8 Video Games Launching Next Week: ‘Assassin’s Creed’ and More

This is the best time of year to be a gamer, because big games are launching each week this month. No matter what kind of games you’re into, from adventure games to role-playing games to historical adventures, you’ll find something worth playing. Here are our picks for the biggest games launching the week of October 19.

1. Guitar Hero Live

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, tablets, and smartphones.
Release date: October 20

After a few years of hibernation, music games are back this season. Although Rock Band 4, which came out earlier this month, doesn’t seem to have set the world on fire, it stuck closely to the series’s previous formula. Guitar Hero Live, on the other hand, brings some major changes to the franchise. It’s all about the guitar now (sorry, drummers), and the layout of the fret buttons on the plastic guitar controller is all new. It will also have a music video channel you can turn on any time to play whatever song is showing. And the graphics? They’re first-person and live-action, so real crowds will cheer or boo, depending on your performance.

2. Life is Strange: Episode 5 – Polarized

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC
Release date: October 20

The final episode of this story-driven game is upon us, which makes now the perfect time to take the leap. You play as Max Caufield, an artistic high school girl who discovers she can rewind time. While it sounds like the start of a crazy sci-fi adventure, you mostly use your ability to try out different actions and conversation paths as you go through your fairly typical adolescent life. The characters are interesting, and there are hints of an impending catastrophe. How it plays out depends on your choices.

3. Tales from the Borderlands: Episode 5 – The Vault of the Traveler

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS, Android
Release date: October 20 on PS4 and PS3; October 21 on Xbox One and 360; October 22 on iOS and Android

Speaking of final episodes of adventure games, this one is coming to an end, too, after nearly a year’s worth of releases. This game is set in the over-the-top world of Borderlands. In this Wild West-like environment, it’s shoot first and ask questions later, usually while getting a few hilarious quips in on the side. Now that game almost complete, it’s the perfect time to start if you don’t like waiting months between episodes.

4. Tales of Zestria

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC
Release date: October 20

The Tales series of Japanese role-playing games has been fairly successful on this side of the ocean, putting out nearly a game a year for a decade. The games tend to be standalone adventures about saving the world, with real-time combat that sets them apart from other JRPGs. In this installment, you play as Sorey, a young man who knows his way around a fight, as he takes on a spiteful enemy known as the Hellion. The early reviews are mostly positive, so check it out if you dig anime-style RPGs with excellent combat systems.

5. Just Dance 2016

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U
Release date: October 20

This is the seventh installment of the Just Dance series, so the gameplay mechanics were established long ago. Basically, you just perform the dance moves the game displays onscreen to the rhythm of songs like Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” and Rossini’s “William Tell Overture” (seriously). Just Dance games are great to play at parties or to work out, with special modes included for both situations. Just make sure to clear out the breakables before people start throwing their limbs around.

6. Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water

Platform: Wii U
Release date: October 22

People tend to think Nintendo as a family-friendly company because of all its family-friendly games. The latest installment of the horror series Fatal Frame is being published by Nintendo, but it is decidedly not family-friendly. This game looks positively creepy, with bloody ghosts and dead bodies everywhere you look. Your only weapon is a camera that you can use to snap pictures of the evil entities. The game is free to download, but you’ll only be able to play the first two chapters before it asks you to pay to unlock the rest. Watch Nintendo’s “Extremely Spoopy Trailer” above.

7. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC
Release date: October 23

This year’s installment of the world’s most famous historical series is set in Victorian London and stars a brother–and–sister duo who get caught up in deadly events during the Industrial Revolution. Expect to climb lots of buildings, ride in trains and carriages, and stab villainous enemies in the back. And if you read the text pop-ups, you just might learn a thing or two you missed in history class.

8. The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Release date: October 23

While this game has plenty of dungeons, puzzles, and enemies, it isn’t quite a typical Zelda game. Not only is it based on dressing up Link in all kinds of outfits, but it also focuses heavily on multiplayer. You and your buddies will have to work together to get through the dungeons, stacking your Links on top of one another to fight enemies and solve puzzles. While you can play it alone, it was designed as a cooperative game, so read the reviews before opening your wallet.

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