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The original Watch Dogs wasn’t terrible, but it certainly wasn’t great. Aiden Pearce was a mopey, thinly sketched hero. The game’s rendition of Chicago felt less like a real place and more like any other drab, generic open-world city. (But, hey, the Cubs finally won the World Series, so it’s got that going for it.) The hacking gameplay, while interesting and different, felt like it could have been explored in much greater depth.

So why should you care that it has a sequel? Well, Watch Dogs 2 offers up a whole lot more radical change than most games with a “2” tacked onto the end of the title. There’s a younger and more personable protagonist, Marcus Holloway, a more colorful and dynamic city, San Francisco, and plenty of improvements to all aspects of gameplay, hacking and otherwise. Perhaps most remarkably, Watch Dogs 2 also departs from Ubisoft’s rigid design philosophy for open-world games, allowing a lot more freedom than in the past.

Read on to get the lowdown on all the new releases, including our picks for the most exciting games out this week. And if you’re wondering about future release dates, check out EGM’s full list of gaming release dates through 2017, updated regularly as new dates are announced.

EGM’s top picks for this week:

Watch Dogs 2 (November 15th)

Available for: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal

Why we’re excited: Watch Dogs was a game with tons of potential but little follow-through. Ubisoft seems to have learned its lesson with this sequel, which layers on a ton of personality and variety onto the solid foundation to create a more fun and inviting open-world hacker fantasy. The early buzz: The PlayStation 4 version of the game is currently rocking an 84 out of 100 average on Metacritic. DOES NOT COMPUTE: While you’d expect a game about hackers to put the PC version front and center?Marcus is probably a proud member of the PC Master Race?Watch Dogs 2‘s Windows version suffered a late delay and won’t be out until November 29th.

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon (November 18th)

Available for: 3DS
Publisher: Nintendo, The Pokémon Company
Developer: Game Freak

Why we’re excited: Sun and Moon are mixing up the standard Pokémon formula in a big way?far too much to list all the changes here. Plus, with the surge in popularity the series saw after the release of Pokémon Go, there’s certainly not going to be any shortage of trainers to do battle with. The early buzz: Pokémon Sun and Moon both hold a score of 88 out of 100 on Metacritic. That’s pretty great?and it’s also no help if you were trying to decide which version to get. Island makeover: The game’s setting, Alola, is based on Hawaii. A handful of Pokémon have gotten special makeovers called Alolan forms to tie them to the new locale. There’s the palm tree?like Exeggcutor pictured above, as well as a Dugtrio with flowing, blonde surfer hair.

Star Wars Battlefront Ultimate Edition (November 18th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Publisher: EA
Developer: DICE

Why we’re excited: EA’s reboot of Star Wars Battlefront launched late last year, but if you missed out, this rerelease with all DLC included is a great way to hop in. The buzz: Battlefront‘s launch reviews were only decent?it sits at between a 72 and 75 out of 100 on Metacritic, depending on the platform?but one of the most common gripes was the lack of content, the Ultimate Edition certainly makes up for that. Going Rogue: While most of the DLC packs included in the Ultimate Edition are already out, there’s one more that won’t arrive until December. It’s based on the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and includes maps set on the tropical planet seen in the trailers, Scarif.

Also releasing this week:

November 15th

Abduction Bit (PC)
Assassin’s Creed The Ezio Collection (PS4, Xbox One)
Hasbro Family Fun Pack ? Conquest Edition (PS4, Xbox One)
Enigma: (PC)
FreezeMe (PS4)
Gunmetal Arcadia Zero (PC, Mac, Linux)
Hasbro Family Fun Pack: Conquest Edition (PS4, Xbox One)
The Herbalist (PC)
Ittle Dew 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, Linux)
Lantern (PC, Rift, Vive)
Mekazoo (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Nebulous (Xbox One)
Neptune Flux (PC)
Overcooked Gourmet Edition (PS4, Xbox One)
Silence (PS4, PC)
Space Rift Episode 1 (PSVR)
Stern Pinball Arcade (PS4)
Time Machine VR (PS4, PSVR)
Watch Dogs 2 (PS4, Xbox One)
Worms Anniversary Edition (Xbox One)
Way of the Red (PC)

