Last week Sony stole all the headlines with the launch of the PlayStation 4 and a ton of games for it, ushering in the next generation of gaming. This week Microsoft wants to be the center of attention as they launch the Xbox One on Friday, November 22nd, alongside a ton of games. Nintendo and Sony aren’t backing down this week, however. Nintendo is releasing two significant games for its platforms and Sony is releasing a large collection of games for the PlayStation 3. Let’s take a look at what’s On The Horizon!
Nintendo has two major releases belonging to its two biggest franchises on Friday, November 22nd, and they don’t seem to care much that the Xbox One happens to be launching on the same day. The first is Super Mario 3D World, the latest entry in the Super Mario Bros. franchise. While New Super Mario Bros. U was a respectable title in its own right, it wasn’t quite the system selling masterpiece that Nintendo was hoping for. Perhaps Super Mario 3D World, with its adorable cat transformations and multiplayer mode for up to 4 players, will be the killer app that the Wii U so desperately needs.
The other Nintendo release for Friday, November 22nd is nothing less than the next Zelda title and sequel to the classic Super Nintendo game, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. A 3DS title, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds takes place 6 generations after the events of its predecessor, and features similar top-down action adventure gameplay. This time around Link can turn into a drawing in order to attach himself to and move along walls in order to solve puzzles and advance.
The PlayStation 4 will be seeing only one new release this week, and it happens to be a game that will also be among the Xbox One’s large list of launch titles. NBA Live 14 is the first title in the franchise since NBA Live 10, and EA hopes to win back old fans and lure in some new ones with the new “bounceTek” physics based dribble system that provides the foundation for next gen gameplay. Will it be something great or just another basketball game? Take a look at the trailer and judge the game for yourself when it is released on Friday, November 22nd for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
The Xbox One will have its fair share of exclusive titles available at launch. First up it’s Forza Motorsport 5, the latest racing sim by Turn 10 Studios. Featuring over 200 cars from 50 manufacturers and 14 circuits, at first glance this seems to be a step back from Forza Motorsport 4, which had nearly double those numbers when it was released. But hopefully this will be a case of quality over quantity–at least until the inevitable downloadable content expands the game.
Next in the Xbox One exclusive launch lineup is the Killer Instinct revival, creatively titled Killer Instinct. Talk about a blast from the past! Killer Instinct promises to stay true to its heritage as a fighting game with a strong focus on ridiculous combos, assuming they don’t get interrupted by c-c-c-c-c-c-combo breakers. A free demo with one playable character will be available, and players can either purchase the other characters individually or buy them all in one big pack.
Then there’s Crimson Dragon, which is often described as a spiritually successor to the Panzer Dragoon series of rail shooters. Another Xbox One exclusive, Crimson Dragon features six types of dragons with over 100 skills and 3 player online cooperative multiplayer. Personally I’d have rather seen a spiritual successor to Panzer Dragoon Saga, but I digress.
Another next gen exclusive for Xbox One is Dead Rising 3, a survival horror title developed by Capcom Vancouver. The game takes place 10 years after the events of Dead Rising 2, and involves a young mechanic named Nick Ramos who has to deal with zombies. Lots of zombies.
There’s also Ryse: Son of Rome, an action-adventure game exclusive to the Xbox One that hopefully involves fewer quick time events than it did when we saw the game at E3 2013. Most of the Gamer Horizon crew was underwhelmed by this one, but hopefully the last few months of development time have been enough to make the game a bit more interesting to play. The video below includes a detailed look at the game’s combat, so give it a watch and see whether or not you think this game is worth picking up on launch day.
The list goes on! There are a ton of other launch titles for Xbox One, though many of these are also available on other platforms. In addition to the above mentioned titles, look for the following Xbox One titles on Friday, November 22nd:
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Call of Duty: Ghosts
The Fighter Within
Just Dance 2014
Lego Marvel Super Heroes
Madden NFL 25
Need for Speed: Rivals
Skylanders: Swap Force
Zumba Fitness: World Party
Sony also has a list of titles coming out this week for their platforms:
Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don’t Know! – PS3
Air Conflicts: Vietnam – PS3
The Amazing Spider-Man – Vita
AquaPazza – PS3
Arcania The Complete Tale – PS3
Bandfuse: Rock Legends – PS3
Blood Knights – PS3
Contrast – PS3
Dynasty Warriors 6 – PS3 (Digital Copy)
Farming Simulator – PS3
Need for Speed Rivals – PS3
Soulcalibur II HD Online – PS3
Stick It To The Man – PS3
The Walking Dead Game of the Year Edition – PS3
Worms Revoltuion Collection – PS3
Young Justice: Legacy – PS3
This week on Gamer Horizon we’ll have our first PlayStation 4 game reviews! Ari will be reviewing Resogun, Ted’s got Battlefield 4, Sean’s playing Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Chris is battling through Killzone: Shadowfall.
As for the Xbox One, well… to be perfectly honest, none of us have ordered one! Sean’s planning on buying an Xbox One the day Titanfall comes out (March 11th), but in the meantime, most of our next generation reviews will be of the PlayStation 4 variety… but don’t worry, we’ll still be covering the latest news related to the Xbox One! I also wouldn’t be surprised if Ted or Alex decide to purchase an Xbox One sooner than later. As for me, I’m more interested in a Wii U at the moment… that Super Mario 3D World looks fun! Have a great week everyone! Don’t spend all your money!