In The Week Ahead we summarise what's coming up across the next seven days of gaming. Did we miss something? Or do you have an idea for useful info we could include in future instalments? Let us know in the comments below.
In brief: November 25 - Dec 1
- Tuesday: Xbox One/PS4: Your guide to 2014
- Wednesday/Thursday: Remaining Xbox One / PS4 game reviews
- Thursday: CVG Off the Record podcast
- Thursday: PS4 EU launch guide
- Thursday: Killzone Shadow Fall multiplayer verdict
- Friday:PS4 vs. Xbox One: Head-to-head launch verdict
This week's key releases
- Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag (PS4) - Nov 28 (Au), Nov 29 (UK)
- Battlefield 4 (PS4) - Nov 28 (Au), Nov 29 (UK)
- Borderlands 2 'Headhunter 2' DLC (PC, 360, PS3) - Nov 26, Nov 27 (EU PS3)
- Contrast (PSN - PS4) - Nov 28 (Au), Nov 29 (UK)
- DC Universe Online (PSN - PS4) - Nov 28 (Au), Nov 29 (UK)
- Escape Plan (PSN - PS4) - Nov 29
- Flow (PSN - PS4) - Nov 29
- Injustice: Gods Among Us - Ultimate Edition (360, PS3, PC, PS4, Vita) - Nov 29 (UK)
- Just Dance 2014 (PS4) - Nov 28 (Au), Nov 29 (UK)
- Killzone Shadow Fall (PS4) - Nov 28 (Au), Nov 29 (UK)
- Knack (PS4) - Nov 28 (Au), Nov 29 (UK)
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (PS4) - Nov 28 (Au), Nov 29 (UK)
- Madden NFL 25 (PS4) - Nov 28 (Au), Nov 29 (UK)
- Need for Speed Rivals (PS4) - Nov 28 (Au), Nov 29 (UK)
- Resogun (PSN - PS4) - Nov 28 (Au), Nov 29 (UK)
- Skylanders: Swap Force (PS4) - Nov 28 (Au), Nov 29 (UK)
- Super Mario 3D World (Wii U) - Nov 29 (UK), Nov 30 (Au)
- Warframe (PSN - PS4) - Nov 28 (Au), Nov 29 (UK)
Next-Gen: It's time to make your choice
However, the abacus of even the most junior market analyst will show that Xbox One reached one million sales in 13 worldwide territories, while PS4 launch stock was focused on just two markets, the US and Canada.
Later this week competition between the two console rivals goes Super Saiyan with the launch of PS4 in Latin America and Europe, including several territories Microsoft's machine has yet to grace.
So from this weekend onwards gamers across the globe will finally be able to purchase both machines and compare and contrast them.
We've already reviewed the PS4 launch system and its first games (read our PlayStation 4 review) along with those of Xbox One (read our Xbox One review), but over the coming days we'll directly compare the offerings of both next-gen consoles and attempt to highlight the pros and cons of each.
But there's a third option. Later this week in Europe and Australia (and already available in the US) one of the best games of the year goes on sale - and it's for a games console you probably don't own yet.
With the excellent Super Mario 3D World and existing classics such as The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD and Pikmin 3 among its line-up, is this Christmas finally the right time to pick up a Wii U? In his latest feature CVG's Rob Crossley will be trying to answer that question.
Look: We launched a podcast
Better late than never, team CVG has decided to host a weekly audio chat on the week's gaming events.
The Off The Record podcast kicked off last week with a next-gen consoles review special.
We'll be posting a new episode every Thursday on iTunes and YouTube, featuring the sultry tones of host Tamoor Hussain and other CVG writers, plus guests from the many other publications in our immediate vicinity.
Future episodes will offer viewpoints on the week's news, share insight on our day-to-day jobs and answer any questions you might have left in the comments - even the ones about how we're all massive fanboys.
If you haven't listened already, hit the link above and let us know what you think of the first episode.
Game fact of the week
This week in... 2009
"Game reviews are the 'least important factor' to gamers when they consider what to buy next, a survey conducted by Cowen Group analyst Doug Creutz has concluded.
According to its data, word of mouth received a much higher score than critical aggregator rating to its survey participants when deciding to buy a game. Thus, says the Cowen survey, video game companies' increasing focus on securing high review scores may be misplaced.
'We believe that while Metacritic scores may be correlated to game quality and word of mouth, and thus somewhat predictive of title performance, they are unlikely in and of themselves to drive or undermine the success of a game,' the survey concludes.
'We note this, in part, because of persistent rumours that some game developers have been jawboning game reviewers into giving their games higher critical review scores. We believe the publishers are better served by spending their time on the development process than by grade-grubbing after the fact.'"