Consoles, PCs, handhelds, Facebook, smartphones — the world of gaming is becoming increasingly confusing and fragmented, but don’t worry, we’re here to simplify things for you. Each week I’ll rattle off five games I think you might want to check out this week. Keep in mind, these articles aren’t meant to be comprehensive lists of everything coming out that week so much as a nice rounded tasting menu. So, let’s get to it…
This Week’s First Assassin’s Creed Game
Assassin’s Creed Unity (PC, Xbox One & PS4, Nov. 11th)
This week marks the release of two, count ’em, two, Assassin’s Creed games. Usually I’d give the current-gen game the nod for pick of the week, but Assassin’s Creed Unity looks a little bland. A little too much like the Frankenstein’s monster that was Assassin’s Creed III. Hopefully I’m wrong! At the very least, the game sports some solid visuals and fun looking sidequests.
This Week’s Sonic Game
Sonic Boom: Rise of the Lyric (Wii U, Nov. 11th)
This new Sonic game is the brainchild of Sega’s American wing, so of course Sonic is radder, badder and more covered in athletic tape than ever. Sonic Boom looks a little different than your average Sonic game, but given the quality of some recent Sonic titles, maybe that’s a good thing.
This Week’s Lego Game
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Wii U & PS Vita, Nov. 11th)
The Lego train keeps on rollin’ with Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. As implied by the title, this game takes Batman into outer space and also features some truly bizarre cameos and playable characters, including Kevin Smith and Conan O’Brien.
This Week’s HD Compilation
Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Xbox One, Nov. 11th)
It’s all the Halo games, in HD in one package! Extras include Halo Nightfall, the Ridley Scott-produced live action prequel to Halo 5 and a Halo 5 multiplayer Beta. If you own an Xbox One you probably don’t need me to tell you to buy this one.
Pick of the Week
Assassin’s Creed Rogue (Xbox 360 & PS4, Nov. 11th)
Assassin’s Creed Rogue may be strictly a last-gen game, but it actually looks like it has an interesting story (this one’s actually about the Templars) and setting (the north Atlantic and arctic) and it focuses on the excellent sailing mechanics from Assassin’s Creed III and IV, so this may very well be the preferable Assassin’s Creed experience coming out this week.
Damn – a lot to choose from this Tuesday. Any games you’re itching to get your hands on that I failed to mention? Hit the comments and let the world know.