It’s a busy week for gaming before Americans chow down on turkey next week, so let’s take a look at what you’ll really be enjoying while ignoring Uncle Ben’s comments about the recent election.
Watch Dogs 2
The hit shooter from 2014 is back with a sequel set in San Francisco that looks to perfect the hacking gameplay from the original. The story is similar to the original game, with huge corporations and the government using citizens’ private information for their own gain, though you should be fine diving into the sequel without having played the original. The game’s new location takes advantage of being near Silicon Valley to get close to caricatures of real-life figures and companies who have a hand in the tech industry. With an expanded inventory of hacking abilities at your fingertips, the ways you go about dealing with those caricatures is much expanded as well. It sounds like this is the game we were all hoping the original would be. You can pick it up Tuesday for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but PC gamers will have to wait for Nov. 29.
One of the biggest complaints about these initial VR games is that they’re more aptly described as experiences than games. Eagle Flight seems to follow this trend, but boy does it look like an amazing experience. The title of the game is pretty self-descriptive, in that you take the role of an eagle flying around an abandoned Paris. Alongside flying over the city, under bridges and through buildings, you have to be on the lookout for other animals who have taken over the city. Deer scattering as you fly by can be cute, but dogfighting with other avian predators can be dangerous. Eagle Flight comes to PlayStation VR Friday.
Pokemon Sun and Moon
The first pair of seventh generation Pokemon games may also be the last pair to hit the 3DS, depending on what Nintendo decides to do with the franchise once the Switch releases in March. In addition to dozens of new Pokemon, the games also go to a new location, the Alola region, based on Hawaii. The games will keep Mega Evolution, introduced in Pokemon X and Y, but will also add Alolan forms of earlier-generation Pokemon and introduce Z-Moves, which are powerful abilities that can only be used once per battle. Sun and Moon both release for 3DS Friday.
RollerCoaster Tycoon World
My childhood’s favorite coaster-building game is back, promising this time to be better than ever. The first full-fledged RollerCoaster Tycoon game since RCT 3 released in 2004 (yes, 2004), this release isn’t looking to reinvent the genre. On top of improved graphics, the game also improves upon coaster building by changing it to a spline-based system instead of the segmented building gameplay of the originals. Be careful with your coaster designs though, as trains can go flying off tracks if the safety rating isn’t up to par. RCTW will also allow you to construct and customize your own buildings from scratch, as well as downloading scenery mods through the Steam Workshop. It was recently announced that Roller Coaster Tycoon World will be releasing for Windows Wednesday, just a day before Planet Coaster has been set to launch.
This coaster game is actually from the same company that made Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 in 2004, and is what people all over the internet have had their eyes on for months. Planet Coaster brings with it all one would expect from a theme park building game, such as coaster building and environmental design, but also delves deep into the minds of the park guests to make for a more realistic and immersive simulation. The game includes three modes, challenge mode requires gamers to make use of loans, research and development and marketing to increase the popularity of the park, career mode challenges you to rise the corporate ladder as you take on unique scenarios and sandbox mode lets you go crazy and build to your heart’s desire. If you’re torn between Planet Coaster and Roller Coaster Tycoon World, I suggest waiting for reviews, but if you really need to start building coasters right away, this seems to be the title most of the internet is betting on. Planet Coaster releases Thursday for PC.