Win­ter blues? Con­sole your­self with some great new games

Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - Game On -

IN WHAT’S prov­ing to be the fastest year ever, we have al­ready reached the merry month of Novem­ber.

While most of us have our think­ing caps on for Christ­mas gift ideas, let’s not lose sight of the great ti­tles out this month.

There’s a new Fall­out ad­ven­ture, Agent 47 is back in Hit­man 2, and Bendy and the Ink Ma­chine lands on con­soles. And if all that wasn’t enough, this month also brings Black Fri­day (Novem­ber 23), when you might re­ally be able to bag a pre-Christ­mas bar­gain. Hit­man 2

XBOX ONE, PS4, PC Re­lease:

Novem­ber 9 THIS is the di­rect se­quel to 2016’s Hit­man, but un­like its pre­de­ces­sor this isn’t an episodic game.

On a mis­sion to hunt the mys­te­ri­ous Shadow Client and dis­as­sem­ble his mili­tia, Agent 47 is also on a col­li­sion course to dis­cov­er­ing the truth about his past.

It has six mis­sions set in six dis­tinct sand­box lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing an as­sas­si­na­tion at a race course in Mi­ami, and the forests of Cuba, hunt­ing car­tel mem­bers.

Sit­ting along­side the main game is Sniper As­sas­sin, a mul­ti­player co-op, which sees play­ers tasked with off­ing tar­gets against the clock us­ing a sniper ri­fle.

Elu­sive Tar­get mis­sions are also back, with Sean Bean star­ring as the first of the game. Moon­lighter PS4, Switch Re­lease: Novem­ber 9 WITH all the big re­leases this month, don’t over­look this lit­tle gem.

Moon­lighter is an ac­tion RPG with rogue-lite el­e­ments fol­low­ing Will, an ad­ven­tur­ous shop­keeper who dreams of be­com­ing a hero.

Man­age your shop dur­ing the day, and at night, strike out to ex­plore dun­geons and con­front hordes of en­e­mies, which drop loot upon de­feat.

You can then spend your hard­earned wins on up­grad­ing your store, and the town in which you live – maybe even hire a part-time worker for the shop, to give you more time to go off on ad­ven­tures. Fall­out 76

XBOX ONE, PS4, PC Re­lease: Novem­ber 14 BETHESDA ven­tures into the world of on­line mul­ti­play­ers with the lat­est in­stal­ment of Fall­out.

Fall­out 76 is the pre­quel to the se­ries, set in an al­ter­nate ver­sion of the game’s his­tory, 25 years af­ter a nu­clear war dev­as­tated Earth.

The hero re­sides in Shel­ter 76, a bunker built in West Vir­ginia to house Amer­ica’s best and bright­est minds.

Ex­plore on your own, or part­ner three other play­ers to ven­ture out to re­colonise the Waste­land.

Boast­ing an open world that’s four times big­ger than Fall­out 4, the game’s S.P.E.C.I.A.L Pro­gres­sion Sys­tem has also been re­vised, de­signed to make play­ers stop and think about the perks they are choos­ing, rather than pas­sively lev­el­ling up.

One thing that hasn’t changed is the ra­dio, and just like its pre­de­ces­sors Fall­out 76 uses its sound­track to bol­ster the am­bi­ence – mak­ing it ab­so­lute re­quired lis­ten­ing while you play. Bat­tle­field V

XBOX ONE, PS4, PC Re­lease: Novem­ber 20 BAT­TLE­FIELD re­turns to its roots in this new in­stal­ment, with w hat it claims is a ‘never-be­fore-seen por­trayal of World War 2’.

The an­nounce­ment trailer saw some fans com­plain­ing about a per­ceived lack of his­tor­i­cal ac­cu­racy, and the fact there was a fo­cus on fe­male sol­diers.

Those who get over them­selves and give the game a try will find a fairly frag­mented re­lease.

There are four dates from which you can play, EA Ac­cess sub­scribers get a 10-hour trial from Novem­ber 9. PC gamers with EA Ori­gin Ac­cess Premier get the whole game 11 days early, and if you or­der the Deluxe Edi­tion you can play from Novem­ber 15. Ev­ery­one else can play from Novem­ber 20.

But that’s not all. It will be De­cem­ber be­fore the sin­gle player cam­paign, War Sto­ries, is re­leased, and if you want to play Bat­tle Royale, you’ll have to wait un­til March.

While I’m sure die-hard fans will be there on day one, I might be tempted to leave this for a while. Bendy and the Ink Ma­chine XBOX ONE, PS4, PC, Switch

Re­lease:

Novem­ber 20 BE­HIND the quirky an­i­ma­tion of this cute-look­ing game, is a sur­vival hor­ror that will for­ever ruin your child­hood love of car­toons.

Set in 1960, it tells the tale of Henry, a re­tired an­i­ma­tor who chances upon a night­mare of car­toon char­ac­ters seem­ingly cre­ated by the in­fa­mous Ink Ma­chine.

Orig­i­nally drip fed to play­ers as episodes, this re­lease brings the whole game to­gether for the first time.

Puz­zle solv­ing, en­vi­ron­ment ex­plor­ing and com­bat are all key to sur­vival in the night­mar­ish world where car­toons have come to life, and want to take yours.

Graph­i­cally this is a thing of beauty, the world an odd amal­gam of the car­toon world, and the stu­dio in which Henry used to work.

Ty­ing it all to­gether is a crack­ing sound­track, jan­gly pi­ano pieces bring­ing to life the olde worlde feel of the car­toons.

There are al­ready ru­mours of a crossover with last year’s big run-and-gun hit Cup­head as, the­mat­i­cally, the two are not dis­sim­i­lar.

Fall­out now fea­tures a multi-player op­tion

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