The colossal gaming month that was October comes to an end this week, and November steps up to take the reins with a huge lineup of massive titles. With so many big-name releases arriving in SA to keep us occupied for the holiday season, we take a look at the most anticipated games arriving this month:
Super Dungeon Bros
Release date: 1 November 2016 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
If you’re looking for a great 4-player co-op game to enjoy with your mates this month, Super Dungeon Bros looks to be it! Basically, think Castle Crashers meets dungeon crawling with platforming and puzzle elements. The gameplay is fast, frantic, and colourful, with a variety of weapons and abilities to unleash on the grotesque horde that await in the dungeons. It’s a game that requires teamwork, bravery, and a good sense of humour, and it’s definitely on our must-plays this month.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Release date: 4 November 2016 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Last month’s brilliant Battlefield 1 gets it’s biggest competition this week, as the next instalment of Call of Duty unleashes upon anticipated gamers. Let’s be honest, though, there have been some gamers who have become somewhat jaded and fatigued with the annual entry into the divisive Call of Duty series, leaving many to not even pay attention to what Activision is up to with the franchise, but we’re feeling more curious than usual about CoD: Infinite Warfare, which releases this week. Even though the core style of the heavily-directed campaign never changes too much, there’s always something interesting in these blockbuster games. The full-tilt futuristic setting and zero-G space segments look compelling; so we’re expecting some new gameplay twists to hit Activision’s prized series, because it doesn’t look like Call of Duty is going back to WWII anytime soon.
Of course, Infinite Warfare also come packaged with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, which is quite exciting for fans who never played 2007 hit or those who want to relive the high-point of the series.
Moto Racer 4
Release date: 4 November 2016 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Developed using Unreal Engine 4, Moto Racer 4 aims to revive the arcade racing craze and winning formula that made the original Moto Racer trilogy so successful. Moto Racer 4, which is still developed by Microïds and Artefacts Studio, under the supervision of its original designer, Paul Cuisset, will include no less than 15 single and multiplayer game modes, in addition to regular fixtures such as the Time Trial, Single Race and Championship. Players will also be able to customise and upgrade their bikes throughout the career in the game.
Football Manager 2017
Release date: 4 November 2016 (PC)
Fans of football games have already been treated to two of 2016’s biggest titles, FIFA 17 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2017, but now it’s time for those more interested in management to have their time to shine. Football Manager 2017 promises to be the most complete to date with some major additions to the squad, significant improvements to key areas and plenty of subtle touches which enhance the FM experience. Highlights include the new camera angle, sitting low behind the goal for close-up action when the ball is in the box. It’ll be the best way to keep an eye on how your team defends set pieces and also where you’ll see the 1,500 new motion capture animations in the most detail.
There’s also a grander sense of occasion. Players now emerge from the tunnel before the match, warm up and shake hands. Adding to the realism, the game has been updated to reflect the latest rules – kick-off can be taken by a solitary player and a foul by the last man is no longer an instant red card. Even the referees have been updated and they’ll now use disappearing spray at free-kicks.
The Sims 4: City Living expansion
Release date: 3 November 2016 (PC)
If you are surprised by the release of a new expansion pack for The Sims, then you are either new to this franchise, or haven’t been paying attention to how things work with regards to The Sims. The City Living expansion throws players’ Sims into the busy high-rise life, leaving the comfort of their suburban homes for an apartment in the big city.
This one difference will impose new challenges to the players, since their goal is a penthouse flat and their enemy is the landlord. You will have to deal with the difficulties of community life, while keeping your living space tip-top to the demands of your landlord. Another great addition is the city of San Myshuno, which will come with four unique neighbourhoods. Other surprises include three new careers – Politician, Critic and Social Media and even a Karaoke bar.
Robinson: The Journey
Release date: 8 November 2016 (PS VR)
The team behind the Crysis series try their hand at a virtual reality experience using the Playstation VR in Robinson: The Journey, which is a futuristic Jurassic Park survival experience, of sorts, which puts you into the shoes of a young boy who has to explore a mysterious and dangerous world. Players need to discover the strange flora and fauna of the planet, while also interacting (or avoiding) certain dinosaurs and other bizarre creatures. It looks like a great step forward into the world of VR and based on the studio’s calibre, should provide gamers something more than a mere tech demo.
