This Week’s 9 Biggest Video Game Releases

So many games are coming out this week that you could quit your job, move to a cabin in the woods, and do nothing but play these games until the end of the year, and you probably still wouldn’t finish them all. Below, we take a look at the 9 biggest games launching this week across all systems. No matter what kind of games you’re into, you’re likely to find something that sparks your interest.

Source: Samuraiwarriors4.com

Source: Samuraiwarriors4.com

Samurai Warriors 4

Out now (PS3, PS4, PS Vita)

The Samurai Warriors series is all about hyper-fast hack-’n-slash battles, in which you play as a single character who has to take on an entire army at once. You do that by mashing buttons, leaping around the battlefield, and executing wicked combos that wipe out dozens of enemies with the swing of a sword. This installment features 55 fighters and a handful of battle modes to keep you coming back for more. If you’re a fan of stylish action games, check this one out.

Source: Disney

Source: Disney

Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved

Out now (Xbox One, Xbox 360)

From 2005 to 2009, Harmonix ruled the gaming world, thanks to its Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises. Music games seem to have fallen off the radar, but Harmonix and Disney are teaming up to bring new life to the genre with Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved. In this Kinect-only game, you act as a magician’s apprentice-slash-conductor. You play the game by waving your arms in time with onscreen prompts to 30 songs, including Lorde’s “Royals” and Gorillaz’s “Feel Good Inc.” Not exactly the Fantasia we grew up with, but this game could be its own kind of fun.

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Source: Ubisoft

Just Dance 2015

Out now (PS3, PS4, Wii U, X360, XBO)

This is the sixth installment of the Just Dance series, so the gameplay mechanics were established long ago. Basically, you just perform the dance moves the game displays onscreen to the rhythm of pop songs like Rihanna’s “Diamonds” and Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.” Just Dance games are great to play at parties, because they get people off the couch and encourage everyone to have a goofy good time. Just make sure to clear out the breakables before people start throwing their limbs around.

Source: Activision

Source: Activision

The Voice

Out now (PS3, Wii, X360, Wii U)

Seeing as the music game genre has faded in recent years, it’s pretty incredible that we’re getting three music games all in one day. Unlike the previous two, however, The Voice is all about singing. Based on the TV show of the same name, the game has you play as a contestant on the show. You start out at the audition, where you’ll have to prove you have what it takes to be a professional singer. Then you do vocal battles against other contestants and work your way to the grand finale. Do you have the singing chops to be crowned the winner?

Source: WayForward

Source: WayForward

Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse

October 23 (Wii U, 3DS)

The Shantae games are intricately designed and loads of fun to play. Basically, they’re action platformers (like Castlevania) that star a genie who uses her hair as a whip. In each game, you explore a vast, colorful, tropical world, seeking out nooks and crannies where you can find new abilities that let you unlock new areas. Just like in the best Metroid games, the feedback loop of character building and game progression is as rewarding as it is addictive. The Shantae games have never reached the popularity they deserve, but maybe The Pirate’s Curse will help change that.

Source: Nintendo

Source: Nintendo

Bayonetta 2

October 24, 2014 (Wii U)

Bayonetta 2 is an unlikely Wii U exclusive. The game stars a buxom witch whose hair somehow doubles as her clothing. She fights demons using all sorts of firearms (including guns built into her high heels), but her special attacks require use of her hair. Since her hair and clothes are one and the same, the amount of skin revealed all depends on how powerful the attack is. If you can get past that, you’re in for a treat, because the game’s combat is some of the best around, with finely tuned mechanics that are easy to learn but tough to master. If you’ve been itching for a new Wii U game, this is a great deal, especially since it comes with the original Bayonetta for no extra cost.

Source: Civilization.com

Source: Civilization.com

Civilization: Beyond Earth

October 24, 2014 (Windows, Mac, Linux)

No one ever accused the Civilization series of lacking ambition. In past games, you started at the dawn of humanity and guided a tribe of people through the ages, expanding their village into towns, cities, countries, and — hopefully — some form of world domination. Beyond Earth is based on the Civ V engine, but it brings the franchise into the future for the first time. Instead of creating a terrestrial civilization, you colonize planets and fight off aliens. It looks like a very smart expansion of the core idea. If it turns out well, Beyond Earth will be just as endlessly repayable as previous installments.

Source: Nintendo

Source: Nintendo

Fantasy Life

October 24, 2024 (3DS)

Some games, like Bayonetta 2 and Dynasty Warriors 4, are all about action. Fantasy Life exists on the other side of the spectrum — at least in part. In this role-playing game, you can take on the role of the hero if you want, and go out and slay monsters for fame and fortune. But if you’d prefer a quiet life, you can play the whole game as a tailor, seamstress, miner, or fisherman. The game is like a mix between Animal Crossing and Dragon Quest, — which might be just the change of pace you’re looking for.

Source: Nintendo

Source: Nintendo

Pokémon Art Academy

October 24, 2024 (3DS)

The Art Academy games were made to teach kids how to draw. This installment teaches you how to draw assorted Pokémon by guiding you through 40 lessons, ranging in skill level from novice to apprentice to graduate. Once you’re satisfied with your drawing, you can place it in a frame that looks like a card from the Pokémon Trading Card Game. This title may not be for everyone, but it’s great for aspiring artists who also happen to be Pokémon fanatics.

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