The October release slate is heating up with some big titles arriving this week, including one of the most-anticipated shooters of the year, the return of a Caped Crusader, and god game for the ages. So hold onto your hats, gamers – here’s our picks for the games releasing this week, 17-21 October 2016:
Batman: Return to Arkham
Release date: 18 October 2016 (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U)
After a delay, the Dark Knight returns this week with Return to Arkham, a remastered compilation of the two award-winning Arkham games from Rocksteady Studios, Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. The two games will be upgraded using Unreal Engine 4, giving the game a cosmetic makeover with “improved graphics, as well as upgraded models, environments, lighting, effects and shaders”. In addition to the visual makeover, Return to Arkham will also feature all the DLC and Game of the Year add-ons for both games. What the collection won’t include, however, is Batman: Arkham Origins, which was made by Warner Brothers’ Montreal studio. If you haven’t got around to playing the superb Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, here is your chance.
Release date: 21 October 2016 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Arguably the biggest game of the year, Battlefield 1, unleashes on eager gamers this week, and the latest entry takes the series back to World War 1 – an often overlooked period in blockbuster video games. You can expect Battlefield‘s usual mix of land, sea and air warfare, but WWI brings its own challenges. This is the most technologically divergent war in history, as rumbling war machines and newly invented automatic weapons came up against horse-mounted cavalry and bayonets. Epic battles, visceral combat, and gorgeous visuals (thanks to the Frostbite 2.0 engine) await – with hefty multiplayer and single-player portions set to soak up our weekends for the foreseeable future.
Release date: 21 October 2016 (PC)
The fan-beloved Civilization franchise returns this week with the sixth and most ambitious instalment in the series. Civilization VI has been re-built from the ground up using a new engine. Unlike most previous “vanilla” iterations of Civilization, Civ VI will include a number of features in the core game that previously required multiple expansions, including trade routes, religion, archaeology, espionage, city-states, tourism and Great Works. Though all features have been rebuilt for the new engine, most are based on the gameplay of Civilization V, with some notable changes and improvements.
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