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If you’ve watched any videos online recently, you’ve probably heard Kanye West’s “Power” blaring over footage of Forza Motorsport 7 about 600,000 times. We certainly know we have. But oversaturation aside, it’s genuinely interesting to see Microsoft reinventing the idea of console generations with the Xbox One X. It’s a bigger leap forward than the PS4 Pro, with more bells and whistles to boot. It’s got the potential for native 4K, HDR, and improvements to older games even when they haven’t been specifically optimized. How the Xbox One X performs will likely determine the future of console gaming, so pay attention.

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 in 2017 and beyond, updated regularly as new dates are announced.

Xbox One X

(November 7th)

Why we’re excited: It’s hard to argue with a leap in power almost on par with a new console generation. We’re talking about new hardware that’s fully compatible with any games you can play on a standard Xbox One, and enough power and smart tech under the hood that it can run old stuff better than before. That’s a great pitch, even if, at $500, the price tag is a bit steep.
The early buzz: Most hardware reviews these days aren’t scored, and there’s not really anyone out there aggregating the scores we do have into some unified metric. It’s safe to say, though, that after days of reading headlines, the general response so far has been positive with a few asterisks attached. It’s a great console, but who really needs to buy it? It’s a great console, but it doesn’t have enough in the way of exclusive games to showcase its power?
Painful to watch: While it in no way reflects the quality of the console, the fact that someone at Microsoft decided a great way to promote the Xbox One X would be to have Ronda Rousey punch someone in the balls on Conan sure seems like a real low point for our beloved hobby, doesn’t it?

Sonic Forces

(November 7th)
Available for: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Publisher: Sega
Developer: Sonic Team

Why we’re excited: In 2017, a new Sonic game means we either get the pleasant surprise of actually enjoying a Sonic game, or we get a bunch of dumb new stuff to make fun of. Everybody wins.
The early buzz: So far, it sure does seem like we might end up in the second category with Forces. Sega held back review code until the game’s launch, and at time of writing only two outlets have managed to buy their own copies far enough ahead of the street date to get up reviews. Polygon gave it 5.0, and Hobby Consolas gave it a 57. Things could change, though, once more opinions trickle in.
Hedging your bet: If you’re a Sonic fan, you may want to pick up this year’s Sonic Mania instead, assuming you haven’t already. It’s good.

Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds expansion

(November 7th)
Available for: PS4
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Guerrilla Games

Why we’re excited: Horizon was easily one of the best games of the first half of the year, pushing the PlayStation 4 to new limits of graphical fidelity and offering a refreshing take on open-world tropes. This expansion doesn’t promise much beyond more of the same, but when the same was so good in the first place, it’s hard to complain.
The early buzz: As we’re writing this, The Frozen Wilds sits at an 81 out of 100 average on Metacritic. That’s not bad, but it’s considerably lower than the 89 average for the base game. Look for EGM’s review to go live soon for a more in-depth take.
Bring a camera: One of the neatest things about Horizon was being able to visit post-apocalyptic versions of real-world locales. The Frozen Wilds continues that trend by offering its own take on Yellowstone National Park. You won’t be able to ride a bison, but you can still check out Old Faithful and plenty of gorgeous hot springs.

Also releasing this week:

November 7th

Xbox One X
Adventure Golf VR (PC, Rift, Vive)
Assault Android Cactus (Xbox One)
ATV Drift & Tricks (PS4, PSVR)
Chaos Souls (PC)
Coffee Pixes (PC)
Cutie Paws (PC)
Discovery (PS4, PSVR)
The Elder Scrolls Online: Clockwork City DLC (PS4, Xbox One)
Farming Simulator Nintendo Switch Edition (Switch)
Fluffy Friends 2 (PC, Mac, Linux)
Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series
Episode 5 – “Don’t Stop Believin'” (PS4, Xbox One, PC, iOS, Android)
Hand of Fate 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Heroes of the Monkey Tavern (Switch)
Hitman: Game of the Year Edition (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds expansion (PS4)
Jeopardy! (PS4, Xbox One)
Kuso (PC, Mac)
League of War: VR Arena (PS4, PSVR)
Minecraft: Story Mode – Season Two
    Episode 4: “Below the Bedrock” (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, iOS, Android)
Need for Speed Payback Deluxe Edition (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Nioh: Complete Edition (PS4, PC)
Occult preRaise (PC)
Professional Construction – The Simulation (PS4)
Red Comrades 3: Return of Alaska Reloaded (PC)
Sonic Forces (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
Sonic Forces: Episode Shadow (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
Super Lucky’s Tale (Xbox One, PC)
Terrorist Elimination (PC)
True or False Universe (PC)
VR Hybrid War 2117 (PC, Vive)
Warlock Revenge (PC)
Way of Redemption (PS4, PC)
Wheel of Fortune (PS4, Xbox One)

