Big games launch this week

Alien invasions, outrageous superpowers, and high-tech espionage make for a jam-packed week in gaming

Splinter Cell Blacklist

It’s Gamescom week; promising news and previews on all the upcoming games and the next-gen consoles. Fittingly, we have a number of big-name games dropping this week as well, including: Saints Row IV; Splinter Cell: Blacklist; The Bureau: XCOM Declassified; and Skullgirls.

Saints Row IV (23 August 2013)

Series developer Volition is once again bringing the chaos and hilarity to the open-world of Saints Row, and will continue right from where Saints Row III left off.

The fourth entry sees the head of the notorious Saints gang be elected as president of the United States, but things get a little complicated when Steelport is attacked by an alien race.

Saints Row 4 will allow players to wield an arsenal of alien weaponry and technology, along with enhanced customisation and superpowers that allow you to leap over buildings, outrun sports cars, and play around with some telekinesis.

Splinter Cell: Blacklist (23 August 2013)

In Splinter Cell: Blacklist, fast-moving stealth, silenced weapons and stylish executions all return, as Sam’s ‘mark-and-execute’ moves from Conviction are back, along with some new tricks up his armour-clad sleeves.

The reviews have rolled in, and it’s not looking bad at all – Splinter Cell: Blacklist reviews released

The game is being called the “biggest Splinter Cell game ever” and features a globe-spanning campaign that sets Sam out to stop the Blacklist attacks.

Sam also has a new move, the Killing in Motion mechanic, which allows players to mark a number of targets and take them out in quick succession while on the run.

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified (23 August 2013)

2K Marin is delivering a fresh take on the XCOM universe with The Bureau: XCOM declassified. Despite having a different primary title, The Bureau is a true XCOM game in the franchise.

The 1960’s setting, themes and technologies may be different from the established XCOM norm but it lives up to the franchise name in style, substance and gameplay – with its tactical elements and permadeath, overlaid with some great third-person shooting.

You’ll have to mix up your strategies as you enter difficult situations, dictating to your team where they should move to and when they should execute their special moves, while getting your hands dirty and delivering some headshots and blowing up some aliens at the same time.

MyGaming got hands-on time with the franchise’s new third-person tactical shooter, and delivered 5 reasons to play The Bureau: XCOM Declassified.

All game releases this week

Xbox 360 release tag
Saints Row IV
Splinter Cell: Blacklist
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified
Flashback

PS3 release tag

Saints Row IV
Splinter Cell: Blacklist
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified
Flashback

PC release tag

Saints Row IV
Splinter Cell: Blacklist
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified
Skullgirls
Sir, You are Being Hunted

Wii U release

Splinter Cell: Blacklist
New Super Luigi U

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