It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

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Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas. We’ve got peppermint mochas, Christmas trees before Thanksgiving, and Bing Crosby on the radio. But who cares about any of that? As developers begin releasing blockbuster hits around October and onward, we’re chomping at the bit for our chance to take a crack at them. We’ll be listing a few of the games we’re especially excited for. For purposes of this list, we’re not counting anything that was released before November.

The Crew

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Platform: Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360

Release Date: December 2, 2014

This open world racing game offers potential. Namely, a 20 hour single player campaign. But there’s plenty of opportunity for multiplayer too. Up to 8 players can race at a time. There’s even opportunity to build crews to band together and race to beat goals.

It’s a racing RPG, casting you as protagonist Alex Taylor. Your mission? To infiltrate criminal groups. Expect amazing graphics and all the flash we’ve come to expect from racing culture staples as Need for Speed.

Far Cry 4

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Platform: Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Release Date: November 18, 2014

The Far Cry series is famous for its exotic locales and engaging stories. With optimal opportunity for customization, Far Cry 4 will bring back the open world elements the series is famous for. But Far Cry 4 is expected to help fix problems found in prior installments- including a plot that will complement this game’s open world elements. There’s even more opportunity for co-op play. You can send invites to friends who don’t have their own copy of the game, allowing them to download a trial version of the game to help you complete missions.

This installment is set in the harsh climate of the Himalayas. You play as Ajay Ghale, a Nepalese native who returns to his homeland to scatter his mother’s ashes. But little does he know what he’s gotten himself into- a civil war torn land ruled by a despot self-appointed dictator.

Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby

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Platform: 3DS

Release Date: November 21, 2014

Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, released in 2002, were beloved by fans. Since the release of Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver, remakes of classic games Pokemon Gold and Silver, fans have been clamoring for a rerelease of Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire.

And it looks like Game Freak has delivered. With updated graphics and a welcome return to a familiar story, it’s the remake fans were looking for. And, you’ll have some of the features new to Pokemon X and Y, including Mega Evolutions.

Middle-Earth: Shadows of Mordor

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Platform: Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

Release Date: November 2014

So we’re cheating a bit here. Technically, Shadows of Mordor was released in September for Windows, PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. But in November, expect releases for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 for any players who haven’t made the platform update.

It’s an open world experience, allowing you to explore Middle-Earth, the fanciful world at the heart of the classic book and film trilogy: The Lord of the Rings. Cast as protagonist Talion, a ranger with wraith abilities, this game is set between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Assassin’s Creed Rogue

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Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows

Release Date: November 2014

The next installment in Ubisoft’s popular Assassin’s Creed series, Rogue promises radical new directions for the popular franchise. If you were a fan of the last installment’s naval elements (or not), expect a return to the naval elements that were prominently featured throughout Black Flag.

Cast as assassin-turned-Templar Shay Patrick Cormac, Rogue is set during the 18th century, during the height of the Seven Years’ War. Expect lots of connections to installment Unity, and a finish to the series’ so called North American saga.

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris

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Platform: Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

Release Date: December 9, 2014

A download only title, Temple of Osiris is the second installment of the Tomb Raider spin-off Laura Croft series. Featuring up to 4 player supposed co-op play, Temple of Osiris is a direct sequel to Temple of Light.

Temple of Osiris finds our favorite treasure hunter Laura Croft traveling to Egypt. There, she must join forces with rival hunter Carter Bell and even imprisoned Egyptian gods Horus and Isis to defeat Set. Featuring puzzles, hordes of enemies from the Egyptian underworld and competitive play, this title’s sure to be another worthwhile entry in the Laura Croft series.

Watch Dogs

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Platform: Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U

Release Date: Wii U- November 18, 2014

This action-adventure title already made waves when it was released for Windows, PlayStation 3 and 4, and Xbox 360 and One back in May. Now Wii U players get a chance at the action.

Featuring a Chicago based hacker seeking revenge after the death of his niece, Watch Dogs features a gritty storyline and an immersive, open world game. Hacking, as you might expect, is a major part of the game. Armed with protagonist Aiden’s cellphone, players are given the opportunity to hack various databases and dig up information on civilians throughout the city.

Dragon Age: Inquisition

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Platform: Windows, PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox 360 and One

Release Date: November 18, 2014

The third installment of the Dragon Age trilogy, Inquisition has lofty standards to hold to. Taking some of the best elements of the previous installments, Inquisition will feature ample opportunity for exploration and customization.

Set in the land of Orlais, gamers once again will create a hero, who’s charged with leading the forces of the Inquisition. A civil war is raging on, between two factions established in the prior installment, the mages and the Templars.

Supar Smash Bros. 4

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Platform: 3DS and Wii U

Release Date: 3DS- October 3, 2014; Wii U- November 21, 2014

The latest installment in everyone’s favorite Nintendo character smashing romp, Super Smash Bros. is a two game deal. Featuring separate forays on 3DS and Wii U, Super Smash Bros. 4 can be considered two different games in themselves.

Everything you know and love about the series is back, from characters such as Mario, Link, Kirby, and Pikachu returning to the fray. Newcomers include Pac-Man, Mega Man, and Little Mac. With online capabilities, this latest Super Smash Bros. just may be a worthy addition to the series.

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