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Love it or hate it—and these days odds are good you find yourself at one of those two extremes—Call of Duty season is here.

The arrival of Infinite Warfare kicks off a time-honored November tradition. It’s a new chance to tear through campaign mode to see whether the innovations and celebrity casting lead up to the hype. (This time around, Kit Harrington, Game of Thrones‘ occasionally Jon Snow, plays the big bad.) It’s the temptation of another headfirst dive into multiplayer, where you’ll rack up scorestreaks, unlock weapons, and, if you’re persistent enough, prestige. (If you’re like the EGM Crew, you’ll also complain about weapon balance. A lot. Regardless of how balanced or unbalanced the game actually is.) It’s also, in a first for an Infinity Ward–developed game, an opportunity to slaughter zombies alongside your friends in a star-studded co-op mode.

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:

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (November 4th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Infinity Ward

Why we’re excited: While the past few Call of Duty games have dipped into different versions of the future, Infinite Warfare is the first to slip the surly bonds of Earth. Between the chance to fight in space—both in and out of a ship—and the tweaks to the structure of the game that call to mind Mass Effect, we’re curious to see whether the studio that first created the series can inject it with some much needed change. The early buzz: While the announcement trailer was met with a huge amount of backlash from fans citing fatigue over yet another futuristic Call of Duty, subsequent footage and the chance to go hands-on with the beta seems to have won over at least some of the skeptics. The final verdict from reviewers won’t be in for a few days yet, but it’s clear that, at the very least, Infinite Warfare won’t be more of the same. All bets are Hoff: Infinite Warfare‘s Zombies in Spaceland might have the most eclectic batch of celebrities of any Call of Duty Zombies mode to date. The player characters are brought to life by Seth Green, Ike Barinholtz, and SNL‘s Jay Pharoah and Sasheer Zamata, and the (likely) villain is Paul Reubens of Pee-wee Herman fame. Oh, and the DJ is played by none other than David Hasselhoff.

Mario Party Star Rush

Mario Party: Star Rush (November 4th)

Available for: 3DS
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo, Nd Cube

Why we’re excited: Who doesn’t have fond memories of rubbing the flesh off their hands trying to master Mario Party‘s minigames? While the series may have long left the N64’s brutalist analog stick behind, the fun of trying to best your friends in a virtual board game is still intact, and the move to 3DS makes it easier to get together for a game. The buzz: Reviewers have been torn on Star Rush so far, with some praising the fresh take on the series and others lamenting the lack of online multiplayer and boring solo experience. That’s averaged out to a decent—but far from great—Metacritic average of 70. Toad you so: Toad Scramble isn’t just the worst-sounding breakfast dish ever. It’s also the name of Star Rush‘s new main mode, which puts the Mario series’ lovable mushroom-heads into the spotlight as playable characters.

Owlboy

Owlboy (November 1st)

Available for: PC
Publisher: D-Pad Studio
Developer: D-Pad Studio

Why we’re excited: This gorgeous, colorful indie platformer, which follows the adventures of an owlboy named Otus, has been a long time coming. Development started all the way back in 2007. If this is the first you’ve heard of Owlboy, just be happy you haven’t been waiting 9 years for it to come out. The buzz: Early reviews are already in, and the game has an astonishing 91 out of 100 on Metacritic. That’s enough to make it the 11th highest-rated game of 2016 so far. Meat cred: Need proof of how bizarrely hyped Owlboy is? The official Arby’s Twitter account is celebrating its release. (Given our longstanding theory that Arby’s sandwiches use owl meat, however, this might be more about brand synergy.)

