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Every Final Fantasy release is a major event?Square Enix’s RPG series is, after all, one of the longest-running in the history of gaming?but Final Fantasy XV feels different. The game has been in development in some form or another for a decade, and over that span it’s changed consoles, directors, and even titles. That turbulent development cycle and the excruciating wait that resulted from it are finally over.

Now, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 gamers can dive into the world of Eos, and experience the epic quest of crown prince Noctis Lucis Caelum. Like every other Final Fantasy before it, FFXV has a chance to redefine what JRPGs will be for years to come, and on that front, there’s a fascinating potential for the game’s curious mix of elements: an open world to explore in your car, the Regalia; a trio of companions who are old friends and real, fleshed-out characters, rather than a motley crew you acquire along the way; and combat that blends classic series elements with a dazzling new approach to real-time combat.

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:

Final Fantasy XV (November 29th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix Business Division 2

Why we’re excited: It’s Final Fantasy XV. What else do we have to say? The early buzz: EGM’s Mollie L Patterson hasn’t wrapped up her review of this massive RPG just yet, but she says it “sure is a game you’ve waiting a long time for that’s finally arrived.” On Metacritic, the PS4 version is currently sitting at a score of 86 out of 100. XV 101: Whether you’re new to the series or a Final Fantasy veteran, EGM’s got you covered with a wide selection of articles laying out the basics to help you jump in head-first.

The Crew: Calling All Units (November 29th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ivory Tower, Ubisoft Reflections

Why we’re excited: There was a lot to love about The Crew when it first launched?and a lot not to love, too?but this final DLC looks like an interesting way to make use of the excellent open world in a more focused way. Players get to take on the role of the police, with dedicated missions and new vehicles to please players who want to play The Crew on the good side of the law. The early buzz: No reviews are in yet, but the first expansion clocked in at 73 on Metacritic, a decided step up from the base game’s average of 61 and 64 on PS4 and Xbox One, respectively. Hopefully the trend continues and the game goes out on a strong note. Completionist: If you missed out on The Crew the first time around, you can pick up the Complete Edition, featuring the main game, Calling All Units, and the first expansion, Wild Run, in one package.

Cities: Skylines ? Natural Disasters (November 29th)

Available for: PC, Mac, Linux
Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Developer: Colossal Order

Why we’re excited: Cities: Skylines was a city-building game that carried on the true legacy of Sim City, offering a robust and modern set of tools for constructing and managing your ideal metropolis. Now developer Colossal Order is adding in another classic element of Maxis’s classic series: the risk of watching everything you’ve built come tumbling down thanks to a massive natural disaster. The early buzz: Steam reviewers are digging the expansion so far, with 96 percent of reviewers giving it a thumbs up. Acts of God: The lineup of disasters to contend with?or just laugh maniacally at the destruction, if you’re twisted?includes earthquakes, thunderstorms, tsunamis, forest fires, tornadoes, sinkholes, and meteors. Good luck!

Also releasing this week:

November 29th

Aqua Moto Racing Utopia (PS4)
Cities: SkylinesNatural Disasters (PC, Mac, Linux)
Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink (PS4)
The Crew: Calling All Units (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
The Crew: Ultimate Edition (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Crystal Rift (PS4, PSVR)
Darksiders: Warmastered Edition (PC)
Destroy All Humans 2 (PS4)
Final Fantasy XV (PS4, Xbox One)
How We Soar (PS4, PSVR)
Hue (Vita)
A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV (PS4, Xbox One)
Neon Chrome (Vita)
Pinball FX2 VR (PS4, PC, PSVR, Vive)
Pinball FX2 The Walking Dead Table (PS4, PC, PSVR, Rift, Vive)
Rock ‘N Racing Off Road DX (PS4)
Steins;Gate 0 (PS4, Vita)
Watch Dogs 2 (PC)

November 30th

8-Bit Arena VR (PC, Rift, Vive)
Aqua Moto Racing Utopia (PC)
Bounce (PC, Vive)
Crazy Saloon VR (PC, Vive)
Second Coming (PC, Mac)
Sleengster (PC)
Super Ninja Hero VR (PC, Vive)
Townsmen (PC)
Twin Bros (PC)

December 1st

Astervoid 2000 (PC, Mac, Linux)
ConflictCraft (PC, Mac)
Cup Critters (3DS)
Deponia (PS4, Xbox One)
The Dwarves (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, Linux)
Hyperlight EX (3DS)
The Keeper of 4 Elements (PS4, Vita)
King Lucas (PC, Mac, Linux)
Maize (PC)
Mechatroniks Attack (PC)
Phrase Shift (PC, Mac)
Redie (PC, Linux)
Rad Rogers: World One (PC)
Shoot the Ball (Wii U)
Space Junk Patrol (PC)
Stargazer Christmas (PC)
WinKings (PS4)

December 2nd

Animal Crossing: New LeafWelcome amiibo (3DS)
Battalion Commander (PS4)
Furi (Xbox One)
Little Briar Rose (PC)
Minion Masters (PC)
Ohr (PC)
Path of Exile: Breach (PC)
Steep (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Super Mario Maker (3DS)

December 5th

The Fishing Club 3D (PC, Mac)

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The biggest new games out this week: November 29th–December 5th

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 | 11/29/2016 12:15 PM PT | Updated 11/29/2016 01:10 PM PT

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Every Final Fantasy release is a major event?Square Enix’s RPG series is, after all, one of the longest-running in the history of gaming?but Final Fantasy XV feels different. The game has been in development in some form or another for a decade, and over that span it’s changed consoles, directors, and even titles. That turbulent development cycle and the excruciating wait that resulted from it are finally over.

