fight as a variety of legendary dinosaurs or to join the human mercenary team armed with a unique, distinctive, and destructive arsenal aimed at making these bloodthirsty beasts extinct once and for all. It also runs on the Unreal Engine 4, so expect gorgeous visuals, fast-paced combat, diverse environments, and over-the-top action.
Life is Strange – Episode 5
Release date: 20 October (PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360)
This week marks the end of a well-regarded episodic adventure game, Life is Strange. “Polarized” the fifth and final episode of Life is Strange concludes the mystery Max and her friend, Chole have been investigating over the course of the game. The teasers for the episode have hinted at more about the “Dark Room” and a need to “Prepare for the Storm”. Intriguing…
Tales from the Borderlands – Episode 5
Release date: 20 October 2015 (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, PS3, PS4, iOS, Android)
Another episodic adventure game is also getting its climactic finale this week. Telltale’s Borderlands spin-off, Tales from the Borderlands, will be getting “The Vault of the Traveler”, which is the final episode of the narrative journey through the post-apocalyptic world of Pandora. Rhys and Fiona’s tales are coming to a head. The fifth episode promises to be a doozy with the return of Handsome Jack, the identity of the Stranger, and the location of the Vault.
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