4 Big Video Games Coming Out This ‘Cyber Week’

With all the major games that have been released in the past couple of months, surely the industry has run out by now, right? There couldn’t possibly be more games in the pipeline, could there?

Dear reader, there could, and there are.

Despite recent mega blockbusters like Fallout 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Halo 5: Guardians, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, and Rise of the Tomb Raider, a whole new batch of games is ready to launch the week of November 30. Here are the biggest ones you need to know about.

1. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Release Date: December 1
Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC

While lots of online shooters these days let you perform all kinds of superhuman feats, Rainbow Six has always been more interested in the thinking man’s kind of action. Here it’s all about planning your tactics, working with your team, and killing the enemies before they can kill you.

In each match of this game, your goal is to perform or thwart a terrorist attack. Whether that means blasting through walls to rescue hostages or defending a bomb from a squad of specialists, it’s all about planning and using your gear in the best way possible. If the servers hold up — which the rocky beta proved isn’t a given — this game could be the one to play this week.

2. Just Cause 3

Release Date: December 1
Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC

If the third installment is anything like the previous two — and it certainly looks like it is — Just Cause 3 will drop you into an open world and encourage you to participate in some of the craziest action set pieces imaginable. Most of these involve skydiving, car crashes, zip lines, big guns, and/or enormous explosions.

That’s exactly what a good portion of the gaming audience is looking for, and I fully expect this sequel to deliver. The previous game is a cult classic, but the third installment may prove to be the most popular Just Cause yet.

3. Chivalry: Medieval Warfare

Release Date: December 1
Platforms: PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Game of Thrones fans may want to check out this game, since it features sword-based melee combat straight out of the Dark Ages. It’s every bit as gory and gruesome as you might expect, because when sharpened steel hits flesh, limbs and heads go flying.

You can choose from four classes of characters, from heavily armored (but slow) knights to nimble (but weak) men-at-arms. You have a vast array of medieval weaponry to choose from, and plenty of online combatants to face off against as you raid villages and besiege castles. The game was fairly well received when it came out for PC in 2012, but it hasn’t gotten a whole lot of buzz for this console release. Still, if it sounds like your cup of tea, it’s worth a look.

4. Xenoblade Chronicles X

Release Date: December 4
Platforms: Wii U

The last big Wii U game of the year is a 100+ hour Japanese role-playing game. The console known for cute (yet amazing) games like Super Mario Maker and Mario Kart 8 is getting a meaty open-world RPG you might expect to play on PS4.

The original Xenoblade Chronicles was an open-world RPG that came out on Wii a few years ago and was recently ported to the New Nintendo 3DS. By all accounts it was a fantastic game, but it didn’t get a whole lot of play in the U.S., because the Wii was in its twilight years by the time it launched.

Xenoblade Chronicles X is a spiritual successor to that game, featuring many of the same elements that made the original such a blast. The plot kicks off as an alien war in 2054 makes Earth unlivable, so the surviving humans strike out among the stars to settle on a planet called Mira. The only problem is that the aliens have followed them. RPG fans will definitely want to keep an eye on this one.

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