Also releasing this week:

November 1st

Above: VR (PC, Vive)
Apollo 11 VR Experience (PS4, PSVR)
Atari Flashback Classics: Volume 1 (Xbox One)
Atari Flashback Classics: Volume 2 (Xbox One)
BlazBlue: Central Fiction (PS4, PS3)
Brumm (PC)
Destroy All Humans! (PS4)
Earth’s Dawn (PS4)
Epic Flail (PC)
Heart and Seoul (PC)
Honor and Duty: Arcade Edition (PS4)
Operation Breakout (PC)
Owlboy (PC)
Pac-man Championship Edition 2 + Arcade Game Series (PS4, Xbox One)
The Revenge of Johnny Bonasera (PC, Mac, Linux)
Ronin (PS4)
Seraph (PS4)
Shift Orb (PC, Mac, Linux)
The Sims 4: City Living (PC, Mac)
Super Dungeon Bros (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Wick (PS4)

November 2nd

Earth’s Dawn (Xbox One)
King Machine (PC)
ShotForge (PC, Vive)
Social Interaction Trainer (PC, Mac, Linux)

November 3rd

Citalis (PC, Mac)
City Car Driving (PC)
Gravity+ (Wii U)
Heroes of Issachar (PC)
Ice Station Z (3DS)
Kokurase – Episode 1 (PC)
Moto Racer 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, PSVR)
Nebula Online (PC, Mac, Linux)
Pinball Breakout (Wii U)
Twisted Fusion (Wii U)
VR The Diner Duo (PC, Vive)
Xanadu Next (PC)

November 4th

Across (PC, Vive)
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Dungeon Rats (PC)
Football Manager 2017 (PC, Mac, Linux)
Football Manager Touch 2017 (PC, Mac, Linux)
Gas Guzzlers Extreme (Xbox One)
Grand Prix Rock ‘N Racing (PS4)
Intralism (PC, Mac, Linux)
Mario Party: Star Rush (3DS)
Memory’s Dogma Code:01 (PC)
O! My Genesis VR (PS4, PSVR)
Pirate Pop Plus (PC, Mac)
The Stargazers (PC, Mac, Linux)

November 7th

Please State Your Name: A VR Animated Film (PC, Vive)
Super Grav (PC, Mac, Linux)
VOI (PC, Mac)

The biggest new games out this week: November 1st–7th

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 | 11/1/2016 12:30 PM PT | Updated 11/22/2016 01:39 PM PT

Features

Love it or hate it—and these days odds are good you find yourself at one of those two extremes—Call of Duty season is here.

The arrival of Infinite Warfare kicks off a time-honored November tradition. It’s a new chance to tear through campaign mode to see whether the innovations and celebrity casting lead up to the hype. (This time around, Kit Harrington, Game of Thrones‘ occasionally Jon Snow, plays the big bad.) It’s the temptation of another headfirst dive into multiplayer, where you’ll rack up scorestreaks, unlock weapons, and, if you’re persistent enough, prestige. (If you’re like the EGM Crew, you’ll also complain about weapon balance. A lot. Regardless of how balanced or unbalanced the game actually is.) It’s also, in a first for an Infinity Ward–developed game, an opportunity to slaughter zombies alongside your friends in a star-studded co-op mode.

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:

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (November 4th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Infinity Ward

Why we’re excited: While the past few Call of Duty games have dipped into different versions of the future, Infinite Warfare is the first to slip the surly bonds of Earth. Between the chance to fight in space—both in and out of a ship—and the tweaks to the structure of the game that call to mind Mass Effect, we’re curious to see whether the studio that first created the series can inject it with some much needed change. The early buzz: While the announcement trailer was met with a huge amount of backlash from fans citing fatigue over yet another futuristic Call of Duty, subsequent footage and the chance to go hands-on with the beta seems to have won over at least some of the skeptics. The final verdict from reviewers won’t be in for a few days yet, but it’s clear that, at the very least, Infinite Warfare won’t be more of the same. All bets are Hoff: Infinite Warfare‘s Zombies in Spaceland might have the most eclectic batch of celebrities of any Call of Duty Zombies mode to date. The player characters are brought to life by Seth Green, Ike Barinholtz, and SNL‘s Jay Pharoah and Sasheer Zamata, and the (likely) villain is Paul Reubens of Pee-wee Herman fame. Oh, and the DJ is played by none other than David Hasselhoff.

