Get Your Gaming Fix This Week With These 5 Big Releases

Last week was overflowing with big game releases, but this week is no slouch, either. In fact, it will be a few months before we can expect to see any major lulls. Below, we take a look at the five biggest games launching this week across all systems. No matter what kind of games you’re into, you’re likely to find something that sparks your interest.

Source: Insomniac Games

Source: Insomniac Games

Sunset Overdrive

October 28 (Xbox One)

One of the biggest Microsoft exclusives out this season is Sunset Overdrive, a game from Insomniac, the makers of the Ratchet and Clank and Resistance series. Judging by the previews, this game looks like pure, unbridled fun.

A toxic energy drink has turned most of the population into monsters, so your job is to go around shooting them. The twist here is that the environments are full of zip lines and grind rails that let you swoop in and out of the action, blasting baddies from one side of the city to the other in the blink of an eye. If this kind of Tony Hawk-style shooting is as fun as it looks, Xbox One owners are  in for a treat.

Source: Sony

Source: Sony

Freedom Wars

October 28 (PS Vita)

Freedom Wars is the game many Vita owners have been waiting for: a big AAA title exclusive to Sony’s handheld. The game takes place in an unpleasant future, when nearly everyone is imprisoned and forced to work to keep the prisons running.

Your particular sentence is set to last a million years, but you can chip away at it by going on missions. During these missions, you team up with other prisoners who are controlled either by the computer or by real people online. Your goal is to slay the giant monsters running rampant in the outside world.

Throw in a few role-playing game ideas like leveling up to become more powerful and crafting different kinds of weapons and armor to augment your fighting style, and you’ve got a recipe for a great game. If you have a Vita, Freedom Wars should most definitely be on your radar.

Source: Bandai Namco

Source: Bandai Namco

Lords of the Fallen

October 28 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows)

If you like super-tough games like Dark Souls, you’ll definitely want to keep an eye on Lords of the Fallen. Unlike most games coming exclusively to current-gen consoles, this one doesn’t strive to break new ground in the genre. Instead, the developers want to offer a finely-tuned, satisfying game that plays by the established rules. It might not be revolutionary, but it could be excellent.

Lords of the Fallen takes the same basic ideas as Dark Souls (tough monsters and real-time combat), but makes the experience much more approachable. Checkpoints are thoughtfully placed before major battles, and the experience system is more clearly laid out. The game is still no cakewalk, but the idea is that players won’t feel punished for failing.

And thanks to multipliers that vanish when you bank your experience points, you’re still rewarded for living dangerously. If the developers pull it off, Lords of the Fallen could be a perfect solution for players who were repelled by the extreme difficulty of Dark Souls.

Source: 2K Games

Source: 2K Games

WWE 2K15

October 28 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

Are you ready to rumble? WWE 2K15 is the second game in the series since 2K Sports got the WWE license, and it looks like a pretty big departure. Instead of creating a button-masher of a wrestling game, this installment has a more realistic vibe. Moves require precision to pull off, and combos take more practice — but if works as planned, it will be a more rewarding experience for dedicated players.

This is a pretty bold strategy, because it puts the game in direct competition with EA Sports UFC, another game that pits real-life fighters against each other in realistic matches. In a lot of ways, a more approachable WWE game would make more sense, seeing as wrestling is, as we all know, fake. Regardless, a good game is a good game, and if 2K delivers where it counts, you won’t hear me complaining.

Source: EA

Source: EA

NBA Live 15

October 28 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

A series that’s not making big gameplay changes this year is NBA Live 15, the latest in EA’s basketball lineup. Coming on the heels of a very poorly reviewed predecessor, this game has a lot of ground to make up if it wants to be crowned the king of the court against its competition in NBA 2K15.

Granted, the new NBA Live game has almost nowhere to go but up, but this year EA is promising much better graphics, animations, physics, and controls. The previews bear this out, so it will be interesting to see if the game delivers. Regardless, NBA Live 15 better bring its A-game, because NBA 2K15 got mostly positive reviews when it launched earlier this month.

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