November 16th

Campfire: One of Us Is the Killer (PC)
Even the Ocean (PC, Mac)
Gem Forge (PC, Mac)
Renoir (PC
RollerCoaster Tycoon World (PC)
The Sandbox Evolution (PC)

November 17th

Crewsaders (PC, Mac)
Highschool Romance: Magi Trials (PC, Mac, Linux)
Icarus.1 (PC)
Last Days of Spring 2 (PC)
Mr. Shadow (PC)
Ohayou! Beginner’s Japanese (Wii U)
Peak Angle: Drift Online (PC
Planet Coaster (PC)
RYB (PC, Mac)
Sphere Complex (PC)
Yesterday Origins (PS4)
Wanted Corp (PS4)

November 18th

Bombing Busters (Xbox One)
Brief Karate Foolish (PC)
Clouds & Sheep 2 (Xbox One)
Doodle God: 8-bit Mania (PC, Mac, Linux)
Final Goalie (PC, Vive)
Ghostlords (PC, Mac, Linux)
Jumper Jape (PC)
Killing Floor 2 (PS4, PC, Linux)
Lego Dimensions Wave 7 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, Wii U)
Metal Tales: Fury of the Guitar Gods (PC, Mac, Linux)
Pokémon Moon (3DS)
Pokémon Sun (3DS)
Pokémon Sun/Moon Double Pack (3DS)
Runbow (PC)
Silence (Xbox One)
Star Wars Battlefront Ultimate Edition (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Twixel (PC, Mac)
Weird Hero (PC)
Wheels of Aurelia (Xbox One)

November 21st

Disastr_Blastr (PC)

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The biggest new games out this week: November 15th–21st

Read on to get the lowdown on all the new releases, including our picks for the most exciting games out this week.

By EGM Staff | 11/15/2016 12:00 PM PT | Updated 11/16/2016 04:06 PM PT

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The original Watch Dogs wasn’t terrible, but it certainly wasn’t great. Aiden Pearce was a mopey, thinly sketched hero. The game’s rendition of Chicago felt less like a real place and more like any other drab, generic open-world city. (But, hey, the Cubs finally won the World Series, so it’s got that going for it.) The hacking gameplay, while interesting and different, felt like it could have been explored in much greater depth.

So why should you care that it has a sequel? Well, Watch Dogs 2 offers up a whole lot more radical change than most games with a “2” tacked onto the end of the title. There’s a younger and more personable protagonist, Marcus Holloway, a more colorful and dynamic city, San Francisco, and plenty of improvements to all aspects of gameplay, hacking and otherwise. Perhaps most remarkably, Watch Dogs 2 also departs from Ubisoft’s rigid design philosophy for open-world games, allowing a lot more freedom than in the past.

Read on to get the lowdown on all the new releases, including our picks for the most exciting games out this week. And if you’re wondering about future release dates, check out EGM’s full list of gaming release dates through 2017, updated regularly as new dates are announced.

EGM’s top picks for this week:

Watch Dogs 2 (November 15th)

Available for: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal

Why we’re excited: Watch Dogs was a game with tons of potential but little follow-through. Ubisoft seems to have learned its lesson with this sequel, which layers on a ton of personality and variety onto the solid foundation to create a more fun and inviting open-world hacker fantasy. The early buzz: The PlayStation 4 version of the game is currently rocking an 84 out of 100 average on Metacritic. DOES NOT COMPUTE: While you’d expect a game about hackers to put the PC version front and center?Marcus is probably a proud member of the PC Master Race?Watch Dogs 2‘s Windows version suffered a late delay and won’t be out until November 29th.

