This week sees the return of an attitude-injected mob franchise, along with with a spin-off one of the most well-known fantasy licenses. Additionally, one of gaming’s oldest heroes also gets a new instalment this week. So hold onto your hats, gamers – here’s our picks for the games releasing this week, 3-7 October 2016:
Release date: 7 October 2016 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Mafia III has been a long-time coming, but the colossal open-world crime drama is finally arriving this week. Mafia III tells the story of Lincoln Clay, who has just returned from the Vietnam War. He’s taken in by the “Black Mob”, but just as he starts to believe he’s found somewhere he can belong, the Italian Mob wipes them out. Clay vows to have his revenge – and that’s when the car chases, shady dealings, and bloody gunfights kick off. The game is looking absolutely spectacular and the 1968 New Orleans setting is a refreshing setting for the chaos that’s to unfold in Mafia III. It’s big, brash, beautiful, and brutal, and we can’t wait to get our paws on it this week.
Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide
Release date: 4 October 2016 (Xbox One, PS4)
Warhammer fans are in for some more chaotic medieval fantasy action this week, as Warhammer: End times – Vermintide releases on consoles. Vermintide takes the Left 4 Dead formula of four-player co-op first-person slaughter and translates it from a zombie apocalypse to the Warhammer fantasy universe. The game takes place in and around Ubersreik, a city overrun by Skaven. Players will assume the role of one of five heroes, each featuring different play-styles, abilities, gear and personality. Working cooperatively, players must use their individual attributes to survive an apocalyptic invasion from the hordes of relentless rat-men, known as the Skaven. Battles will take place across a range of environments stretching from the top of the Magnus Tower to the bowels of the Under Empire.
Release date: 4 October 2016 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
For fans of the old-school stealth ninja assassin franchise Tenchu (give it a look), Aragami is somewhat of a throwback to that style of sneak-‘n-stab gameplay. After being brought back to life, assassin Aragami must use his razor-sharp sword and impressive sneaking abilities to outwit the army of light to free his friend and discover the secrets of his forgotten past. Stealth and blades aren’t the only weapons though, as Aragami give players the tools to cast shadows onto surfaces to leap around and avoid the detection of guards or get rid of corpses by using Aragami’s Shadow Vanish power. He can also create shadow clones and create black holes to swallow up enemies. Players will also be able to play through Aragami’s campaign in online co-op from beginning to end.
Paper Mario: Color Splash
Release date: 7 October 2016 (Wii U)
Wii U gamers finally get some new Mario-love this week, as Paper Mario: Color Splash releases on Nintendo’s console. Continuing the spin-off RPG adventure Paper Mario series, Color Splash sees the persistent plumber head to a haunted hotel run by Toads. Players will need to rely on Mario’s Paint Hammer to paint colourless elements, characters and parts of the environment in order to progress in the game. The RPG elements seen in past games in the series have been toned down a fair but, but like those games too, Color Splash is charming, fun, and gorgeous to look at. Mario fans should keep an eye out for this one.
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