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New Releases: Week of 11/13

/ Nov 13th, 2016 No Comments

Watch Dogs 2 Hands-On Preview

Can you believe it’s the mid-way point for November already? Time literally flew by this year. Thanksgiving is looming, but the real deal is Black Friday because of all those game deals! Hopefully, you’re making a plan for the games you want. Just don’t get too burdened by stuffing and turkey beforehand.

This week’s new releases include Watch Dogs 2, Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection, and Pokemon Sun and Moon. Also releasing this week are Ittle Dew 2, Killing Floor 2, Meekazoo, and Silence.

Watch Dogs 2 – PS4, Xbox One – November 15

After Chicago, Blume didn’t disappear. It just expanded into more cities. Now ctOS 2.0 is stronger than its predecessor and gathering more information on citizens than before. One of its major targets is the San Francisco Bay. The ctOS 2.0 monitoring software is profiling citizens at an alarming rate.

Marcus Holloway is one of those profiled by ctOS 2.0. Holloway was profiled for a crime he didn’t commit because Blume’s predictive crime software targeted him as a threat. As a prodigious hacker, Marcus is fed up with Blume and ctOS 2.0. He can’t take them down by himself though. So, he joins up with DedSec and they plan to take down Blume together.

Watch Dogs 2

Watch Dogs 2.

Since it takes place in the Bay Area, Marcus has a huge open-world to explore. Watch Dogs 2 allows you to roam across San Francisco, Oakland, Marin County, and Silicon Valley. What better place for the game to take place than the home of the tech revolution.

Watch Dogs 2 refines the gameplay put forth in the first game. Gone are the redundant mission types, clunky stealth, and terrible driving. All the mechanics have been reworked and improved to help highlight the ability to hack a connected city. The game allows players to play how they want and supports upgrade paths to improve your personal play style.

Watch Dogs 2 Hands-On Preview

Watch Dogs 2.

To help augment your hacking and sneaking abilities, Marcus has access to two new gadgets: the RC Jumper and Quadcopter. Now you can scope out a situation without even having to get near a compound. Map out guards, set up traps, and remote hack, both of these devices help you gain a lay of the land before Marcus gets his hands dirty.

The multiplayer aspect of the first game returns with some changes. Now it is a more seamless experience with co-op and PVP elements happening in a shared world as you complete single-player missions.

Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection – PS4, Xbox One – November 15

In lieu of no new main Assassin’s Creed entry this year, Ubisoft is inviting players to revisit the journey of Ezio Auditore da Frienze. Walk in the footsteps of the Master Assassin once again as his story takes players from the Renaissance to Rome and finally to Constantinople all the while taking on the Templars.

The Ezio Collection includes Assassin’s Creed II, Brotherhood, and Revelations with their single-player campaigns and single-player DLC. All the games have been remastered for PS4 and Xbox One with enhanced graphics and post-processing. It also include the short films: Assassin’s Creed Lineage and Assassin’s Creed Embers to give a complete look at Ezio’s life.

Pokémon Sun/Moon – 3DS – November 18

Listen up Pokémon trainers, it is time to venture to a new region with all new Pokémon and variations of familiar ones. The Alola region is made up of four islands and one artificial one. As a new trainer in the game, you must take on the island challenge.

The island challenge takes trainers across all four islands with trainers having to complete the pervious island challenge before proceeding to the next one. Challenges involve many different tasks including battling Pokémon.

Pokemon Moon

Pokemon Sun and Moon.

By besting individual challenges you’ll distinguish yourself as a trainer and prove your worthy of taking on an islands’ top challenges like taking on an island’s Totem Pokémon and battling the island’s Kahuna in the Grand Trial. If you can take on these tough battle, you can move on and complete the other island’s challenges.
Typical a trainer’s journey ends trying to ascend to the top of the Pokémon League. Sadly, there is no Pokémon League in Alola… yet. There are plans to create one. Perhaps it’ll be ready to tackle once you complete all the island challenges.

Along your journey, you’ll tackle many difficult battles like familiar faces such as Cynthia and two prodigies from Kanto. You’ll also come across two large factions comprise Alola: The Aether Foundation, which constructed their own artificial island to do research, and Team Skull, which are a bunch of street toughs out to disrupt trial sites and steal Pokémon.

Pokemon Sun

Pokemon Sun and Moon.

What new Pokémon game would be worth its salt without new Pokémon to catch? Sun and Moon for their part has plenty of new Alolan Pokémon to battle and catch from starters to version exclusive ones to legendaries. Each island has a power guardian deity Pokémon called Tapu. Alola is also home to powerful new threats called Ultra Beasts that threaten the region with tremendous power. Trying to catch all the new Pokémon will certain take trainers plenty of time.

It isn’t just new Pokémon that you’ll encounter in Sun and Moon. Many familiar Pokémon return albeit with a twist. It seems these Pokémon have taken on a new Alolan form after spending years adapting to the new climate. The likes of Vulpix, Sandshrew, Eggexutor and more have exciting Alolan forms with new looks and types.

Like X and Y before it, Sun and Moon adds a new twist to battles. This new mechanic is Z-Moves, which are powerful moves able to be used once per battle. Each element has its own Z-Move, as well as certain special Z-Moves exclusive to specific Pokémon. Z-Moves like Mega Evolutions can help change the flow of battle.

Kalvin Martinez

Kalvin Martinez

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Kalvin Martinez studied Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He writes reviews, prose and filthy limericks. While he is Orange County born, he now resides in Portland, OR. He is still wondering what it would be like to work at a real police department. Follow Kalvin on Twitter @freepartysubs
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