Now, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 gamers can dive into the world of Eos, and experience the epic quest of crown prince Noctis Lucis Caelum. Like every other Final Fantasy before it, FFXV has a chance to redefine what JRPGs will be for years to come, and on that front, there’s a fascinating potential for the game’s curious mix of elements: an open world to explore in your car, the Regalia; a trio of companions who are old friends and real, fleshed-out characters, rather than a motley crew you acquire along the way; and combat that blends classic series elements with a dazzling new approach to real-time combat.

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:

Final Fantasy XV (November 29th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix Business Division 2

Why we’re excited: It’s Final Fantasy XV. What else do we have to say? The early buzz: EGM’s Mollie L Patterson hasn’t wrapped up her review of this massive RPG just yet, but she says it “sure is a game you’ve waiting a long time for that’s finally arrived.” On Metacritic, the PS4 version is currently sitting at a score of 86 out of 100. XV 101: Whether you’re new to the series or a Final Fantasy veteran, EGM’s got you covered with a wide selection of articles laying out the basics to help you jump in head-first.

The Crew: Calling All Units (November 29th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ivory Tower, Ubisoft Reflections

Why we’re excited: There was a lot to love about The Crew when it first launched?and a lot not to love, too?but this final DLC looks like an interesting way to make use of the excellent open world in a more focused way. Players get to take on the role of the police, with dedicated missions and new vehicles to please players who want to play The Crew on the good side of the law. The early buzz: No reviews are in yet, but the first expansion clocked in at 73 on Metacritic, a decided step up from the base game’s average of 61 and 64 on PS4 and Xbox One, respectively. Hopefully the trend continues and the game goes out on a strong note. Completionist: If you missed out on The Crew the first time around, you can pick up the Complete Edition, featuring the main game, Calling All Units, and the first expansion, Wild Run, in one package.

Cities: Skylines ? Natural Disasters (November 29th)

Available for: PC, Mac, Linux
Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Developer: Colossal Order

Why we’re excited: Cities: Skylines was a city-building game that carried on the true legacy of Sim City, offering a robust and modern set of tools for constructing and managing your ideal metropolis. Now developer Colossal Order is adding in another classic element of Maxis’s classic series: the risk of watching everything you’ve built come tumbling down thanks to a massive natural disaster. The early buzz: Steam reviewers are digging the expansion so far, with 96 percent of reviewers giving it a thumbs up. Acts of God: The lineup of disasters to contend with?or just laugh maniacally at the destruction, if you’re twisted?includes earthquakes, thunderstorms, tsunamis, forest fires, tornadoes, sinkholes, and meteors. Good luck!

Also releasing this week:

November 29th

Aqua Moto Racing Utopia (PS4)
Cities: SkylinesNatural Disasters (PC, Mac, Linux)
Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink (PS4)
The Crew: Calling All Units (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
The Crew: Ultimate Edition (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Crystal Rift (PS4, PSVR)
Darksiders: Warmastered Edition (PC)
Destroy All Humans 2 (PS4)
Final Fantasy XV (PS4, Xbox One)
How We Soar (PS4, PSVR)
Hue (Vita)
A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV (PS4, Xbox One)
Neon Chrome (Vita)
Pinball FX2 VR (PS4, PC, PSVR, Vive)
Pinball FX2 The Walking Dead Table (PS4, PC, PSVR, Rift, Vive)
Rock ‘N Racing Off Road DX (PS4)
Steins;Gate 0 (PS4, Vita)
Watch Dogs 2 (PC)

November 30th

8-Bit Arena VR (PC, Rift, Vive)
Aqua Moto Racing Utopia (PC)
Bounce (PC, Vive)
Crazy Saloon VR (PC, Vive)
Second Coming (PC, Mac)
Sleengster (PC)
Super Ninja Hero VR (PC, Vive)
Townsmen (PC)
Twin Bros (PC)

December 1st

Astervoid 2000 (PC, Mac, Linux)
ConflictCraft (PC, Mac)
Cup Critters (3DS)
Deponia (PS4, Xbox One)
The Dwarves (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, Linux)
Hyperlight EX (3DS)
The Keeper of 4 Elements (PS4, Vita)
King Lucas (PC, Mac, Linux)
Maize (PC)
Mechatroniks Attack (PC)
Phrase Shift (PC, Mac)
Redie (PC, Linux)
Rad Rogers: World One (PC)
Shoot the Ball (Wii U)
Space Junk Patrol (PC)
Stargazer Christmas (PC)
WinKings (PS4)

December 2nd

Animal Crossing: New LeafWelcome amiibo (3DS)
Battalion Commander (PS4)
Furi (Xbox One)
Little Briar Rose (PC)
Minion Masters (PC)
Ohr (PC)
Path of Exile: Breach (PC)
Steep (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Super Mario Maker (3DS)

December 5th

The Fishing Club 3D (PC, Mac)

Read More