By Matthew Gundrum —
Get ready gamers! November 2014 is upon us and so is a surplus of much-anticipated releases. Here are some highlights:
“Assassins Creed Unity”
Unity is the seventh installment in Ubisoft’s wildly popular “Assassin’s Creed” series. In this entry, players dive into the tumultuous French Revolution as budding assassin Arno Dorian. A defining feature of the game is its introduction of cooperative multiplayer. Cooperative mode will give players a chance to partake in missions together and explore the open-world map. New concepts featured in Unity also include fencing-based combat and a skill tree for upgrading abilities.
“Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare”
Another year, another “Call of Duty.” It’s 2054 and a terrorist organization called the KVA threatens the world’s energy sources by destroying nuclear reactors around the world. This threat is too great for the military to handle, so private military corporations arise to eliminate the threat. This year’s offering brings about a slew of new futuristic mechanics including a holographically projected heads-up-display and rechargeable laser weaponry. Worldwide release is on Nov. 4 but will be available to players on Nov. 3 who purchase the Day Zero Edition.
“Dragon Age: Inquisition”
Canadian game developer Bioware has major credibility in the roleplaying corner of the gaming universe. They’ve released a stellar catalog since their inception that includes “Neverwinter Nights,” “Mass Effect” and “Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.” This month, they return with another flagship title. “Dragon Age: Inquisition” is the third game in the “Dragon Age” franchise. This release brings players back to the familiar realm of Thedas. Taking cues from “Skyrim,” developers have promised that the geography of this war-ridden continent will be larger and more open than what was seen in previous “Dragon Age” games. Inquisition will also have a revamped combat system as well: greater focus on preparation and strategy.
“Far Cry 4”
Following up the success of 2012’s “Far Cry 3,” Ubisoft Montreal brings players yet another title in this exciting action/ adventure series. The protagonist, Ajay Ghale, finds himself amidst a civil war brought on by an oppressive king deep within the Himalayan region known as Kyrat. Much of what was seen in “Far Cry 3” is still there in the new edition: capturing outposts, hunting wild animals and crafting. However, “Far Cry 4” brings a dynamic storyline to the table where different moral decisions made throughout the game can drastically change how the plot unfolds. Oh, and you can ride elephants.