November is finally here and with it comes a host of massive game releases.
The holiday season always aims to deliver and this year it’s no different, as we see some annual titles getting their regular entry, some long-awaited sequels, and even some newcomers to the mix.
These are the game launching in South Africa this November:
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
4 November (PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360)
Like Christmas, a new Call of Duty swings around every year without fail, but this time, the latest entry is really making an added effort to mix up the traditional formula of the series.You play as Jack Mitchell, a former U.S. Marine who lost his left arm during a battle in Seoul, who joins a PMC to help them take on the KVA, a terrorist organisation who initiates the first global terrorist attack in history by simultaneously destroying the nuclear reactors of developed countries around the globe
One of the new additions includes the futuristic exoskeleton. On top of the standard suite of maneuvers, players can boost jump, dodge, dash, slide, and slam into opponents, and this is shown off in the new trailer.
The developer and publisher also released the PC specifications that are required to play the game.
Far Cry 4
18 November (PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360)
Everyone’s favourite open-world shooter returns, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Xbox 360 and PS3.
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.
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.
Mid-late 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”.
What game are you most excited for this month? Let us know in the comments section below.