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New Releases: Week of 11/15

/ Nov 15th, 2015 No Comments

Star Wars Battlefront

We’re in the home stretch for 2015. With a few weeks of new releases left before we all forget about games and spend time with our families, these last few new releases throw variety at gamers. It is also only a few short weeks before we get into retailer madness with Black Friday, where we all forget about turkey and family in the pursuit of killer deals and cheap video games.

This week’s new releases parties like it is the early 00’s with the release of Star Wars Battlefront, the conclusion of Game of Thrones, Stella Glow, Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, and Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash.

Star Wars Battlefront – PS4, Xbox One, PC – November 17

You wanted it, and now EA is giving it to you! A new Star Wars Battlefront brings everyone’s mixed bag Star Wars-inspired shooter back. DICE’s Battlefield-y Star Wars Battlefront allows players to play in either first or third-person view with the ability to switch between the two at any time like previous games. The game has no single player campaign mode favoring co-op missions that can be played offline, either independently with bots or another player using split screen. The online component of the game supports up to 40 players in a single match with 12 multiplayer maps available at launch including: Hoth, Tatooine, Endor, Sullust, and Jakku.

In battles on the various planets from the Star Wars universe, players can travel using a wide number of vehicles of both land and air persuasion. But let’s be real, you want to know if you can zoom around on a speederbike or crawl over terrain in an AT-AT, and the answer is you can! Battles take place only on planets meaning you won’t be roaming space. The game allows for customization of its characters, gears and abilities. While players can choose to be a solider of the Rebel Alliance or an Imperial Stormtrooper, there are also opportunities to player as characters from the film like Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Boba Fett, and more.

Game of Thrones – “The Ice Dragon” – PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC, iOS, Android – November 17

“The Ice Dragon” is the epic conclusion of Game of Thrones. House Whitehill has tightened its grip on the bereft Ironrath thanks to the prompting of Ramsay Bolton. What remains of the Forrester House must go all in to save their family. While the rest of the family is scrambling to back off the Whitehills, Gared is closer to the truth behind the North Grove beyond The Wall, and Mira is in a pit of vipers (or lions) playing the political game in King’s Landing with Cersei. The Forresters will need to use whatever means at their disposal to keep their House from ruin, whether it be diplomacy, trickery, or outright violence.

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones – “The Ice Dragon”.

Along with the release of episode 6, a retail version of Game of Thrones will hit stores. The Season Pass disc will include all six episodes of the series on one disc and be available for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, and Xbox 360.

Stella Glow – 3DS – November 17

Alto is a simple country boy propelled to greatness after hearing a song, thought lone gone, coming from the forest. After investigating the song, he discovers Hilda. This lone woman reveals to Alto that she is the Witch of Destruction out to destroy the world with her Harbingers. She gets ready to destroy Alto’s small town when the Regnant Knights save them from oblivion. Seeing Hilda’s power, Alto joins the 9th Regiment with the goal of recruiting other Witches to stop Hilda. On his quest, he’ll learn the secrets of the witches and their powerful song magic.

Stella Glow

Stella Glow.

Stella Glow is broken up into two parts: an adventure and strategy RPG part with its story unfolding over these two parts. Each chapter in the game has a “Free Time” and “Mission Time” section, which progresses the story. “Free Time” allows a player to explore the city and interact with other characters. “Mission Time” is when battles begin and a player must ready their units for combat. Important “Song Magic” in the game can be earned by entering a witch’s spirit world and defeating the monsters within for powerful spells to aid them in battle. The game features English audio with over twenty songs in their original Japanese.

Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon – 3DS – November 20

Another entry in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series makes its way to North America in Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon. The games mashes up everyone’s favorite monster catchin’ franchise with Spike Chunsoft’s renowned rougelike dungeon exploring series. The game sees the player partnering up with a Pokémon, chosen from one of 20 Pokémon. In dungeons, players will transform into their partner Pokémon as they try to figure out why the world’s Pokémon are being turned into stone.

Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon

Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon.

Mystery Dungeons are ever changing meaning each time players enter one they will be different. Items and treasures will change along with the layout. Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon boasts the ability to encounter all 720 discovered Pokémon including Legendary and Mythical in the game. Players can also battle along with all 720 Pokémon.

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash – Wii U – November 20

What’s that? You said you wanted to see where Mario’s long storied carrier would take him next? Well, apparently after a tough construction gig and a brief stint as a doctor again, Mario and company needed to take it back to the clay top. That’s right! Mario’s illustrious (and seemingly inexplicable) sports career is getting some attention again. This time tennis is on the menu in Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash.

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash.

Ultra Smash allows players to choose from their favorite Mario Bros. characters to square up in 1-on-1 or 2-on-2 tennis matches. Once again, matches can be augmented by power-ups that give players special abilities and the edge on the court. 4 modes allow players different ways to tennis up. Mega Battle throws Mega Mushrooms into the mix for more power and better range. Knockback Challenge is the player versus tough AI opponents. Classic Tennis gives players control over the rules to choose a match to their liking. Online Mode allows players to team up using the power of the internet! Amiibo can also be used to bring their Amiibo AI buddy into a match.

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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