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New Releases: Week of 3/6

/ Mar 6th, 2016 No Comments

Tom Clancy's The Division

Spring will be upon us soon, but with more delays upon more delays, March looks better and better. It is no secret what the biggest release of the month is, and this is the week players will finally be able to take back post-apocalyptic New York City. Good thing too because we’ll be waiting a while before we some of this year’s biggest releases.

This week’s new releases include the oft-delayed but undeniably exciting, Tom Clancy’s The Division, the digital platform for episodic assassinations, Hitman, and a delightful update in Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition.

Tom Clancy’s The Division – Xbox One, PS4, PC – March 8

On Black Friday, you expect the normal ugliness of humanity to come out when induced by deals and capitalistic fervor, but what you don’t expect is a lethal virus to be unleashed into New York City causing wide spread chaos. While New York City is reeling from the devastating epidemic and a rapidly failing infrastructure, mob mentality takes sway in the streets with new factions forming to take advantage of the lack of basic needs. To combat this madness, you and others awake as sleeper agents of an elite organization called The Division. In the face of total chaos, you stand together to take back New York.

Tom Clancy’s The Division is built around teaming up with players online and exploring a post-apocalyptic New York City co-operatively. The Division’s New York City has dynamic conditions meaning the time of day and weather conditions will affect how you play the game. By teaming up with other agents, players can tackle the hostile groups roaming around NYC like local thugs, the Cleaners, The Rikers, and more. Since the virus is still around, you’ll need to utilize your gas mask and upgrade it during the game to enter and survive contaminated areas.
 

Tom Clancy's The Division

Tom Clancy’s The Division.


The game blends third-person shooting with deep RPG player progression. As players complete story missions, they’ll gain experience and be able to upgrade their character with a number of abilities and improved stats. Coordinating upgraded skills with the rest of your team will allow players to best survive intense firefights. Players can upgrade and customize their agents by looting fallen enemies for new weapons, gear, and skills. For the most valuable loot, players can team up to enter the Dark Zone, a walled-off quartine zone in the Middle of Manhattan. In the Dark Zone you can either with or against other agents to get some legendary loot.

Hitman: “Intro Pack” – PS4, Xbox One, PC – March 11

Agent 47 is back for the first time. Hitman shows the beginnings of Agent 47 career and how he joined the ICA. Unlike previous games in the Hitman franchise, Hitman will take an episodic approach to telling stories in Agent 47’s universe. This approach allows the game to focus both on storylines centered around Agent 47’s targets, but also longer season spanning stories revolving around 47, Diana Burnwood, the ICA, and new characters to this entry. The first season of Hitman will span seven episodes with an episode premiering each month following episode one: “intro pack”.
 

Hitman

Hitman.


Outside of the major content releases, Hitman will focus on community experiences through live events and live targets called Elusive Target Contracts. Unlike the episodic content, these Elusive Targets will only be available for a limited time, and players will only have one opportunity to take them out. Each Elusive Target will have a unique backstory and players will earn in-game rewards to taking out multiple Elusive Targets.
 
Hitman

Hitman.


In addition to the story content and Elusive Targets, players can enjoy Contracts Mode and Escalation Mode, which plays around with the game’s mechanics and increases the difficulty as time goes on. PS4 owners will get access to six exclusive contracts called “The Sarejevo Six”, which tells a self-contained side-story dealing with former members of the paramilitary unit called the CICADA. The first contract called “The Director” will be available at launch on PS4.

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition – Xbox One, PC, and Windows 10 – March 11

Reposted from 3/8/15 New Releases:

“Ori is a white guardian spirit whose mother is taken from him by an evil owl-like creature named Kuro. Losing his mother, Ori must venture out into the forest on his own. While he begins very weak, he quickly learns to fend for himself as he explores the forest. Eventually, he meets Sein, whom will act as a guide and partner for Ori. The two will gain new powers and abilities as they continue into the forest, and inevitably face Kuro.”
 

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition.


The original game was highly lauded with multiple awards last year, the Definitive Edition of Ori and the Blind Forest enhances the original adventure with new goodness. The Definitive Edition adds new areas and abilities – discover Naru’s Past in the new environments and explore the game with the new dash and light burst abilities, and additional story sequences.

A highly requested feature of the original was adjustable difficulties. Now players can select “easy” mode to breeze through the narrative, or the newly added “hard” and “one life” modes for additional challenges. Explore Nibel like never before with the ability to fast travel between Spirit Wells. Owners of the original on Xbox One and PC will be able to upgrade to Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition upon release.
 

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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