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New Releases: Week of 11/30

/ Nov 30th, 2014 No Comments

The Crew

We enter the final throes of 2014. While most video games have been released already, there are still some exciting releases awaiting us in December. The first week of December brings quite a few anticipated releases in The Crew, Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMix, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, and Telltale Games’ Game of Thrones.

The Crew – PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC – December 2

Ubisoft’s much delayed open-world racing game, The Crew is finally coming out. In The Crew, you are part of the 510s, a Detroit-based street racing gang. You move up the gang’s ranks while making a name for yourself in the underground racing scene. There is a secret you harbor, though, because your ultimate goal is to take down the 510s and their activities across the US.

The Crew places players into a persistent open-world where they can race across the US. As you drive around the US, you can find other players to either form a crew with or compete against. The game has single-player/multiplayer integration, so you are always able to find other players as you compete in the game’s various activities. The Crew allows for 8-players to participate in races or the game’s other activities.

Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMix – PS3 – December 2

Sora, Donald and Goofy return! Well, not in a new adventure, but in another HD remaster of previous games. Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMix brings the last of the Kingdom Hearts series (minus Dream Drop Distance) to the PlayStation 3. 2.5 HD ReMix collects Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Final Mix and the cut scenes from Kingdom Hearts Re:coded.

Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMix

Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMix.

Both Kingdom Hearts II and Birth By Sleep get some graphics upgrades to give it an HD look and trophy support. This also marks the first time the Final Mix versions of the game are available outside of Japan, and the first time Birth By Sleep is available on a home console. Re:coded much like 358/2 Days in 1.5 HD ReMix is 3 hours of remastered cinematics plus some new content.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – Wii U – December 5

Nintendo finally gives the unsung cog of the Mushroom Kingdom, Toad, his very own game. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker’s gameplay was originally introduced in Super Mario 3D World as a minigame. The core gameplay tenets remain in place, but Treasure Tracker expands them out with new abilities and bigger world maps.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.

Toad remains unable to jump, but can run and pick up objects to throw. The game’s level design has the same interesting use of perspective that made the original minigames so compelling. Treasure Tracker also gives players the option to play as Toadette, and Beep Blocks return from Super Mario 3D World.

Ultimate NES Remix/NES Remix Pack – 3DS/Wii U – December 5

The NES Remix series features a simple premise: take classic 8-bit titles from Nintendo’s NES library and give it a spin or mash-up games. NES Remix is a collection of challenges that get progressively more difficult. Beginning with basic challenges like finishing a race in Excitebike then moving into more difficult challenges like defeating a boss in The Legend of Zelda without taking damage. It also features game mash-ups like Link vs. Donkey Kong or Kirby vs. Boo, and Super Luigi Bros., a reversed version of Super Mario Bros.

NES Remix

NES Remix.

NES Remix Pack for the Wii U collects both of the eShop releases and bundles them together giving players over 25 8-bit challenges. For the first time, the NES Remix series is heading to 3DS with Ultimate NES Remix. It collects challenges and mash-ups from 16 8-bit games culling from both NES Remix and NES Remix 2.

Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series, Episode 1 – PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, iOS – December 2-4

The first episode in Telltale’s adaptation of Game of Thrones hits multiple systems this week. Ironically, the first episode is launching almost exactly a year after being announced during the 2013 VGX. It launches first on PC, Mac and PS4 with Xbox One, 360 and iOS releasing later this week.

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones: A Telltale Series.

The game focuses on the House Forrester telling the story from five different characters within the house. In the course of the six-part series, players will encounter familiar faces from Westeros like Tyrion, Cersei, and more.

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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