November is a month jam-packed full of some big game releases, but any any big gamer knows the first week is usually pretty quiet in terms of quantity because of one thing: a new Call of Duty game is releasing. This again is the case this year, but there’s also another veteran franchise putting its hand up for selection this week.
Need for Speed
Release date: 3 November (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – Buy on Raru.co.za
The original street racer is back, as Need for Speed gets an injection of rejuvenation for the latest instalment in the franchise, simply titled, Need for Speed.
Recent games in the series have been impressive, but this entry marks a full reboot for the series allowing for a fresh take and new ideas. The game has five styles for players to try out as they race around Ventura Bay. Whether favouring an Outlaw approach with a habit of out running the cops, drifting with Style, constantly tweaking your car to perfect with a Build approach, favouring tops speeds and pushing the limits with Speed, or riding with others in the Crew method; there are playstyles for however you want to tackle the game.
The customisation is back in a big way and will play a massive role in the way your car drives and handles the city of Ventura Bay.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III
Release date: 6 November (Xbox One, PS4, PC, PS3, Xbox 360) – Buy on Raru.co.za
Arguably gaming’s biggest franchise also returns this week. Set in 2065, 40 years after the events of Black Op II, warfare has changed due to air defences rendering air assaults useless. Covert operations are the way countries settle conflict now. Technology has run amok creating high-tech weaponry for soldiers and soldiers with extraordinary abilities. Cyborgism is becoming a rapid issue and people fear a robotic takeover. You take on the role of a supersoldier to resolve the problems of a divided world.
The campaign can be tackled solo or with three friends in four player co-op, and will feature the over-the-top action, massive set-pieces, and jaw-dropping moments we’ve come to expect from the series.
Multiplayer for Black Ops III features some new improvements like the new chained-movement system allowing for more fluidity in combat (ability to wall jump and continually sprint without a perk), and full weapon customisation. The biggest change is the Specialist system, which gives players the option of playing a one of nine supersoldier with unique looks, weapons and abilities. It may change how player level up and play competitively. Zombies also makes a return with two full storylines and multiplayer for players to sink their teeth into.
The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy’s Grand Adventure
Release date: 6 November (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, Wii U, 3DS) – Buy on Raru.co.za
The Peanuts Movie, inspired by Charles M. Schulz, is releasing shortly, and the celebrate that, there’s no doubt that an accompanying video game is being released alongside it.
The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy’s Grand Adventure will be released on the same day as the movie, and has been confirmed to include Wii U and 3DS in that release slate. A platformer with a two-player co-op option, it seems to have a nice visual style that, to our eye, has a hint of the clay-based approach seen in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. The second player will fly and assist as Woodstock, rather than run around with Snoopy.
The game will feature some of the film’s voice cast and looks pretty reasonable in the launch trailer.
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