[Games Around the Corner] Week 45, 2020: Assassins, Demons, and Superheroes
This week sees the release of some notable triple-A-grade titles, offering players a choice between Viking battles, grueling demon-slaying, and acrobatic web-slinging.
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
The latest game in the Assassin’s Creed series and the third to feature Assassin’s Creed: Origins brand of open world RPG gameplay, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla will put players in the role of a Viking called Eivor. It’s up to players whether their Eivor is male or female as they set out to conquer ninth-century England. The game will feature conversation choices, raids against Saxon forces, dual-wielding, the return of the iconic Hidden Blade, a settlement you can grow and customize, and even Viking rap battles. Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla will be released on November 10 for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and Stadia. It’ll also be released for PS5 on its November 12 launch date.
A remake by Blueprint Games of From Software’s 2009 Dark Souls predecessor of the same name, Demon’s Souls will return old fans and introduce new players to an enhanced version of Boletaria, a land covered in fog and terrifying creatures after the summoning of a demon called The Old One by its power-seeking king. “Now, Boletaria is cut off from the outside world, and the knights who dare penetrate the deep fog to free the land from its plight, are never seen again,” says the PlayStation description, “As a lone warrior who has braved the baneful fog, you must face the hardest of challenges to earn the title “Slayer of Demons” and send The Old One back to its slumber.” Demon’s Souls will be released on November 12 for PS5.
Marvel’s Spider Man: Miles Morales
Miles Morales becomes the star of his own game with Spider Man: Miles Morales. The map and general gameplay will be familiar for players who’ve played the previous Peter Parker-starring Spider-Man game, but this spin-off will also offer new powers like “bio-electric venom blast attacks and covert camouflage” and haptic feedback on the PS5. The story sees Peter, also Miles’ mentor, leaving New York in the hands of his protégé while he heads off on a Daily Bugle assignment. Miles then finds himself dealing with warring two factions in the form of a “devious energy corporation and a high-tech criminal army”. Spider Man: Miles Morales releases on November 12 for PS4 and PS5.