‘Fallout 4′ and More Video Games Launching Next Week

This time of year gamers don’t get a rest, and neither do their wallets. No one has enough time to keep up with all of the big games coming out, with titles like Halo 5: Guardians, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate launching every single week. Next week is no different, with a series of major games launching that will keep you busy well into next year.

So whether you’re into strategy games, shooters, RPGs, or even digital board games, you’ll find something to play during the week of November 9. Read on for our picks.

1. Fallout 4

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC
Release date: November 10

Shut it down, shut it all down. Cancel your appointments and call off work. Fallout 4 is coming, and it’s going to absorb every spare moment you have between now and Christmas. At least it will if you’re a certain type of gamer, the kind who likes getting sucked into a wide-open sandbox of a game in which just about anything is possible.

The setting is a post-apocalyptic Boston, 200 years after China dropped nukes on the East Coast of the U.S. Much of the land is still covered in rubble, and anarchy still reigns. You play as a character looking for someone very important to you, but you’ll have to go up against the powers that be and shadowy organizations to get him back.

That’s all Bethesda is ready to tell us about the story, but new additions to the gameplay include the ability to craft weapons and build entire settlements using the items you find as you explore the Commonwealth. Expect this game to be all anyone talks about for a while to come.

For more details and gameplay footage, check out our Fallout 4 livestream on Monday, November 9 at 8 a.m. Eastern.

2. Rise of the Tomb Raider

Platforms: Xbox One
Release date: November 10

Apparently Microsoft isn’t worried about Fallout, so it’s releasing the new Tomb Raider game on the very same day. In Microsoft’s defense, the 2012 series reboot Tomb Raider was a top-notch action adventure game that revived the franchise in the best way possible. If anything could go up against Fallout, this is probably it.

This sequel promises to deliver the same kind of bow-shooting, thug-bashing action as Lara Croft comes into her own as a treasure hunter. As for the tombs of the title, this game reportedly has a lot more tombs than its predecessor, and each one is filled with environmental puzzles. That’s perfect for Lara Croft fans both old and new.

3. Rodea the Sky Soldier

Platforms: Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, and Wii
Release date: November 10

Who would’ve thought we’d get a new Wii game in late 2015? The reason it’s coming out on that ancient system is because Rodea the Sky Soldier has had a rocky development cycle that delayed it long past its original due date. But here it is, on all three Nintendo systems.

In Rodea, you play as an amnesiac robot who goes on an adventure to stop an evil empire from taking over. The gameplay is action-packed, but it’s backed up by some meaty RPG elements that let you improve and customize your character as you progress. Check out the trailer to see if it’s your kind of game.

4. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void

Platforms: PC and Mac
Release date: November 10

Blizzard doesn’t give up on its games, as illustrated by a brand new stand-alone expansion to the 2010 strategy game StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. This expansion focuses on the Protoss species, as your hero travels around, trying to get various Protoss tribes to join the war effort against the other factions. This probably isn’t a great place to start for StarCraft newbies, but fans who have been playing since the beginning will probably love it. Just make sure to stretch your clicking finger before playing.

5. Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival

Platforms: Wii U
Release date: November 13

Ever since Star Fox Zero was delayed until 2016, the Wii U’s holiday lineup has been looking like an empty wasteland, with tumbleweeds blowing by in the breeze. One release that is on the list is Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival, a game that’s all about Nintendo’s toys-to-life figures. This $60 digital board game comes with two plastic Amiibo figures as well as three Amiibo cards. According to Nintendo, the goal of the four-player game is to “make your villager the happiest in town and party hard with your friends.” Well, OK then. This title may not appeal to adults, but it could be a hit with the kids.

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