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon (November 18th)

Available for: 3DS
Publisher: Nintendo, The Pokémon Company
Developer: Game Freak

Why we’re excited: Sun and Moon are mixing up the standard Pokémon formula in a big way?far too much to list all the changes here. Plus, with the surge in popularity the series saw after the release of Pokémon Go, there’s certainly not going to be any shortage of trainers to do battle with. The early buzz: Pokémon Sun and Moon both hold a score of 88 out of 100 on Metacritic. That’s pretty great?and it’s also no help if you were trying to decide which version to get. Island makeover: The game’s setting, Alola, is based on Hawaii. A handful of Pokémon have gotten special makeovers called Alolan forms to tie them to the new locale. There’s the palm tree?like Exeggcutor pictured above, as well as a Dugtrio with flowing, blonde surfer hair.

Star Wars Battlefront Ultimate Edition (November 18th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Publisher: EA
Developer: DICE

Why we’re excited: EA’s reboot of Star Wars Battlefront launched late last year, but if you missed out, this rerelease with all DLC included is a great way to hop in. The buzz: Battlefront‘s launch reviews were only decent?it sits at between a 72 and 75 out of 100 on Metacritic, depending on the platform?but one of the most common gripes was the lack of content, the Ultimate Edition certainly makes up for that. Going Rogue: While most of the DLC packs included in the Ultimate Edition are already out, there’s one more that won’t arrive until December. It’s based on the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and includes maps set on the tropical planet seen in the trailers, Scarif.

Also releasing this week:

November 15th

Abduction Bit (PC)
Assassin’s Creed The Ezio Collection (PS4, Xbox One)
Hasbro Family Fun Pack ? Conquest Edition (PS4, Xbox One)
Enigma: (PC)
FreezeMe (PS4)
Gunmetal Arcadia Zero (PC, Mac, Linux)
Hasbro Family Fun Pack: Conquest Edition (PS4, Xbox One)
The Herbalist (PC)
Ittle Dew 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, Linux)
Lantern (PC, Rift, Vive)
Mekazoo (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Nebulous (Xbox One)
Neptune Flux (PC)
Overcooked Gourmet Edition (PS4, Xbox One)
Silence (PS4, PC)
Space Rift Episode 1 (PSVR)
Stern Pinball Arcade (PS4)
Time Machine VR (PS4, PSVR)
Watch Dogs 2 (PS4, Xbox One)
Worms Anniversary Edition (Xbox One)
Way of the Red (PC)

November 16th

Campfire: One of Us Is the Killer (PC)
Even the Ocean (PC, Mac)
Gem Forge (PC, Mac)
Renoir (PC
RollerCoaster Tycoon World (PC)
The Sandbox Evolution (PC)

November 17th

Crewsaders (PC, Mac)
Highschool Romance: Magi Trials (PC, Mac, Linux)
Icarus.1 (PC)
Last Days of Spring 2 (PC)
Mr. Shadow (PC)
Ohayou! Beginner’s Japanese (Wii U)
Peak Angle: Drift Online (PC
Planet Coaster (PC)
RYB (PC, Mac)
Sphere Complex (PC)
Yesterday Origins (PS4)
Wanted Corp (PS4)

November 18th

Bombing Busters (Xbox One)
Brief Karate Foolish (PC)
Clouds & Sheep 2 (Xbox One)
Doodle God: 8-bit Mania (PC, Mac, Linux)
Final Goalie (PC, Vive)
Ghostlords (PC, Mac, Linux)
Jumper Jape (PC)
Killing Floor 2 (PS4, PC, Linux)
Lego Dimensions Wave 7 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, Wii U)
Metal Tales: Fury of the Guitar Gods (PC, Mac, Linux)
Pokémon Moon (3DS)
Pokémon Sun (3DS)
Pokémon Sun/Moon Double Pack (3DS)
Runbow (PC)
Silence (Xbox One)
Star Wars Battlefront Ultimate Edition (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Twixel (PC, Mac)
Weird Hero (PC)
Wheels of Aurelia (Xbox One)

November 21st

Disastr_Blastr (PC)

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