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New Releases: Week of 10/18

/ Oct 18th, 2015 No Comments

Guitar Hero Live

The holiday season has kicked off officially, and we literally don’t have time to mess around! This week is packed full of new releases, enough to give you the sugar shocks from how sweet it is!

There is something for everyone whether you want to noodle on a guitar in Guitar Hero Live, get your dance on in Just Dance 2016, finish your adventures in Life is Strange and Tales from the Borderlands, explore an open fantasy world in Tales of Zestiria, get all spooked out in Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water, sneak around in Victorian London’s underworld in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, or grow to hate your friends in The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes.

Guitar Hero Live – PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U – October 20

Much like Rock Band 4 earlier this month, Guitar Hero Live aims to re-spark the plastic instrument rhythm fever again. It has been about five years since the last Guitar Hero, which means Live will bring about some new tweaks and changes to the experience. Chief among the changes is the new guitar controller utilizing a six-button configuration. Along with a new controller, players can now sing along with the game’s songs.

Also new to the game is a new full motion video presentation to simulate a real concert from a guitarist’s perspective. Guitar Hero Live will include a single-player story mode for players to try out. The free play mode called “Guitar Hero TV” allows players to play individual songs or curate channels focusing on specific genres. The mode will also include background matchmaking giving players the chance to compete on channels online in real-time.

Just Dance 2016 – PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Wii – October 20

The latest addition to the Just Dance series includes a new mode called “Dance Party”. “Dance Party” has both competitive and co-op multiplayer modes with the ability to send recordings of peroformances and challenges to other players. For PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U versions, Just Dance 2016 will have a mode called “Showtime”. This mode allows players to record lip sync music videos to various songs.

Just Dance 2016

Just Dance 2016.

Like previous versions of the game, Just Dance 2016 features the motion performance rhythm dancing fans expect and love. This latest version includes popular songs by Meghan Trainor, Iggy Azalea, One Direction, and more. Once again most of the songs are the popular hits from this past year, so if you aren’t already sick of them then you can dance you heart outs to them! Oh and it has a track from the god-level waifu, Hatsune Miku, which makes it a bit more endearing.

Season Finales – Life is Strange/Tales from the Borderlands – October 20

This week marks the end of two well-regarded episodic adventure games. “Polarized” the fifth and final episode of Life is Strange concludes the mystery Max and her friend, Chole have been investigating over the course of the game. The teasers for the episode have hinted at more about the “Dark Room” and a need to “Prepare for the Storm”.

“The Vault of the Traveler” is the final episode of Tales from the Borderlands. Rhys and Fiona’s tales are coming to a head. The fifth episode promises to be a doozy with the return of Handsome Jack, the identity of the Stranger, and the location of the Vault.

Tales of Zestiria – PS4, PS3, PC – October 20

The land of Glenwood is caught up in the grips of turmoil. Throughout Glenwood there is a rise of monsters called the Hellion, while the supernatural creatures called Seraphim are becoming scarce. Sorey is a young man with a wish to return to Glenwood to peace. He sets out on a quest to become a Shepherd, which is known throughout Glenwood as a savior and able to commune with the Seraphim. By gaining the title of Shepherd, he hopes to calm the Hellion and stop their leader. In doing this, he can humanity and the Seraphim, and bring about a new “legendary time”, where both mankind and the Seraphim live in peace.

Tales of Zestiria

Tales of Zestiria.

Tales of Zestiria marks a new direction for the series’ gameplay by employing an open world structure. The open world change allows for battles to take place in the same space players explore. No more random battles, players will able to see their challenges as they come. While the structure has changed up, the signature Tales’ battle system returns. The “Linear Motion Battle System” will be familiar to fans with a twist unique to Tales of Zestiria.

Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water – Wii U – October 22

The latest in the Fatal Frame series deals with three interconnected tales taking place on the infamous Hikami Mountain. The mountain is known for the water flowing throughout both for its spiritual properties and the number of suicides that occurred in them. The game follows Yuuri Kozukata, Ren Hojo, and Miu Hinasaki as they explore different locations around Hikami Mountain. All of them are individually trying to uncover the truth behind the most recent deaths in the forests on the Hikami Mountain.

Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water

Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water.

Originally released a year ago in Japan, it has been a lengthy process to get an English localization for the game. Nintendo announced the English localization earlier this year with fan interest prompting the process. The game will be an eShop only release with an untraditional structure. Players can download a trial version with the prologue and first two chapters of the game for free. To continue playing the rest of the game as normal, players can choose to buy the full game upgrade.

The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes – 3DS – October 23

Tri Force Heroes bring back co-operative play to The Legend of Zelda series. It has been a while since Link worked together with other Links in Four Swords Adventures. The latest multiplayer experience in the series reduces the player count to three to better account for the game’s 3D properties. Featuring a similar visual style to A Link Between Two Worlds, the game makes heavy use of different costumes with specialized items to aid in dungeons and puzzle solving.

The key component of gameplay this time around is the game’s totem mechanic. The totem mechanic allows the three Links to stack on each other shoulders to reach new heights. Since players can stack on top of each other, verticality is a bigger angle in puzzles and boss fights. While no mic communication exists in online play, there is a set of emoticons that can help players communicate and work together.

For more on how the multiplayer aspect of the game works, check out our E3 2015 preview.

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – PS4, Xbox One – October 23

It is 1868 and the Industrial Revolution is in full effect. Twins, Jacob and Evie Frye arrive in London with the city in full control of the Templars. While the Assassin Brotherhood has been devastated, the twins were still raise as Assassins and aim to take control of London back. Jacob and Evie plan to take the fight to the Templars by infiltrating London’s criminal underworld. By uniting the criminal element, maybe the Fryes will stand a chance.

Assassin's Creed Syndicate

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate marks the first time players can switch between two main protagonists freely throughout the game, and the first main game with a playable female character. The two Fryes have specialized uses like Jacob being better in close combat and Evie excelling in stealth maneuvers. Syndicate also includes a new means of transportation in the rope launcher that allows Evie and Jacob to rappel up buildings and use a zip-line between them, and carriages and trains can be used to get around London. London will a good deal larger than Unity’s Paris and won’t feature multiplayer or a companion app.

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Kalvin Martinez

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Kalvin Martinez studied Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He writes reviews, prose and filthy limericks. While he is Orange County born, he now resides in Portland, OR. He is still wondering what it would be like to work at a real police department. Follow Kalvin on Twitter @freepartysubs
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