Video game launches have a way to generate hype in ways that boggle the mind. Hype trains start months, sometimes years, in advance, and every little bit of information sends the masses of fans into frenzies. This is especially true when it’s a huge game that already has legions of supporters.
But sometimes hype trains don’t exactly check for a clear track before setting off. This often leads to huge games colliding within launch windows and that can lead to some strong competition as gamers are stuck with the decision of which one to pick up. We’ve already seen this in action this year when Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Mad Max released on the same day.
Two games due to go head to head in the near future are Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and Halo 5: Guardians. With Syndicate hitting store shelves this Friday, and Halo 5 doing so on Tuesday Oct. 27, these two beloved franchises will be fighting for the hard earned cash of gamers. For many, this will mean having to make a difficult decision.
On the one hand you have the latest entry of the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Its open world history based action and new found focus on the single player experience is set to win back fans who may have felt a bit burned by Unity and everything it brought along with it. Ubisoft has listened, and after a few hands-on sessions it’s clear that they were genuine in their apologies and are tracking towards delivering something worthwhile. Set in London during the dawn of the industrial revolution, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate feels as new as it looks, which is something the series was sorely needing. Add in the dual protagonists, offering completely different play styles for players to experiment with (no issues animating certain characters this time), and you have a game worthy of your attention.
On the other hand, you have what may prove to be the Master Chief’s final adventure. It’s no secret that there are millions of fans who buy Xbox consoles for the sole purpose of playing Halo, and it’s for good reason. Halo is one of the leading franchises in the FPS scene. It offers a prolific and perpetually popular competitive multiplayer alongside a deep story that expands beyond the video games. Halo 5 Guardians lets players take control of two different teams with two very different goals as they search for the truth behind Master Chief and whether or not he is the hero we’ve all been led to believe he is. Multiplayer returns to form as well as introduces new ways to play together with the Warzone mode. All in all, Halo 5 is shaping up to be a solid exclusive for the Xbox One to kick off the holiday season with.