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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 July 2019

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Three Single Player Games (July 2019) - Sea of Solitude, Fire Emblem Three Houses, Wolfenstein Youngblood

July, the middle of winter down here in Australia. Even in the bizarre New South Wales climate, the biting cold makes for a great excuse to stay inside and play games. 

Weirdly for single players, quite a few prestige games this month include additional co-op modes. With acclaimed designers behind them, such games will hopefully avoid the pitfalls of accommodating multiple players, as too many games have done in the past.

Sea of Solitude

Release Date: July 5, 2019
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

At first blush, Sea of Solitude looks like yet another story of a young adult struggling with questions of identity and mental health while exploring a beautiful but harsh fantasy world.

Actually, that’s what it is. ‘Quirky, life affirming indie adventure’ is a whole cottage industry these days, but the fact that such games are now more prevalent should never dismay.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice was a masterpiece of refined design and storytelling, and Sea of Solitude appears be something similar—this time dealing with a fantastical vision of depression that turns ordinary people into literal monsters.

Players take charge of Kay, who has sought out the eponymous Sea—or rather, a flooded city based on Berlin—in the hope that there is a cure for monstrosity. However, despite its name, she is not the only person in the Sea. Avoiding the other monsters of the Sea seems to be a major part of the gameplay. These tense encounters are likely to provide rhythm and variety to the adventure and keep it from being a just walking simulator. (Not that being a walking simulator is inherently a problem.)

Although published by EA Originals, one would do well to remember that EA the company does not actually profit off the Originals that they publish. With a focused story and themes that still are not often explored in bigger games, Sea of Solitude should be of great interest to single player fans in a month otherwise dominated by multiplayer titles.

 

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Release Date: July 26, 2019
Platform: Nintendo Switch

Almost certainly the biggest single player release of the month, and tied with Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 as another massive Switch exclusive, Fire Emblem: Three Houses might be exactly what single players need right now.

Lately the Fire Emblem franchise has exploded in both its popular profile and sales success, buoyed by a hunger for both deep anime RPGs and polished tactics games. Three Houses seems to have doubled down on exciting trends and features in both genres: particularly a Persona/Harry Potter inspired magic school setting and an even deeper tactical battle system that ditches the rock-paper-scissors for more nuanced character progression options. As with many Japanese RPGs, the story is also a major focus and hinges upon a time-jump.

The early part casts the player as a teacher at the Officer’s Academy, situated in the center of the game world and attended by students from the three most powerful nations. Five years later, the second and likely larger part concerns the drama between the player’s teacher and their former students, whose nations are now locked in a massive three-way conflict.

As is to be expected for a series finally coming back to consoles after a long time on the 3DS, Three Houses is a massive technical leap over its predecessors. The game boasts better realised battlefields, more detailed armies, and a slick animated style that appears much more consistent compared with the three or four different art styles on the 3DS.

With such improvements, as well as the overall pedigree of the Fire Emblem brand, Three Houses should have no trouble satisfying single player fans looking for a meaty middle-of-the-year RPG.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Release Date: July 26, 2019
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One

The recent Wolfenstein revival series is such a remarkable achievement in traditional shooter design and great, if goofy, sci-fi worldbuilding that the co-op focus of this latest instalment is somewhat disappointing.

Yes, as with F.E.A.R. 3 and Dead Space 3, following a well-received second chapter the Wolfenstein series now pivots to a co-operative focused chapter. Though the game is not a mandatory multiplayer experience, combat encounters and puzzles have been redesigned to accommodate the two player mode, giving single players an AI-controlled partner and bullet sponge enemies.

However, all hope is not lost for Wolfenstein: why else would it be the third game on the list? The narrative has been pushed forward in time, as B.J.’s twin daughters are now in their adolescence, now giving players a glimpse at the 1980s of Wolfenstein‘s skewed universe. Additionally, the level design itself is more freeform thanks to development assistance from Arkane, the developers of the Dishonored series.

Will Wolfenstein: Youngblood successfully deliver more of the series’s goofy charm and crazy alternate reality? Almost certainly. On the other hand, will the game be as fun to play alone as in multiplayer? That remains to be seen. Last month’s E3 demo that raised such concerns was naturally only a snapshot of a game in development, so MachineGames and Arkane have had plenty of time to resolve these potential downsides to a co-op focused game.

Those are our three big single player games to look out for this month. Other interesting titles coming soon include Stranger Things 3 on July 4 and Attack on Titan 2 on July 5, both games hitting Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

On July 12 we will see the sequel to an almost-fantastic Minecraft-like RPG spinoff, Dragon Quest Builders 2 on Switch and PlayStation 4, as well as the Switch port of “anime Monster Hunter”, God Eater 3

The week after, July 19 brings us Switch-exclusive Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, and at an undetermined time during the month Klei Entertainment’s anticipated survival-sim Oxygen Not Included will finally leave early access on PC.

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