How long have you been waiting for a new Final Fantasy that wasn't an MMO? Years?
Well, wait no longer. Final Fantasy 15 is out this week. But that's not all - it's also a cracker of a week for the 3DS, Steins;Gate 0 is available, Watch Dogs 2 hits the PC, and there's some intriguing smaller titles to boot. Welcome to the last major week of the year.
Aqua Moto Racing Utopia (PC, PS4)
What is it? It's a new Wave Race! Well, not really. But I'll take anything that's close.
Should you care? Played Riptide GP or Wave Race, like, ever? Then sure.
Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink (PS4)
What is it? A steampunk adventure about a scientist exploring a series of strange earthquakes.
Should you care? It's the pixel hunt style of adventure, not a full point-and-click adventure. Pass.
The Dwarves (PC, PS4, XBO)
What is it? An isometric action-RPG with pausing and a physics-based battle system.
Should you care? Looks like a story-heavy game too. Could be one to keep an eye on.
How We Soar (PSVR)
What is it? An experience about soaring like a bird, but in VR.
Should you care? Sounds like a good PSVR game to share with the family.
Super Mario Maker (3DS)
What is it? The best Wii U game besides MK8 comes to handhelds.
Should you care? Pfft. Do you own a 3DS? Then you should own this game.
Watch Dogs 2 (PC)
What is it? Ubisoft's hack-a-thon takes on San Francisco and PCs.
Should you care? If you were waiting for the PC port, it finally lands this week. Should
The Crew Ultimate Edition (PS4, XBO)
What is it? Ubi's MMO racer gets a re-release on consoles.
Should you care? Nope. Buy Need for Speed for cheaper. It's more fun.
STEEP (PC, PS4, XBO)
What is it? To complete the Ubisoft triumvirate of the week we have a new IP that's all about snow, skiing and snowboarding.
Should you care? Really want this to be good. I've been told not to expect a modern SSX, however.
Picross 3D Round 2 (3DS)
What is it? The 3D puzzle solver returns to the 3DS.
Should you care? Pokemon Sun and Moon, coupled with Mario Maker, is probably enough content to get through. Picross is still worth a look, but hard to not see it being overshadowed.
Industry Giant 2 (PS4, XBO)
What is it? The 2002 business management sim launches on consoles, a year after its revival on PS4.
Should you care? Don't buy this thinking it's SimCity. Think more like the Capitalism games. No idea how the UI is for consoles though.
Neon Chrome (Vita)
What is it? A top-down cyberpunk twin-stick roguelike.
Should you care? Looks OK but not spectacular.
Rock ‘N Racing Off Road DX (PS4)
What is it? PS4 re-release of a top-down off-road arcade racer.
Should you care? The Xbox One version looked and sounded terrible, so I've got little faith that the PS4 port will be any better.
Space Overlords (PS4, Vita)
What is it? A game about robots stomping around planets smashing things.
Should you care? The game's Steam listing, and reception, suggests you should not.
Final Fantasy 15 (PS4, XBO)
What is it? The iconic series returns.
Should you care? This will be the biggest release of the year for a lot of fans. Has holiday game written all over it. Yes.
Steins;Gate 0 (PS4, Vita)
What is it? A sci-fi visual novel about students who discover and develop technology that allows them to change the past, and the consequences that brings.
Should you care? If you play one visual novel this year, make it Steins;Gate 0. I heard talk that this might have soft launched late last week, but the scheduled release date is November 29, so have at it. (It's also got an absurdly good rating on PC.)
What is it? A couch co-op 2D action brawler.
Should you care? Nope.
Pinball FX2 VR (PC, Rift, Vive, PSVR)
What is it? Zen Studios continues to do their thing, but in VR.
Should you care? If you like the idea of pinball in PSVR, but want a fancier table, Zen Studios are the masters. You can play it without VR, but that doesn't seem as much fun.
Crystal Rift (PS4, PSVR)
What is it? A first-person dungeon crawler with PSVR support, inspired by Eye of the Beholder and other ancient crawlers.
Should you care? The movement is based on a grid, which you can forget sometimes thanks to the VR element. You're also walking forward instead of teleporting in VR, which can be a little nausea-inducing for some. Buyer beware.
Destroy All Humans 2 (PS4)
What is it? A re-release of the PS2 classic from Pandemic Studios, which had a studio in Brisbane for many years.
Should you care? If you care about Aussie games from eras past, definitely.
Those are all the main games this week. Did I miss anything important? Or niche that you really think gamers should know about? Let us know!