Release date: 11 November 2016 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
The first Dishonored opened the world of supernatural assassinations to gamers and the sequel is set to take it to new heights. Players will be able to choose between playing as Corvo or his daughter Emily in this slick-looking follow-up which takes place in the coastal city of Karnaca rather than the grimy streets of Dunwall. Players can also use a variety of new supernatural powers to hunt down their targets, but it’s also said that the game can be finished without taking a life. We’re intrigued and can’t wait to see how the distinctly creepy vibes of the original are reimagined for Dishonored 2.
Watch Dogs 2
Release date: 15 November 2016 (Xbox One, PS4); 29 November 2016 (PC)
Ubisoft’s hack-’em-up action game lured in many fans into its dark, high-tech world, but one couldn’t help the feeling that the game wasn’t as cool as initially promised. However, it was fun and a sequel is on the way and is gearing up to be the Watch Dogs experience we were all hoping for. Watch Dogs 2 moves the action to San Francisco with a new hacker Marcus, who, while enjoys causing chaos with his smartphone skills, also has a pension for parkour. Watch Dogs 2 looks faster, prettier, and features more gameplay variety that should please fans when it launches later this month.
Assassin’s Creed: Ezio Collection
Release date: 15 November 2016 (Xbox One, PS4)
To make up for a mainline Assassin’s Creed skipping this year, Ubisoft is putting the best entries in the series into one package. Again. Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection brings Assassin’s Creed 2, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and the story’s finale, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. However, these are only the single-player campaigns and add-ons from the various game, and not the multiplayer which features in Brotherhood and Revelations. Of course, you will get the graphical upgrades you’d expect with modern remasters, including improved frame-rates, graphical fidelity, and refined visuals.
Killing Floor 2
Release date: 18 November 2016 (PS4, PC)
Killing Floor 2 is the successor to the ridiculously fun and successful original title, that was released in 2009. Like its predecessor, Killing Floor 2 is a gore-filled, co-op first-person shooter that uses a simple approach: you see something that looks messed up, and you kill it; you get money for doing it and you buy better weapons. Rinse and repeat. The enjoyment though is how addictive and brutal the gameplay is, allowing you and up to 5 other friends to team-up and unleash hell in a fight for survival. The monsters are grotesque, the guns are awesome, and if you’re looking for violence and brutality this month, then Killing Floor 2 is your game.
Darksiders: Warmastered Edition
Release date: 22 November 2016 (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U); 29 November 2016 (PC)
If you missed out on 2010’s excellent apocalyptic hack-‘n-slash Darksiders (or perhaps you just want to give it another playthrough), the award-winning action adventure game is getting a remastered edition this month. Titled Darksiders: Warmastered Edition, the game will support 1080p/60fps on PS4 and Xbox One, although that’ll drop to 30fps on Wii U. The PC version, meanwhile, includes support for 4K resolutions and “additional visual options”. Darksiders was one of our favourite games of the last generation, with fun, creative gameplay, a gorgeous art-style and a compelling fantasy story. Definitely worth checking out when the Warmastered edition arrives later this month.
Pokemon: Sun and Moon
Release date: 23 November 2016 (3DS)
Thanks to the revamped interest from Pokémon Go, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are gearing up to be two of the most anticipated Pokémon releases to date. Sun and Moon introduce three new partner Pokémon that will accompany you as you set out on an all-new adventure and discover new Pokémon and regional variants in the Alola region – a brand new area in the Pokémon world. In traditional Pokémon fashion, players will be able to catch and train Pokémon as they encounter captains, and kahunas of the 4 main Islands of the region. while also discovering the mystery of the Legendary Pokémon and stopping Team Skull from causing chaos throughout the land.
Final Fantasy XV
Release date: 29 November 2016 (Xbox One, PS4)
It’s been a long time coming, but Final Fantasy XV finally sees its release this month. The game is the highly anticipated next instalment in the long-running Final Fantasy RPG series, but this time around the game opts for a more action heavy combat as opposed to its slower, more tactical turn-based fighting system. The game takes place in a massive open-world environment, which will see the player traverse across it. However, you have a pretty niffy vehicle at your disposal, along with some classic Final Fantasy travel options, such as a train and the fan-beloved Chocobo. Fans of the franchise will already be on the waiting list for this one, but newcomers should also give it a look if they’re up for something huge in scale, gorgeous to the eye, and innovative in the gameplay department.
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