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New Releases: Week of 10/22/17

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Super Mario Odyssey

The last full week of October sees the holiday season heating up as outside is cooling down. If you can’t find something to tickle your fancy this week then you may already be dead.

This week’s new releases include Assassin’s Creed Origins, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and Super Mario Odyssey. Also releasing this week is Splasher for Switch, Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon, Yomawari: Midnight Shadows, The Mummy Demastered, Aer: Memories of Old, Hidden Agenda, and Just Dance 2018.

Assassin’s Creed Origins – PS4, Xbox One, PC – October 27

It is time to travel back to Ancient Egypt to see how it all began. Assassin’s Creed Origins follows the story of Bayek, the last of the Medjay, a group of protectors for Egypt.

Bayek as the last of his line is the keep of traditions for the Medjay, and his power allows him to execute justice and protect those in need. When tragedy strikes Bayek must leave his home to hunt down and kill every last one of his enemies.

In his journey he’ll cross paths with Cleopatra, Ptolemy XIII and Julius Caesar as they struggle in a war for power. His quest marks the origin and creation of the Brotherhood of Assassins.

Assassin’s Creed Origins features a full country for you to explore with the vast expanse of Egypt acting as your sandbox. Go from Alexandria to the tip of the White Desert in your quest for revenge.

Assassin's Creed Origins

Assassin’s Creed Origins.

Much of the systems for Origins have been re-done including combat, quests, and A.I. Quests are now aimed at uniqueness with a promise of no two quests being similar. Side quests and main mission quests can be performed in any order depending on play style.

The A.I. has similarly been reinvented with each character having their own goals and needs. This means a target won’t ever be where you expect them to be, and it’ll take more careful planning to get the jump on them.

The combat sees the series moving away from timed animations to more precision with the inclusion of hitboxes and an importance on positioning.

Fighting is no longer simply about mashing buttons, but being away of where you and your foes are positioned. The new Adrenaline Gauge allows you to unleash devastating attacks, and the expanded weapon types make combat much more dynamic and challenging.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – PS4, Xbox One, PC – October 27

It is 1961 in America, although BJ Blazkowicz successfully assassinated the Nazi General Deathshead, it didn’t stop the Nazis. The setback wasn’t enough to slacken the grip of the Nazis’ stranglehold on the world. Now the Nazis have taken over America, and hope is thin.

BJ Blazkowicz must rebuild himself after barely surviving his brush with General Deathshead. After recovering from massive injuries, he joins the Resistance aimed to topple the Nazi Empire. Fighting the enemy on American soil won’t be easy, but BJ is more than up to the task with plenty of new weaponry to take down the Nazis and spark the second American Revolution.

Wolfenstein II: The Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The Colossus.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus sees BJ trapeze across America fighting the enemy from post-nuclear Manhattan down to Roswell to New Orleans and beyond. To aid his quest of eradicating the vile Nazi menace, he has a plethora of new weaponry including a handy hatchet to perform brutal melee kills.

BJ can dual wield any weapon he comes across from advanced pistols to submachine guns or any combinations he chooses. Best part of it all, he can upgrade his weaponry as he kills every Nazi in sight.

If dual wielding anything or hatchets don’t catch your particular fancy then how about high-tech machinery aimed to cause the most chaos? By using the Laserkraftwerk or the Dieselkraftwerk you can cause absolute mayhem on your Nazi foe.

Super Mario Odyssey – Switch – October 27

Bowser is up to his old tricks again. This time his kidnapping of Princess Peach has resulted in wedding plans. Now Mario must team up with Cappy, who wants to save his sister also kidnapped by Bowser. Mario must become the ultimate wedding crasher if he plans to save Princess Peach.

In Mario’s toughest adventure yet, he’ll have plenty of new moves to use and kingdoms to explore. While Mario still has his traditional moveset of jumping, triple jumping, wall jumping, ground pounding, and the backwards somersault, he has gained a whole new arsenal thanks to Cappy.

Super Mario Odyssey

Super Mario Odyssey.

Cappy opens up a whole new world of gameplay possibilities. Whether throwing Cappy and jumping on him to reach new areas or throwing him to hurt enemies or reveal secrets, he is a great ally. What makes him special though is the new capture ability.

By flicking your wrist and throwing Cappy at an enemy, an object, and even more, Mario can capture it. This transforms him into whatever he captures be it a Goomba, Bullet Bill, a Koopa Troopa, or a tank, lamp post, and more.

When capturing an enemy you gain new abilities like the ability to put on shade and see secrets or zip across wires a bolt of electricity. This exciting new power opens up a huge level of new gameplay possibilities and creativity.

Super Mario Odyssey Preview

Super Mario Odyssey.

As Mario explores the many new kingdoms in the game, he can ride different vehicles or simply roll down a hill for faster exploration.
Cappy gives Mario access to the ship The Odyssey allowing him to travel far beyond the Mushroom Kingdom. To explore new kingdoms, Mario needs to find Power Moons to power The Odyssey. Luckily, each kingdom is chock full of them.

Mario gets to visit exciting and exotic locales like the modern metropolis of New Donk City, the chilly desert of Tostarena in the Sand kingdom, and many more. All of these new locales will have new and even familiar friends and foes to discover.

There is a ton more to Super Mario Odyssey like outfits that Mario can buy with coins, 2-player co-op where one person controls Mario and the other controls Cappy, and a variety of amiibo functionality.

Releasing alongside the game are three Mario, Peach, and Bowser wedding themed amiibos that unlock outfits and power ups in-game.


Kalvin Martinez

Kalvin Martinez

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
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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