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5 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 gaming franchises, Assassin’s Creed, but this time we’re getting two big games to take the series forward, while Konami unleashes PES 2015 for another season of footballing madness, the blocky Dark Knight returns, and there are some crimes to be solves in Telltale Games’ brilliant point-and-click adventure.

Assassin’s Creed Unity
14 November (PC, PS4, and Xbox One)

The massive next-gen entry into the Assassin’s Creed franchise is set to take the series to new heights, literally.

Unity retains the series’ third-person open world exploration as well as introducing an improved melee combat, stealth system and new customization options. Assassin’s Creed Unity introduces cooperative multiplayer to the Assassin’s Creed series, letting up to four players engage in narrative-driven missions and explore the open-world map.

Assassins Creed Unity screenshot

Assassin’s Creed Rogue
14 November (PS3 and Xbox 360)

While Assassin’s Creed Unity is launching this month to please next-gen adopters and PC gamers, Assassin’s Creed Rogue is set to be one of the most unique AC games to date, and it’s just for Xbox 360 and PS3.

The story is set in the mid-18th century during the Seven Years’ War, and flips the tables of the story by following Shay Patrick Cormac, an Assassin-turned-Templar, so you’ll get to see the story from the other side of the war.

Gameplay in Rogue will be similar to that of Black Flag with a mixture of ship-based naval exploration and third-person land-based exploration.

Assassins Creed Rogue screenshot

Pro Evolution Soccer 2015
13 November (PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC)

Konami is prepping once again for it’s annual Pro Evolution Soccer release, and PES 2015 has already been showing off its spiffy visuals that will be on offer this year through a bunch of previously-released trailers.

The PES franchise has come a long way in recent years, and with a growing roster of licenses and gameplay improvements, it’s looking to be a big year for the Japanese-developed footie sim.

PES 2015 now includes an increased number of players that look and play like their real-life counterparts. Konami has recreated over 1000 players this year, with bespoke animations and playing styles across its player roster. Teams also automatically adopt their real-life game plan, whether it is counter-attacking, out wide, or defensively minded.

PES 2015 screenshot

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
14 November (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, PC, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS)

The best-selling Lego Batman videogame franchise returns this week in an out-of-this-world, action-packed adventure.

In Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, the Caped Crusader joins forces with the super heroes of the DC Comics universe and blasts off to outer space to stop the evil Brainiac from destroying Earth.  Using the power of the Lantern Rings, Brainiac shrinks worlds to add to his twisted collection of miniature cities from across the universe.  Now the greatest super heroes and the most cunning villains must unite and journey to different Lantern Worlds to collect the Lantern Rings and stop Brainiac before it’s too late.

Expect enjoyable platforming, puzzles and beating-blocky bad guys, not to mention some classic Lego video game humour thrown into the mix.

Lego Batman 3 Beyond Gotham

The Wolf Among Us
14 November (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita)

The Wolf Among Us is a highly-praised episodic graphic adventure video game based on Bill Willingham’s Fables comic book series. The game has been released in its episodic format over the last couple months, but is now hitting our consoles in complete retail form this week.

The Wolf Among Us is a point-and-click adventure game, where the player, in control of the protagonist Bigby Wolf, can move about the environment and examine and interact with other characters or objects. It is similar to Telltale’s previous game, The Walking Dead, in that the player may make choices in their actions or through conversation trees that will influence future events in the story, including events in future episodes. These include major decisions, such as deciding which of two culprits to chase after while allowing the other to go free.

The Wolf Among Us

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

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