This week promises to give gamers a taster’s choice of reasons to keep delaying all those inevitable holiday shopping trips and party plans. A trio of anticipated games leads a big release week in the gaming world, as established franchises stretch their legs with new titles.
First up is Spyro Reignited, a totally remastered trilogy that assembles the first three games Insomiac made popular back in the original PlayStation days: Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage!, and Spyro: Year of the Dragon.
Far from a simple touch-up, the totally overhauled visuals promise a feast that should net the purple fire-breather tons of nostalgic fans and first-timers alike. Just to give you an idea of how leveled-up the whole package is, Sony released a new teaser, which you can check out below, just ahead of the bundle’s imminent launch.
Sweetening the deal even further is a completely reworked score of the series’ iconic in-game music, originally composed by The Police’s Stewart Copeland. Spyro Reignited heats up on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Nov. 13.
Also stealthing onto consoles this week is the smooth-headed Agent 47, who’ll be chasing down the enigmatic Shadow Client in Hitman 2. The sequel to 2016’s rebooted Hitman, the new game returns to a traditional, single-package game formula after experimenting with a timed, episodic release schedule — with mixed success — for its earlier outing.
Our favorite bar-coded assassin is at it again with a release that’s already been assured of two paid expansions in the future (although ponying up for the Gold Edition of the game will nab you all the content for one price). There’ll also be an ongoing series of timed-event “elusive targets” missions, with the first target set to be voiced by Sean Bean.
Hitman 2 gets deadly sneaky on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC starting Nov. 13.
Finally, the biggest game map in Fallout franchise history is only days away from being yours to explore. The next chapter in Bethesda’s storied post-apocalyptic alternate reality finally arrives on Nov. 14.
Unlike its single-player RPG predecessors, Fallout 76 takes things online for a hybrid single-player / cooperative adventure that follows a main storyline while steering players toward real-time battles not against NPCs, but against other players and the non-human threats that populate the Appalachian wilds.
With only two days to go before Bethesda cuts the ribbon welcoming players to West Virginia’s wasteland country roads, we wouldn’t be surprised to see one more trailer appear, so flip that blast visor down and keep your eyes peeled.
Our time with the BETA version of the game left us encouraged about Bethesda’s new direction and hungry for more, so when you see our avatars emerge bleary-eyed and blinking in our Vault 76 blue jumpsuits, be kind. Remember, we’re all in this thing together.