November 8th

911 Operator (Xbox One)
Battlerite (PC)
Element Hime (PC)
Endless Wave (PC)
God of Light: Remastered (PC, Mac)
LOGistICAL: Switzerland (PC)
Max: The Curse of Brotherhood digital (PS4)
Neven (PC, Mac, Linux)
Prodigy Early Access (PC)
Punch Planet Early Access (PC)
Rage Quest (PC, Mac)
Schatte ~The Witch and the Fake Shadow~ (PC)
Starblast (PC, Mac)

November 9th

Ace of Seafood (PS4)
American Truck Simulator: New Mexico DLC (PC, Mac, Linux)
Ayo: A Rain Tale (PC, Mac)
The Colonists Early Access (PC)
Cursed Castilla (Vita)
Cyborg Invasion Shooter (PC)
Epic PVP Castles (PC)
FallenCore (PC)
Fragments (PC, Rift)
Happy Neighbors (PC)
The Hospital: Allison’s Diary (PC, Vive)
Illville: Return instructions (PC)
Koi DX (Switch)
Maria the Witch (Switch)
MegaRace 1 (PC, Mac)
Octodad: Dadliest Catch (Switch)
Oik 3 (PC)
Perspectrip (PC, Mac, Linux)
Reprogram (PC)
The Scrungeon Depths (PC, Mac)
Slave Story (PC)
South Park: Phone Destroyer (iOS, Android)
Spellspire (Switch)
Star Wars Battlefront II EA and Origin Access trial (Xbox One, PC)
Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns New Neighbors Pack DLC (3DS)
Superflight (PC)
Syberia 3: An Automaton with a Plan DLC (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Super Putty Squad (Switch)
Tallowmere (Switch)
TransRoad: USA (PC, Mac)

November 10th

Adventures Of Pipi (PC)
Ball Game (PC)
Battle Trendaria (PC)
Ben 10 (PC)
Cat Quest (Switch)
Doom (Switch)
Eiyu*Senki – The World Conquest (PC)
Fantasy of Eden (PC)
Football Manager 2018 (PC, Mac, Linux)
Football Manager Mobile 2018 (iOS, Android)
Football Manager Touch 2018 (PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android)
Harvest Life (PC)
I’m Lost (PC)
LOGistICAL: South Africa (PC)
Magical Squash (PC, Vive)
Magilore (PC)
Mario Party: The Top 100 (3DS)
Max: The Curse of Brotherhood physical (PS4)
Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition (3DS)
My Coloring Book: Transport (PC, Mac, Linux)
Need for Speed Payback (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Onimod Land (PC)
Pinball (PC, Mac, Linux)
Psi Project (PC)
Psi Project 2 (PC)
The Sapper (PC, Mac, Linux)
Save the Halloween (PC)
Scorb VR (PC, Vive)
Sector 177 (PC)
The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs (PC, Mac)
Skyforge early access (Xbox One)
Slimebrawl (PC)
Snipperclips Plus: Cut It Out, Together! (Switch)
Solar Collector (PC, Mac)
Sorry, James (PC)
Space Asteroid Shooter: Retro Achievement Hunter (PC, Mac)
Spark (PC, Mac)
Spring Breeze (PC)
Starlight of Aeons (PC)
Status: Insane (PC)
Sword Bros (PC)
Teen Date Simulator (PC, Mac)
Wuppo (PS4, Xbox One)
Zen Blocks (PC)
Zomborg (PC)
Zorbit’s Orbits (PC)

November 11th

Next (PC)
Worshippers Early Access (PC)

November 12th

Moose Invasion (PC)

November 13th

The Arena of Gladiators (PC, Rift, Vive)
Deep GachiGASM (PC)
Draft Day Sports: College Basketball 2017 (PC)
Gachimuchi (PC)
Galactic Lords (PC)
Layers (PC)
Rasty Pelican (PC, Mac, Linux)
Regenesis Arcade (PC, Rift, Vive)
RibbonChase (PC, Vive)
Super BoxMan Ultra (PC, Mac)
There Is A Genie In My Szechuan Sauce (PC)
Time Killers: Spot Race (PC)
Tronix Defender (PC)
Writers (PC)

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About Josh Harmon

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Josh picked up a controller when he was 3 years old—and he hasn’t looked back since. This has made him particularly vulnerable to attacks from behind. He joined EGM as an intern following a brief-but-storied career on a number of small gaming blogs across the Internet. Find him on Twitter @jorshy

The biggest new games out this week: November 7th-13th

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

By Josh Harmon | 11/7/2017 12:15 PM PT

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If you’ve watched any videos online recently, you’ve probably heard Kanye West’s “Power” blaring over footage of Forza Motorsport 7 about 600,000 times. We certainly know we have. But oversaturation aside, it’s genuinely interesting to see Microsoft reinventing the idea of console generations with the Xbox One X. It’s a bigger leap forward than the PS4 Pro, with more bells and whistles to boot. It’s got the potential for native 4K, HDR, and improvements to older games even when they haven’t been specifically optimized. How the Xbox One X performs will likely determine the future of console gaming, so pay attention.

