Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare came out last week guns blazing, marking one of the notable releases of the year, but this week, it’s a chance for some other big-name games to stake their claim for the month of November; here’s our picks for the games releasing this week, 7 – 11 November 2016:
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.
Robinson: The Journey
Release date: 8 November 2016 (PS VR)
South Africa will only be getting in on the virtual reality action when the Playstation VR arrives on 24 January 2017, but there’s already some great-looking VR games releasing, with Robinson: The Journey being one of them. Built by the team behind the Crysis series, Robinson: The Journey, which is a futuristic Jurassic Park survival experience, of sorts, 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.
Cartoon Network Battle Crashers
Release date: 18 November 2016 (PS4. Xbox One, 3DS)
There’s been a lack of some classic old-school side-scrolling beat-’em-ups in recent times, but thankfully (and quite unusually) Cartoon Network is the one to change that. Cartoon Network: Battle Crashers is a new light-hearted action game that allows players to take on the game solo or via co-op, and utilise some of Cartoon Network’s most beloved character’s unique attacks and special moves to take on bad guys, bosses and overcome environmental hazards. It looks pretty fun, and we’re interested to see if there’s something special hidden in this unassuming title.
Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization
Release date: 8 November 2016 (PS4. PS Vita)
Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization is a new entry into the action RPG franchise that fans of Final Fantasy and Xenoblade Chronicles will take interest in. The big drawn of Hollow Realization is a new original story supervised by Sword Art Online creator, Reki Kawahara. Gameplay in Hollow Realization is a hybrid of the two styles of previous Sword Art Online games to deliver MMO-style gameplay for a single player setting. Players will now control a party of four instead of three with 300 characters recruitable for your party. The game will feature new monsters and powerful “Named Monsters” that will test your skills.
Small Radios Big Televisions
Release date: 8 November 2016 (PS4, PC)
If you’re looking for something weird, different, and innovative, the rotating puzzle game Small Radios Big Televisions should be on your radar this week. In Small Radios Big Televisions, you’re tasked with exploring an old TV station/factory, of sorts, with classic point-and-click style gameplay, in order to find old cassette tapes. Every tape you discover will take you someplace new and each new place will be something exciting to see and explore. The cassette tape motif allows for some fun experimentation. When put into your tape deck, you’re transported to the intended reality. However, since tapes can be manipulated by strong magnetic fields, if you place a tape onto a strong magnetic device then the world you were supposed to visit will be warped and terrifying. It’s bizarre, interesting, and its 80s-inspired theme has us intrigued.
For a clearer understanding of Small Radios Big Televisions, check out Polygon’s impressions of the game:
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