Mario Party Star Rush

Mario Party: Star Rush (November 4th)

Available for: 3DS
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo, Nd Cube

Why we’re excited: Who doesn’t have fond memories of rubbing the flesh off their hands trying to master Mario Party‘s minigames? While the series may have long left the N64’s brutalist analog stick behind, the fun of trying to best your friends in a virtual board game is still intact, and the move to 3DS makes it easier to get together for a game. The buzz: Reviewers have been torn on Star Rush so far, with some praising the fresh take on the series and others lamenting the lack of online multiplayer and boring solo experience. That’s averaged out to a decent—but far from great—Metacritic average of 70. Toad you so: Toad Scramble isn’t just the worst-sounding breakfast dish ever. It’s also the name of Star Rush‘s new main mode, which puts the Mario series’ lovable mushroom-heads into the spotlight as playable characters.

Owlboy

Owlboy (November 1st)

Available for: PC
Publisher: D-Pad Studio
Developer: D-Pad Studio

Why we’re excited: This gorgeous, colorful indie platformer, which follows the adventures of an owlboy named Otus, has been a long time coming. Development started all the way back in 2007. If this is the first you’ve heard of Owlboy, just be happy you haven’t been waiting 9 years for it to come out. The buzz: Early reviews are already in, and the game has an astonishing 91 out of 100 on Metacritic. That’s enough to make it the 11th highest-rated game of 2016 so far. Meat cred: Need proof of how bizarrely hyped Owlboy is? The official Arby’s Twitter account is celebrating its release. (Given our longstanding theory that Arby’s sandwiches use owl meat, however, this might be more about brand synergy.)

Also releasing this week:

November 1st

Above: VR (PC, Vive)
Apollo 11 VR Experience (PS4, PSVR)
Atari Flashback Classics: Volume 1 (Xbox One)
Atari Flashback Classics: Volume 2 (Xbox One)
BlazBlue: Central Fiction (PS4, PS3)
Brumm (PC)
Destroy All Humans! (PS4)
Earth’s Dawn (PS4)
Epic Flail (PC)
Heart and Seoul (PC)
Honor and Duty: Arcade Edition (PS4)
Operation Breakout (PC)
Owlboy (PC)
Pac-man Championship Edition 2 + Arcade Game Series (PS4, Xbox One)
The Revenge of Johnny Bonasera (PC, Mac, Linux)
Ronin (PS4)
Seraph (PS4)
Shift Orb (PC, Mac, Linux)
The Sims 4: City Living (PC, Mac)
Super Dungeon Bros (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Wick (PS4)

November 2nd

Earth’s Dawn (Xbox One)
King Machine (PC)
ShotForge (PC, Vive)
Social Interaction Trainer (PC, Mac, Linux)

November 3rd

Citalis (PC, Mac)
City Car Driving (PC)
Gravity+ (Wii U)
Heroes of Issachar (PC)
Ice Station Z (3DS)
Kokurase – Episode 1 (PC)
Moto Racer 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, PSVR)
Nebula Online (PC, Mac, Linux)
Pinball Breakout (Wii U)
Twisted Fusion (Wii U)
VR The Diner Duo (PC, Vive)
Xanadu Next (PC)

November 4th

Across (PC, Vive)
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Dungeon Rats (PC)
Football Manager 2017 (PC, Mac, Linux)
Football Manager Touch 2017 (PC, Mac, Linux)
Gas Guzzlers Extreme (Xbox One)
Grand Prix Rock ‘N Racing (PS4)
Intralism (PC, Mac, Linux)
Mario Party: Star Rush (3DS)
Memory’s Dogma Code:01 (PC)
O! My Genesis VR (PS4, PSVR)
Pirate Pop Plus (PC, Mac)
The Stargazers (PC, Mac, Linux)

November 7th

Please State Your Name: A VR Animated Film (PC, Vive)
Super Grav (PC, Mac, Linux)
VOI (PC, Mac)

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