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 in 2017 and beyond, updated regularly as new dates are announced.

Xbox One X

(November 7th)

Why we’re excited: It’s hard to argue with a leap in power almost on par with a new console generation. We’re talking about new hardware that’s fully compatible with any games you can play on a standard Xbox One, and enough power and smart tech under the hood that it can run old stuff better than before. That’s a great pitch, even if, at $500, the price tag is a bit steep.
The early buzz: Most hardware reviews these days aren’t scored, and there’s not really anyone out there aggregating the scores we do have into some unified metric. It’s safe to say, though, that after days of reading headlines, the general response so far has been positive with a few asterisks attached. It’s a great console, but who really needs to buy it? It’s a great console, but it doesn’t have enough in the way of exclusive games to showcase its power?
Painful to watch: While it in no way reflects the quality of the console, the fact that someone at Microsoft decided a great way to promote the Xbox One X would be to have Ronda Rousey punch someone in the balls on Conan sure seems like a real low point for our beloved hobby, doesn’t it?

Sonic Forces

(November 7th)
Available for: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Publisher: Sega
Developer: Sonic Team

Why we’re excited: In 2017, a new Sonic game means we either get the pleasant surprise of actually enjoying a Sonic game, or we get a bunch of dumb new stuff to make fun of. Everybody wins.
The early buzz: So far, it sure does seem like we might end up in the second category with Forces. Sega held back review code until the game’s launch, and at time of writing only two outlets have managed to buy their own copies far enough ahead of the street date to get up reviews. Polygon gave it 5.0, and Hobby Consolas gave it a 57. Things could change, though, once more opinions trickle in.
Hedging your bet: If you’re a Sonic fan, you may want to pick up this year’s Sonic Mania instead, assuming you haven’t already. It’s good.

Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds expansion

(November 7th)
Available for: PS4
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Guerrilla Games

Why we’re excited: Horizon was easily one of the best games of the first half of the year, pushing the PlayStation 4 to new limits of graphical fidelity and offering a refreshing take on open-world tropes. This expansion doesn’t promise much beyond more of the same, but when the same was so good in the first place, it’s hard to complain.
The early buzz: As we’re writing this, The Frozen Wilds sits at an 81 out of 100 average on Metacritic. That’s not bad, but it’s considerably lower than the 89 average for the base game. Look for EGM’s review to go live soon for a more in-depth take.
Bring a camera: One of the neatest things about Horizon was being able to visit post-apocalyptic versions of real-world locales. The Frozen Wilds continues that trend by offering its own take on Yellowstone National Park. You won’t be able to ride a bison, but you can still check out Old Faithful and plenty of gorgeous hot springs.

Also releasing this week:

November 7th

Xbox One X
Adventure Golf VR (PC, Rift, Vive)
Assault Android Cactus (Xbox One)
ATV Drift & Tricks (PS4, PSVR)
Chaos Souls (PC)
Coffee Pixes (PC)
Cutie Paws (PC)
Discovery (PS4, PSVR)
The Elder Scrolls Online: Clockwork City DLC (PS4, Xbox One)
Farming Simulator Nintendo Switch Edition (Switch)
Fluffy Friends 2 (PC, Mac, Linux)
Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series
Episode 5 – “Don’t Stop Believin'” (PS4, Xbox One, PC, iOS, Android)
Hand of Fate 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Heroes of the Monkey Tavern (Switch)
Hitman: Game of the Year Edition (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds expansion (PS4)
Jeopardy! (PS4, Xbox One)
Kuso (PC, Mac)
League of War: VR Arena (PS4, PSVR)
Minecraft: Story Mode – Season Two
    Episode 4: “Below the Bedrock” (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, iOS, Android)
Need for Speed Payback Deluxe Edition (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Nioh: Complete Edition (PS4, PC)
Occult preRaise (PC)
Professional Construction – The Simulation (PS4)
Red Comrades 3: Return of Alaska Reloaded (PC)
Sonic Forces (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
Sonic Forces: Episode Shadow (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
Super Lucky’s Tale (Xbox One, PC)
Terrorist Elimination (PC)
True or False Universe (PC)
VR Hybrid War 2117 (PC, Vive)
Warlock Revenge (PC)
Way of Redemption (PS4, PC)
Wheel of Fortune (PS4, Xbox One)

