Top 5 Best Upcoming PS3 Games – November 2014

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The November 2014 video game avalanche is upon us. That means one thing for gamers: There are far too many amazing titles to play at once. Three blockbuster games (Assassin’s Creed Rogue, Assassin’s Creed Unity and Halo: The Master Chief Collection) launched today alone. With the month only half over, there are still tons of great games headed our way. What’s a person to do?

Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up the top five new games you can grab this month for your PlayStation 3. Sure, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are all shiny and new, but plenty of titles going to the new-gen consoles are coming to the PS3 as well, making it a great option for those not willing to dive into the new systems quite yet.


1. Assassin’s Creed Rogue

Assassin’s Creed Rogue launched today alongside its next-gen sibling, Assassin’s Creed Unity. In Rogue, exclusively for last-gen consoles, you play as Shay Patrick Cormac, an Assassin-turned-Templar who spends the majority of the game killing his old brotherhood. Like Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag before it, there’s naval combat, and the setting is North America (including the Canadian province of Quebec). New to the game is the air rifle, which Shay can use to silently take out enemies at a distance, kind of like Arno’s phantom blade in Unity. Unfortunately, as busy as the developer was, Ubisoft decided to skip competitive multiplayer for Rogue this year.

Release date: November 11

Price: $59.96

Buy Assassin’s Creed Rogue here.


Pros:

  • Play as a Templar
  • Air rifle
  • Naval combat is back

Cons:

  • No multiplayer
  • Might seem similar to Black Flag
  • Familiar setting and characters

Find more Assassin’s Creed Rogue information and reviews here.



2. Dragon Age: Inquisition

BioWare is known for its ability to craft deep, intricate, personal stories. Just look at the best-selling Mass Effect series, which, in this humble editor’s opinion, is the best sci-fi universe to be created in any medium ever. The original Dragon Age was a critical and commercial success, with its long and detailed campaign where choices mattered. Dragon Age II didn’t hold up as well, though it’s still a great game. With Dragon Age: Inquisition, BioWare is going all out in an effort to create one of the greatest fantasy RPGs ever. The developer’s track record proves they’re capable of handling the task, giving players a sprawling world to explore, a brilliant story where player choice matters and a fun combat system players can tailor to their play style.

Release date: November 18

Price: $59.96

Buy Dragon Age: Inquisition here.

Buy Dragon Age: Inquisition Deluxe Edition here.


Pros:

  • In-game choices matter
  • Style combat your way
  • Customize your party and hero
  • It’s not Dragon Age II

Cons:

  • Weak story
  • Say goodbye to hundreds of hours of freetime

Find more Dragon Age: Inquisition information and reviews here.



3. Far Cry 4

Do you like first-person shooters set in a giant open world? How about ziplining, hang gliding, big game hunting and killing bad guys? If so, Far Cry 4 is up your alley. The newest addition to the series steps away from the lush environment of the tropics from Far Cry 3 and drops you in the middle of a civil war in the Himalayas. Besides moving your way through the story, there will be distractions to keep your entertained. The most attractive feature is a new one that allows players to invite friends who don’t even own the full game into their world to conquer cooperative missions together. If allowing your buddies to game with you free of charge to them isn’t a great idea, I don’t know what is.

Release date: November 18

Price: $59.96

Buy Far Cry 4 here.

Buy Far Cry 4 Kyrat Edition here.


Pros:

  • New wildlife
  • Massive open world
  • Drop-in co-op
  • Free limited edition with pre-order

Cons:

  • Unwarranted cover art controversy
  • No bonuses for killing war elephants

Find more Far Cry 4 information and reviews here.



4. LittleBigPlanet 3

The LittleBigPlanet series has always been about two things: platforming and imagination. Run through levels blasting anything you can get your hands on with funny stickers. Paint your Sackboy to look as crazy as you want. Let your creativity run wild and create fun and inventive levels of your own to share with your pals. All of this and more will return with PlayStation exclusive LittleBigPlanet 3, but the third entry in the franchise comes with a few new surprises. Besides Sackboy, there are three new characters this time around: Oddsock, Swoop and Toggle. Creations from previous LittleBigPlanet games will be available from the start in LittleBigPlanet 3, meaning you won’t have to wait to start exploring when the game launches next week.

Release date: November 18

Price: $59.96

Buy LittleBigPlanet 3 here.


Pros:

  • New characters
  • Same inventive fun
  • Old user-created levels carry over
  • It’s cute

Cons:

  • PlayStation 3 version isn’t likely as robust as PS4 version

Find more LittleBigPlanet 3 information and reviews here.



5. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Any The Lord of the Rings buff will feel right at home with Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. The game is set sometime between The Hobbit and Tolkien’s famous trilogy about Frodo’s quest to Mount Doom as Talion, a Ranger of Gondor stationed near the Black Gate leading into the evil land of Mordor, is forced to watch his family be butchered by Uruks. What follows is a classic revenge action game dripping with Tolkien lore. What sets Shadow of Mordor apart is its nemesis system, which grants military ranks to Talion’s enemies. The Uruks are constantly vying for dominance, and the player can manipulate them to his will using special powers and abilities, making each play a unique experience.

Release date: November 18

Price: $59.99

Buy Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor here.


Pros:

  • Nemesis system
  • Satisfying combat
  • Ratbag
  • Lore, lore and more lore

Cons:

  • Somewhat easy
  • Disappointing ending
  • Repetitive locales
  • Herb collecting

Find more Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor information and reviews here.