Sunday, 6 March 2016

The Week Ahead!

It's a pretty big week for games next week, with two big AAA games releasing. Firstly, on coming out on Tuesday for PC, PS4, and Xbox One is Tom Clancy's The Division, Ubisoft's open-world RPG - where have I heard that before? - that was first revealed almost 3 years ago(!) Taking place in a disease-ridden Manhattan, you're part of The Division, a group of agents that are investigating the source of the deadly virus. The gameplay's very similar to most third-person shooters, and most of you reading have undoubtedly played the beta at some point, though the addition of the PVP Dark Zone could be a maker or breaker in terms of replayability for the game.

The other big release is, of course, Hitman, coming out on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on Friday. The prequel of the stealth series is shaping up to be rather good (find out more in my First Impressions article for Push Square) From what I've played of the beta, it's very much like Blood Money - a very, very good thing - in that it plays openly. There were so many ways to kill your target, from all guns blazing to Silent Assassin, and I'm pretty hyped for the game.

There are also plenty of smaller games coming, too - Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition comes out for PC and Xbox One on Friday, adding a new expansion as well as an easier difficulty and a fast travel system to the indie hit, while the excellent WWE 2K16 releases for PC on the same day, with all of the DLC on consoles coming installed with the PC version.

In terms of film, it's also a pretty big week - Grimsby (or The Brothers Grimsby, as it's known outside of the UK) the latest Sacha Baron Cohen film, is all about expert MI6 spy Sebastian Butcher (Mark Strong) meeting with his brother, the football hooligan and father of 9 Nobby Butcher (Cohen) as they attempt to bring down a terrorist organization led by Rhonda George (Penelope Cruz) who have tarnished Sebastian's name. It looks to be funny, but its Rotten Tomatoes score of 50% may mean that might not be the case when it releases on Friday.

Also coming out on Friday is a film I'm very, very excited for: 10 Cloverfield Lane, a spiritual sequel to sci-fi horror Cloverfield. Directed by newcomer Dan Trachtenberg - but produced by the original film's creator J.J Abrams - the film follows Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who survives a car accident but wakes up in an underground cellar, thinking she's been abducted by survivalist Howard Stambler, who tells her that Earth's surface is now uninhabitable due to a chemical attack. Michelle isn't sure what to believe, but decides to make her way to surface. Considering that Abrams has consulted on this film, and that it's pretty low-budget, I've still got a lot of hope for this one. 

Are you excited for any of these films/games? Tell us in the comments!

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