This week sees the return of Microsoft’s bloodiest franchise, along with with the world’s most beloved female treasure-hunter making her way to PS4. Additionally, we take a one-way ticket to suplex-city, and get our swords, guns and wangs out (seriously, it’s not what you think it is). So hold onto your hats, gamers – here’s our picks for the games releasing this week, 10-14 October 2016:
Gears of War 4
Release date: 11 October 2016 (Xbox One)
Just about everything of Gears of War 4 screams something new. A new developer, new characters, and a new setting, Gears 4 is looking to take the franchise into the new generation with some fresh ideas, albeit with the same brutality that made the original a hit. The sequel follows protagonist JD Fenix (son of Gears of War‘s Marcus Fenix) and his squad, along with the new enemy that plagues the world post-Gears 3. In addition to the usual chainsawing, cover shooting action, the new entry will also feature new weapons, some giant new enemies, some familiar faces, and some mech segments (yip, that’s right).
Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration
Release date: 11 October 2016 (PS4)
If you need a reminder of your age, Square Enix is set to release Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration this week, which will see the return of gaming’s most persistent adventurer. The game, which, as the name suggests, is the PS4 release of the critically-acclaimed Rise of the Tomb Raider (which first released on Xbox One last year), along with a whole bunch of extras. The new 20 Year Celebration edition features the full game and all content from the Rise of the Tomb Raider Season Pass, which includes Baba Yaga: Temple of the Witch, Cold Darkness Awakened, two new DLC episodes called Blood Ties and Lara’s Nightmare, all DLC outfits, weapons, and Expedition Cards. and a new Extreme Survivor ultra-hard difficulty for the main campaign.
Release date: 11 October 2016 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3)
Grab your spandex and tights, WWE is rolling back into town this week! As with most annual sports instalments, WWE 2K17 will enhance and improve the foundations set by past entries in the franchise. In addition to the rock solid fighting mechanics, the biggest addition is a reworked WWE Universe Mode. For those new to the series, WWE Universe Mode is a sort of gamified take on the weekly antics you might catch while watching an episode of Raw, SmackDown or NXT. This year’s WWE game will feature a new “Show Presentation” system, made to make players feel like they are plowing through the weekly scheduling rotation. Unlike standard matches, this mode offers all of the drama and rivalries you see on TV, along with the possibility of run-ins, attacks before and after matches and more. Also new to this year’s WWE Universe mode in 2K17 are promos. The game actually incorporates a “Promo Engine,” creating the kinds of events and banter you’d see between weekly bouts.
Shadow Warrior 2
Release date: 13 October 2016 (PC)
2013’s Shadow Warrior reboot wasn’t the best game to come out that year, but it was a sadly overlooked throwback to the age of brutal first-person shooters. Shadow Warrior 2 is the natural evolution of Flying Wild Hog’s offbeat FPS following the further misadventures of former corporate shogun Lo Wang. The sequel sees the return of the “bullets and blades” combat style, allowing players to switch between guns and swords on the fly, as well as introducing co-op to the game. It’s also said to include an enhanced damage and dismemberment system, and procedurally generated environments.
Release date: 14 October 2016 (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U)
Skylanders: Imaginators, the sixth instalment in studio Toys for Bob’s action-adventure toy bonanza, will finally let Skylanders players have been dying to do: create their very own Skylanders. Players can use the flexible build-a-character feature to design their very-own Skylanders hero. Everything from its look, weapons, powers, techniques, and even voice can be customised. The game itself promises a long single player adventure, local two player co-op adventure and multiplayer kart racing. Skylander Academy will again return as the game hub and custom character photos can be taken at selfie spots which are then used to decorate the Academy.
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