Out This Week: Call Of Duty, Football Manager 2015 & The Binding Of Isaac

Gaming’s holiday season is well under way, having been pre-emptively kick-started by sci-fi MMO/FPS hybrid, Destiny. Since then we’ve seen a shower of new releases, plenty making their way into the good books here at TSA. Still, there’s more to come, including today’s launch of Advanced Warfare and the regular monthly drop of PlayStation Plus goodies.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare | PC, 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 | Today


Activision’s power-selling behemoth has returned. Earmarked as 2014’s biggest entertainment launch, Advanced Warfare is also the publisher’s riskiest instalment to date. With the series having started to stale since Modern Warfare 2, it has been in dire need of a shake-up, especially with games like Destiny and Titanfall doing the rounds.

According to the initial wave of reviews (including our own) developer Sledgehammer Games seems to have delivered with its debut, catapulting the franchise into a new era. Of course, much about the game will still be familiar to existing players though there’s plenty of new stuff to experiment with too.

Some of you may already be playing the game thanks to Advanced Warfare’s “Day Zero” promotion though regular punters can grab a copy as of now.

BlazeRush | PS3 | Wednesday

Frozen Synapse Prime | PS Vita | Wednesday

Minutes | PS4, PS Vita | Wednesday

This one sprung out of the blue, with us first discovering it at EGX just over a month ago. We’ve since previewed it, and our review will be up in a couple of hours. Safe to say, it’s one to watch out for, appearances can be quite deceiving.

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth | PS4, PC, PS Vita | Wednesday

Having started out as a flash game, The Binding of Isaac has become somewhat of a favourite among the PC community with the remake being deployed later this week. Developed by the same indie team that worked on Super Meat Boy, Rebirth is packed with a glut of new content, from enemies and items to playable characters. Additionally, the game will also be launching on PlayStation 4 and Vita, headlining this month’s PlayStation Plus line-up.

The Hungry Horde | PS Vita | Wednesday

Football Manager 2015 | PC | Friday

SEGA’s pre-eminent football sim is back again for another year running. Though fundamentally two worlds apart, much like Call of Duty, Football Manager has fans queueing in anticipation every year, even with its modest suite of add-ons and revisions. Also, like Advanced Warfare, FM 2015 managed to bag a TSA score of 9. Here’s a snippet from Peter’s review:

Football Manager is not just a football game, it’s a football simulation. Although you could easily think of it as an incredibly complex open world RPG, there’s so much going on around your in-game existence that it’s not simply your personal experience, it’s a whole world of the beautiful game, happening inside your computer and you’re only the star – or villain – of your little corner of it.

The Wolf Among Us | 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4 | Friday

Despite using an almost identical formula to Telltale’s The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us has received plenty of praise this year, so much so that a second season is already on the cards. This week the game will also be making its current-gen debut in disc format.

For those who passed on the digital release, The Wolf Among Us is a five-part episodic adventure game, acting as a prequel to Bill Willingham’s acclaimed comic series, Fables.

Tears to Tiara 2: Heir of the Overlord | PS3 | Friday