4 New Video Games Coming Out Next Week: ‘Black Ops 3′ and More

This time of year gamers don’t get a rest, and neither do their pocketbooks. No one has enough time to keep up with all of the big games coming out, with titles like Halo 5: Guardians, Guitar Hero Live, and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate launching every single week. Next week is no different, with a series of major games launching in just about every genre under the sun.

So whether you’re into racing games, shooters, RPGs, or even city-building sims, you’ll find something to play during the week of November 2. Read on for our picks.

1. Need for Speed

Platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC
Release date: November 3

This series of racing games has covered a lot of ground in its 20-odd years on the market. This latest installment is being billed as a series reboot, but it kind of seems like just another game in the series. That’s not a knock against it, because these games have almost always been rock solid.

This time around the game centers on a handful of real-life underground racers, seamlessly mixing live-action video with the game’s (absurdly gorgeous) graphics. For the most part, you’ll be driving around the city at night, evading the cops, collecting new cars, and upgrading them however you see fit. Sounds like fun.

2. Anno 2205

Platform: PC
Release date: November 3

Traditionally, this city-building series has taken place in the distant past, with installments set in the 15th through 18th centuries. A few years ago, Ubisoft pushed it into a future devastated by climate change with Anno 2070. The latest installment goes even further into sci-fi territory, having players establish cities both on Earth and the moon.

If you play your cards right, you’ll be able create a bustling terrestrial metropolis, with high-rises springing up left and right and hover cars sailing through the air above the streets. Your colonies on the moon can mine valuable resources that will help make your creations even more majestic. If you like city-building sims or strategy games, this is one to check out.

3. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

Platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC
Release date: November 6

November means one thing, and I’m not talking about turkeys and giving thanks. It means another Call of Duty game is preparing to take over the world. On paper it seems like annual releases would get old after a few years, but this series has gone against the odds and stayed relevant since 2007’s breakout hit Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

This year’s edition continues the Black Ops story line in the campaign. Then you’ve got a spattering of multiplayer modes that will keep dedicated fans coming back all year long. Lastly, zombie mode is back with a story of its own, starring Jeff Goldblum, Heather Graham, and Ron Perlman. It’s almost like it’s three games in one. If you’re a shooter fan who isn’t currently busy with Halo 5, this is your next best bet.

4. Yo–Kai Watch

Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Release date: November 6

If you pay attention to the thrilling world of international video game sales (and who doesn’t?) you may have noticed one particular title absolutely obliterating everything else in Japan for the past year or so. It’s Yo-Kai Watch, a ghost-collecting role-playing game that bears some resemblance to Pokémon.

The thing is, Japan fell similarly in love with Pokémon before exporting it to the U.S., where it has seen similar fame and fortune for nearly 20 years. Will this release of Yo-Kai Watch spark a similar craze that lasts just as long? We’ll just have to wait and see.

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