Buying Guide (November 2014)

Hey! We’re at the 1 year anniversary of the current generation, and it’s been a mixed bag to most. With that said, this is a very crowded month. So let’s sift through and look at the games that you should be paying attention to.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (360, PS3, PS4, XB1) – Let’s just get this out of the way. It will once again be huge. Almost everyone will have it. Almost everyone will love it. Almost everyone will hate it. It will be amazing and terrible. It will be the best and worst COD ever. Activision will further entrench their place as the publisher we love to hate. You know, after Destiny and all. Anyway, it’s Call of Duty. You chose a side years ago. Act accordingly.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection (XB1) – Halo. Halo 2 Anniversary. Halo 3. Halo 4. It’s the ultimate package for Halo fans, and the perfect refresher to prepare for Halo 5. XBox One owners would be silly not to get it. I need to say nothing else.

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Assassin’s Creed Unity (PS4, XB1, PC) – The Assassins take Paris. Experience the French Revolution through the eyes of the Assassins, and bring 3 friends along for the ride if you so choose. A brand new engine promises to enhance all of the combat and parkour fans of the series come to expect. I haven’t played since Brotherhood, but this title has my attention.

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Far Cry 4 (360, PS3, PS4, XB1) – Far Cry 4 has big shoes to fill after the critical and commercial success of its predecessor. It seems to be up for the challenge, and I can’t wait to play it. Everything screams “bigger and better” and sometimes, that’s all you really need. Plus, attack elephants!

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Dragon Age: Inquisition (360, PS3, PS4, XB1) – Bioware looks to redeem themselves after the disappointing reception of Dragon Age 2. They look very poised to do so to be honest. This is easily their most ambitious Dragon Age, and I think they will come through. With a huge world, and a host of customization options, Dragon Age is looking epic.

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Little Big Planet 3 (PS4, PS3) – Sackboy returns with a brand new crew to join in the hijinks. Grab 3 friends to control Toggle, Oddsock and Swoop while you cooperatively work through all new levels to save Bunkum. I’m aware it sounds like I’m high right now. But I will be purchasing this at some point. Judge if you must.

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Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (360, PS3, PS4, XB1, Vita, 3DS, PC) – Batman has some help this time. There are over 150 heroes and villains to unlock this time around, leading to some unique and surprising scenarios. Anyone familiar with the Lego games knows they are chock full of charm, and this one looks to keep that streak intact.

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GTA V (PS4, XB1) – It’s Grand Theft Auto. Hopefully with online heists finally. I’m done here.

Also, I mentioned WWE 2K15 last month. Either I was wrong in believing the release date was October 28th, or it was stealthily pushed back. Either way, don’t forget about it. Also, the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros comes out this month after the 3DS version hit stores in October.

Quick Hits

Tales of Hearts R will grace the Vita this month. Escape Dead Island lands on the PS3 and 360. The Wii U will release Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric and Watch Dogs (finally!) Meanwhile, the 3DS will welcome Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire into the Pokemon family of titles. Finally, Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions will see multiplatform release.

Free Stuff

First of all, Driveclub was listed last month, but the PS Plus version was since delayed. We apologize if anyone was upset with our info.

Ok, Games With Gold first. In November members will receive Volgarr the Viking for XBox One. 360 owners will get Viva Pinata: Trouble In Paradise and Red Faction: Guerilla. Now PS Plus. PS4 owners will get Steamworld: Dig and The Binding of Issac: Rebirth. PS3 owners get Frozen Synapse Prime and Luftrausers. The Vita will get Escape Plan and The Hungry Horde.

Ok gamers. Go forth and prosper!

 

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