On November 15, a few of kickass games are all coming out on the same day. As somebody who plays a lot of games, but has a hard time focusing on more than one game at a time, I didn’t know which one to prioritize. Should I buy Pokémon Sword or Shield, The Sims 4: Discover University, or Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order? Let’s dig in in the form of a handy pro/con list.
This is the first entry in the mainline Pokémon franchise that has been released on a console, following Pokémon Sun/Moon for the Nintendo 3DS. It takes place in the Galar region, which is based on the United Kingdom. There are not only new Pokémon, new towns, and new gameplay options, but there are also new Galarian types of pre-existing Pokémon. While not a ton of information has been officially released, many new Pokemon, evolutions, and typings have been released.
A lot of people are going to be playing it/talking about it, so no FOMO
30–50 hours of story gameplay
You’re not at risk for potential story spoilers
It’s a classic holiday gift, so there may be a chance someone else will give it to you. Why buy it now with your own money when someone can buy it for you later?
The Sims 4: Discover University
This long-awaited expansion pack for The Sims 4 brings two universities to the Sims, as well as a new world, which is called Britechester. The two universities are Britechester University and the Foxbury Institute, one being a traditional, old-school university, and the other being a modern tech school. There are dozens of new create a Sim options, plenty of new buy and build objects, and hours of new in-game content.
Only $40, compared to the other games at $60 each
No console needed, and I can run the Sims on my MacBook Air
Offers a versatile gameplay experience for gamers and non-gamers of all skill levels
It’s an expansion pack vs. a full game, so you have to own The Sims 4 already
Not as much content as the others for a long term (40–50 hour) playthrough, as it is only a section of a Sim’s life rather than the entirety of it
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
In this game, you play as one of the last Jedi in this new adventure game from EA. Fight for your survival against the Empire and explore the vastness of space while trying to rebuild your fallen order. Set shortly after episode III of the Skywalker Saga, this game follows Cal Kestis as he makes friends, explores the universe, and saves the Jedi order. This action-adventure RPG can fill the gap that the final movie of the Star Wars saga left viewers lamenting.
We don’t have an exact hour estimation on length, but based on what we’ve seen, there’s a LOT of content and exploration to do
It’s in the Star Wars universe, which rules
It will probably warrant more brainpower to play story-wise, as The Sims and Pokémon are more family/”light” games and this one’s heftier
There’s less information out about it than there is about Pokémon and The Sims: Discover University
I personally have decided to buy The Sims 4: Discover University as well as Pokemon Shield, and ask for Jedi: Fallen Order for a holiday gift. However, I am someone who is only about a 6/10 into Star Wars, 8/10 into Pokémon, and 10/10 into The Sims, take that with an appropriate grain of salt.
Ollie Plamp is a Champlain College student pursuing creative writing. They play any sort of game from the Sims to Red Dead Redemption 2 to The Untitled Goose Game to Horizon Zero Dawn. They're a cat person, a leggings supremacist, and an honorary southerner.