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New Releases: Week of 11/5/17

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Need for Speed Payback

November rolls along and brings with it a few more video games to enjoy. This week isn’t a barn burner as week’s past, but still has plenty to satisfy.

This week’s new releases include Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds, Sonic Forces, Super Lucky’s Tale, Mario Party: The Top 100, and Need for Speed Payback.

Also releasing this week is Doom for Switch, Nioh: Complete Edition, Snipperclips Plus – Cut it out, together!, and Wuppo.

Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wild – PS4 – November 7

Aloy is venturing into the far north to territory even the most daring hunters don’t venture. By going to The Cut where the Banuk tribe, the Weraks live she is going to have to face the elements and dangerous new machines. Aloy immediately gets caught up in the White Teeth Weraks’ problem by offering her services to track down missing hunters, but a bigger mystery lies at the heart of The Cut.

Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds

Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds.

The Frozen Wilds is an icy wasteland with brand new weather effects to highlight how fierce the tundra is. To be able to tackle the new beasts in The Cut Aloy has new skills she can learn and an increased level cap. There is a lot to explore in this new expansion and a continuation of Aloy’s journey.

Sonic Forces – Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC – November 7

The time has come to rise up and say no more. We will not bend to tyranny and injustice. We will fight… Doctor Eggman…

In Sonic Forces, Doctor Eggman and his army of robots have taken over the world with the help of a mysterious being named Infinite and his cadre of villainous characters like Shadow, Metal Sonic, Chaos, and Zavok.

To stand up to oppression, Knuckles has formed a resistance. By recruiting friends and allies to fight, the resistance is ready for a tough battle. Sonic and his past self must work together with their allies to stop Eggman’s reign of terror.

Sonic Forces

Sonic Forces.

Sonic Forces features a mix of 2D side-scrolling levels and 3D levels with some “tag team” levels thrown in. You can play as Modern Sonic, Classic Sonic, and for the first time an “Avatar” character. Each has their own unique playstyles.

The “Avatar” character allows you to create your own Sonic character from seven different animal types. Each animal type has its own unique ability. Every Avatar has a grappling hook that lets you perform a homing attack and latch onto special hooks to reach new areas. They also can use a Wispon weapons like flamethrowers, whips and more.

Super Lucky’s Tale – Xbox One, PC – November 7

Lucky must help his sister rescue the Book of Ages from the scheming and mischievous Jinx. If Lucky can’t save the book then Jinx is going to reshape the world in a new image, but what image is anyone’s guess. By finding his own inner strength and overcoming the fierce obstacles in his way, Lucky just might save the world.

Super Lucky's Tale

Super Lucky’s Tale.

Lucky’s main ability is to dive and burrow in foxholes littered throughout the game. You can find hidden levels by diving into certain foxholes. With that ability and many more, Lucky will have to solve puzzles and overcome obstacle courses, and more importantly best the Kitty Litter, Jinx’s no-good kids!

Mario Party: The Top 100 – 3DS – November 10

Mario Party once again returns to the 3DS. This time it boasts the top 100 minigames from the series’ history. By competing in the 100 Minigames mode you will unlock each minigame one at a time to play in both single-player and multi-player modes.

Championship Battles Mode allows you to play against friends in random minigames from your favorite pack. Winner of a best of 3 or 5 rounds takes all.

Mario Party: The Top 100

Mario Party: The Top 100.

Decathlon Mode you try to beat your highest score in a series of 5 or 10 preset minigames.

In the single-player Minigame Island Mode you compete against computer-controllered AI to clear four worlds and unlock minigames. Face off against the biggest baddies from the series like Donkey Kong and Bowser.

Need for Speed Payback – PS4, Xbox One, PC – November 10

It is time to get the crew together for some revenge. Tyler, Jess, and Mac will have to utilize their unique driving skills to tackle a variety of missions in order to take down a nefarious cartel in Fortune Valley’s underworld.

The House is a vicious cartel controls everything in the city from the casinos and criminals to the cops. To take down the corrupt gambler’s paradise, you’ll need to make a rep in Fortune Valley’s underground street race scene.

There are plenty of different ways to drive this time around. Each main character had their own style allowing you to tackle missions as the Racer, the Wheelman, and the Showoff.

Need for Speed Payback

Need for Speed Payback.

To up the ante for dynamic and thrilling action driving, Need for Speed Payback vastly improves the role of the cops. Cops now act as a unit in order to take you down and adapt to your speed and driving patterns. With vehicles ranging from the iconic Crown Vic to helicopters, it’ll take wits and skills to elude the cops.

Keeping with Fortune Valley’s gambler’s paradise motif, you can place side bets on race outcomes to earn even more money. Street Leagues also allow you to demonstrate driving mastery in different types of races to rise to the top and take down the League’s bosses.

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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