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New Releases: Week of 11/8

/ Nov 8th, 2015 No Comments

Rise of the Tomb Raider PS4 Release Date

Hey nerds, the time every one of you has been waiting for is here. A new Fallout will be out this week and you can begin crying for Fallout 5 not coming next week on Tuesday. This week is one of the final big pushes for the holiday season meaning you can lock in those holiday wishlists now.

This week’s new releases obviously include the aforementioned Fallout 4, the timed-Xbox One exclusive Rise of the Tomb Raider, the so-often-delayed-it-seemed-canceled Rodea the Sky Soldier, and the virtual board game with actual board game pieces Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival. Oh and StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void is also coming out.

Fallout 4 – PS4, Xbox One, PC – November 10

You were there when it happened; you were there when the bombs dropped. October 23, 2077 marks the first day of many spent holding out in Vault 111 for a better tomorrow. Now it is 200 years later. Sadly, that better tomorrow never arrived. No use crying over spilt milk and nuclear fallout. It is time to get to work exploring the harsh wasteland of New England for some way to survive and build something new.

Fallout 4

Fallout 4.

The gameplay players have come to know and love from the Fallout series will return with some new tweaks. New to the game are a layered armor system, robust base-building, and a deep crafting system. Players will be able to customize their power armor, which allows for more mobility with the inclusion of jetpacks. The crafting system opens up a huge possibility for creating new and exciting weapons building off the game’s 50 base guns using 700 modifications. To aid in building their bases, players can deconstruct in-game object and structures. Players’ settlements will attract new merchants and NPC, it’ll be your job to keep them well kept after.

Rise of the Tomb Raider – Xbox One, Xbox 360 – November 10

It has been a year since Lara returned from Yamatai. While she survived the supernatural experiences on the island, a nefarious organization called Trinity has covered up that such events ever happened. Lara now fights to prove her sanity by burying herself in a mission to uncover the truth behind myths around the world. Her quest this time takes her to Siberia in search of the ancient city Kitezh. There she believes holds some truth about immortality. Finding out the truth won’t be easy because Trinity is hot on her trail in Siberia.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Rise of the Tomb Raider features a similar cinematic approach to action-adventure as its predecessor did. Except this time more attention is made to making stealth a viable gameplay option. The game will feature a robust crafting system allowing players to use scavenged materials from plants and animals to create new items. Crafting will interact with the games new weather system and day-night cycle. Certain instances will require Lara to craft specific items to survive.

Rodea the Sky Soldier – Wii U, 3DS – November 10

In the past two countries existed, one based upon technological advancement and one thriving on wonder. Naga, the Earth bound machine empire plotted an invasion of the floating kingdom of Garuda. Princess Cecilia of Naga seeks to defy the empire by splitting the Key of Time with her robot body guard, Rodea and teleporting him to Garuda preventing the success of the invasion. 1,000 years passes with the failed Naga invasion becoming a faded memory, but Rodea still persists in Garuda with the goal of saving it despite not remembering anything besides that.

Rodea the Sky Soldier

Rodea the Sky Soldier.

Rodea’s mission to save Garuda will require him to fly through the sky kingdom using a wide variety of abilities. During the story, Rodea will find new Gears to attain new abilities, but he can also upgrade his move set by using mech pieces gained from defeating enemies. Along his journey Rodea will encounter many great dangers like giant guardians awaiting him at the end of each area and the fearsome R-Series mech soldiers.

Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival – Wii U – November 13

Occasionally you get tired of Tom Nook extorting you for a house loan or pulling weeds. Sometimes you need to relax and play some games with the other villagers. It’s time to slip off the mayor pants and put on the board game and chill pants.

Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival

Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival.

Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival takes a Mario Party style approach to the Animal Crossing series. Except instead of dreadfully boring and stiff mini-games, Amiibo Festival focuses on being a virtual board game. Players can choose from Isabelle, K.K. Slider, Tom Nook, and Mable among other Animal Crossing characters. The game requires an Amiibo figures to play (but will also utilize the Amiibo cards).

Given Nintendo’s track record with Amiibo, the game may be unplayable outside the two bundled Amiibo with the game: Isabelle and Digby. Amiibo launching alongside the game are Cyrus, Reese, K.K. Slider, Tom Nook, and Mable with Lottie of Happy Home Designer releasing later.

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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