The next fortnight is exceedingly busy for new releases. Potentially expensive too, if you’re keen to get the upper hand – Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition is out 5th November for an eyebrow-raising £84.99. This grants early access – the standard edition, due on Game Pass, isn’t out until 9th November. Then next week, Battlefield 2042’s Gold and Ultimate Editions are released – for £109.99 and £89.99, respectively – ahead of the standard edition, due 19th November.
Call of Duty: Vanguard – this week’s biggest release – has a £99.99 edition too, with extra skins, double XP tokens and other extras. Developed by Sledgehammer, this year’s CoD takes us back to WWII. A single-player campaign, a MP mode boasting 20 maps, and a zombies mode developed by Treyarch are key features.
Forza Horizon 5 takes us to Mexico, allowing for courses set within jungles, ruins, beaches, canyons, historic towns and more – complete with dynamic weather. Previews suggest we’re in for a visual treat. It’s easily the best showcase of the Xbox Series X so far, so expect social media to be awash with screen grabs.
Just Dance 2022 is likely to be a strong seller too, especially on Switch. That’s joined by Fast & Furious: Spy Racers Rise of SH1FT3R, based on the child-friendly spin-off. We wonder if any adults will accidentally find this in their stocking on Christmas day.
The Switch also gets the excellent World War Z. It’s by Saber Interactive, who continuously manage to pull ‘miracle ports’ out of the bag, so it’s in safe hands.
On the indie side of things there’s The Binding of Isaac: Repentance, promising 500+ hours of new content, and Bloodshore – the newest FMV game from Wales Interactive, this time based on a televised battle royale. Playtonic Friends are back too with Demon Turf, a unique 3D platformer with flat 2D characters.
And after hitting PC and Switch, The Solitaire Conspiracy – a supercharged take on Solitaire, funnily enough – heads to PS4 and Xbox One.
PS Plus subscribers can grab a new release in the form of First Class Trouble – a social deduction party game. Zen puzzle game Unpacking heads to Game Pass, too, quite literally involving taking items out of boxes. It’s a concept not as dull as it may sound, featuring similarities with Tetris.
New release trailers
Call of Duty: Vanguard
Just Dance 2022
Fast & Furious: Spy Racers Rise of SH1FT3R
Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation Code Fairy
First Class Trouble
The Gardener and the Wild Vines
Knockout City – PS5
World War Z – Switch
New multiformat releases
- Call of Duty: Vanguard
- Bloody Rally Show
- Demon Turf
- Just Dance 2022
- Fast & Furious: Spy Racers Rise of SH1FT3R
- QUByte Classics – The Immortal by PIKO
New on PSN
- Knockout City – PS5
- Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation Code Fairy
- Conway: Disappearance at Dahlia View
- First Class Trouble
- Pretty Girls Panic! PLUS
- Arcade Archives Sky Kid
- Danger Scavenger
- Dracula’s Legacy Remastered
- JCB Pioneer: Mars
- DARKNESS ROLLERCOASTER – HALLOWEEN EDITION
New on Xbox Store
- Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition
- The Binding of Isaac: Repentance
- The Gardener and the Wild Vines
- Ghost Sync
- The Solitaire Conspiracy
- Pukan, Bye-Bye!
- Gunkid 99
- Circa Infinity
- Magic Nations
- The Prince of Landis
New Switch retail releases
eShop round-up coming Thursday
- World War Z
- Just Dance 2022
- Astria Ascending
- Fortnite: Minty Legends
- Cupid Parasite
- My Universe: Puppies & Kittens
- Minecraft Dungeons Ultimate Edition
Next week: Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition, Jurassic World Evolution 2, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition, Battlefield 2042 Ultimate Edition, Shin Megami Tensei V, The Smurfs: Mission ViLeaf, Football Manager 2022, Let’s Sing 2022, Airborne Kingdom, Epic Chef, Blue Reflection: Second Light, 890B, Super Sami Roll, Venus: Improbable Dream, My Singing Monsters Playground, and the standard edition of Forza Horizon 5.