November 8th

911 Operator (Xbox One)
Battlerite (PC)
Element Hime (PC)
Endless Wave (PC)
God of Light: Remastered (PC, Mac)
LOGistICAL: Switzerland (PC)
Max: The Curse of Brotherhood digital (PS4)
Neven (PC, Mac, Linux)
Prodigy Early Access (PC)
Punch Planet Early Access (PC)
Rage Quest (PC, Mac)
Schatte ~The Witch and the Fake Shadow~ (PC)
Starblast (PC, Mac)

November 9th

Ace of Seafood (PS4)
American Truck Simulator: New Mexico DLC (PC, Mac, Linux)
Ayo: A Rain Tale (PC, Mac)
The Colonists Early Access (PC)
Cursed Castilla (Vita)
Cyborg Invasion Shooter (PC)
Epic PVP Castles (PC)
FallenCore (PC)
Fragments (PC, Rift)
Happy Neighbors (PC)
The Hospital: Allison’s Diary (PC, Vive)
Illville: Return instructions (PC)
Koi DX (Switch)
Maria the Witch (Switch)
MegaRace 1 (PC, Mac)
Octodad: Dadliest Catch (Switch)
Oik 3 (PC)
Perspectrip (PC, Mac, Linux)
Reprogram (PC)
The Scrungeon Depths (PC, Mac)
Slave Story (PC)
South Park: Phone Destroyer (iOS, Android)
Spellspire (Switch)
Star Wars Battlefront II EA and Origin Access trial (Xbox One, PC)
Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns New Neighbors Pack DLC (3DS)
Superflight (PC)
Syberia 3: An Automaton with a Plan DLC (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Super Putty Squad (Switch)
Tallowmere (Switch)
TransRoad: USA (PC, Mac)

November 10th

Adventures Of Pipi (PC)
Ball Game (PC)
Battle Trendaria (PC)
Ben 10 (PC)
Cat Quest (Switch)
Doom (Switch)
Eiyu*Senki – The World Conquest (PC)
Fantasy of Eden (PC)
Football Manager 2018 (PC, Mac, Linux)
Football Manager Mobile 2018 (iOS, Android)
Football Manager Touch 2018 (PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android)
Harvest Life (PC)
I’m Lost (PC)
LOGistICAL: South Africa (PC)
Magical Squash (PC, Vive)
Magilore (PC)
Mario Party: The Top 100 (3DS)
Max: The Curse of Brotherhood physical (PS4)
Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition (3DS)
My Coloring Book: Transport (PC, Mac, Linux)
Need for Speed Payback (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Onimod Land (PC)
Pinball (PC, Mac, Linux)
Psi Project (PC)
Psi Project 2 (PC)
The Sapper (PC, Mac, Linux)
Save the Halloween (PC)
Scorb VR (PC, Vive)
Sector 177 (PC)
The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs (PC, Mac)
Skyforge early access (Xbox One)
Slimebrawl (PC)
Snipperclips Plus: Cut It Out, Together! (Switch)
Solar Collector (PC, Mac)
Sorry, James (PC)
Space Asteroid Shooter: Retro Achievement Hunter (PC, Mac)
Spark (PC, Mac)
Spring Breeze (PC)
Starlight of Aeons (PC)
Status: Insane (PC)
Sword Bros (PC)
Teen Date Simulator (PC, Mac)
Wuppo (PS4, Xbox One)
Zen Blocks (PC)
Zomborg (PC)
Zorbit’s Orbits (PC)

November 11th

Next (PC)
Worshippers Early Access (PC)

November 12th

Moose Invasion (PC)

November 13th

The Arena of Gladiators (PC, Rift, Vive)
Deep GachiGASM (PC)
Draft Day Sports: College Basketball 2017 (PC)
Gachimuchi (PC)
Galactic Lords (PC)
Layers (PC)
Rasty Pelican (PC, Mac, Linux)
Regenesis Arcade (PC, Rift, Vive)
RibbonChase (PC, Vive)
Super BoxMan Ultra (PC, Mac)
There Is A Genie In My Szechuan Sauce (PC)
Time Killers: Spot Race (PC)
Tronix Defender (PC)
Writers (PC)

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About Josh Harmon

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Josh picked up a controller when he was 3 years old—and he hasn’t looked back since. This has made him particularly vulnerable to attacks from behind. He joined EGM as an intern following a brief-but-storied career on a number of small gaming blogs across the Internet. Find him on Twitter @jorshy