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Top 5 Video Game Releases in SA this Week

Game releases this week October 31

We take a look at what games are hitting local stores and online retailers this week.

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; here’s our picks for the games releasing this week, 31 October – 4 November 2016:

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.

Hitman: Episode 6

Release date: 31 October 2016 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)

The brilliant episodic Hitman series (which has been releasing in portions over the course of the year) reaches its climactic finale this month with Episode 6. Titled, Hokkaido, the final episode sees Agent 47 travel to Japan and tasked with locating two targets in the hyper-exclusive GAMA private hospital and resort. The final mission is the culmination of everything players will have learnt in terms of both gameplay and story over the course of the episodes. As players have come to expect, the location will also be used for Escalation Contracts, Elusive Targets and community-created Featured Contracts. Plus, we’ll have the usual array of weapon and gear unlocks that can be used across all previous locations.

What game are you most excited for this week? Let us know by tweeting @MenStuffZA and commenting below.

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