Bright ideas for dark nights

Loughborough Echo - - GAME ON -

T HE mag­i­cal month of Oc­to­ber has ar­rived, mean­ing Hal­loween is just around the cor­ner.

And the new month also her­alds the ar­rival of longer nights – and get­ting even longer when we turn the clocks back in just a few weeks.

But there’s no need to de­spair. This month also sees the ar­rival of a host of lovely new games – games that will keep you en­ter­tained on the dark win­ter nights ahead.

A new As­sas­sin’s Creed lands this week, Su­per Mario is hav­ing a party, and as we head to­wards Novem­ber, Red Dead Re­demp­tion 2 rides onto con­soles.

As­sas­sin’s Creed: Odyssey PS4, XBOX ONE, PC Re­lease: Fri­day

THE As­sas­sin’s Creed fran­chise shows lit­tle sign of slow­ing down as this, the 11th ma­jor in­stal­ment in the se­ries, proves.

Set in the year 431BC, the game plays out dur­ing a fic­tional his­tory of the Pelo­pon­nesian War.

Choose be­tween con­trol­ling a Delian League merce­nary, or fight with the Spar­tans, and this time you can choose to play through the whole game as a fe­male char­ac­ter.

Early re­views say in-game mini chal­lenges feel more or­ganic, and that the men­ace of mi­cro­trans­ac­tions looms as a way to pay real cash to level your way through the game.

Su­per Mario Party Switch Re­lease: Fri­day

THE Mario Party se­ries con­tin­ues to be some of the most fun you can have with friends on a games con­sole.

Its orig­i­nal board game style has been made richer, with deeper strate­gic el­e­ments to keep play­ers on their toes.

In Stan­dard Game mode, up to four play­ers can com­pete against each other – mov­ing around the board col­lect­ing stars, and go­ing head-to-head in var­i­ous mini games.

In Part­ner Party mode, two teams of two play­ers can bat­tle it out to col­lect the most stars – just like in Mario Party: Star Rush.

For the first time in the se­ries, Su­per Mario Party sup­ports on­line play, so if your friends can’t make it, you can join thou­sands of play­ers for some Mario fun.

WWE 2K19 PS4, PC, XBOX ONE Re­lease: Oc­to­ber 9

THE re­sponse to last year’s WWE re­lease was, quite frankly, heart­break­ing, but de­vel­op­ers Yuke and Vis­ual Con­cepts are hop­ing that this year they’ve hit on the magic for­mula.

The game’s creative di­rec­tor has been quoted as say­ing this will be the first game in the se­ries to shun a sim­u­la­tion-style ac­tion in favour of a ‘faster and more fluid game­play style’. Show­case mode re­turns, this time fo­cus­ing on the ca­reer of Daniel Bryan as he fights his way to wrestling glory.

MyCa­reer mode has been re­vamped to fo­cus on a more lin­ear sto­ry­line, and, for the first time, your aspir­ing wrestler will have a voice.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 PS4, PC, XBOX ONE Re­lease: Oc­to­ber 12

AN­OTHER fran­chise which re­mains hugely pop­u­lar, this is the fifth COD ‘sub­series’ re­lease, and the 15th in­stal­ment in the over­all se­ries.

Black Ops 4 has no tra­di­tional sin­gle-player mode, in­stead fo­cus­ing on Solo Mis­sions Mode.

Gamers can play through each of the ‘Spe­cial­ist’s’ back­sto­ries, with ac­tion tak­ing place be­tween Black Ops II and III.

This game is the first to not fea­ture auto-health re­gen­er­a­tion in mul­ti­player mode, and in­tro­duces a new bal­lis­tics, and pre­dic­tive re­coil sys­tem.

Fans of the se­ries’ now leg­endary Zom­bie mode, will be pleased to hear there’s three new maps on re­lease – four if you’re a su­per fan with a Black Ops Pass – with fights on the Ti­tanic, Al­ca­traz and in An­cient Rome.

Red Dead Re­demp­tion 2 PS4, XBOX ONE Re­lease: Oc­to­ber 26

ONE of the year’s most an­tic­i­pated games, Red Dead Re­demp­tion 2 is ac­tu­ally a pre­quel to 2010’s hit. Set in 1899, it fol­lows the ad­ven­tures of out­law Arthur Morgan – a mem­ber of the Dutch Van der Linde gang.

The ways of the Old West are dy­ing, and as gun­slingers face ex­tinc­tion Red Dead 2 is a last hoorah for Morgan and the gang, on the run in the wilder­ness af­ter a bank rob­bery goes ter­ri­bly wrong.

Boast­ing a huge open-world map, great pain has been taken to help you live out the wild west fan­tasy.

The longer Arthur stays out in the wilder­ness his clothes be­come more dirty, bat­tered and bloody. Even his beard will grow, and his hair be­come un­kempt, which can be brought back un­der con­trol with a visit to the bar­ber.

Red Dead Re­demp­tion 2 prom­ises to be an in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence.

As­sas­sin’s Creed: Odyssey gives you the chance to play the whole game with a fe­male char­ac­ter

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