By IVY VELAZQUEZ
As the time for midterms gets closer and closer, student stress levels begin to reach their peaks . With those stress levels comes all kinds of different ways of with dealing it. Some students work out, some read, some bang their head against a wall (not recommended). And there are those who relieve stress by playing video games.
Lucky for the gamers on campus, a slew of much anticipated video games are coming out this October. These games range across all platforms and genres, from Nintendo’s Mario to action and stealth games on Playstation, Xbox and PC.
What’s Already Out?
There are a few games that have already been released this month. The first week of October saw the release of racing game Forza Motorsport 7 (Windows PC and Xbox One), role-playing game (RPG) Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen (PS4 and Xbox One) and Nintendo 3DS games Layton’s Mystery Journey and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. The latter is a reimagining of the 2003 Gameboy Advance game of the same name.
Oct. 10-17 comes with more RPG and racing releases, plus South Park: The Fractured But Whole (PS4, PC and Xbox One), which takes the show in a superhero direction. Also, Destiny 2, while technically released on Sept. 6, the PC version will be released on Oct. 24. Another RPG, this mythic science fiction game follows the same storyline as with its predecessor.
And with all of these games already released, there are still plenty more to look forward to this month.
Fire Emblem Warriors
A cross between RPG Fire Emblem and the Japan action-game series Warriors, Fire Emblem Warriors is set to be released Friday, Oct. 20. To be released for the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch, this hack-and-slash game will primarily be featuring Fire Emblem characters from Shadow, Dragons, Awakening and Fates.
The game starts when powerful monsters are released in the royal castle of Aytolis, causing darkness to fall on the country. The heroes of the game are the only two to escape from the castle, the prince and princess Rowan and Lianna. As a hack-and-slash game, players fight through battlefields, completing combos as they try to achieve the stage objectives. The battles are from the history of the series itself.
Also to be released on Oct. 20, this steampunk action game is the third installation in the Syberia series. For platforms Nintendo Switch, PS4, PC and Xbox One, the game follows American lawyer Kate Walker as she travels Siberia.
As the player, the game starts off where Syberia II left off, with Kate having been rescued from the island Syberia by the Youkol people and they work together to stop a common enemy. They travel from city to city, deal with a nuclear fallout, and seek the Youkols’ lost temple.
Super Mario Odyssey
Coming out on the Nintendo Switch, Super Mario Odyssey follows Mario as he travels space in his ship, Odyssey, in search of Princess Peach, who has (yet again) been captured by Bowser (gasp, who saw that coming?). The game sees Mario travel to multiple worlds as he searches for the princess, whom he intends to marry.
To be released on Oct. 27, the latest of the Super Mario franchise will return to the open-ended, exploration-based platform that players saw for Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine, with a few new tricks.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Also to be released on Oct. 27, this first-person shooter action game will be released on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, with a Nintendo Switch version scheduled to come out sometime in 2018.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus follows the events from its predecessor Wolfenstein: The New Order. Set in 1961, the Nazis have occupied America and the militant resistance try to set up the Second American Revolution, which is the objective of the game.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins
Yet another one set to be released on Oct. 27, Assassin’s Creed: Origins is probably the most anticipated game of the month. Heck, maybe even the year. The platforms for this game include PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
After the release of Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate in 2015, players were left with more questions than answers. And some of the biggest will be answered in Origins as the beginnings of the Brotherhood are explored thousands of years before any other Assassin’s game. Set in Egypt, the tenth main installment of the series takes place during Cleopatra’s reign and follows the last of the elite Egyptian military-police force the Medjay, Bayek. It’s his journey that leads to the beginning of the Brotherhood.
With all of these games set to come out this month, gamers will definitely have something to look forward amidst the stress of school and exams. Happy gaming!
Ivy Velazquez can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.