Games launching this week

The release schedule this week is largely academic if you’re looking to get into the next-generation of console gaming. In South Africa, the PS4 launches on 13 December and there isn’t any clarity on when in 2014 the Xbox One will officially be available.

However, there are are some multi-generation games launching for those current-gen die-hards, and the good old PC platform has its fair share of action too.

Assassin’s Creed 4

Ubisoft has confirmed that the fourth primary instalment in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Black Flag, will launch on PC on 22 November, Xbox One on 22 November, and PS4 on 29 November.

AC4 follows the swashbuckling tale of Edward Kenway, a British privateer turned pirate turned would-be assassin. On top of the standard mechanics we’ve become used to in Assassin’s Creed, there’s the fully fleshed out and exciting sea-combat gameplay mechanic adding to the mix.

The game has been in development for nearly two years, and is spearheaded by Ubisoft Montreal, the veteran AC studio. Ubisoft has pulled out all the stops and has support from other Ubisoft studios in 6 locations across the world.

For a full explanation of the differences across the platforms, check out Assassin’s Creed 4: current and next-gen differences. If you’re unsure on the game, check out the review roundup: Assassin’s Creed 4 reviews make a splash

Need For speed: Rivals

With Rivales heading to Xbox 360, PS3 and PC for a 22 November release in SA, there’s still time to pre-order: Need for Speed Rivals: where’s the cheapest

Rivals is co-developed by Criterion and new studio, Ghost Games. It will run on the impressive Frostbite 3 engine (DICE’s latest 3D engine powerhouse showcased in Battlefield 4), bringing next-generation graphics, effects and features to the NFS world.

Set in Redview County, Rivals will focus on the rivalry that exists between the high-stakes street racers and the county police force – as each side has to accumulate followers and supporters in order to win an “all out media war”.

Rivals will also feature deep customisation options, allowing you to enhance your car with performance upgrades, personalise your bodywork with fresh paintjobs, liveries, custom license plates, rims, and decals.

MyGaming got some hands-on time with the game on PS4 at Gamescom 2013, and discovered 5 great features in Need for Speed Rivals. The review are also in for the game: Need for Speed Rivals: next-gen racing perfection?

All game releases this week

PC platform tag

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
Crusader Kings II: Sons of Abraham
Need for Speed Rivals
Tank Operations: European Campaign
Shivah: Kosher Edition
Young Justice: Legacy

PS4 platform tag

NBA Live 14

Xbox One platform tag

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
Crimson Dragon
Dead Rising 3
Madden NFL 25
Battlefield 4
NBA Live 14
Powerstar Golf
Zoo Tycoon

PS3 platform tag

Soulcalibur 2 HD Online

Xbox 360 platform tag

Need for Speed Rivals
Soulcalibur 2 HD Online

Wii U platform tag

Young Justice: Legacy

3DS platform tag

The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

PS vita platform tag


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