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6 Big Game Releases in SA this Week

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We take a look at what games are hitting local stores and online retailers this week.

This week sees the launch of one of 2016’s most-anticipated titles, along with the return of some familiar faces and introduction of some new heroes. Here’s our picks for the games releasing this week, 22-26 August:

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Release date: 23 August 2016 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)

Deus Ex: Human Revolution was a breakout hit in 2011, mixing up the monotony of first-person shooters and introducing some clever gameplay mechanics to the world of Deus ExDeus Ex: Mankind Divided sees the same team of creators emboldened by their success and working on an even grander scale, continuing the role-playing story of the consequences of human augmentation with technology. It’s a robust-looking third-person / first-person hybrid that’s already picking up some favourable reviews, and lovers of shooters and RPGs should be in line for this blockbuster release.

Worms WMD

Release date: 23 August 2016 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)

Those violent yet self-destructive Worms are back in Worms W.M.D. Playing like the classic games, Worms W.M.D. introduces vehicles and buildings into the mix. Get ready to blow your friends sky-high, or just poke them off a ledge – whatever tickles your fancy really.

Madden 17

Release date: 23 August 2016 (Xbox One, PS4, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

The next entry in the Madden series is here yet again, this time featuring Rob Gronkowski as the cover athlete. Expect some slight gameplay changes, a roster update, and maybe some improved presentation options, but fans of the franchise should know what’s in store with the latest annual iteration.

The King of Fighters XIV

Release date: 23 August 2016 (PS4)

The latest in the series brings about a profound change by shifting to 3D rendering. Everything about the KOF visual style and fighting gameplay is preserved, but only in a new dimension. The King of Fighters XIV is the biggest overhaul since KOF ’98 with streamlined controls, and the Combo and Max Mode mechanics getting a makeover.

KOF XIV also marks a return of three-on-three battles with players able to build their favourite team of three. It even features a new “Rush” feature that allow players a means of entry to the game by performing combos by pressing light punch.

Assetto Corsa

Release date: 26 August 2016 (Xbox One, PS4)

The racing-sim genre in gaming has involved quite substantially in the last couple years. Many of the second-rate (if we can call them that) entries onto the track always seem to be pushed aside by the far superior Gran Turismo and Forza series, with each holding a solid grip on different platforms. Assetto Corsa is here to change that.

The hardcore racer made its debut on PC back in December 2014, where it developed a name for itself amongst the racing community for its realistic handling and graphics. The console versions include over 90 high-performance cars, including the Ferrari LaFerrari, Pagani Zonda R, and Mercedes C9, plus over 20 different track “configurations”, including courses from Silverstone, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Autodromo Nazionale Monza and Nurburgring-Nordschleife.

Attack on Titan

Release date: 26 August 2016 (Xbox One, PS4)

Dynasty Warriors developer Omega Force takes on the dark, post-apocalyptic manga/anime Attack on Titan with their popular beat-’em-up formula. The story revolves around three young people who survive the destruction of their walled city district by enormous, man-eating Titans and eventually go on to join the Scout Regiment in order to protect humanity from this overpowering foe. It’s the brilliant action we’ve come to expect from Japanese anime, mixed with some solid beat-’em-up gameplay. Worth checking out if you’re a fan of the source material.

What game are you most excited for this week? Let us know by tweeting @MenStuffZA and commenting below.

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