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Three Games the Single Players Should Look Out For in October

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Top 5 Single Player Games we are looking forward to at E3

Hi there Single Player gamers! Summer is over now and the nights are drawing in, which can only mean one thing: the biggest games of the year are coming. 2015 has already been nothing short of outstanding, with 100-hour epics interspersed with indie gems, along with bone-crunching beat-em-ups and terrifying horror adventures. However many believe the best is yet to come, with the ever-popular build up to Christmas starting to get into full swing.

Here are three of the most anticipated games to look forward to in October:

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate

(Release: October 23 on Xbox One and PS4, November 19 for Windows)

Last year Ubisoft delved into solely next-gen gaming for the first time in the series with the Parisian Assassin’s Creed: Unity. It’s fair to say the game was released with a myriad of bugs and glitches that even the most die-hard of AC fans would struggle to overlook. The familiar formula from the yearly releases was running its course and voices of discontent could be heard from all over. However, the city of Paris was magnificent and remains one of the most beautiful and detailed game worlds to date.

With the reins now handed over to Ubisoft Quebec (from Ubisoft Montreal) Syndicate is looking to revitalise the series with two main protagonists, namely Jacob and Evie Frye, while being set in a Victorian London era that has been clamoured for by fans over a number of years. With next-gen very much now the current-gen, Ubisoft have had enough time and experience to craft an Assassin’s Creed that can once again top many gamers’ most wanted list for the year.

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Halo 5: Guardians

(Release: October 27 on Xbox One)

Halo finally arrives on Xbox One as a standalone game. The release of The Master Chief Collection was plagued with issues, mainly in the multiplayer department, but fans are assured of no such issues in the continuation of the story of Master Chief (aka John-117). Introducing the new character and assumed enemy known as Agent Locke, who is also playable, the Halo 5 campaign looks to be the longest one yet, doubling the length of Halo 4, as well as being locked to 60fps.

As the flagship title for Xbox since its initial launch back in 2001, Halo has amassed an enormous following. Now with the Xbox One, that following has continued to grow as have the expectations along with it. With Bungie moving their focus to Destiny, 343 Industries have now made Halo their own with their second iteration since taking over, and the fans’ long wait for a brand new Halo adventure is almost over, with Guardians being their biggest yet.

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Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 1

(Release: October 13 on PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3. October 15 on Android and iOS)

After the success of previous outings like Walking Dead, Wolf Among Us, Tales from the Borrderlands and more; Telltale Games have brought their point-and-click style to the incredibly successful universe of Minecraft. The first episode of five will be released in October, with the developers (who are collaborating with Mojang, the Minecraft creators) to devise a story from what is essentially a “blank canvas” according to the developers themselves.

Assuming the role of Jesse (who can be male or female) the player controls the story based on their decisions, much like the aformentioned titles. The incredible worldwide success of Minecraft combined with the unique story-telling mechanics that Telltale can produce is sure to create a massive hit, possibly surpassing all games before it. Minecraft: Story Mode is uniquely designed for all ages, digging in to the hearts of children and adults alike.

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Honourable mention – The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

(Release: October 23 on 3DS)

Coming solely to Nintendo 3DS this month,. Zelda fans are treated to a unique adventure with Link and his two doppelgängers. Similar to The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures, the player controls multiple versions of Link; donned in the usual green, as well as red and blue, with the single player’s control switching between the three. The Links can combine to solve puzzles, fight enemies and create totems by standing on top one another, therefore reaching higher elevations.

Filling the ever-increasing wait for Link’s Wii U outing, Tri Force Heroes looks like an exciting title in the long-running fantasy series, as a new wave of Zelda fans can enjoy an old-school take on a classic using their modern hardware.

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These are our picks for the upcoming month. Let us know what you think will be a big hit in the comments below, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for any and all the Single Player news and features you will need.

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Three Single-Player Games to Watch Out for in May 2019

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May offers no respite from the big, bold games that have released so far in 2019, bringing with it a host of games almost certain to appeal to gamers of every stripe.

Close to the Sun

Release Date: May 2, 2019
Platforms: PC, consoles later in the year

May’s first major release may also be its most intriguing. Close to the Sun has regularly attracted comparisons to BioShock for its art style and premise, though the relationship between the two titles is, at best, spiritual.

Players take the role of journalist Rose Archer as she steps aboard Nikola Tesla’s ship, the Helios in 1897. Like Andrew Ryan before him (or after him, depending on perspective), Tesla has created a microcosm in which scientific freedom is unrestricted, with disastrous outcomes. Rose’s first impression is of a quarantine sign at the entrance to a still, dead ship, but she presses on regardless in search of her lost sister.

With Close to the Sun, developer Storm in a Teacup aims to provide an intense horror experience. The Helios holds none of BioShock’s shotguns or Plasmids. Instead, players have no means to defend themselves, with gameplay focusing on hiding from and escaping the threats on board.

Check out OnlySP’s final review of the game here.

RAGE 2

Release Date: May 14, 2019
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

For anyone to whom the slow, meditative approach does not appeal, Bethesda is busting out the big guns with the long-awaited, little-expected sequel, RAGE 2.

This time around, id Software has tapped Just Cause and Mad Max developer Avalanche Studios for assistance in developing an open-world game. The result, if the trailers are any indication, is a breakneck, neon-fuelled experience that focuses on insanity and ramps up all the unique aspects of the earlier game.

One focal point of development has been ensuring the interconnectedness of the game’s structure, and the teams have promised a greater focus on narrative this time around. Perhaps in keeping with that, RAGE 2 is being distanced from its predecessor, taking place 30 years later with a new protagonist and a whole new story, though some callbacks will be present.

Although id’s legendary first-person gunplay is a driving force throughout the game, it will be supplemented by some light RPG elements, robust vehicular combat, and post launch challenges and support (though the developers deny that RAGE 2 is designed with a games-as-a-service model in mind).

A Plague Tale: Innocence

Release Date: May 14, 2019
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Out on the same day as RAGE 2 is the vastly different A Plague Tale: Innocence. A historical adventure, the game challenges players with overcoming obstacles with brains rather than brawn.

Players become Amicia, an orphan girl struggling to survive in a plague-infested medieval France while also keeping her younger brother safe. With the landscape rife with rats and members of The Inquisition, one of the core tenets of gameplay is reportedly the need to use these threats against each other. As such, though Amicia has a sling to use, the gameplay is designed more as survival puzzles than combat ones.

Developer Asobo Studio is not a household name, though it has a lengthy history of adaptations and support on major titles, including Quantum Break and The Crew 2. Furthermore, even though A Plague Tale is yet to release, publisher Focus Home Interactive has displayed remarkable confidence in the project by extending its partnership with Asobo.

Honourable Mentions

Although RAGE 2 is the incontestable action-blockbuster of the month, gamers in search of another kind of frenetic may want to wait until May 21, when Curve Digital drops American Fugitive, which has a more than passing resemblance to the earliest Grand Theft Auto games. Alternatively, PlayStation VR owners may want to look into Blood and Truth come May 28.

Sega also shines this month, dropping Team Sonic Racing on May 21 and Total War: Three Kingdoms two days later.

Anyone looking for an RPG has indie’s answer to The Outer Worlds, Within the Cosmos, to look out for on May 30, while those looking for slower stories get the latest episode of Life is Strange 2 on May 9, Observation on May 21, and the fjord-noir Draugen at a yet unspecified date.

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