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New Releases: Week of 11/16

/ Nov 16th, 2014 No Comments

Dragon Age Inquisition Gameplay

We don’t have a lot of time here, so let’s make this quick. The week before Black Friday is crazy…for video game new releases, at least. This week sees a ton of exciting new video games coming out like Dragon Age: Inquisition, Far Cry 4, LittleBigPlanet 3, GTA 5 on current-gen, Never Alone, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Also coming out this week are Escape from Dead Island, Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom, old-gen Shadows of Mordor and current-gen WWE 2K15. Oh and the most important release of all, Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd #waifu.

Dragon Age: Inquisition – PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC – November 18

Dragon Age: Inquisition takes players back to Thedas, only this time they are able to see more of the continent than ever before. In Inquisition, you assume the role of the Inquisitor and lead the forces of the Inquisition to investigate a breach in the Fade. It is your job as leader to make difficult choices and decisions and decide where to concentrate troop strength. There are many enemies on your way to defeat the Elder One and seal the Breach. Hunker down because Dragon Age: Inquisition is a huge time investment with a huge storyline and side missions.

Far Cry 4 – PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC – November 18

The death of a parent is crushing, and for Ajay Ghale honoring his mother’s wishes is not an easy task. The Nepalese native just wanted to scatter his mother’s ashes, which is why he returned to Kyrat. A simple task, but made damn near impossible by the civil war occurring in Kyrat. The people live under a cruel, despotic regime ruled by a tyrant king named Pagan Min. In order for Ajay to fulfill his mother’s wish, he will need to tangle with Pagan Min and a civil war.

Far Cry 4

Far Cry 4.

Following up on the gameplay elements fans enjoyed so much in Far Cry 3, the latest installment of the series up the ante with more animals, vehicles and ways to unleash mayhem. The game allows you to experience the story solo, or with a buddy thanks to drop in/drop co-op play.

Grand Theft Auto V – PS4, Xbox One – November 18

Oh, last-gen, you were so good to us near the end. We got so many benchmark games that pushed the boundaries of those consoles’ limits. Yet that is the past and now we live in the future, or at least, the present. That means, remasters of all our favorite games from last year on current-gen consoles. Arguably the most exciting remaster of the lot to come out this year is Grand Theft Auto V.

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V.

The re-release boasts 1080p resolution, better texture detail, upgraded weather effects, increased draw distance, more traffic and new wildlife and vegetation. Not only does it improve some welcomed technical upgrades, GTA V will be getting a first-person mode for the re-release. GTA V for PS4 and Xbox One is doing plenty to make sure a second trip to Los Santos is worth the time (and money).

LittleBigPlanet 3 – PS4, PS3 – November 18

Sackboy is back! And this time he has a posse. Joining Sackboy on his new adventure are Oddsock, a dog-like character who runs fast and can wall-jump, Swoop with the ability to fly and pick up light objects and characters, and Toggle, who can switch from Big and Little sizes to weigh down stuff or walk quickly through water and fit through tight spaces. Sackboy and friends will need to work together if they want to overcome the obstacles in their way.

Level creation returns naturally giving players the ability to choose when and where players can switch between characters, and to create their own power-ups. Sackboy also has some new abilities and power-ups like being able to climb certain things, or us the “pumpinator” to blow air at objects. All downloadable content from LittleBigPlanet and LittleBigPlanet 2 can transfer over, which is a nice bonus for customization.

Never Alone – PS4, Xbox One, PC – November 18

In Never Alone, you play as Nuna, an Iñupiaq girl and her artic fox. An “eternal blizzard” blights the land, and Nuna and Fox must travel to its source to restore balance. The frozen tundra is dangerous. Nuna and Fox must traverse treacherous terrain like leaping across ice floes, swimming in underwater ice caverns, and face many enemies if they hope to save Nuna’s village.

Never Alone

Never Alone.

Described as an “atmospheric puzzle platformer”, you must switch between cotnrolling Nuna and Fox in Never Alone. Each character has their own strengths, and you will need to use both in order to solve the game’s puzzles. The game is based on Alaskan indigenous folklore and features many stories from that folklore. Nuna and Fox will encounter many of these legendary characters in the game’s eight chapters. The game was developed between Upper One Games and the Cook Inlet Tribal Council.

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire – 3DS – November 21

In the grand tradition of Pokémon games, another older title in the franchise is getting a brand new maker-over. Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire originally released back in 2002 on the GameBoy Advance. Since most of the younger kids now playing Pokémon were probably not alive when the GBA existed, a 3DS update was needed. Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is redone in the same gorgeous 3D graphics that Pokémon X and Y so greatly benefited from. The game will have Mega Evolutions introduced in X and Y, and legendary Pokémon, Groudon and Kyogre will have stronger Primal forms as seen on the box art.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U – Wii U – November 21

The biggest game launch for the Wii U is finally upon us. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will be out this week, and fans can get their true Smash on. The Wii U version has a ton of platform exclusive features like eight-player Smash battles, Smash Tour, Event mode and Special orders on top of the game’s HD visuals.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

For those looking to Smash mad proper, also releasing with the game is a GameCube controller adapter for the Wii U and a special Smash Bros. GameCube controller. If you’re lucky you can find the game, the adapter and the controller bundle on launch day if you didn’t pre-order.

amiibo – Wii U – November 21

Also launching alongside the game and the peripherals are Nintendo’s amiibo. The first 12 figures will be available with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Players can pick up the amiibo to use in the game and start leveling up their amiibo AI. Available on launch are Link, Samus, Marth, Mario, Pikachu, Donkey Kong, Yoshi, Kirby, Fox, Peach, Villager, Pit and Wii Fit Trainer.


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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