If you got all the games listed on last week’s round-up, it’s entirely possible you didn’t see daylight and so were oblivious to any gaming news. Fear not, brave gamer, for we at The Edge have you sorted for a (limited) selection of the previous week’s news. So those of you looking for a niche news round-up, this is just for you! Games out this coming week include Far Cry 4, LittleBigPlanet 3 and Dragon Age Inquisition. There truly is no relenting in this November release schedule. Hooray!
Just Cause 3 officially announced
The third game in the popular Just Cause series has been officially announced by Avalanche Studios. Over the past few years the developer has repeatedly teased an announcement, through screenshots and the registration of a Just Cause 3 domain name, but until now nothing official has been said. Announced via the latest issue of Game Informer, the third game will take place on a fictional Mediterranean island with improvements to it’s signature over-the-top grapple and parachute mechanics. Just Cause 3 is set for release in 2015 on Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC.
Bloodborne is delayed
From Software’s Playstation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has been delayed by almost 2 months so that the developer can “deliver you the best possible final experience”. Creation of Bloodborne is being led by Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls director Hidetaka Miyazaki, and although it features the same RPG and gothic horror elements, it is not a sequel to either game. The delay has come after a successful alpha test and From Software feel they need the extra time to fix the issues raised by the testers. Since Bloodborne was initially due for release within a fortnight of The Order: 1886, another highly anticipated Playstation 4 exclusive, it may be good for both Sony and fans that one of them has been delayed. Bloodborne will now be released in the UK on March 28th 2015.
The Forest gets two player cooperative mode
The previously single player indie horror-survival game The Forest now allows you to starve with friends. Although still a new feature, The Forest‘s developers Endnight Games have expressed interest in expanding the games multiplayer capacity and the possibility of adding additional game modes. The game is currently on Steam in Early Access, and likely has a long way to go before being fully released.
Last Week’s Releases (03/11/14):
Halo: The Master Chief Collection: 11/11/14
The Master Chief Collection brings Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, 3, and 4 to Xbox One with 60fps and updated graphics as well as a snippet of the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer. At £45 for all four games, this collection is a must for those who never got a chance to play the Halo series before, and is likely to remain one of the best game collections for some time.
Assassin’s Creed Unity/Rogue: 14/11/14
The Assassin’s Creed franchise takes us to revolutionary France in this latest installment, with new weapons, combat mechanics and the first skills tree seen in the series. A reworked navigation system should make it easier to traverse the vast city of Paris. Other time periods of Paris’ history will also be visited in the game at certain points such as World War II. You’ll help Arno uncover the Templar connections his family holds while in the present day, assassin’s want to learn what Arno discovered about the Templar Order. Also out on the same day is the last-gen exclusive Assassin’s Creed Rogue which, in a first for the series, sees you play as one of the Templars instead of an Assassin. With most of the hype surrounding Unity, it remains to be seen whether Rogue will deliver on the PS3 and XBOX 360, but it is sure to please owners of their systems that they get to become assassins once more.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2015: 13/11/14
This is PES‘s first foray onto next-gen gaming systems and publisher, Konami, are hopeful that this could kickstart the series again, especially in the UK where the series consistently loses out to FIFA in sales. However, with the rights to the Premier League and Championship still held by FIFA, PES only holds the rights to Manchester United, meaning that fans of teams in those divisions are unlikely to switch allegiances soon. Nevertheless, the game reportedly has graphics to rival FIFA, and gameplay is said to be more realistic than said rival. Considering the lack of hype surrounding the game’s launch however, we don’t expect PES to break new ground this year.
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham: 14/11/14
This is the first instalment in the LEGO Batman series which will see the caped crusader and other DC comics heroes and enemies go to space to stop villain Brainiac from ‘collecting’ Earth. Featuring over 150 characters to unlock from the DC comics upon which this is based, the game will appeal to children and adults alike due to the consistently fun gameplay. A must-have for any superhero or LEGO series fan.
Games released this week:
Far Cry 4: 18/11/14
Following the hugely successful Far Cry 3 which came out in 2012, Far Cry 4 is the open-world action game’s first foray onto next-gen systems. Considering how stunning Far Cry 3 looked on old-gen gaming systems, this is likely to be one of the most beautiful games of the year. Set in the fictional region of Kyrat which is ruled by the ruthless dictator Pagan Min (voiced by the excellent Troy Baker), Far Cry 4 is set to pack so much into its huge open world that players will likely be playing the game way into the new year.
LittleBigPlanet 3: 21/11/14
One of the most beloved Playstation exclusives, LittleBigPlanet 3 introduces three new and unique playable characters and a wide array of new features into a vibrant new world. With 16 depth layers instead of three, and the removal of capped level complexity, player made levels have more potential than ever. Levels from previous games have not been left out though, as the game will be backwards compatible with all levels made in LittleBigPlanet and LittleBigPlanet 2. And yes, Stephen Fry will be narrating.
Dragon Age: Inquisition: 21/11/14
The highly anticipated third instalment in the Dragon Age saga by critically-acclaimed developer Bioware, whose fans are hoping Inquisition brings the series back to its tactical roots after Dragon Age 2‘s decidedly shallower action-orientated affair. According to reviewers, Inquisition boasts over 100 hours of content including the main quest, the many side-quests, character-building, collectibles and more. The world of Thedas is even bigger than ever before, and from the screenshots, it looks to be absolutely stunning on any console it plays on. Need some time to kill? Aching for some epic fantasy writing? Inquisition’s your best bet.
Also out this week: Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, XBOX One), Watch Dogs (Wii U)