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4 Massive Game Releases This Week

What games are hitting South African store shelves this week?

This week, gaming enthusiasts get a gaming conundrum –  with too many quality releases hitting SA store shelves – which is never really a bad thing, when you think about.

Incoming this week is the return of one of the biggest FPS franchises in the world, asFar Cry 4 hits our consoles and PCs, while GTA V gets a snazzy new makeover for another heist on next-gen consoles and PCs, the world of Dragon Age returns with Dragon Age Inquisition, and finally, rugby fans get what they’ve been waiting on for years – Rugby 15.

Far Cry 4
18 November (PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360)

Everyone’s favourite open-world shooter returns this week, but this time, we’re heading to the Himalayas.

The follow-up to the incredible Far Cry 3 is looking pretty damn impressive following its reveal at the big E3 gaming expo back in June.

Players will take on the role of Ajay Ghale, who returns to find his native home oppressed by a cruel militaristic regime. So, whether you want to take a direct or stealthy approach to completing objectives in the open-world game, there’s something for all combat styles, so whether it be a silent crossbow or devastating C4 explosives, there’s an arsenal for your plan of attack.

Far Cry 4 screenshot

Grand Theft Auto V
18 November (PS4, Xbox One)

Rockstar has been prepping for the launch of the next-gen and PC version of Grand Theft Auto V – the best-selling game of 2013 on last-gen – for quite some time, and now the week has finally come.

The developer has made some changes in the video game by introducing features like new weapons; vehicles and activities; additional wildlife; denser traffic; new foliage system; enhanced damage and weather effects, and more. The PS4, Xbox One and PC versions of the GTA V would also be featuring 100 new songs and new DJ mixes across 17 in-game radio stations.

In addition, gamers who will pre-order the Grand Theft Auto V will receive $1,000,000 in-game cash to spend in GTA V and GTA Online video game versions.

GTA V PS4 screenshot

Dragon Age Inquisition
21 November (PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360)

Dragon Age Inquisition is the sequel to Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II, making it the third major game in the Dragon Age franchise.

The game will feature larger environments with much more opportunity for exploration that it’s predecessors, and BioWare has confirmed that multiple playable races are returning, both male and female. Players can play as a human, dwarf, or elf just like in Dragon Age: Origins. Additionally, Qunari are also playable for the first time.

However, combat is expected to differ somewhat from its direct predecessor and focus more on a player’s ability to prepare, position, and form a cohesive team with his or her party members, requiring fewer repetitive finger strikes but better thinking like the first installment. Tactical view also returns for all five platforms in Dragon Age: Inquisition, whereas before it was exclusive to PC in Dragon Age: Origins, and which was removed in Dragon Age II.

Dragon Age Inquisition screenshot

Rugby 15
21 November (PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Vita)

It’s been a long-time coming, but Rugby 15 is set to launch this month for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PS Vita and PC. The game will be the first next generation Rugby title from the Canadian-based studio, which previously created Rugby World Cup 2011 and Rugby 08.

MenStuff was able to get some hands-on time with the upcoming rugby game at the rAge gaming expo in October.

“It’s literally a 100 percent new game. We reimagined and rebuilt the game with a multi-year plan in mind. We rebuilt the AI, even the way we approach AI, as well as a new control system, a completely different presentation even, and it plays very differently from any previous rugby game,” said the game’s director Peter Garcin.

In terms of game modes, the game will feature the fully licensed French Top 14, Pro D2, Aviva Premiership and Pro 12 competitions, but there will also be a “custom cup creator” which has a multitude of configuration options, as well as “other unlicensed competitions which represent other types of competitions that are common in rugby”.

Rugby 15 screenshot

What game are you most excited for this month? Let us know in the comments section below.

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