This Week’s New Releases + Game News: November 23, 2015

vgl-pickThe Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is Star Wars: Battlefront (PC, PS4, Xbox One), a Star Wars battle sim designed for online multiplayer. Developed by DICE, this is the first new Battlefront game in a decade and it lets players recreate some of the films most exciting moments with battles on Hoth, Tatooine, and Endor.

Two other new titles, both published by Nintendo, will also be of interest to your library patrons this week. Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon for the 3DS is a dungeon-crawling RPG starring the popular “Pocket Monsters,” while Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash for the Wii U brings Mario and his friends back to the tennis court for the first time since 2012.

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This Week’s New Releases + Game News: November 16, 2015

vgl-pickThe Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is a tie between Fallout 4 (PC, PS4, Xbox One) and Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox One, Xbox 360).

Bethesda’s Fallout 4 gives players plenty to do as it’s the latest open world post-apocalyptic game from the developer. The first-person RPG will let players explore New England in the aftermath of a nuclear war and create a wholly unique character and adventure. Players will even be able to craft an entire city to serve as their base of operations.

Meanwhile, Rise of the Tomb Raider will be the second game to explore Lara Croft’s early adventures. Developer by Crystal Dynamics, with assistance from co-publishers Square Enix and Microsoft, Rise of the Tomb Raider will show the part where Lara Croft changes from an amateur archaeologist and adventurer into “The Tomb Raider.”

Also of note this week is Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void, the finale to Blizzard’s “Starcraft II Trilogy.” Focusing on the Protoss faction, the standalone game will actually “unite the three races in the ultimate battle for survival against an ancient evil threatening all life in the universe.”

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This Week’s New Releases + Game News: November 9, 2015

vgl-pickThe Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is Call of Duty: Black Ops III (PC, PS4, Xbox One), the latest game in the long-running Call of Duty franchise and the third in Treyarch’s popular Black Ops sub-series. In Black Ops III, players will once again get to travel to the future in a world where war is more high tech than ever. It’s important to note the game will also be released for the PS3 and Xbox 360, but it’ll include the multiplayer modes and not the single-player Campaign Mode.

Also of interest this week is Need For Speed, the next entry in EA’s series of racing games. Developer Ghost Games considers it a complete reboot of the series and has packed the title with five overlapping storylines and dozens of cars.

Finally, there’s two for the kids as Yo-Kai Watch (3DS) and Snoopy’s Grand Adventure (3DS, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One) have also been released this week. One is a Pokemon-like adventure game, while the other is a side-scroller starring everyone’s favorite beagle and his birdie pal.

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This Week’s New Releases + Game News: November 2, 2015

vgl-pickThe Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is Halo 5: Guardians (Xbox One), the latest chapter in Microsoft’s long-running space saga. The Master Chief is now a fugitive and players will take control of both the pursuer and the pursued to find out the truth.

Also available this week is WWE 2K16 (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One), the latest wrestling simulation from developer Visual Concepts and publisher 2K Games. Starring “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, the latest WWE game includes the franchise’s biggest roster of wrestlers ever, as well as a redesigned Create-A-Wrestler mode.

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This Week’s New Releases + Game News: October 26, 2015

vgl-pickThe Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate (PS4, Xbox One), the latest entry in Ubisoft’s long-running historical adventure series. This time, the action switches to Victorian London, as a gang of hooligans bands together to battle the oppressive ruling class and an evil secret society.

Four other titles will likely be of interest to plenty of players this week including Nintendo’s multiplayer Zelda adventure, The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (3DS); Activision’s return to the stage, Guitar Hero Live (PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One); Ubisoft’s latest dance game, Just Dance 2016 (PS3, PS4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One); and the latest game in Bandai Namco’s Tales series of RPGs, Tales of Zestiria (PC, PS3, PS4).

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  • Nintendo Download: The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water, Just Dance 2016, more
  • PlayStation Store: Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, Tales From the Borderlands: The Vault of the Traveler, Life Is Strange: Polarized, more
  • Xbox Games Store (Wednesday): Tales From the Borderlands: The Vault of the Traveler, Life Is Strange: Polarized, Just Dance 2016, more
  • Xbox Games Store (Friday): Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, Layers of Fear, Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations

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This Week’s New Releases + Game News: October 19, 2015

vgl-pickThe Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is
Yoshi’s Woolly World, a side-scrolling platformer for the Wii U. Following in the footsteps of 2010’s Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Yoshi’s Woolly World wraps Mario’s dinosaur in yarn and sets him loose on the world. Fans of Nintendo-style platformers will thoroughly enjoy it, as will anyone on the lookout for games with unique art styles.

Also available this week is Dragon Quest Heroes (PS4), a “hack and slash” adventure game from Square Enix and Koei Tecmo. Mashing together the former’s Dragon Quest series of RPGs with the latter’s Dynasty Warriors style of action games, it should be of interest to fans of both franchises.

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This Week’s New Releases + Game News: October 12, 2015

vgl-pickThe Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is Rock Band 4 (PS4, Xbox One), a glorious encore for the band simulation series from Harmonix. Featuring full compatibility with nearly all PS3 and Xbox 360 instruments, Rock Band 4 is perfect for fans who want to jump right back into the genre on their PS4 or Xbox One.

Also of note this week is Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4), a compilation that brings the first three Uncharted games to the PS4 for the first time; and Transformers: Devastation (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One), an action game set during the cartoon franchise’s “Generation 1” era. Both games should appeal to nostalgic players and those looking for a new action game.

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This Week’s New Releases + Game News: October 5, 2015

vgl-pickThe Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 (PS4, Xbox One), the latest skateboarding game from Activision and Tony Hawk. The Tony Hawk franchise has been on hiatus since 2012, so a new entry will surely excite fans. However, the reviews haven’t been great, so proceed with caution.

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